Genre: Science Fiction

Goodbye, Lunar: WINTER (2015) by Marissa Meyer

Posted December 28, 2015 by What Katie Read in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Goodbye, Lunar: WINTER (2015) by Marissa MeyerWinter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4) by Marissa Meyer
Published by Feiwel and Friends on November 10th 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 824

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?

It’s time. Time for me to share with you my thoughts on one of my favorite books of 2015, and my most anticipated release for 2015.

The final installment in the Lunar Chronicles: WINTER!

What I Loved

Like many of you I had a bit of trepidation about reading Winter—only because I didn’t want the series to end. At the same time, I spent all those months leading up to its publication extremely excited about its publication. Winter was probably my most anticipated release of 2015, and in the School Library where I work, I threw a party to celebrate the release of Winter for the 5th and 6th grade readers who were excited about the book.

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What’s cool is that more 5th and 6th graders are now reading the series since I started talking about the books!

Don’t you love when you spread your excitement about a series with other readers and they get excited too!?! That’s only one of the many wonderful benefits of working as a librarian!

But, back to Winter! What did I love about this book? First of all, I appreciated the many references to the Snow White source tale that made their way into Winter. Whether it’s a reference to the huntsman, the fear that Winter is more beautiful than Levana, or the threat of a poisoned apple, Marissa included just the perfect number of references to the original fairy tale to make Winter an even more compelling novel.

I also loved the way this last installment in the series featured the reunion of all the star players, and continually shifted between their different perspectives. We get close to Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress all over again throughout the story. 

When CRESS ended, I was really interested in how things would pan out between Cress and Thorne, so of course I was really excited every time Winter switched to a scene about Cress and Thorne’s relationship! What are Thorne’s feelings towards Cress? Would the two ever have that heart to heart we all wanted them to have? I read Winter waiting to see if my questions would be answered…

Speaking of relationships though, I can’t forget to mention Cinder and Prince Kai—loved, loved, loved all their interactions in this book. I especially appreciated the way Prince Kai supported and encouraged Cinder in her journey for justice for Lunar as well as Earth. She wanted to make things right, and Prince Kai showed himself as someone whose heart wanted the same.

And of course, I was on the edge of my seat, wondering what would happen to Scarlet and Wolf. Would Scarlet escape the clutches of the evil Levana? Speaking of Levana, was she redeemable? Well, I won’t give away anything here, but I will say I was completely satisfied with the way everything resolved in the story.

I just wish there was more!

Illuminations of Spirituality

I can’t share my thoughts on Winter, and not mention a few aspects of the story that I think highlight some potential areas of spirituality. I won’t go into great detail in this post about these aspects, but these are dimensions I think could bring up discussion about some of the deeper issues in the story.

-Cinder’s desire to see social justice established throughout the realm of Luna and also on Earth.

-The notion that deep down the members of the “Wolf Army” were still the authentic individuals they had been before they had been “turned.”

-The sacrifice of Ryu for Winter.

-The way Winter was in tune with the animal world, and her connection with the animals she interacted with.

-The deep friendship between Iko and Cinder—two beings that are completely different, and yet their connection was life changing.

Who Should Read This Book

Anyone who started the Lunar Chronicles with Cinder absolutely must finish the series by reading WINTER. This series is epic, and each novel builds on the previous one. Winter is fabulous in the way it weaves together the stories of Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Winter, and Levana, culminating in a tense, exciting, and rich conclusion.

The Final Illumination

This book was just about flawless in the way that Marissa wrapped up all the loose ends from the previous installments.

I am in love with these characters; they seem like dear friends that I now have to say goodbye to. And yet I don’t—as I can read the series over and over again. I sincerely wouldn’t mind if Marissa informed us she was just going to keep writing about this universe and these characters. I would read every book she wrote! Fairy tales are near and dear to my heart, but just as dear are reworked, expanded, and even subversive fairy tales. I appreciated the way that Marissa infused life into these fairy tales but also adapted them and colored them so that they fit within the science fiction setting she created. It really was wonderful!

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