I don’t know what my problem is, but every single solitary time I think about the final installment of The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, I get Tori Amos stuck in my head. I can’t complain because “Winter” by Tori Amos is one of the most beautiful songs of all time, but it has absolutely nothing to do with the spacey robot-tastic fractured fairy tale epic. That’s right, kids, the final installment of The Lunar Chronicles happened and I’m here to tell you about it. Well. At least enough about it without ruining all the things. Since that’s nigh on impossible without discussing earlier books in the series, I recommend that you read Cinder (review), Scarlet (review), Cress (review), and Fairest (review) before reading this review of Winter… Or just accept my big fat SPOILER ALERT right here. Proceed at your own risk.
Winter is our resident Snow White. If Snow White lived on the moon and was driven half mad by her refusal to use her man brain manipulation skills, that is. She is known for her beauty which is all the more spectacular since she doesn’t go around bending everyone else’s perceptions to make them think she’s fabulous. She’s got the wickedest stepmother in all the land and she’s madly in love with her childhood pal/palace guard/highly unsuitable mate Jacin.
Luckily, she’s also got some super cool new allies in Cinder (cyborg/long lost princess), Scarlet (farmer and organic produce enthusiast), and Cress (computer programming genius/socially awkward girl recently sprung from captivity on satellite.) Are we all caught up? Oh yes, we can’t forget their various beaus, Kai (Emperor/resident Prince Charming), Wolf (genetically modified super soldier), and Thorne (impossibly handsome rogue criminal mastermind.) Will they be able to defeat Levana? Will they all achieve their various “happily ever afters”? I’m not going to tell you because of spoilers. I will, however, tell you I thought this book, though long, was a quick read, a fun romp, and a worthy end to the series so many have fallen in love with. If you’re a fan of fairy tale retellings, I highly suggest you check out The Lunar Chronicles. Now. If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go listen to some Tori Amos and make sure the entire range of my feelings are in working order. (You know that scene in Love Actually where Emma Thompson tells Alan Rickman that Joni Mitchell taught his “cold English wife to feel”? That’s me. But with Tori Amos’s Little Earthquakes.)
Talk to me, Bookworms! Have you been reading The Lunar Chronicles? Do you have a feelings album?
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