My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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? – GoodReads Description
I loved this book so much! It’s the perfect conclusion to the series. I was so involved in this book, and now I’m having trouble pulling my mind and heart out of Lunar world. What is reality? How can I go back to my life after this?
I agree with others that the book was long, but I LIKED that it was long. Those characters are so brilliant and I love them so much… they could have been grocery shopping and doing their laundry and I would have been riveted!
Plus the plot needed that extra length to really address every storyline that needed to be resolved.
I really liked the way that the Snow White fairytale was woven in with the story of the Lunar revolution, and the way all those other fairy-tale characters were joined into this final book.
I just adore the dialogue and interaction between characters! They are so sassy and bold, and there are tons of great one-liners, mostly from Scarlet or Thorne. I can’t even describe how perfect some of the scenes are, with some character saying exactly the right thing, the thing you wanted them to say, or the thing you never expected them to say. It’s just brilliant!
I am completely inspired by the courage, loyalty, and resilience of these characters. They are all so adorable and brilliant in their own particular ways. I was afraid that with so many POVs and so many characters’ storylines going on simultaneously that we would lose some of the uniqueness and depth of the individual characters experiences, but all the depth I wanted was still there! I was totally immersed in each character’s perspective while seeing things through their eyes.
Normally, my pet peeve is multiple POVs, but it’s just so well done in Meyer’s writing, that I love it!
I can’t decide who my favorite OTP is. I mean, I adore every couple in the series, but I think that Scarlet and Wolf are my faves, with Cress and Thorne in a close second.
Everybody keeps getting kidnapped, or thrown in prison, or they are believed to be dead, but then I LOVED the reunion scenes when characters were separated and then reunited again. Hugs and kisses and crying, and I was so emotional!
I still couldn’t really warm up to Jacin. I did like him, but he’s so single-minded. All he cares about is protecting Winter, and he doesn’t really become friendly with Cinder and the gang. But then, he grew up having to hide his feelings for everyone, since any friend or family member could be used against him. If you’re afraid the people you love are going to be tortured or killed to manipulate you… well, no wonder Jacin is so reserved. His character is wonderful, of course, but I didn’t like him as much as I adored the others. (I think that is just my personal thing though, since I get frustrated with reserved people in real life.)
Winter is a simply delicious character! Her POV was wonderfully wild and strange, like being Alice down the rabbit hole. The things she envisions sort of make sense in her own way, but of course, she’s mentally unstable, so it doesn’t make sense to others. She calls her heart a “platelet-manufacturing plant”, and people think she’s out of her mind, but we, the readers, “get” her weirdness. We are there with her. Her relationship with Jacin is absolute perfection, and I loved seeing her coax Jacin into melting his stiff exterior.
I liked that there were major consequences of the violence and revolution. There are injuries, deaths, horrible losses, and emotional, physical, and mental scars. It makes the stakes so much higher, but it also freaked me out, because at any moment my darling characters that I have laughed and cried with could be cut down! Yep, I was a complete emotional mess while reading this.
I can’t wait to read every single word that Marissa Meyer ever writes. I’m a fan for life!