Author: Marissa Meyer
Format / Length: Paperback / 208 Pages
Publisher / Date Published: Feiwel & Friends / January 27th 2015
Category / Genre: Young Adult / Fairytale Retellings, Science Fiction
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Description: 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 wish I’d read this book before I’d embarked on my Heroes & Villains mini blog series.
Here’s why: because Fairest, itself, is a deliciously villainous story, and embodies everything that I talked about in those previous posts, portraying a story entirely from a villain’s point of view. If you’ve read Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles, then you’ll know of Levana. And you’ll hate her. But you know what? After this, you might even start feeling a little — dare I say it? — sorry for her. (And here, I stress the whole “feeling sorry for her” should not be mistaken with liking her. Because you won’t.) You will, I think, be given a deeper look into the psyche of a woman who’s villainous role in the main series makes life for our characters a living hell.
Here’s why you should be reading Fairest/The Lunar Chronicles —
- Because it’s a brilliantly crafted, riveting story that’ll keep you engaged from page one.
- It’s a fairytale retelling set in — wait for it — space. What’s not to love about that? If you’re like me then you’ll also be slightly obsessed with every fairytale retelling there is, but especially ones as engaging as this.
- I asked myself why this was such an engaging, easy-to-read novel, and I came back with two reasons. One, it’s so well written. Beautifully descriptive with subtle, elegant worldbuilding that sets the scene wonderfully. And two, the characters. They. Are. Fantastic. Like I said, we get to see a different side to Levana in this novel. Marissa Meyer offers a more vulnerable, unsure Levana — and at the beginning, believe it or not, she’s not the power-hungry tyrannical ruler that we see in The Lunar Chronicles. She’s vulnerable and a little bit more idealistic than we’d expect.
- You’ll pity Levana… but you’ll probably end up being creeped out by her. Fairest is not a love story, but there is romance — and when I say “romance”, I say Levana’s twisted version of love. And I won’t say any more; I’ll let you figure out how the story unfolds, but it’s just another stepping stone that made Levana who she is in the main series. Her character development is FANTASTIC, people. (Which is an incredible feat, mind you, considering the 222-page length of this.)
- Oh. And have I mentioned this was brilliant?
A story of unrequited love, Fairest was a well-written and engaging prequel that fans of The Lunar Chronicles will adore.