About the Book
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publication Date: January 27th, 2015 by Feiwel and Friends
Blurb: In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.
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.
I. HATE. LEVANA. SO. MUCH. I thought I hated Levana a lot when I read the previous Lunar Chronicles books, but after finishing this book, I was fuming. I don’t think I’ve ever hated a villain this much. I haven’t even hated Smaug this much. Seriously. It’s only further proof that Marissa Meyer has a way with words that can’t be beat.
In Fairest, Marissa Meyer weaves a tale telling the backstory of Levana, the main villain in the Lunar Chronicles. In this book, readers see an in-depth look at Levana’s troubled childhood and adolescence. Levana could have come off as excessively (and I mean EXCESSIVELY) evil without any reason, which is one of my pet peeve’s in fiction. Villains need to have motivation, even if they are complete pyschopaths. Fortunately, Marissa Meyer’s rendering of Levana’s backstory shows that Levana clearly has a motivation and a background that has influenced her evil nature. I truly enjoyed getting to understand why Levana was evil instead of just accepting her as that way with no reason.
On the other hand, while it can be understood that Levana’s troubled backstory led to her evil nature, her truly evil acts are still not forgiven. No matter how bad of a past Levana has had, the truly evil acts that she has committed can not use her backstory as an excuse. No, sirree. The evil acts that Levana commits in this book for power over her people are truly chilling and so So SO EVIL. She makes horrible choices that can not be excused, which is why I like that Marissa Meyer doesn’t try to make us readers forgive Levana with this book. This is not some sob-story that tells us the villain isn’t really a villain.
Another thing I loved about this book was the chilling way Marissa Meyer writes. It is clear that she carefully chose her figurative language and the lense through which she describes things to make this story creepy. It’s a lot darker than the other books in the series, but understandably so.
Another perk of the story? It ties back to the rest of the series so neatly. I loved how there were so many references to the other books in this series, and how this book showed the backstory behind the other books, lending a nice continuity to the series. We also got a glimpse of Winter as a child, which makes all the more excited for Winter, which comes out in October *glares at release date* .
The only problem I had with this book was that near the end it felt a little bit rushed. Unfortunately, there were also places where I really had to skim because of some content that I have found uncharacteristic of The Lunar Chronicles. However, the rest of the book shone. All in all, it was an amazing book that gave me a chilling view of Levana’s backstory, created a nice sense of continuity in the series, and made me hate Levana even more than I already had before.
Have you read Fairest yet? I think it was probably the closest time to the release date that I read a book, as I started reading it three days after it came out. When was the closest time to the release date that you read a book?