Fairest

Fairest

Book - 2015
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"Queen Levana is 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250073556
1250073553
9781250060556
1250060559
9781250068743
Characteristics: 222 pages ; 22 cm.

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sarahbru17 Jul 17, 2017

Characters: 9/10
Plot: 9/10
Writing: 10/10
This book was so good and yet so bad. Obviously, Levana is a horrible person, so you don’t like her, but as the protagonist of this book, you have to sympathize with her. Talk about making a relatable, understandable villain! It was a real page-turner; I couldn’t put it down, but I was still horrified by everything she did. I really liked learning more about Evret and Channary. My one point of confusion was over Levana's glamour; it describes her as mimicking Solstace, but that's not how I'd pictured her during the rest of the series, so I'm not sure where the mix-up was. I really think it served its function very well within the Lunar Chronicles; it’s a great intermediary between Cress and Winter (I ended up reading it after Winter, and suddenly some things made a lot more sense). I might re-read it again in context with the rest of the series, but it’s almost more like bonus materials than it is a necessary re-read.

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marthabwaters
Jun 29, 2017

Villain origin stories can be quite interesting, though this wasn't the best-executed example of it. Meyer strikes a good balance between making Levana a bit more sympathetic and showing the factors that led to her becoming the villain she is in the Lunar Chronicles, while also showing that she’s always been a bit unhinged. However, I really thought this was too long - it's practically the length of a full-length book, not a novella, and I think a lot of the information could have been conveyed in a short story. Fans of the previous books in the series will still likely want to read this, though, for completion's sake – and it’s also nice to read a bit more about the childhood of Princess Winter, before she takes her place at center stage for the series’ final installment

GCPL_Teen Jun 23, 2017

Though Levana is not an entirely believable character, this book is characterized by unexpected twists and little references to the other books in the Lunar Chronicles. Best read before Winter.

AL_LESLEY Nov 10, 2016

Not usually a fan of the novella, I liked this background story on Levanna and history leading up to 'Cinder'. Meyer doesn't try to garner too much sympathy for our psychotic queen but succeeds in making the character less one dimensional.

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xinzhuchen
Aug 10, 2016

This book was written beautifully, and the characters were realistic. In my opinion, Levana's actions were almost justified in a 'what else can you expect from the offspring of neglectful parents, self-esteem issues and a psycho older sister?' kind of way. I heard that other people call Levana a bad queen for the overproduction she starts (she increased productivity in factories), but I think that's ridiculous. You can find a ton of parallels between artemesian society and victorian britain. An upper class of lazy aristocrats. A lower class of factory workers. When the resources seem to be running out, try to invade other countries and set up colonies. Levana never struck me as particularly bad, since I was comparing her actions to other world leaders (Genghis Khan, Vlad the Impaler, that kind of person). It's either that or I can't help feeling bad for a disfigured woman in a court where appearance is everything. It sounds horrible, but I never stopped to consider the suffering of other characters than Levana- compared to her's, their suffering was inconsequential. Levana is one of my favourite characters. I seem to favour the ones that normally are deemed "unlikable". They strike me as more believable. They're refreshing compared to the mary sues that plague most YA literature.
Did it come to anyone else after reading winter that Levana was actually very, very close to success? If Cinder had really died, and if Channary hadn't stolen her beauty and her confidence, she might've ended up ruling the world.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 27, 2016

Fairest is a prequel to Winter, and through this book, the readers really understand the trials and struggles of Queen Levana. This book was so frustrating, and I ended up sympathizing with her more than once. The way that Meyer writes makes it difficult, but easy at the same time to sympathize with Levana, because we know of the terrible crimes that she's committed, but at the same time, she herself went through many difficult times. This book answers any unanswered questions that readers might have about Levana herself, and though it was frustrating to read, I do think that this book is necessary to read before reading Winter. 
- @loona of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

In this slightly less thick addition to The Lunar Chronicles, our dear author tells us the story of the Lunar Queen Levena. This book will answer all the questions readers had for the evil queen, and how she got the way she is. What scared her for the rest of her life? Secrets will be revealed about Levena's dark past, and this would be a good read anywhere in between Cress and Winter in the Chronicles. This story shows how power can corrupt those who love, and how bad decisions can be made under impressions of goodness. This sick, twisted story of "Snow White's" stepmother will both unnerve and draw on specks of pity from readers. 4.5/5
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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Triplecat
Jul 13, 2016

I love how the author decided to tell the villain's point of view. Levana's actions weren't explained and this book answer my questions.

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Miathemage
Jun 23, 2016

Best. Novella. Ever.
Throughout the series, I absolutely despised Queen Levana with all my heart. However, after this novella, I see that Levana is not a flat character at all. My heart was wrenching at the story.
If you want to continue disliking Levana, don't read it. You can't see her the same way after you've seen what she's been through.

LPL_KimberlyL Nov 07, 2015

This book is everything I could've asked for in a companion novel to The Lunar Chronicles. While many stories that give the perspective of the villain try to humanize the bad guy, Meyer instead shows just how much of a monster Levana truly is. It is truly horrifying to read how she orchestrated the death and destruction of nearly everyone around her, barely even batting an eye. While the events of this book predate Cinder, it does not give away any major spoilers. However, I do recommend you read this in order of publication date (it makes the childhood scenes of little Selene, Winter, Jacin, and even the mentions of Kai all that more meaningful). I would definitely recommend this for people who, like me, can't help but love the villain.

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tocch101
Oct 27, 2015

A quick read that explains more, yet at the same time, makes the character no more likable or understandable. While good, the book was unnecessary for the rest of the series.

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3je82rs9
Oct 10, 2017

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.

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sadia1903
Jul 27, 2015

This is a prequel that goes back to when levana was child. his book helps us understand why she is who she is. Don't worry, you will not end up feeling very sorry for her.

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gabithereader99
Apr 19, 2015

Very smart little bro ;)

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OwenLayton
Apr 19, 2015

"Queen Levana is 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...

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SashaE
Feb 22, 2016

Love is a conquest...
Love is a war...
~Levana

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kn1226
Jun 25, 2015

But she also knew that fire was dangerous, and illusions were dangerous, and being tricked into believing things that weren’t real was often the most dangerous thing of all.

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UnbreakableValour
Dec 11, 2015

Sexual Content: Not a lot of description, but there is more here than in Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress.

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