“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.”
This is a spoiler-free review of the prequel to the Lunar Chronicles. This is to get more people to read that series and to prepare everyone (myself included) for the upcoming finale, Winter.
In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.
Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?
Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as 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.
In case you didn’t know, the Lunar Chronicles is a SciFi series retelling some well-known fairy tales. Cinder is a retelling of Cinderella, featuring a cyborg as our main character (a kick-ass one, might I add). Scarlet is a retelling of Red Riding Hood, and it features the characters from the previous book as well as some new ones. Cress is a retelling of Rapunzel, and in this book, Rapunzel is a Lunar (a person from the moon) orbiting the moon on a satellite. It also features characters from the previous books, as well as some new ones. Fairest is a retelling of the story of the Evil Queen in Snow White, and in this book, we get to see the story from the series’ main antagonist, Queen Levana.
This short book is not like that novella (*cough Destroy Me cough*) where we understand and start to like the antagonist. No, this book makes you hate the antagonist even more. It makes you want to kill her even more.
I don’t think you need to read this book in order to read Winter. However, you do get to know this awesome world some more. Plus, it’s a pretty fantastic book. Why not read it if you’ve read the previous ones?
If you were to read this book, you should read it in between Cress and Winter.
If you haven’t read the Lunar Chronicles yet, WHAT ARE YOU DOING PICK IT UP NOW YOU ARE MISSING OUT!
I rate this book
This book features an awesome feminist quote:
“Maybe the princess could save herself.”
“That sounds like a pretty good story too.”
The Lunar Chronicles is featured in our Recommendations Page, if you want to check those books out!