Fairest by Marissa Meyer
Published by Square Fish on February 2, 2016
Series: The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5
Genre(s): fiction, fantasy, science fiction, young adult
Format & Length: paperback, 228
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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.
Fairest was an enjoyable and easy to read novella that recounts the story of Levana from young girl to the evil ruler of Luna that fans of The Lunar Chronicles will have known her to become.
I have to thank Dan over at One Man Book Club for suggesting I read this before moving on to Winter; while I haven’t yet picked up the final book in the series, it does seem like this was the right place to read this story. And an interesting story it was! I do like a good backstory about a villain, as it serves to humanize them and help the reader understand their motivations.
Although Fairest definitely answered some questions I had about Levana, I found myself wanting more upon completing it. It prompted new questions that for some reason I hadn’t thought to ponder yet. For example, I found myself wondering for the first time how the Lunar gift came to be. Such an obvious question, and I realized that I hadn’t thought to ask it as I got swept up in the other books in the series that got more complex and action packed with each installment. The simple focus of this particular story allowed my mind to meander in ways it hadn’t since reading Cinder.
She was so stupid. Such a stupid, stupid girl.
For ever thinking she could be admired. For ever thinking she could be beautiful, or adored, or noticed. For ever thinking she could be anything at all.
This is an obvious recommendation for The Lunar Chronicles fans, and especially if you like antihero stories. And I’d definitely follow the advice to read Fairest after Cress and before Winter!