Date started: August 27, 2016
Date ended: August 29, 2016
“She cried for the girl who had never belonged. A girl who tried so hard, harder than anyone else, and still never had anything to show for it.”
I was so excited to read the background on Queen Levana, and wasn’t disappointed. She’s one of those villains that you know has a great backstory because she’s so evil that you know, once she was good. For all my Star Wars geeks out there, it reminded me of the first three movies of the saga where you get Darth Vader’s story. You see and comprehend why he does what he does. There is sympathy and sadness. I enjoyed this book immensely. I’m loving the whole Lunar Chronicles series so far, but this story really packs the punch. It’s fun to see the transformation of Levana: she goes from crazy bitch to major crazy bitch.
I liked that Meyer’s created enough of a sympathy story without taking away all her characteristics. She should be pitied for having such unloving parents and sister. I really loved seeing the interactions between Levana’s sister, Channery (who is also Cinder’s mother), and Levana. Channery is pure evil, while Levana is borderline evil but straight crazy. Channery is pure madness, cruel and uncaring to anyone beyond herself. She knows it and has no qualms about her behavior. She’s one of those villains you hate and love. Levana looks like a tame kitty cat compared to her sister. The reader gets a sense of why she is the way she is. She is a tortured and abused person who is just looking for someone to love her and take care of her. Though she goes about it the completely wrong way.
I loved loved loved the scorned lover part of the story. I did not see that coming. You understand why she is the way she is from her family aspect but as the story goes on, the reader sees what a damaged creature she is just wanting to be loved. I found that heartbreaking. I have read the previous three books, so I now know what she is capable of, but when you see what she has gone through, you understand better. Now, I’m not saying that you don’t read Fairest and shake your head a lot at her actions, but for some reason, I understood why. She is evil and she was like this from the start. She is an ambitious brat who doesn’t care about using others for her own gain, without considering their feelings. This is how pure evil is bred and corrupted.
The writing is, as always, engaging and flawless. The book is a fast read and gives the reader a better outlook on the entire story. You understand the princess’s starting points and the villain’s struggle. I hope that there is a sort of come to Jesus moment in Winter with Levana and Cinder. That would be truly epic.