Book Review 94: Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer

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I’ll be honest, I wanted nothing to do with Fairest, a novella telling Levana’s side of Cinder’s tale. It seems all the rage these days to have these .5 short stories and novellas telling another side of the plot. And many times, I find them disappointing as they stray from the characters I like most in a series. (Side of Lord John, anyone?)

Here’s the deal. I loved Fairest. Levana is well-rounded, three-dimensional villain on par with Amy Dunne and Hannibal Lecter. Reading Fairest reminded me of some older episodes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation when the plot examined the mind of a particularly brutal serial killer. The viewer (or in the case of Fairest, the reader) has a chance to see inside the bad guy’s heart and mind and learn what makes him tick. Queen Levana is stripped of her glamour and the results are telling. Will you feel sympathy for Levana upon finishing Fairest or not? How does a person become wicked? Fairest gives readers a glimpse and let’s them decide.

 

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Fairest

Author: Marissa Meyer
Published on: January 27, 2015
Pages: 272
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3.5
Genres: fairy tales & folklore, science fiction, young adult
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My Rating: Thumbs Up
Also in this series: Cress, Winter

 

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10 responses to “Book Review 94: Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer

    • There is some insight on her look without the glamour, Julie. It’s a really quick read! My library had it and there was NO waiting list!

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  1. stormi34

    I am so behind in this series..I haven’t even read Scarlet yet..but I have it on audio..lol.

    • I listened to Cress as an audiobook. The narration was great! I would definitely listen to the other books if I had the opportunity.

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  2. I agree, 100%. I finished thus a couple weeks ago now (reviews written, just not published) and I came away feeling like I actually needed this story. I still see Lavana as the bad guy, who’s made lots of evil choices, but she’s complex and I understand her better.

    • It was such a nature vs. nurture issue with her. One minute I was like if someone would just HUG the poor child all would be well and then she was think something really awful and I would think…maybe she was born that way!

      Terri M., the Director
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      • Omg I hadn’t thought about it in those terms but you’re so right. I felt so sorry for her at moments, thinking she just needed love. But then look how she treated the person who tries to be her friend! So idk that anything could have helped her!

        • What are the lyrics from Wicked?

          “Are people born Wicked? Or do they have Wickedness thrust upon them? After all, she had a father. She had a mother, as so many do…”

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  3. This one was too much for me, but it was exceptionally well done, especially for being a shorter book, and I did feel for Levana at points. There were so many parts where if someone would have just loved her or reached out to her that she could have been an amazing person instead of who she turned into.