Winter, by Marissa Meyer
Review by Emily Neumann
Winter was an incredible book about a teenage girl who has to overcome the vile behavior of her vain and evil stepmother. Winter is admired by all of Luna for her kindness and astonishing beauty. On the other hand, her arrogant stepmother, Queen Levana, disguises her imperfections with glamor, a special Lunar ability that makes other people see a perfect image of yourself. Even without using this convenient skill, Winter’s elegance is said to be even more breathtaking than the queen herself. Winter loathes her stepmother, and knows she won’t approve of the affection she has towards a lowly palace guard named Jacin, who also happens to be her childhood friend. But Winter isn’t powerless as Levana assumes she is, and over the years she has been undermining the queen’s intentions. Working together with the cyborg mechanic Cinder and her allies, can Winter start a revolution to end a war between Earth and Luna that’s been raging for too long? Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?
Winter was full of adventure and a sensational end to the Lunar Chronicles series. Marissa Meyer weaved every meager detail into an magnificent conclusion and remarkable finish. She writes in a heart-stopping way that always has twists and turns and makes you feel like you are in the story. For example, when Winter has a hallucination that she gets so frigid that her toes start to snap off, you can’t help but shiver along with her. Your heart thumps each time Cinder is in Levana’s clutches and barely escapes before they slaughter her. Marissa Meyers manages to pull off a stunning fiction story of love and war that everyone will adore. I highly recommend this book and this series to ages young and old because it is one of the most superior books I have ever read.