Book Review: “Winter”

winter-bookThe fourth and final book in the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer, Winter, manages to not only introduce the reader to another unique heroine, but to also continue the journeys of the previous three as their stories all intersect for the finale.

Based loosely on fairy tale characters, each book of the Lunar Chronicles centers around a different girl: Cinder from Cinderella, Scarlet from Little Red Riding Hood, Cress from Rapunzel, and Winter from Snow White. But while each has a background that loosely resembles their fairy tale inspiration, the main story itself is set far into the future dealing with the problems presented by advances in technology, space colonization, and warfare.  The series starts off with the character of Cinder, a girl whose chance encounter sets her on an incredible journey to save the people of both the Earth and the Moon – if she can manage to stay one step ahead of an evil queen after her head, that is. The events of her story set off the journeys of the other girls, with Scarlet, Cress, and Winter eventually all getting caught up in and aiding Cinder’s fight against the despotic Lunar Queen, Levana. By the end of the third book, most of the main characters have all been brought together and fleshed out, and are now ready to deal with the biggest problem of the whole series: How exactly are a handful of teenagers on the run supposed to take down the regime of the crazy queen of the moon?

Although quite a tall order, Winter manages to answer this question plausibly with a tale of romance, revolution, action, and sacrifice. With princesses fighting against an evil queen for their shot at a happily ever after and battles on the Moon against monsters and Lunars with mind control powers, Winter is recommended for anyone interested in fairy tales, science fiction adventures, and epic teen journeys. This book, as well as the rest of the books in the series, can be found in the General Collection at the Bellevue University Library and checked out for three weeks.

Originally posted in the Freeman/Lozier Library’s quarterly newsletter, More Than BooksV. 20 No. 1, Winter 2016.

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