Book: Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5) by Marissa Meyer

Genre: YA Science Fiction/Fantasy

Title: Fairest

Author: Marissa Meyer

Release Date: 27 January 2015

Previous Book in Series: Cress

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Summary: 

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.

What I Liked:

I wasn’t looking forward to this book.  Not only is it much shorter than the other entries in The Lunar Chronicles, it’s also a prequel.  I put it off and put it off, but now…My goodness!  This book was intense.  It was dark and disturbing and I could not put it down.  It was like watching a pile-up car crash.  Seeing the aftermath is awful, but seeing it actually happen is so much worse.

I vacillated back in forth between sympathy and disgust.  Levana’s family is awful and the people of the Lunar court are awful, so I really felt for Levana in the beginning.  But then, the crazy really started to take hold, and the story just became more and more horrifying.  This book really sets up the reader with the knowledge they need to know about Queen Levana and the Lunar court for the final book in the series.

What I Didn’t:

This book is uncomfortable to read.  I mean that in the best way, though.  It’s dark and twisted and full of disturbing stuff.  You really get to know Queen Levana in this book, and she is super crazy.  The most horrifying thing about this book is that you kind of sympathize with Levana, and she is sooooo evil.  I mean, I feel bad for her and understand where she’s coming from now, but I also now know how batshit insane she is.

Content warnings for this book include mutilation, mental manipulation, attempted child murder, mind control induced non-consensual relationship, and more.  I can’t think of anything, but if you haven’t gotten it by now, shit gets dark!

Overall:

Having a seperate book was really the best way to tell Levana’s story, and this is the perfect place in the series to do it.  By this point, we think we know all there is to know about Queen Levana, but this book definitely proves us wrong.  It takes all the hints that Marissa Meyer has dropped throughout the previous three book and fleshes them out in shocking detail.  It’s so much worse than anything I could have imagined, and that’s what makes this book so great.

My Rating: 5/5

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