Series: Lunar Chronicles #3.5
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: Science Fiction
Rating: ✪✪✪ 1/2
Blurb: 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?
Review: I absolutely love the Lunar Chronicles, (at least the first three books, which are the ones that I have read) and I also love villain formation stories. When I heard about the combination of these two, manifested in Fairest, I couldn’t wait to read it.
This is also not a story where you will feel sorry for the protagonist. Rather than focus on making Levana a likable character, Meyer sets out to reveal how truly twisted she is inside. I cringed more than a few times from her awkward encounters with other characters, particularly her love interest. While I never really felt sorry for her, I did come to understand her motives more, although they really just further contribute to her insanity.
A nice thing about this novella is that you get a view of Princess Selene with her mother, which is a relationship that I hadn’t really thought a lot about. This provided a nice little addition to the Lunar Chronicles, adding more depth to an important character previously unexplored. And my overuse of the word “nice” kind of sums up my feelings on this book. While it was okay, and added some interesting elements, I wasn’t really drawn into the story or invested in the characters. For most of the 220 pages, I felt very uncomfortable with the situations that were unfolding. That was the point of this novella though. It provides a look inside of a disturbed persons mind. I would be more worried about being comfortable in a villains mind than uncomfortable.
Overall I would recommend this book to someone reading the series, although I would say you should read it in the order it was published (after Cress) as there are some minor spoilers for earlier books. I have also been told it provides important backstory for the next book in the series, Winter, which I will be starting after I hit the publish button on this post ;D.
As always, feel free to comment with your own thoughts, and thank you for reading!