Book Review ✭ Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Title: Fairest
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles
Genre: Young adult, Sci-fi
Publication date: January 27, 2015
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 272

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.

If you thought you hated Levana before… If you thought Levana was crazy before…
Prepare yourself.

She is utterly insane, but it’s good to know she had a terrible upbringing to poke and prod her natural insanity. I’m going to be honest. There were maybe two instances in which for about 3 seconds, I actually felt pity for Levana. But of course, she would turn around and do something despicable in the next moment. How could I possibly forget the impeccable villain that she is?! No one does evil like Queen Levana.

Channary was a pretty good runner up in the evil department. She certainly spread her share of bad. A good portion of it was directed toward her sister.

I absolutely loved seeing Cinder and Winter growing up and seeing the life they shared at one point. Even seeing the way Levana’s relationships with the two girls was an eye-opener. Her pure loathing and resentment towards them makes a whole lot more sense.

The ending scenes were a bit overwhelming because everything seemed to rush by in a blur of climactic moments. I barely had a chance to breathe, come down from the adrenaline rush, and take in what happened.

Marissa Meyer is such a powerful storyteller. In the case of Fairest, Meyer wrote this story in a way that doesn’t forgive Levana’s actions and may not necessarily make us sympathize with her, but rather understand her point of view. Readers can now grasp the point in Levana’s past in which her mind started to unravel in twist in the most haunting way. This is no doubt the most dark of all the books in this series as of yet.

This origin story really helped put things into perspective and clear up a lot of questions and wonders I had about Levana. The plot was minimal but solid. After all this is an origin story so it serves the purpose of providing background and info. Truly well-written and a great appetizer for the final book in the series. This book is a must read!

And for audiobook listeners, may I also recommend listening to the audio version of this book. The narrator, Rebecca Soler,  is superb and really does a proper execution of all the characters.

*For the best reading experience, I suggest reading in order of publication:
There’s quite a few bits and pieces that will spoil the earlier books a bit if you don’t read in that order. There are also many “ah-ha” moments that will be enjoyable to connect. 
Marissa Meyer is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles. She lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and three demanding cats. She’s a fan of most things geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, any occasion that requires a costume), and has been in love with fairy tales since she was a child. She may or may not be a cyborg.