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.
Plot: Fairest tells the story of Queen Levana before she was the “Evil Queen.” It tells how she was raised and what brought her to such a bad place. One thing that’s interesting is that this is the first story that isn’t taking from a fairy tale (as far as I can tell). This is just a unique story about the queen’s upbringing. She was raised and a princess in a kingdom, which you would think would be amazing. But she was pretty miserable. She had an evil older sister that bullied her to the point of physical scarring (who just happens to be Cinder’s mother). Her sister is also much more popular and next in the line for the throne. Not only is she tormented by her sister, but she’s in love with someone who is already married. You get to see how the queen ended up where she is today in the rest of the series.
Character: Levana- One thing I thought was interesting about this book is it didn’t make you feel bad for Levana. She was crazy! Even when she was younger, she had such a messed up mind. She’s constantly controlling people and making such poor decisions. It was almost uncomfortable to read at some points because you couldn’t really sympathize with what the main character was doing. It almost just made you want Cinder and the gang to beat her even more.
Cover: I like how the cover sways from the usual theme of things. There isn’t any red (although there is fire) like there is in the usual covers. It’s perfect because even though it’s technically in the Lunar Chronicles, it’s a side story from the point of view of the villain. There’s something slightly creepy about the way you can see Levana in her veil in the mirror. It’s perfect!
Closing Thoughts: Overall, I enjoyed this. I almost didn’t read it because I thought it would make you feel bad for Levana, and I kind of just wanted to keep her evil in my mind. But Marissa Meyer didn’t do that! She kept Levana evil and crazy throughout the whole book. There are a few moments you feel really bad, but then her evil side brings you right back to wishing her gone. I think it’s definitely worth reading, but only if you’re very invested in the story.
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