Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3.5
Published by Feiwel & Friends on 01/27/2015
Genres: fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?
Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.
Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.
You guys, I just love The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, which is seriously shocking because generally I don’t obsess over series, and they are also science fiction (a genre I generally don’t care for). But despite that, this series is just amazing! Even still, though, I was a tad bit nervous and apprehensive to read Fairest because it’s about scary Queen Levana and I knew it would stress me out.
But Fairest was fantastic, which truly isn’t surprising. That said, this was a book that I could only read in small chunks, because I would get pretty stressed. I really enjoyed learning all about Levana and how she became the crazy scary lady that she is now, but it wasn’t an easy read.
I actually expected to sympathize more with Levana than I actually did. Even from the beginning of Fairest, when Levana is only fifteen years old, she still freaked me out a bit. The way she thinks about things is just a bit scary, really. Even with her traumatic childhood and her crazy parents and sister, I never really sympathized with Levana much.
And then, as the story progressed, Levana just got a little crazier and crazier. Don’t get me wrong, Levana is incredibly intelligent, and sometimes her intentions aren’t terrible (although I would say they are almost alway self-serving in some way), but she’s crazy. I hated, hated, hated everything that happened to Everett. It was what really stressed me out the most while reading Fairest. I don’t know how he dealt with it, but he did and he made me love him all the more.
It was entertaining to spot references to the other Lunar Chronicle books though out Fairest. Although Fairest is a prequel of sorts, I definitely think it’s best to read this following Cress. It will make a lot more sense that way, and I think readers will appreciate it more, too.
What I loved best about Fairest, though, is the set up for Winter. I didn’t think it was possible, but I’m even more excited to get my hands on Winter than I was before I read this one. So, if you’re a fan of The Lunar Chronicles, you should totally read this. And if you aren’t a fan of The Lunar Chronicles – why the heck aren’t you?