Fairest

Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #0.5
Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
Verdict: Buy

On one hand, I feel like Marissa Meyer has taken this national bestselling author on her debut novel a bit to her head, and it now flushing this series out for all that it’s worth.  Fairest, tallying only 222 pages with large font and line spacing, is more a novella than a novel, yet the MSRP on the barcode is $17.99.  And the beginning of this novel drags on for a bit, so it begins to feel like she’s leaning towards quantity over quality.

But then again, I couldn’t seem to put this book down.  It definitely gets more interesting the further you get into the plot and the further down the rabbit hole Levana decides into crazy town.  The beginning is disturbing, as she’s a fifteen-year-old in love with a mid- to late twenties married guard, much to her sister’s delight in teasing.  And her sister?  Do not even get me started on the dysfunctional family dynamic between her and her sister.  You can almost sympathize with her.  Except for, of course, the little mini murdering spree she starts to go on.

It is definitely a different tale in the series, but it’s still interesting in its own, unique way.  Levana is certainly an interesting character, and knowing where she comes from makes her a little more relatable.  If nothing else, you can at least see how she ended up the person she is.

It definitely isn’t a story I would pay $18 to buy, but it’s a book I will probably buy off the bargain shelf eventually to add to my collection as I continue in my Lunar Chronicles obsession.

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