Fairest by Marissa Meyer

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Fairest (Lunar Chronicles #0.1)

By: Marissa Meyer

Genre: Science Fiction/Dystopian

Bang Bang Rating: 3/5

Overview

Fairest is the story of Queen Levana and how she rose to the Luna throne.

Dang, That Was Good

I’m sorry to say that the only thing good about this book was the first three chapters of Winter at the end.

That’s too Bad, Dang

  • So Fairest jumps to the day of her parent’s funeral.  I don’t know if this was done because this will be a storyline in Winter but this story is about how Levana came to be so evil and I think her parents had a lot to do with that. Her parents died when she was 15 and the reader is missing the first 14 years of her life.
  • The reader must SUFFER through these ongoing unrequited love scenes between Levana and Evrt (sp?).  I think we the reader was supposed to feel sorry for this poor girl who falls in love with the one person who shows her a little bit of kindness but Levana and Evrt have this conversation at least three times and it’s the same words.  Perhaps if we had more backstory from her childhood, her behavior would have made more sense.  There are pages of this yet Channary’s death gets one paragraph.
  • With the exception of why Levana heavily relies on her glamour, there is no new information in Fairest.  We already knew about Channery, yet I thought Levana killed her sister.  We already knew about Cinder’s escape.  We knew about Levana’s plan with Letumosis.  We knew who Cress was and how she got into the satellite.  There was NO new info or any noteworthy explanations.
  • Channary was far more interesting than Levana.  I would have rather learned about her backstory.  She’s terrible but she’s funny and kind of skanky which makes her intriguing.

Overall

I was afraid that Meyer was going to make Levana into a sympathetic character but she doesn’t and I’m glad.

If Fairest was released a month or so prior to Winter, this wouldn’t be so bad but because Winter was pushed back late in the game to make room for Fairest, it just wasn’t good enough for that.

The Lunar Chronicles is one of my favorite series and I hate to give this a three but it was terrible.  I am, however, really excited for Winter.

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