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Publisher's Note:  

The #1 New York Times Bestselling Series!

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar 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.



Winter

by Marissa Meyer

Review Date:
07/01/2016

Recommended Age:
14+

Overall Rating:
*****

Profanity / Language Rating:
**

Violence / Gore Rating:
********

Sex / Nudity Rating:
**

Overall Review:  

Wow.  This is a young adult series that I have come to adore, and the final installment, Winter, did not disappoint, which is such a glorious and rare thing.  (Thank you!)  Author Marissa Myer has taken inspiration from various fairytales and woven them together in a futuristic setting to create an odyssey--yes, an odyssey.  This book alone was 832 pages.

Although the first half of this book focuses prominently on the story of Princess Winter, all of the characters from the first three books of the series are brought together.  One of the things I thought particularly endearing was that although there are romantic "couples" in this series, for much of the time the couples aren't together.  Instead, the characters are in flux--sometimes working in groups of two or three and then switching it up again.  It gave the young adult cast a wonderful feeling of camaraderie; they each had unique relationships with each other and quirky interactions.  I also appreciated the bravery of creating a heroine, Winter, who some might consider "damaged" or "broken".

There is plenty of romance, a bloody revolution, and non-stop action from beginning to end.  The author's deft touch at wrapping up the storylines without going too far was particularly artful.  A stellar series!

Review of the unabridged audiobook 

Note:  Although I was initially unenthusiastic about the reader in book one, and still unsure at the end of book two, by the end of book three I had been completely won over by the reader, Rebecca Soler.  As more characters were added to this series, she just got better and better.  Her voicing if Iko was brilliant.  Now I can't fathom anyone else reading this series.


Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  8 religious exclamations.

Violence/Gore:  Several references to violent acts from previous books in series; character made to self-inflict lashings character hallucinates that a character's head is cut off and rolls to her feet; character is forced to kill self with knife, mention of blood pooling and it being cleaned up as others watched; several separate hallucinations of walls bleeding with detailed description; news report of attacks with scenes of bodies and description of guerilla tactics; character punched in face; execution by gunshot, no description; extended battle scene with guns, shooting, hitting etc. resulting in death and severe injuries; threat at knifepoint; character ordered to assassinate someone; extended, detailed scenes of a character hallucinate involving copious amounts of blood; extended, intense scene in which an animal is killed with pooling of blood that drenches clothing; character has extended hallucenation of drowning in blood, descriptive; report of attempted suicide; report of a suicide; brief description of what characters do to terrorize, with some description; destruction of property and kidnapping of characters; character knocked unconscious; soldiers beat man while others long on; confrontation between people and soldiers; characters rounded up by soldiers and they begin executing people, one person forces to break own fingers, many deaths; fight in which there are injuries, blood, and a report of death; character has a dream about washing in blood; characters are shot/killed; threats of dismemberment and to kill family; extended fight scene with shooting, biting, etc. many deaths and descriptions of blood; brief confrontation, mention of blood; characters desire to eat other characters and often comment upon that; discussions of strategies/rebellion; more hallucinations with extended descriptions involving blood; character is poisoned; character is chased and hears sounds of shots, sees smear of blood; character knocked unconscious; extended battle scene, descriptive, involving knives, guns, forced self-inflicted harm, forced harm on loved ones, copious amounts of blood; characters come upon battle scene with bodies described, causing great anguish/mental break in a character (intense scene); character forces another to choke someone; character stabs another character repeatedly with a knife and cannot stop self; extended fight scene involving knives, guns, sever injuries, loss of limbs, spurting blood, and death. 

Sex/Nudity:  Several characters are attracted to members of the opposite sex and often have thoughts of romance/love; character notices male's physique when he removes shirt; various young adults (late teens- early twenties) kiss upon different occasions, sometimes passionately; reports of kissing; characters touch others on hand, face, back, shoulders, arm, etc.; joking about someone being attracted to another; a character is naked for a medical procedure (non-sexual); brief discussions about romantic feelings people have; an embrace (for comfort); a few brief scenes of passionate kissing; innuendo that a character was "fond" of a serving girl and that she did not want his attention; character is reported to leer at women; professions of love.



Mature Subject Matter:  

Dictators, revolution, mental illness, biological warfare, prejudice, discrimination, medical ethics, death, death of a family member, war, murder.



Alcohol / Drug Use:  

None



Reviewed By Cindy
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