I finally reached the end of Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles. Winter is the fourth installment and I couldn’t wait to get started!
The final battle is drawing nearer. In the quest to bring Levana’s gruesome rule to an end, our heroes enlist a new ally: princess Winter. Levana’s stepdaughter has every cause to support the rebellion, and so joins our beloved team.
But will they be able to make it to Luna and prevent Kai’s and Levana’s wedding? And far more important: will Selene be queen?
I’ve mentioned it before but let me point out again how hard it is to pull off a fairy-tale retelling without making it feel like a cheap and unoriginal copy. Marissa Meyer certainly did a great job as she had already proved with the first three installments of The Lunar Chronicles. So was both excited and set to get to the final book, Winter which is loosely based on the fairy-tale Snow White.
Let’s get down to it! First of all, let me point out that the final part is absolutely fascinating and Meyer will have you holding your breath several times throughout the book. She came with many unexpected plot twists. Believe me, Winter has many surprises for you in store!
However, I do have to point out something that has been bothering me ever since part one. This is a fairy-tale inspired series, so naturally you get the “the prince has come to save the day” way of putting things. Meyer created many impressive, smart, strong and independent female characters but soon before long she managed to hook all of them up with a male pendant. Obviously it’s impossible for the women to save the world on their own. In many cases Meyer makes this all in a rather simple way, which annoyed me even more.
But as the story itself is so fascinating, I am (at least partly) prepared to overlook this flaw.
I have to admit I was rather sad, when I finished this book. It’s always hard to part with some of your favorite characters and several of Meyer’s creations had grown rather dear to me. Let’s hope they all lived happily ever after!
Did you read the book? Let me know in the comments what you think!
- Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Lunar Chronicles #1)
- Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (Lunar Chronicles #2)
- Cress by Marissa Meyer (Lunar Chronicles #3)