Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Review: Fairest by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles)

Title: Fairest
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 256
Genres: Young Adult, Science-Fiction


Mirror, mirror on the wall, Who is the fairest of them all?

Pure evil has a name, hides behind a mask of deceit, and uses her "glamour" to gain power. But who is Queen Levana? Long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress in The Lunar Chronicles, 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.
Inspired by the evil queen from the classic tale of Snow White, Queen Levana is every bit as evil with a healthy dose of insanity thrown in. I love to read about the backstory of the villain, to give more perspectives from which to cast judgement and I thought it was going to be at least slightly sympathetic but... Nope.

Fairest finally answers why Queen Levana is so obsessed with maintaining her glamour at all times and insists on wearing a veil when she can't. As expected, the revelation ain't pretty. I had been eagerly waiting for more expansive details about Luna, and finally, Fairest has assuaged me. I loved reading about the teasing details on the politics of Luna, how it's society works, what Lunars eat, and a little backstory on the royal lineage - all fascinating stuff. Perhaps most interesting of all was discovering the backstories of Princesses Winter and Selene, and of Selene's mother Channery.

Queen Levana's story is in essence very tragic, but her insanity and the things she does just makes her irredeemable. Levana's entire lineage is very questionable on the mental stability side and reminded me of the Targaryen house from Game of Thrones.

I love this book, it is so fascinating and I wanted it to never end. Queen Levana is just as evil as is expected and is a refreshing departure from constantly focusing on just the heroes' points of view. Sometimes it's nice to wander on the opposite side of the tracks, and Queen Levana is a character you will love to hate.

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