Pure evil has a name, hides behind a mask of deceit, and uses her “glamour” to gain power. But who isQueen 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. New York Times –bestselling author Marissa Meyer reveals the story behind her fascinating villain in Fairest, an unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death.
This book broke me. This happens to me sometimes, I read a book, something about it changes my world view and then I sit there and stare at a wall for an hour. It’s a bit like the first time I heard Wait for it and then realized that it was sung by the villain in our history (I’m sorry, I just have been listening to Hamilton and it has taken over my entire life and you should one thousand percent listen to it). Anyways, Hamilton references aside Fairest was one of the best books that were a part of a series I’ve read in awhile. I would say one of the best books I’ve read in a while but I just finished We Were Liars by E. Lockhart and that book, that book is Harry Potter level amazing.
The characters were spot on, everything from Winters demeanor to the small glimpses of characters we know felt so perfect like I was in on a secret with the author and no one else knew what was happening. Clearly, that’s not how things work but that’s just how it felt while I read it. Levana was one of my favorites, has always been one of my favorites. You can just see how things are traced back together, how a small daydream turns into murder, how a childhood crush turns into a life changing event. Everything about her can be traced back to certain things that happened and it’s really heartbreaking because, if you’re like me, I could see the actual potential she had.
She was a much better ruler than Channary to be quite honest and that was disturbing seeing as in the other lunar chronicle books everyone talks about Channary as though she would’ve made a much better ruler. To give one example of something that Channary did that is not a spoiler for the story at Levana’s birthday party Channary spends the whole time making Levana feel inadequate. She flirts with the entertainer and he focuses exclusively on her making sure that Channary feels happy instead of bothering with the girl whose birthday it is.
I especially enjoyed the vivid imagery we got with this story of how life works on Luna, the way they organize their social classes with shells at the bottom and the Queen/King at the top. The clothing they wear was described so vibrantly and I could just see everything forming in my brain and I just wanted some of the stuff so now I wish I was a lunar.
I also enjoyed how we got to see much more of the lunar gift, of what can be done with it and that it’s not just disguising how you look but also can be used to do what we on earth would call magic.
We got to see all the threads of unanswered questions of how things happened tied up with a little bow and then handed to the fans in the form of this book.
SPOILERS AHEAD THIS IS YOUR FINAL WARNING
Everett is a cinnamon roll and it shouldn’t have happened. How could she be this horrible not only to him but also to herself? I mean why? I guess I kind of understand why, if at that point Luna is monogamous and she needs to marry Prince Kai then she needs to kill him but I don’t think that’s why she did it. I think she did it to set him free in her own way. She wanted to make sure that she didn’t have to have the embarrassment of a divorce but at the same time she didn’t have to stay married to him, someone who she loved but who didn’t love her. I almost wonder if Everett had Stockholm syndrome, I mean I’m one hundred percent sure of it but I’m more curious as to whether Levana has Stockholm syndrome.
I know what you’re thinking, But wait isn’t Stockholm syndrome for people who get kidnapped? Yes and no. That’s the most common way it shows up but really what it is is the internalization of oppression. It’s a way of coping with a form of oppression in which you trick your brain into thinking that it likes what’s happening to it as to not be all freaked out.
I think that she was unhappy in her marriage to him and then tricked herself into thinking that she loved him and that their marriage was working. In a way, I think she felt chained to him. I think that he was her conscience, her good side and she felt tethered down to him and therefore to get away from that oppression she got him killed because I mean what else do you do?
In summary, Levana is a misunderstood person who is also a terrible person and should not be underestimated.