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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?
Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer's national best-selling Lunar Chronicles series.
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|Listening Length||23 hours and 30 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||November 10, 2015|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #6,441 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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Reviewed in the United States on September 8, 2020
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Notes on content: Just a few minor swear words. No sexual content beyond some kisses (though some are heavy kisses). There's a revolution going on. People get bad boo boos and others die. A fair amount happen both on and off page. Some gore is described.
How does anyone who isn’t Stephen King write a couple of thousand pages worth of narrative on one continuous story and not lose the thread. I can’t even imagine.
Thank you Marissa for the pleasure and fun escape of these books. Well done.
Winter is much, much longer than the other books in this series. Thank goodness, because when I flipped the last digital page of Cress, the first thing that I said was, "Marissa has a lot of loose ends to tie up. She better deliver."
Rest assured, she does. I tell you this now because if you haven't finished Winter yet, or even picked it up, I want you to know there's a happy ending. Well, a bittersweet one, perhaps, but satisfactory, nonetheless. There are several points within its pages which will make you question the truthfulness of this statement, but I promise, happiness is coming.
Winter is our delightful spacey interpretation of the beloved Snow White. She is mentioned only a handful of times and only introduced at the very end of Cress, but as you might be able to guess, she plays a large role in the overarching story. Winter is Queen Levana's stepdaughter and largely lives as she pleases in the palace at Artemisia, but Levana is cruel to her as she is to everyone, and Winter has the scars to prove it. Even so, she is still easily the most beautiful Lunar of them all.
When Scarlet first meets Winter, she is stunned to learn that Winter's beauty is not a product of her Lunar glamouring powers--in fact, Winter has not used her glamour at all since she was twelve years old, when she realized that it was evil to trick and manipulate others with her gift.
If you've read the other books in this series, you won't be surprised to learn that this withholding makes Winter a little . . . well, crazy. She combats it as best she can, but slowly and surely, her madness grows until it defines her almost as much as her beauty.
I don't want to say much more about the content of the book for fear of spoiling things for you, but trust me, it's the conclusion you've been hoping for. There are such positive messages here about individual autonomy, the sanctity of life, human exceptionalism, personal responsibility, the nature of love, and systems of government that are fair and just. Cinder's decisions toward the end of the novel make her what Katniss Everdeen should have been. In fact, it makes me that much more angry about how the concluding events of Mockingjay went down.
In short: Buy these books. Read these books. Message me so we can squeal about them together. In an age where subpar YA literature hogs most of the mainstream shelf space, The Lunar Chronicles stands out as a prime example of what the genre should and can be. I can't wait to see what Marissa Meyer does next.
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After saying I would pace myself I found the book impossible to put down! I initially took it away on holiday and read a few chapters but once I was home I found myself better prepared to sit and absorb this story. I ended up reading near on 300 pages in one evening!
To say this book was intense would be an understatement. Every chapter had my hoping and wishing with all my might that Cinder and her army would succeed. There were some unexpected and pleasant surprises along the way and that final battle scene was gruesome! There were so many relationships and characters that you wanted to see reach their happily ever after so lets talk about them in a bit more details.
Cinder and Kai were the first couple to be introduced to the series and whilst Kai has underwhelmed me in the previous books I did feel he stepped up in this one. He came out of his shell a little more and found a backbone! As always Cinder was her usual ass kicking, formidable self. There were moments when I did worry about her fate but she always had this ability to bounce back, with a little help from her friends.
We met Scarlet and Wolf in the second book and they have been on quite a journey. They seem to be constantly separated and despite being reunited in this book they still faced further hardships. I found their journey the most emotional especially when Wolf faced further devastation and changed. He had such a kind, protective nature that seemed unstoppable. Scarlet made a brilliant right hand woman for Cinder. Like her leader she had a way of communicating with people and stood in the face of danger, determined to win.
My favourite couple had to be Cress and Thorne. Whilst they didn’t get as much of the spotlight in this book there was a very significant moment that had me weak at the knees. They compliment each other so well and as always Thorne’s sense of humour often gave me the giggles. Jacin and Winter were explored in more detail in this book and I did like them. Winter was absolutely bonkers but it’s a wonder anyone remained sane under Levana’s control! Jacin had a heart of gold and like Wolf he was very protective of Winter. He fitted in nicely with the rest of the crew and he grew on my quite quickly.
Now this round up of characters wouldn’t be complete with mentioning Iko. She seemed to be the character that no one could defeat! She constantly threw herself in the way of the danger and her battle scene with Wolf was terrifying!
If you can’t tell by now I loved this book. It was the perfect finale to an already brilliant series but I’m also sad that it is over. I know I have the anthology ‘Stars Above’ to read but I feel like Cinder and her troop have become part of my world and I’m not ready to say goodbye. This was the perfect book to end my summer reading challenge on.
The final showdown is nigh! There were many points where I thought 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘵! 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘪𝘨 𝘧𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘣𝘦 𝘯𝘦𝘹𝘵! But it’s actually a very long book so I was wrong every time (bar the last of course). Each time it looks like our friends have gained the upper hand, something happens to knock them back down.
I’m not sure the book actually needed to be this long. Yes, they needed to have some setbacks because that makes for a good story, but did they need to get knocked back this much? And there were some truly frustrating moments that I feel could have been avoided. Cinder’s gift seemed inconsistent, and there were points where she didn’t even try to use it on the people she should have! I can’t say much more than that without spoiling it though.
It’s been a long, enjoyable ride with a few sleep deprived nights of me reading way too late because I just HAD to know what happened!
Meyer has created an immersive world that is easy to picture, with three dimensional characters and an intricate plot. I’ll definitely be reading more of her books in the future.
Anyway, I feel like this was a good conclusion to the series, even though I am slightly devastated its over. I put off reading this book after finishing the first three from mid-February to early-March, partly because it was just so intimidating. I mean this book was like 840 pages, one chapter was 1% progress on my kindle! I have to say though that I raced through this and it didn't at all feel as long as I was expecting, don't get me wrong, a lot happened, but it was fast-paced and enticing. And, I'm actually happy I had the three month gap as when I was reading all the interactions between the characters it just made me so happy to be experiencing all their relationships again, and everything just felt fresh.
Basically, Winter was totally worth staying holed up in my room for the whole of last night and the entirety of today.
Marissa Meyer is absolutely amazing at creating a retelling of a classic Disney story that fits seamlessly into a more futuristic, sci-fi universe. When I was reading Winter's story I could see all of the original inspiration from the story of Snow White and it felt so different, but at the same time so familiar - in a good way. I also love the characters in these books, they are all so developed and fun to read about, Meyer does a wonderful job of making them all so different but so perfect together as a group, and all of the relationships feel real and sincere.
To sum it up I loved the entirety of The Lunar Chronicles series, and I'll be sure to get to Fairest and Stars above soon, I don't want to let go if any of these characters just yet!
I fell in love with Winter about 3 seconds after I read her, and it kept growing and growing. Lovely, kind hearted Winter....
'Winter was a well-loved princess who was prettier than a bouquet of roses and crazier than a headless chicken.'
I hated Levana as much as I hated Circe off of Game of Thrones, and I hated her sooooo much.
The whole crew...Cinder, Thorne, Kai, Cress, Scarlet, Iko and Wolf. Wow. I never thought I would love all characters in a book, but I did. I laughed with them, I cried with them and I celebrated with them.
Omg it was intense!
It was perfect!
This series is everything!