Series: The Lunar Chronicles #0.1
Published by Feiwel & Friends on January 27, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Science fiction, Young Adult
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My Reviews in this series: Cinder, Scarlet , Glitches, The Queen's Army, Cress
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.
There are no mirrors on these walls
For current fans of The Lunar Chronicles series, Fairest will be a treat to read as we finally get to see Queen Levana’s history and back story all seen from her perspective. The book spans about ten years, from the time she’s 16 into her mid 20’s, with some flashbacks from her childhood. I have to say getting this inside view of how she grew up really puts a cool twist on things and gives me more of a personal connection to her character, tho no sympathy whatsoever no matter some of the awful things she went thru. I think it often happens that the villains of stories are just “evil” for the sake of being evil but with Levana there is demented method to her madness and seeing it first hand from her point of view was great, though bitter and sad as well.
What are we a product of? Nature vs nurture
Levana is an excellent example to use for this old argument of how a person’s character will develop based on their nature or how they are nurtured. She had it rough growing up. Unloving parents, a sadistic older sister who left her mentally, emotionally and physically scarred and being the youngest she was always the shadow of her older sister who would someday be Queen. But in my mind that doesn’t dictate the Orson you choose to be. Do you think the way she was treated while growing up is at fault for the awful things she later does in life? Are those other people to blame for the twisted way her emotions, attachments and ultimately her logic and perception of right and wrong develop? I’m a big believer in that how you are nurtured is not to blame for your faults. True they can have an impact on you but ultimately we as individuals choose what is right and wrong and who we become. Seeing the struggles that Levana goes through and at times even seeing her moments of kindness further solidify my opinion that even she knew she could go about things differently or that she was wrong in the things she did or was doing but her indulgence in her selfishness ultimately always wins out.
Into the mind of a psychopathic megalomaniac!
Fairest was a fantastic origin story for Levana to give us a deeper feel for her character. I was admittedly very sad that the book was only 220 pages and the remainder of the book was the first 3 chapters of Winter. Ultimately though that was actually a really good length given over to her story. So either way I was happy to enjoy this addition to The Lunar Chronicles universe. Fans definitely need to read this book but newcomers to the series should not start with Fairest, you should definitely read it as the 4th book as reading it first before Cinder, Scarlet and Cress will spoil key things for you in the other books. Enjoy! I know I definitely did.