Author: Marissa Meyer
Published by: Feiwel and Friends | 27 January 2015
Date Read: 05 Janury 2016
Rating: 4/5 stars
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
Since the first book of the Lunar Chronicles series, we have all seen the evil that is Queen Levana – Lunar Queen. With all her manipulations and scheming on this series, who would have thought that somewhere behind her veil of power lies insecurities and sadness.
“Levana knew a great deal about beauty, just as she knew a great deal about ugliness”
Fairest is all about Levana. I was actually surprised that somewhere in the life of this powerful Queen she was once insecure, sad and a seeker of physical beauty and also the love of her parents, sister and a guy. In a world where glamour was used to “enhance” one’s physical attribute, this power became as a hideaway on who she really is.
Reading Levana’s story gave us a glimpse on how she became who she is today. We saw the root of all her hatred and the urge to fight back even though her way of fighting back is totally affecting a lot of people in a very not good way. And I actually feel sad for her. The first pages surprised me because I see myself rooting for her to fight back to the bad things done to her.
While what I’ve read was actually far from what I was expecting, Marissa Myer never ceases to amaze me with her world building. Fairest was a great novella to a villain character. This really makes me more excited to read Winter which I will be picking up right after this.