I think I have a love-hate relationship with last books in series…and I think, somewhere deep within our souls, we all do. Because, after a few books, we’ve all grown accustomed to the world, the characters, and if we ended up falling in love with it, well, there’s a bittersweet feeling to it all ending, finally. There’s the thrill, the need to read that happy ending, but the dread of leaving these people we love. This is how I felt about The Lunar Chronicles series. This is the first series I have finished reading – I think – that was recommended to me by bloggers. And I can’t even begin to express my feelings for it all. So forgive me if I might fangirl here a little bit.
BIG BOOK, MASSIVE EXPECTATIONS
The Lunar Chronicles is one of these series that only gets better and better, and, erm, heavier, as well. From a 300 and something pages to a MASSIVE 830 pages or so last book, well…needless to say there are things to be said and adventures to be lived. I don’t know if you’re anything like me, but there’s something quite scary about a book being this big, and even more expectations. What if I get bored? What if I get discouraged by the length of it all? Okay if I’m being honest, the main problem here was: what if my bag breaks because it’s so heavy (and because I stubbornly insisted on taking this everyday with me)? Three answers to these questions: NO, NO and NO. My bag didn’t break, thank you for caring, but most of it all, I did not get bored a single time or discouraged. Following the other books in the series, Winter just puts MORE of everything I fell in love with in the first book. Action-packed, with not a single second to get bored, or annoyed, because whenever the plot gets a bit slow, especially at the beginning, characters are here to make you fall in love with the story.
THE PERFECT CREW
The Lunar Chronicles, and this book, has the incredible ability of making plot, and characters, fall together in place perfectly, so much that there’s nothing lacking, especially in character development. Usually, in fantasy, and in so many action-packed books, you expect a lot from the plot, and a bit less from the characters. Here, there’s everything to satisfy your needs, because characters are here, they are alive, they are JUMPING out of the page and making you fall in love with them every second. Their interactions are GOLD, the dynamics between the crew is fantastic. Marissa Meyer creates here so many characters, yet they are all so different, in their personalities, their way to express themselves, to act, to move the action forward. If the story is told from multiple points of view, I had no trouble figuring out who was who, and every character had their own issues.
Moreover, in this, we are introduced to a new character to the crew, Winter. She might be the weirdest one of the crew, with her scars, her evil step-mother, and her refusal to use her Lunar powers, she is a bit crazy. Crazy like, she sees walls bleeding and stuff. Despite her quirks, I found myself growing attached very quickly to this new character. She’s a crazy one, for sure, but she’s also very, very endearing, and I couldn’t help but want the best for her.
More than characters, it’s relationships we root for in this story, and in the whole series. From strangers to friends to more, from daydreaming to reality, from unlikely romance to inseparable mates, little by little, Marissa Meyer explores every relationship and gives them the depth and time they all need. (spoilers) From Cinder and Kai’s relationship hurting my feelings from the very first book, to getting to know Jacin and Winter’s relationship in that story (childhood friends? HELP ME. #favoritetropeever, I loved how every relationship was different and built with time and feelings fitting each character and their development. ALSO, Thorne and Cress. SEND HELP. I love them too much, and erm that scene alone in the palace? How about a novella about them? How about we just fangirl about them for all times? (end spoilers)
HELP, I AM BREATHLESS.
Action-packed, Winter does the unexpected: it manages to leave you breathless for more than 800 pages. Every time I put it down, to pick it up again later, the same feeling of hunger, dread, fear and exhilaration came to swallow me whole. There’s something about this story, about this well-built, well-developed, even more in this book, that I loved so much. (spoiler) It was especially great of the novel to be set mostly on Luna. Discovering the planet, the way people lived, Wolf’s family -insert crying here-, people, the revolution, Levana’s army…Everything was just so well-developed. Me impressed. (end spoilers) Obviously there was this dread of everything being over. Soon. In a few pages. With so much action and drama, it’s sometimes hard to see the end of the tunnel, and it’s even harder to think about characters being all okay, and getting the happy ending they all deserve. I’m not going to spoil anything here, but Winter did hold all of its promises, wrapping up The Lunar Chronicles perfectly.
I think I’ve talked enough here, but if you just skipped to this paragraph because I tend to rant a LOT when I start, well… if you haven’t read Winter yet, GO READ IT NOW. If you’re still on the fence about The Lunar Chronicles series, don’t be afraid. Just like me, from someone a bit scared to get out of her comfort zone, you’ll (hopefully) turn into this rabid fangirl, falling in love with the world, the characters, the whole story.
Final rating: IT’S A HURRICANE!
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Read my reviews for the rest of the series:
Marissa Meyer, Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4), Published by Midnight Orchid Publications, October 1st 2015.
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 bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.