Winter (Book 5 of the Lunar Chronicles) 4/5 Stars After TEN12/14/2021, 6:00:25 PM
Winter (Book 5 of the Lunar Chronicles) 4/5 Stars After TEN busy days, I finally finished this epic ending to one of my all-time favorite series. It’s hard talking about the final book of a series, because everything you want to talk about will spoil something from the other books. So I’m going to do this as carefully as I can. First of all, all loose ends were tied up in satisfying ways. (Although I have some mixed feelings about how Levana's story was resolved. DM me to discuss so I don't accidentally spoil the end.) . One of my favorite things about these fairytale retellings is how much of the original tales Meyer clearly wove into them. And somehow, even with much of the original stories in there, these managed to be something totally different and awesome. I thought the Snow White themes in Winter were done cleverly. (Did you catch the 7 dwarf reference? 😔) . So much went down in the final 200 pages of this story. I was pretty surprised at what Meyer allowed to happen to key characters. It kept me wondering and excited about how things would end up for everyone until the final pages. The evolution and conclusion of Cress’ story turned out to be my favorite, which I wasn’t expecting, since I went into this one personally more focused on other character developments. Iko and Thorne really delivered on the comic relief. And are probably two of my most favorite characters from this series. There was one MAJOR moment that, a few short paragraphs after it happened, the story moved on in a way that made it super anticlimactic and almost made me question why it happened at all. That plus my mixed feelings on Levana and a few things that happened for shock value (it seemed) rather than add to or further the plot dropped this down a point from a full 5 stars for me. All in all, great conclusion and excellent (and one of my favorite) series.