‘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?’ (Goodreads) (823 pages, November 10th 2015, Feiwel & Friends)
This was one hell of a book. There aren’t much books or series, where the last installment is good and really gives us a proper ending to a story. This one does. The entire story you feel we’re going towards an end. All the storylines converge and they all work together to defeat Levana. We read the chapters from all their different point of views, but it never gets jumbled up. They are all so specific and different. Marrisa Meyer did a wonderful job in this and in getting us excited to see how they’re going to end their story.
We finally get to meet Winter. And she became one of my favourite characters and a real interesting one she is. She has been the most interesting one to discover and to get to know. The way she sees what her powers are like and how it affects her, is one gripping story. Also the decisions she makes are so mature for her age and humanlike. The relationships she builds are built on truth and kindness, and that’s so different from what we’re used to from their world.
The world building is out of this world (^^) and we get to see so much more about where Winter grew up and what their world turned out to be. Cinder finally gets there as well and sets foot on different parts of her world and what she sees and gets to know about their history breaks her heart. We see her taking her responsibilities and she grows in her role.Her decision at the end, broke my heart because it was such a beautiful one and a grown-up one and it felt like the most perfect ending of all.
Cress grows a lot as well. Finding her way and what she wants to do later. Her relationship evolves in a beautiful way. One character that actually grew a lot on me, was Scarlet. I was never a big fan of hers, but here she shows her strength and the way she handles some situations was just so admiring. Never accepting defeat and always going further and supporting everyone in her life.
This series has been one of my favourites and Marrisa Meyers writing has taken me to some wonderful places and literally out of this world. 4,5 out of 5 stars. A perfect ending to a beautiful series. I can’t wait to read Stars Above.