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Winter: The Lunar Chronicles, Book 4

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Blockbuster finale to addictive sci-fi fairy-tale series.

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age 14+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 14+

A fine finale

There is a heavy bit of fighting in this book with a good bit of kissing. There are parts with genetic modification and using people called shells in a suspended state for there blood. If your child is a fantasy fan or has read books like the hunger games this book will be fine. The characters are strong and great female role models the males fall into what is traditionally a female helper role.
age 13+

Perfect finale to an amazing series

Ooohhh, I’m becoming quite the Marissa Meyer fan. I finished the Lunar Chronicles about a week ago, and absolutely loved it. It had basically everything I look for in a book: Fantasy, romance, strong female leads, strong male leads, hate-able villain, fairy-tale mashup, and a surprisingly complex plot that ties in to all four fairy-tales perfectly. Now for the review! Characters: Cinder: 4.8 stars. Cinder is arguably the main heroine of the storyline, and I love her. If you mixed Katniss and Tris, you’d get someone resembling Cinder. That is, a sassy, empathetic, willing-to-do-anything-to-further-the-cause type of girl that steals the show in every scene. (Her cyborg abilities are pretty darn awesome too. :) Scarlet: 4.3 stars. I LOVE Scarlet, but she doesn’t get as many chapters as Cinder or Cress or Winter, which made me a little mad. But I still loved her character, and how she didn’t coddle Winter like some of them did. Cress: 3.4 stars. As much as I wanted to like her, and her relationship with Thorne, it all comes back to her inevitable swoony-ness. Granted, she was better in this book, but still not enough to really see her strengths, and that made me a little upset. Winter: 4.9 stars. Oh, I love Winter! I love how kooky and lovable and crazy she is! It sounds weird to say that her madness makes her more lovable, but it’s true! “And the wolves all howl, ah—ooooohhh” Kai: 4.5 stars. A solid, great character. Wolf: 4.8 stars. Wolf is so unique, maybe one of the most unique love interests I’ve ever read about. Great job, Marissa. Thorne: 4.9 stars. Oh, Thorne. Our wonderful bad-boy/thief/flirt. It’s almost impossible not to love Thorne, he’s just so hilarious! Jacin: 4.9 stars. Jacin, Jacin, Jacin. Sweet, grumpy Jacin. Sweet, grumpy, perfect-for-Winter-Jacin, how we love you so. Iko: 4.7 stars. Iko is absolutely ADORBS! I love her and Kinney, they are adorable! Now on to the relationships of this series! Relationships: Kaider: 4.5 stars. Snarky, cute, and endearing, these two together make for one of the series’ best couples! Their gentle, sassy chemistry is very well done. My second fav couple. Wolflet: 4.8 stars. Very well done, I love Wolf’s sweet obsession with tomatoes! These two together are reeeeeaaaalllllyyyyy cute, not gonna lie. My third fav couple. Cresswell: 2.5 stars. This couple is… not my favorite. I don’t know, Cress was always too swoony over him and he was always too snarky for her and their chemistry just didn’t WORK, so this is my least favorite couple. Definitely. But they get the best kissing scenes, which made me mad. They get two really great big kissing scenes, while Wincin only got one and Kaider and Wolflet got a few small kisses. Unfair? I’d say so… Wincin: 4.8 stars. My fav couple in the series. They’re absolutely adorable! Ikinney: 4.5 stars. Lots of potential. Concerns parents might have: There’s a couple uses of the h-word, but really, that’s not much of a concern. There’s a couple passionate kisses, nothing too inappropriate. Winter (the book) is about as violent as Cress (the book) was, which is a little more violent than Cinder and less violent than Scarlet. All in all, I’d highly recommend this series to pretty much everybody! Now go get the book, sit back, and let expert author Marissa Meyer entertain you with her wonderful story!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (33 ):

If you're a fan of the Lunar Chronicles series and of massive, epic endings, then expect this 800-page-plus finale to really satisfy. With that many pages in WINTER, expect no subplot to go unexamined; no romantic interlude to go by without a hearty amount of swooning and intensity after couples are reunited, separated, and reunited again; no battle scene without some serious slo-mo mind-control bloodshed and gravitas; and no wedding gown in a throne room to go unbloodied. You get the idea. Big, sweeping stuff.

For readers who don't like both the sci-fi/action and romance pieces equally, you may find yourself overwhelmed by one or the other. Even fans of both will find a moment or two thinking they wish Cinder would just storm the castle already. But it's all good, careful storytelling and it all intertwines beautifully in the end. Happily ever after, of course.

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