Reading Winter has got to me one of the best reading experiences I've ever had. As the fourth and final book in the Lunar Chronicles, I had some high expectations. What I received was better than I dared to dream. Due to its intricate plot with a group of main characters, I knew that tying up all the loose ends would be a hard feat to do. I am happy to say that there weren't any loose ends or big questions I still had after reading this novel.
I truly don't have anything to say for the weaknesses of this novel. The pace felt slow about 200 pages in, but never felt as if it was dragging. The slow pace wasn't necessarily slow, in fact it was slow compared to the break neck action and danger found in the majority of the novel. All of the characters were true to who they were in the previous novels. Winter and Jacin, the two main characters newly introduced, were a breath of fresh air. I loved the dynamics of their relationship and how they had a fragile and complicated past as well.
I think my favorite couple out of the four core couples has to either be Thorne and Cress or Kai and Cinder. With Kai and Cinder reuniting at the end of Cress, the third novel in the series, I desperately hoped that Cress and Throne got their happy ending. Their relationship is so cute. Both have their insecurities pertaining to one another, but in the end they make each other better people. Scarlet and Wolf's relationship deemed stronger than ever in this novel. I love how they always support each other, no matter what changes occured. Winter and Jacin have great chemistry. They were childhood best friends and Jacin has stuck by her side since then. What I loved most about their dynamic was that because they've known each other for so long, I knew there was no other pretenses as to why they interacted.
The intricate world building of this series has truly paid off in this concluding novel. I was never confused throughout any of the novel as to the structure of how everything worked. As a reader, we have been both introduced to the Eastern Commonwealth and Luna.The political relationship between these two is tense to say the least, but I loved the political tension. In fact, the political tension between Earth and Luna really enhances the novel.
The last thing I want to talk about is the amazing turn of events throughout the novel. Marissa Meyer wrote an amazing novel and I literally would never have guessed some of the main things that happened. There were some major points in the final battle that I was blown away by. There were developments that I never truly saw coming and I loved every single one of them. The last 150 or so pages were downright amazing. They were so great to read and I was speeding through needing to know what would happen.
While not all my predictions came true, Winter was even better than my imagination and it was a wonderfully crafted novel. The Lunar Chronicles has been cemented as one of my favorite series with this conclusion and I could not be happier.
With that, I give this book