Winter by Marissa Meyer – 5 stars
Published by Feiwel and Friends on November 10th 2015
Retelling, Young Adult, Science Fiction
No spoilers for any of the books in the series.
She would be brave. She would be heroic. She would make her own destiny.
Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.
Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.
Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again; these books just keep getting better. This one in particular is ridiculously long, but even if it’s over 800 pages I found myself completely inmmersed and interested in the story all throughout the book.
In this last book we get to meet Winter – she appeared briefly in Cress, but she was pretty two-dimensional since she was a secondary character in that book. Winter is a futuristic sort of Snow White, and a pretty interesting take on the original tale too! Jacin, her childhood friend, plays the role of the hunter.
As always, Meyer’s writing is heartwarming and funny:
Winter started to clap. “Brilliant speech. Such gumption and bravado.”
“And yet strangely lacking in any sort of actual strategy,” said Scarlet.
This quote, of course, refers to something Captain Thorne says. He continues to be the comic relief character, yet he’s actually pretty interesting. He’s pure comedic gold:
There was an edge to his expression, like he didn’t trust anyone who was more attractive than he was.
His conversations with Cinder were also really entertaining, and I absolutely loved the relationships between the Rampion crew. Cinder and Iko, Cinder and Kai, Cress and Thorne, Scarlet and Winter… Everything was so well done and so interesting, I couldn’t put my book down, and it was incredibly fast-paced and thrilling.
I’ve always found these books a little predictable, but in this one there were some added twists that I admit I didn’t see coming, so it was much more fun than for instance Cinder.
So many stories at once, and everything was nicely wrapped up. I cannot wait to get Stars Above and literally anything else Meyer writes. This series was brilliant.
And just in case you didn’t get it, THIS IS ME RECOMMENDING THIS SERIES TO YOU.