by Marissa Meyer
"The young princess was as beautiful as daylight. She was more beautiful even than the queen herself."
In this final installment one events follows the other quickly without giving you almost time to take a breath; It's fast-paced, heart-pounding and a quite entertaining read. It was a quite long book (p.820), and still it was a really quick read.
This is the fourth installment in the Lunar Chronicles series ( Cinder 1#, Scarlet 2#, Cress 3#, Feriest 3.5#), taking as a start point Snow White's original story. The book starts off from Cinder, Thorne and the rest of the crew still wanted criminals on both Luna and Earth, orbiting unseen in space they need to figure out quickly how to break out a civil revolution on Luna and put an end to Levana's tyranny and their are gonna need a hand from the charming princess Winter.
Winter is loved by the people for her kindness and natural beauty; she despise her stepmother, and knows that Levana won't approved of her feeling for her childhood friend/royal guard, Jacin. We already got a good shot of him in the previous book at which end he sold out Cinder and her friends to the Commonwealth, quite a controversial character, definitely different from everyone else.
This is the real prestige that Meyer's books have, every character is unique and equipped with a complex personality. Jacin is fundamentally, from my point of view, selfish in comparison with the other characters he cares only about his princess and it's like that from the beginning to the end. I didn't feel his involvement in the squad as much as for the others, he felt like a temporary addiction, in it just for personal advantage. His crazy princess surely, makes the fun in the couple.
Winter stopped using her Lunar ability to defy her stepmother and have, in a contorted way, more control over her life, but by not using her Gift she is slowly going crazy. Her exchanges with Scarlet were one of the most funny of the book after Thorne's, their friendship was quirky and smart, really really fun to read. In this grand finale we are reminded that romance isn't everything and friendships is as important.
"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."
Marissa Meyer was amazing in orchestrating all the different plot and subplot, making them inter-wine and then finally converge with grace and effectiveness in this last book. The characters were has always right on spot, the true lead of the series. In fact if we consider that settings and background have little space in the book, what left are just the characters, speeches and actions that are able to keep the reader glued to the pages without time to spare.
I'm always surprised at how the author was able to pick up this traditional stories and build around and inside of them, so that you are still able to recognize the plot line but at the same time living a totally different feeling and story.
We all know that usually a fairy tales end with a Happily Ever After, but what really mattered in this book was not the ending but the road that took us there.
"And they lived happily to the end of their days"