fairest by marissa meyer (the lunar chronicles, book 3.5)
overall rating: 3.8/5
character development: 3.5/5
genre: YA, sci-fi
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.
before i read this, i was wondering if it was really necessarily to the understanding of the story. in my opinion, it doesn’t contribute much to the actual plot, although it does explain a few events. however, i loved reading about levana’s backstory and why she becomes the person she is at the time of the other books. levana is such a complex character, and the way she thinks and feels is really interesting. she is pretty twisted, and she can be annoying at times, but i enjoyed seeing things from her perspective.
i feel like fairest lacked character development and world-building. levana does not change much over the course of the story, since the main reason her personality changes happens before the beginning of the story. as for world-building, i really liked the descriptions of luna, but a lot of things about luna aren’t explained. i wish there was more description about life on luna, especially in different areas of the planet.
finally, the writing style is pretty good, but nothing amazing. i personally think it’s a little simple, but it’s easy to read at least.
overall, fairest is an interesting book that i would recommend for all fans of the lunar chronicles.
have you read this? what did you think?
here are a few bonus pictures of fairest because this book is honestly so gorgeous!
look at these beautiful endpages 😍
thanks for reading!