Winter is a Winner


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Caroline Albacete '17, Assistant Editor

Winter, the conclusion to the New York Times bestselling series, The Lunar Chronicles, hit stores Tuesday, November 10th. Written by Marissa Meyer, the series is a science-fiction fantasy retelling of the classic fairy tales such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White. Winter, the stunning fourth and final installment of the series, was a solid winner and wonderful end to a terrific series.

The novel follows Cinder, actually Princess Selene and heir to the Lunar throne, as she plans a revolution to overthrow her evil aunt, Queen Levana, with the help of her loyal friends. Those friends include the fearless Scarlet Benoit, the dangerous Wolf Kesley, the dashing Captain Carswell Thorne, the intelligent Cress Darnell, the sassy android Iko, the eloquent Emperor Kai of the Eastern Commonwealth, the reluctant Lunar guard Jacin Clay, and the novel’s namesake, the beautifully gentle Princess Winter Blackburn of Luna.

Winter defies stereotypes by featuring a wide cast of strong and complex female characters and all-around diversity. The heroines (Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Iko, and Winter) are all very unique and entirely different from one another. They each undergo incredible character development through the whole series and learn to lead in various ways: Cinder as a revolutionary queen, Scarlet as a tough warrior, Cress as an exceptional hacker and technology expert, Iko as an outcast android, and Winter as an example of what Lunar society could and should be with the right motivation. Their male counterparts also evolve throughout the novel and series to become stronger people.

Winter is a page-turner that deals with issues of morality and control. The novel examines the importance of sense of self and inner strength while remaining entertaining and completely original.  Because Winter is a marvelous conclusion to The Lunar Chronicles and a fantastic book by itself, it is definitely one of the best books to be released in 2015.