(Quick, funny story: when I originally wrote this post I thought Winter was coming out in February. HAHAHA NOPE. It’s November 10. EEEK.)
WINTER IS COMING. *snerk* LIKE IN
FEBRUARY NOVEMBER, BUT STILL. AHHHHH. Our final, glorious Marissa Meyer book is coming out in FOUR MONTHS EIGHT DAYS and I am unprepared for the excitement. The date kept being pushed back and back and I became an angry dinosaur.
So this post is essentially me fangirling about everything and inserting all sorts of Frozen gifs, because WINTER, geddit?
It might be singnificant to mention that we also have an official blurb-
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 the evil Queen Levana and find their happily ever afters?
THINGS I AM EXCITED FOR IN WINTER
–It is apparently 800+ (!!!!!!) pages that will most definitely be filled with awesomeness and deceit and all sorts of lovely frosty stuff. But 800+ PAGES. That’s bigger than the fifth Harry Potter, I think.
-PRINCESS WINTER OMG. I was sooooo excited and happy when she was introduced and I mean, I knew she was getting a book, but she’s one of my favorite characters already. I’m so interested to see how she develops and how her character goes and just everything.
–The blurb mentions revolution?
I am so, so interested in the American revolution and the French revolution and I just find them so intriguing. I want an awesome revolution in this book, peoples. (I mean, there’s 800 pages to do it.)
–We’re getting there finale with Cinder AND Scarlet AND Cress AND Winter! One of the things I love so much about this series is that it’s entirely female-focused. The women don’t just exist for the men, and sometimes it seems like the guys in the books are replacing the generic female role of being mostly absent. 🙂 (But at the same time they’re still well-written and 3-D, something that a lot of absent female characters don’t have.) Basically, the entire series screams “Girl Power” sooo realistically. They don’t try to hard to be like “girls should be leaders!”, they just MAKE them leaders. No questions asked. That’s one of the things I love so much about it.
–The diversity. Ethnically and culturally this book excels. Cinder is Chinese, Scarlet is French, and Winter is described as having dark skin. The books are set all over the world, along with the characters, and it’s just amazing.
–The setting! I mean, it’s set on the MOON. The goshdarn moon. That’s pretty cool. Along with that, the Lunar Chronicles does something I also don’t see a lot in many Dystopian novels- it involves the entire world. It’s not just one country with the rest disappointedly disappearing, it’s every country in the world. PLUS the moon.
One thing I’m not as excited for is the romantic diversity. I love the actual couples- they are all super realistic and sweet for some pretty crazy matches (heck, Cinder’s a cyborg and Wolf’s well…wolf-ish!). I mean, the romance rocks- it’s not girl swooning after boy, it’s people who like each other but oops, there may be a war going on so we’ve got to deal with that. They’re not throwing all logic out the window so that they can kiss, they’re dealing with the problems that the world faces that are relevant to them and THEN being awkward ducklings about their love lives. They’re not trying to kiss in the middle of a bloody battle. (That’s like asking to get killed somehow, peoples. Why.)
But it’s all pretty heteronormative. I want my queer couples! I want my ace people! If this world can have cyborgs and people who can make themselves look like anyone, they can sure have some other sexualities.
Maybe this isn’t just specifically this book, but all of the books, all of the ones being written. Marissa Meyer does pretty well in the field of diversity except for that part, but it’s important to be inclusive of everybody. And I know I’m also being picky because this book can’t be perfect, but it’s still something I wish for.