Author: Marissa Meyer
Provided Synopsis: 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.
Review: Oh the enlightenment!
Fairest, in a summation, is an extra-long novella about the life of the Lunar princess, Levana, who grows on to become Queen and the villain of The Lunar Chronicles series. This is a character-study, so don’t say I didn’t warn you.
I had expected this story to make me sympathetic towards Levana — and there were moments when I truly felt awful for her — yet to my happiness it also did not shy away from the cruelty of her character. A childhood of pain, loneliness, and a tragic picture of self-worth and image go on to create the delusions and the determination that do not allow her to experience the love and happiness she claims to crave. I feel as if I understand her better now, and all of her actions in the series have been grounded to make sense.
In addition, this story includes the childhoods of Selene and Winter, adding more complexity to the dynamics amongst the three Lunars that will certainly come to a climax in the final book of the series. I recommend reading this book after Cress because of the spoilers it includes for the previous books as well as the completion of the picture. Lunar politics and motivations are explained to make the overall plot of the entire series take root — such as the letumosis disease, beast armies, shells, and marriage contracts arranged by force.
So let us try to look on the bright side: Only ten months until Winter is released (and the end of the book also includes a sneak peak at the first three chapters of the series conclusion)!