We have arrived at the end!! Of this series, at least.
Have you guys ever read a book that literally ended so perfectly you can do nothing but sit quietly and think about it for a while?
What am I saying, we’re all book nerds. Of course you have.
This is exactly the feeling that I got when I finished the fourth and last book in the Lunar Chronicles series, Winter.
Winter, like the other books in the series, first begins by introducing us to a new and pivotal character, Queen Levana’s stepdaughter, Winter.
Winter’s character fascinates me. She suffers from what is known as the “Lunar Sickness”, and is both incredibly childlike as well as wise beyond her years. Imagine a dark and more twisted version of Luna Lovegood, if you will.
Her sickness stems from the fact that she will never use her Lunar influence, also known as telepathy, on others. Which, for lack of a better word, is causing her to slowly go insane. The reasons as to why she won’t use her Lunar influence? Let’s just say that all those rumors about Queen Levana are true. She is, quite literally, the absolute WORST person in the galaxy.
But back to Winter. She does play a very important role, and while her continued naivete would annoy the heck out of me in real life, in this novel her part is actually very believable. I mean, she’s a princess who really has been raised in a castle and given free reign to do what she likes, it’s obvious that she won’t be the most street smart of the group.
And yet, she is still strong in her own way. She is kind, and soft, and fiercely protective of her people, and that is what gives them the strength to follow her. Cinder may bring the ferocity and the tactical advantage, but Winter is the beloved of the Lunar people.
In all honesty, I loved this book the most. Not only did we get to see all of the characters stepping up and showing their true strengths, as varied and different as those strengths are. We also had several leading female characters, who were diverse in both description and personality. While it would have also been nice to have diversity present in their ethnical backgrounds as well, having so many strong female protagonists present in a young adult series that is easily growing to be one of the most popular releases of 2015 is still something to cheer about.
(Sidenote-strong female protagonists aren’t only limited to the one’s who shoot things and fight, just an fyi. It simply means that these women are not only carbon clones of the typical warrior trope. They are all fighters, obviously, they lead a resistance together. But, they do it in different ways. Cress with her tech and romance, Cinder with her mechanical capabilities and general natural leadership, Scarlet with her sharpshooting and loyalty, Winter in her kindness and caring capabilities. All diverse, all three dimensional real characters. Which is nice to see, especially in young adult novels.)
The Lunar chronicles is a series that I absolutely adored. I cannot get enough of it, I thought that it finished the series perfectly, and the world building and character development was fantastic. There really isn’t much more for me to say here, except this.