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.
Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series. Goodreads.
About the book:
Author: Marissa Meyer
Book length: 220 pages
Published: January 27, 2015
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3.5
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Fiction, Novella, Short Stories, Retellings, Fairy Tales
Rating: 5 out of 5 quills
Started reading: March 22
Finished reading: March 25
““Come here, baby sister,” she whispered, and despite the terror twisting inside Levana’s stomach, her feet obeyed. “I want to show you something.””
What did I think about the book?
This short story was needed.. I loved how dark this prequel was. We needed the story of how Levana became Levana!! This novella was the perfect prequel.
This novella shows how the perfect, beautiful villain became how she is. I couldn’t believe that Levana was born this way. But this novella satisfied me as it shocked me. How one little girl can become such an evil being =o This story makes you despise Levana even more, but you get a little sympathy for her as well. Yeah, it’s weird I know. I never believed I could feel sympathy for someone so evil. But, I do…
How can one family be so cold, it makes you shiver? Hers was… A family without compassion, the foundation of Levana’s evil. Of course Levana wasn’t a saint in her youth, made some pretty bad choices herself. But I can’t all blame it on her with parents who don’t give a damn and a sister so selfish and abusive.
“Levana had not seen the bodies, but she had seen the bedrooms the next morning, and her first thought was that all that blood would make for a very pretty rogue on her lips.”
A perfect example of a truly bad choice Levana made. Here is where you can see her true evil. I can’t believe people have such thoughts.. Marissa did an astounding job on making Levana her evil self gradually over a long period of time. She didn’t become evil overnight, and Meyer made a beautiful story of it. That ending though, was truly shocking and horrific!!
We learn why Levana wears a veil or glamour all the time as well. That was a horrific event in her youth. I can see how that scars you, physically and mentally. Her sister had a great part in Levana becoming evil. But the horrific things Levana did after that were her own choices.
What is most interesting about this novella, is that we not only see how Levana became her evil self, but we see the history of the war between Earth and Luna and what part Luna had in all sickly things happening. Think of Letumosis and the Special Operatives send to maul all citizens as a message to Earth to show how powerful Levana really is.
To top all good things about this book off – the story of how Levana became evil, the story of the exsistense of Letumosis and the Special Operatives, Levana’s actions – there is one more thing that is amazingly surprising about Levana. Here comes the sympathy for her, dose 2. She didn’t always have evil intentions for the Lunar citizens and Earth. We see she once truly cared for her people and really wanted to be a good queen, where her sister lacked all ruling abilities. She was hurt to she her sister only enjoying her luxuries, instead of really ruling Luna. Levana tried to be good, but her youth corrupted her, after that her choices became darker and darker. To the point we see her how she is now, The Evil Queen: Levana.
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