Read The Lunar Chronicles if you haven't already!
So, the new player in this game is the Lunar Princess Winter, who is the reigning Queen Levana's stepdaughter. Winter is regarded as the most beautiful of all people on Luna (if you still don't know, Luna is our moon) and is adored by everyone to the point where Queen Levana sometimes sees her as a threat to her throne. Meanwhile, it's time for Cinder and her gang of misfits to start a revolution; to prove to everyone once and for all that Princess Selene has returned, is the rightful heir to the throne and that the people of Luna who have been living under Levana's rule can fight back. It's pretty easy to guess that there are unhappy people on Luna, considering that she and Dr. Hatch are meant for each other.
Now, Winter has some elements that don't work in most books which do work splendidly in this one. And the reason for that is it's phenomenal characters. In Cinder, we started with our cyborg, our android Iko, our good stepsister Peony, our evil stepsister Pearl, our evil stepmother Adri, Prince Kai, a few others, and a want to escape from Adri. Now the stakes are the highest they could've ever gotten. After three books, we now have an assortment of people easy to picture and differ. In short terms, The Lunar Chronicles has some of the best fictional people of the entertainment world, in books or otherwise. Now, I was a little worried during the first 80 or so pages for two reasons: 1) It takes place a month after Cress when I don't think it needed to at all. 2) The plan our heroes make is kind of similar to the one they were trying to stop in Cress. Nothing fixes the first reason, except maybe the fact that the plan would have to take time, but when I saw where the second thing was going, I was fine with it. Good thing Kai has a job to do this time, and my, is it a major one.
I love the fact that not only does this book take place on a city made on the moon and accurately portrays one by the name of Artemisia, but I think it'll help scientists in 40 years to start planting some trees on the moon; there WAS once water on it, so in 40 years, when we pollute too much, who knows? I also love the fact that when it goes to the moon, there's no retreat; the book holds it's ground and stays on it. There are some moments that may remind readers of Twilight, because of this pack of people who are, well, carnivorous like wolves and want blood, but here whenever there is a scene, their intrigue is interesting and it ends before it can get annoying. Every character's story in this edition of The Lunar Chronicles moves and doesn't stop, every romance story romantic without covering up the story. And I actually have a favourite line here beyond all the impressive dialogue and glorious surprises; "Yes, I did so earn it. Thievery is hard work."
Despite a frosty introduction, Winter makes up for it almost instantly the second Cinder comes on Luna, and the book stays in full gear for the entire thing with vulnerable characters and may be the best conclusion I've ever read! Like the Michael Vey books, Winter is that rare book where it's giant length is justified and even celebratory. This is the first book over 600 pages, let alone the first book with 800 to make me feel that way. That is a monumental achievement. Whenever a character is in a bad situation, there's another character in this one-hundred chaptered marvel as equally compelling ready to keep the book rolling until it reaches it's destination without jumping over any important moments.