Book Review: Winter by Marissa Meyer (Spoiler Free)

February 17, 2018

“Yeah, but broken isn’t the same as unfixable.” ― Marissa Meyer, Winter

This book was a marathon of a read.

When I started to read The Lunar Chronicles I didn’t expect to fall in love with the books as much as I did. I am not one to usually read retellings, but the way Meyer crafted each one was perfection. And while it took me a rather long time to get into WinterI don’t think the series could have ended any other way. From the characters, to the action scenes, Winter is a full blown epic conclusion that I think many people, whether you are a fan of Sci-Fi or just YA in general, will love! Also, the fairytale aspect of it doesn’t hurt either! The synopsis is as followed: 

FROM GOODREADS: “Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mark 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.”

Princess Winter is a character that you cannot help but fall in love with. She has this innocence about her that brings light to a rather dark story. She was a bit naive at times, but I think that made her character that much more interesting to read about. Also, her dynamic with Scarlet was probably the funniest part of the entire novel. 

This last book really had me caring about the characters. I wanted them all to live happily ever after and stay in touch and enjoy life because this is what happens when I get overly invested in books. Which isn’t really much of a surprise is it? From the original characters such as Cinder and Kai to the newer like Cress and Winter, I loved them all! I think the characters were the strongest point of the entire series. From their relationships to their inner thoughts, all of it was done so well! Even the villains such as Levanna and Aimery Park were brilliant. 

“She would be brave. She would be heroic. She would make her own destiny.” ― Marissa Meyer, Winter

The plot for Winter was a whirlwind of twists. There were moments that I just had to put the book down and compose myself because THEY WERE SO CLOSE or JUST TAKE LEVANNA DOWN SHE’S RIGHT THERE. Let’s just say there were a lot of outward emotions as I read this one. Which again, not a surprise. And because this is a multiple point-of-view novel, the not knowing drove me crazy! I just needed to know if they were all safe! 

Okay, let’s talk about the setting because the world of The Lunar Chronicles may be my favourite futuristic setting ever. From the cybornetics to the Lunar palace itself, it was all written with such detail that provided incredible imagery. If the future is anything like this, then the human race is in for a treat. Also, most of it takes place on the moon, so there’s that. 


There were times when I thought the story was dragging a bit in the beginning, but once you get to the halfway point, it is a straight shot to the end. I couldn’t put it down. So much was happening, especially with Cinder. The cyborg’s storyline in Winter was just so good. Everything from start to finish was a rollercoaster of emotions. Cinder’s arc wasn’t my favourite from the entire series, but it was in Winter. She had some of the best action scenes along with great dialogue. Even though the last book is focused a lot on Princess Winter, Meyer doesn’t let you forget who started it all and who would end it.

I don’t want to spoil much, but if you are a big fan of TLC romances, then I think you will be happy. Also, if you are a big fan of Iko, then you are in for a treat as I think she has the best dialogue out of any character in the entire series. As for the other characters such as Cress, Scarlet, Thorne, and Wolf, well you will just have to read and find out their fates. I personally love Cress’ storyline for the final book as well as Scarlet’s. 

“If anyone dies today it will be because they finally have something to believe in. Don’t you even think about taking that away from them now.” ― Marissa Meyer, Winter

Everything comes to an end in the final book. All the questions are answered and more and more possibilities for the future come to light. We get to learn even more about Luna throughout the book and if you ever wondered just how diabolical Queen Levana can be, you’ll find out in Winter, trust me when I say this: She’s even worse than you thought! 

Overall, I give this book 5/5 stars! Even though it took me a while to finish, I still loved it and it is now my second favourite of the series. Scarlet still holds number one, though. If you have ever thought to read this series, but don’t think you will enjoy it, please just get it and try it out! The end of the series is worth reading the beginning of it. Does that make sense? I hope so. To be honest, this whole review doesn’t seem to make sense. My thoughts aren’t exactly put together at the moment…hmm. 

Well, anyway, read this book! Do it, go on! It’s great and if you like sci-fi and fairytales and epic space battles you should enjoy this immensly! 

Happy Reading!

– Haley 

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