Overview (No Spoilers):
Twice this past week I’ve found myself confused as to where I was in the located within a series. Upon pondering this quandary, I would have to place the fault with my extreme aversion to spoilers. The first time I was mistaken, I thought I was reading the final book in a trilogy with The Dinosaur Princess, whereupon I was actually book three of six. When starting Winter, I thought I had at least one more book to go before the series concluded, however approximately 75% of the way through it dawned on me that all the key players were in position for the grand finale! I quickly adjusting my perspective and was soon engrossed in this series ending conclusion. Moreover, I loved the addition of Winter, the evil queen’s stepdaughter, into the storyline, specifically her embodiment of the Snow White fairytale. Of note, her mental illness/instability emphasized quite heavily, however personally I found her character to be more eccentric than crazy, similar to the Etherealists in Jim Butcher’s The Aeronaut’s Windlass, with Meyer throwing in a few breakdowns in to justify the mental illness claim. With that being said, Winter was a highly entertaining, action packed conclusion to The Lunar Chronicles series, which wraps up almost as predictably and cleanly as one might expect in a fairytale adaption. While I’ve been relatively lukewarm regarding this series throughout, in general I’ve really enjoyed this storyline within the context of the light young adult reading that it was intended to be. Additionally, I wasn’t enthralled with a few of the key protagonists (Cinder), although I grew quite attached with several others as the series progressed, e.g., Cress, Thorne, Iko. Overall, Winter was a delightful ending to The Lunar Chronicles series, which wove together many of our favorite childhood fairytales in a unique futuristic rendering that was predictable, yet rarely dull.
Additional Insight (Spoilers Abound):
I’m struggling to have additional insight because everything wrapped up so picture perfect, which is on par for a series inspired by fairytales. I find my thoughts centered on the great the social divide on Luna. Specifically, I can’t see the transition to normalcy returning easily. More so, with Cinder dissolving the monarchy, what is going to stop some other tyrant taking over under the guise of being elected. Of course, this is me overanalyzing a series that isn’t meant to be looked into this deeply. As such, this series should be enjoyed and taken for what it is, a YA, feel good series with a feel good ending.