Book: Fairest by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles 3.5
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Date Published: January 27th, 2015
Date Started: November 7th, 2015
Date Finished: November 9th, 2015
Other Books Reviewed: Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Winter
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.
Let me start off by saying that you do not need to read Fairest in order to finish the series. In fact, you could finish the other four books and not finish Fairest and you’d be perfectly okay. However, I really recommend that you do read Fairest because it provides so many insights and clues as to what Levana’s motives are and why she acts the way she does. If you thought she was messed up and evil now, wait until you read Fairest.
Fairest takes place before the events of Cinder, which is why I think it doesn’t matter when or if you read it. Really, I would argue that this is book .5 rather than 3.5. The story takes place over a decade or so, starting when she is 16 and just young, sweet girl. It feels weird to describe Levana that way, but its true. Maybe naive is a more appropriate word. Over time, you get to see her develop into the Queen that you’re familiar with in the other novels. It’s all heartbreaking and quite messed up at the same time. This book really reveals a lot about Levana and actually changed the way I look at her. Not for the better, but changed none the less. I guess I understood her more. One of the things that were revealed and I loved reading about was her previous marriage. I knew she had a step daughter and that she always wore a wedding ring, but thats all you ever knew. In Fairest, you get to see the whole thing- how they met, who he was, and what happened to him. I loved this part because it revealed so much, like what really happened to Princess Selene and other vital characters. It kind of provides you with a little insight to these characters and what kind of role they will play in the final book, Winter.
This book was a quick short read at only 222 pages, but it reveals so much. I highly recommend this book if you really want to get to know who Levana truly is.