Thursday, March 10, 2016

Winter from The Lunar Chronicles: A Book Review

Winter The Lunar Chronicles

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?

Winter is the fourth and final book in the Lunar Chronicles series.  If you haven't read the other three, you should definitely drop what you're reading now and go grab those, especially if you are a fan of sci fi or fairy tale retellings.

Winter is the sci fi retelling of Snow White admist the conclusion of Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress' stories.  Winter is the step daughter to Queen Levana, the evil ruler of Lunar, or the moon.  The people there have developed the ability to mess with human bio-electricity to manipulate their thoughts, actions, and feelings.  Winter has sworn off this ability and in return has "Lunar Sickness" a mind disease that makes her have hallucinations and seem crazy.

Despite her crazy tendencies, everyone who meets Winter loves her for her gentle spirit and her kind actions.  Which of course, upsets her step mother who wants her dead.  But her loyal guard and protector, Jason saves Winter to send her out to intersect with the other characters' stories.

I absolutely love fairy tale retellings, so really enjoyed Winter.  I found it interesting how Meyers created a character that was clearly suffering from mental issues and yet was so completely love able and sane to the story.  Winter realized her shortcomings and worked to do her best for her people and her friends despite her own inadequacies.

Since we all have our own demons, I find characters who can overcome to be very inspiring.  Winter did her best to help Scarlet and Jason while working with her own powers and strengths. 

I wish Meyer's had spent a little more time on Winter and Jason's love story, as I feel like Jason's side of the fairy tale was lost.  But making this story any longer at all would have pushed it over the edge.

It was wonderful to be reunited with all my favorite characters again.  The whole gang was there and fighting to bring down Levana and help the people of Luna.  This is a long book and I was glad that I was listening to it on audio book since I was a little put off in the middle of the story.  It felt like it began to drag and the story was moving slowly VERY, VERY slowly.

Once the village was raided and Cinder was moved into the main story line, Meyer's picked up the pace a little and I was renewed with my desire to read.  The action still moved a little slow, as it seemed Meyers was trying to make sure she got all the aspects of Snow White into the story line, including the poisoned apple and old witch.

The final battle was a little frustrating.  I kept waiting for the characters to find a way to break the Lunar hold on their mind and actions and it never happened.  I know it wasn't written into the story that they could, but it still made me want to scream that any Lunar Mind trick could get these friends to turn on each other and those they love.  I guess I'm a "love beats all" kind of girl, but Meyer's didn't go that way with the story.

Instead she found a way around it and the final battle ended in a bloody, cruel way.  I understand that Levana was the evil queen and she had to die.  I just didn't get the idea of showing the world the horrors underneath the veil.  What did that accomplish, other than being mean?  The story had it break Levana, and I think it would have broken most of us, but I'm not sure that taunting other people with their scars and differences is something we need more of, even in the fiction world.

In the end. I enjoyed how the story wrapped up.  All the characters got their "happily ever afters" which is a main function of fairy tales and one of my favorite parts of hiding in books.  I'll miss Cinder and the gang but I'm ready to move on.

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