Get ready to read me rant about one of the best books out there and exactly why I love it so much!
MY RATING: 5 STARS
Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mark her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.
Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.
Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.
This book blew me away into the depths where I may never be found!
Okay, so starting with the starting, I loved how we were gradually introduced to Winter and the concept of the Lunar disease. I fell in love with Winter on page 1 when she saved Scarlet and then we got to know how she refrains from using her ‘gift’ despite all the toll that it takes on her. Later we learn of why she doesn’t use it and my heart breaks a little more for her. Plus, she is so sweet and caring that it is endearing. Her heart breaks at the slightest of things and I hate how she is forced to manipulate Scarlet before Aimery can get a hold of her.
Then, we have Jacin.
“It’s not proper for seventeen-year-old princesses to be alone with young men who have questionable intentions.”
She laughed. “And what about young men who she’s been best friends with since she was barely old enough to walk?”
He shook his head. “Those are the worst.”
He’s way too cute and I love his selflessness and love for Winter. He does everything to protect her and while he does not show it in a conventional way, we can see it in his actions. He helps Winter escape and lies to his Queen, Levana about killing her, risking his own life as well as his parents. He also hides Cress in his room and shelters her because Winter requested him to.
Next up we have Scarlet. Oh, gods, she’s been through a lot yet she manages to be brave. She guides Winter and helps reach Maha Kesley’s cottage where they luckily find the others. Also, she accompanies Winter on her trip to find the Wolf-ish soldiers and help make them her army. Even when Winter contracts Letumosis due to Levana’s evil tactics, Scarlet picks her up without fear of catching the disease herself. When she is finally reunited with Wolf or Ze’ev, she sees that he has been even more biologically engineered and still, she accepts him and loves him.
Moving on to Cress… Well, she is luckily found by Winter and hid by Jacin but her journey is in no way easy. She has to stay hidden in Jacin’s room all day long with nothing at all to keep her occupied. She selflessly gives up running away for helping make Scarlet and Winter’s escape succeed. I love how generous Cress is.
Also, when she and Thorne break into the castle and she is separated from Thorne, she courageously keeps to her path despite being scared and helps the rebellion go on and succeed. Most of the successes would have been impossible without her.
“She was trapped. Thorne was captured. But they had been heroic.”
Plus, her and Thorne’s love story is the best. It is an unrequited love for her at first and I hate how she is suffering and as she begins to lose hope, Thorne reignites it but soon they are separated and then they have to do unthinkable things to one other, it’s just devastating, watching them but then, I am so elated for them at the end and their shy love is just amazing,
Then, we have Thorne, our dear Captain. He gets his Rampion! Yay! And while I think that we don’t see enough of him in this book, his presence is simply very calming, He can diffuse the tension and bring a smile to our faces at any point, no matter how stressful.
Let me give you all a few examples:
Wolf, agan “Did you see any rice in there? Maybe we could fill Cinder’s head with it.”
Everyone stared at him.
“You know, to…absorb the moisture, or something. Isn’t that a thing?”
“We’re not putting rice in my head.”
“Scarlet and I are going to start a missing-fingers club. We might let Cinder be an honorary member.”
“Iko, did we break into that guardhouse and broadcast Cinder’s message across all of Luna?”
“And, Scarlet, did I rescue you and Wolf when the entire city of Paris was under siege?”
She raised an eyebrow at him. “Actually, I’m pretty sure Cinder-”
“Yes, I did.”
More than enough proof, I’d say.
Wolf, again, found a way into my heart. How he loved Scarlet and how painful their separation was…
“It’s just like the one Scarlet had.” He flipped the gun in his palms, running his thumbs along the barrel. “She shot me in the arm once.”
This confession was said with as much tenderness as if Scarlet had given him a bouquet of wildflowers rather than a bullet wound.
We did not get to see much of him either since he was captured by Levana but I hated what they did to his body…..
Going over to discuss the evil Queen Levana. I loved her character but hated her in reality. She is the evilest person I have ever met and her manipulations drive me crazy but her plans and intentions are very well crafted. She is heartless and I love exactly how we are shown that. She hates her stepdaughter and goes to unthinkable depths to do just that. She also gets Jacin, who loves Winter to kill Winter (he doesn’t do it so whatever) which is pure evil.
I love how we are shown her beneath the glamour and how she succumbs at the end, it makes her more humane.
Next up is Kai, Emperor Kaito of the Eastern Commonwealth. He too is selfless in his own way. He would die just to ensure that the Earth is safe from the rule of the malevolent lunar queen. I can not help but admire him and how much faith he has in Cinder and how he just waits for her. I also love just how ready he is to help Cress to make their rebellion succeed.
Last but not least we have our own saviour, Cinder! she is brave and awesome and inspiring and motivating. She appeals to the people and wins their hearts. I love the relationship she has with every member of the Rampion crew. I love how she does not give up when half of her brain was not working when her cybernetic part was dysfunctional. Plus, she indeed is savage.
I mean, I don’t think I really need to tell you how awesome Cinder is, if you have come so far in the series then you should already know.
I would like to end it on the note that this was a character-driven novel with a bunch of amazing characters that I fell in love pretty soon and hence, this novel was an extremely enjoyable read for me. 🙂
Anyways, what did you all think of my post? Have you all read this book? What did you people think about it? Tell me in the comments below. Will be waiting to hear from you all, it means a lot to me.
Peace out cuties ♥