Friday, November 20, 2015

Me on Winter

Title: Winter
Author: Marissa Meyer
Release Date: November 10, 2015
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (Macmillan imprint)

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?

Winter is a dangerous, explosive ending to a gripping, intriguing, unique series. A series about girls taking charge and fighting back, an evil queen set to rule the world, some clever boys ready to help, and a witty android sidekick.

The book is titled after Winter, a trapped princess, a young woman slowly losing her mind, but it isn't just about her. It's about Cinder's last stand against Levana, it's about Scarlet getting out of her cage and finding Wolf, it's about Cress finding the courage to fight back and not cower in the shadows. And yes, it's about Winter and her fractured mind but still being able to help. I did like how Winter's mental illness was handled, how her attraction to Jacin didn't make it all better. How her mind was fractured, showing her things that weren't there, and how she fought to stay sane. How she wanted to stay sane. How she wanted to get better for herself.

This book is all encompassing. It's hard to describe, hard to discuss without giving anything away. It's massive, which means a lot happens. There are fights and betrayals, racing off down corridors and falling victim to secret plans and plots. There are happy moments, sad moments, devastating moments. This is the end of a story that started all the way back when a disguised prince walked up to a skilled mechanic in a market square, asking for some help. Now that mechanic is a lost princess trying to survive, now that mechanic is a girl with a number of friends, all skilled at different things, all ready to help her. Now that mechanic is no longer alone, but this is the greatest danger she's ever faced.

I do think fans of the series will enjoy this, will be thrilled to see it end in an exciting way. But I will admit that there was a time or two when it felt like the book was dragging. So much is happening. At the beginning, Cinder is heading to Luna with Kai, Wolf, Thorne, Cress, and Iko, and Scarlet is stuck on Luna with Winter and Jacin. Then they all explode together and soon after fracture. Again and again. Back and forth from the palace to the outer sectors. From freedom to captivity. It just felt like a lot was happening, perhaps too much. That being said, I was intrigued by how everything happened, who helped out and who got in their way. Who was still horribly evil. How it all ended.

(I purchased a copy of this book.)

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