SO BASICALLY THIS WAS INCREDIBLE!
Am I suprised? Nope. I’ve read 3 books in the Lunar Chronicles (Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress) and they just get better and better.* I was so curious about this book because Queen Levana (the villain of the series) hadn’t had copious character-development so far. To me, she was Distantly Villainous But Not Overly Understandably Interesting. (Like President Snow from The Hunger Games!) Would Fairest make me feel sorry for her or hate her with a fiery passion?
GUESS WHAT?? IT DID BOTH!
Fairest made me pity and loathe Levana all at once.** That takes extraordinarily amazing writing skills. I bow to Marissa Meyer. She is possibly the Queen of YA.
* Which presents awkwardness since I rated Cinder 5-stars and then liked Scarlet even better and…I NEED MORE STARS, CLEARLY.
** These are complex emotions, peoples! Pity me!
The writing is gorgeous as usual.
I felt it took me 10 or so pages to really get into it…but I wasn’t sure if it’s because I haven’t been in Lunar Land for so long OR if the beginning dragged.
Ohhhh, but the romance is CREEPY.
It’s written so so well and you can nearly see both sides. But Levana is downright creepy. At 15 she becomes obsessed with a palace guard. He sees a miserable little girl (glamours hiding something horrible??) and he offers simple friendship…except she sees it as LOVE. It’s a miserable tale of brainwashing and manipulation and emotional torture. And since it’s from Levana’s point-of-view, I totally understood WHY she did it. But it was oh-so-wrong and clearly awful.
Now Fairest IS a prequel…but I DON’T think you should read it first.
Read it second, or third, or whatever (it is a nice bridge from Cress to Winter) but I don’t feel it’d have a lot of impact if it was your first Lunartic book.
THINGS YOU FIND OUT IN FAIREST:
- How Levana got her scars.
- Why she wears glamour.
- Exactly what happened to Princess Selene.
- Details of Levana’s mirrors hate.
- A few tidbits about Dr. Erland.
- How Winter grew up (and who her real mother is).
- Why Levana is seriously twisted. (Her childhood was baaaad, peoples, baaad.)
- That Levana has an older sister, Channery (which you probably knew, but I’d forgotten until I read this).
- Why the Lunars decide to unleash that devastating disease on earth.
- It has the first 3 chapters of Winter in the back (!!!!!!)
- What they eat on Lunar (this is a very important tidbit and, obviously, delicious).
Why are you even still here?! YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK.
It twisted me in a incredible knot of emotions and it’s only 222-pages. I was so sucked in. I read it in a few hours flat and devoured the sample chapters of Winter. I NEED MORE. I need Winter. And while I pity Levana, I still hate her. She is a gloriously wicked villain with a completely tragic backstory and warped intentions.
I’m counting down until November when Winter comes out that is FOR SURE. (Also…did you know Winter is going to be 800 pages?! Oh. my. gosh.)
Thank you Macmillan Australia for the review-copy! Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles 0.5) by Marissa Meyer came out on February 1st, 2015.
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’m quite a fan of villains myself…but do you like reading from the villain’s perspective?! tell me about a book you’ve read that was by the villain (and did you like it? yay/nay?) and who’s excited for Winter?! do i hear the lunartics screaming??
Cait is out of her mind right now due to editing copiously. Seriously. It’s pretty bad. She finds herself needing a lot of chocolate and frequent breaks on pinterest. Besides editing like a fiend, she has been reading Unwanted by Amanda Holohan and folding origami lilies. As you do.