Marissa Meyer – Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

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Vērtējums/Rating: 3.5/5

Mana recenzija (pārdomas)/My (thoughts) review

Fairest iepazīstina The Lunar Chronicles lasītāju tuvāk ar Mēness karalieni Levanu. Lai gan grāmatas sākumā Levana vēl tāda nav, jo viņai ir vecāka māsa Channary. Bet vēl pirms tam abām jāgatavojas atentātā nogalināto vecāku bērēm, kā arī jāpraktizējas ticami notēlot sēras un pāris asaras.

Tiek dots iemesls, kāpēc Levana (būdama karaliene) aizliegusi spoguļus un virsmas ar atspulgu. Māsa Chanarry bērnībā, izmantodama (vājāka) prāta kontroles spējas(nevis izskata maiņu), piespieda 4 gadīgo Levanu sevi sakropļot, tāpēc tuvo un mīļo māsu attiecību vietā starp drīzāk valda neuzticība, un būtu jāpacenšas, lai abu raksturi būtu vēl atšķirīgāki. Channary garlaicības mākta, sēž pieņemšanas zālē, un pēc iespējas ātrāk gribēs tikt prom, lai uzlaikotu kādu smalku apģērba gabalu, nekā iedziļināsies valstiski svarīgā likumprojektā.

Tikmēr Levanai ar pamatīgu smagumu uzkritušas rozā brilles, un prastu ieķeršanos apsargā Evretā sajauc ar mīlestību. Minēta bērnības atgadījuma dēļ Levana kaunas par savu īsto izskatu, un patstāvīgi citu klātbūtnē jūtas spiesta pieņemt kaut kādu absurdu sevis pieņemtu skaistuma ideālu (drusku raisa bažas par vēstījumu jaunajām lasītājām). Tagad pati, izmantodama spējas, Levana piespiež nesen par atraitni kļuvušo Evretu viņu apprecēt, tādējādi adoptējot arī Vinteru. Pārsteidz Levanas rīcība, zinot, kas bērnībā piedzīvots.

Vecākās māsa neilgi pēc kronēšanas pasaulē laiž meitu Selīnu (plašāk vēlāk pazīstama kā Sindera), diemžēl pārāk ilgi viņai valdīt nav lemts, un Levana līdz brīdim, kad Selīna sasniedz noteikto vecumu, kļūst par karalieni reģenti. Bet mēs labi zinām, ka tā gluži nenotiek. Levanai tā iepatīkas tronis, uzskatot sevi par labāko karalieni, kādu Mēness iedzīvotāji jebkad pieredzējuši, ka vienudien dzimst ideja par vārdiņa ‘’reģente’’ noņemšanu no sava titula. Kaut apzinās, ka viņas rīcība, maigi sakot, nav pareiza, Levana sevi attaisno ar valsts interešu aizstāvēšanu, īsti nemanīdama, ka viņas valdīšanas stils drīzāk ir autoritatīvs. Gan Evreta dēļ, gan Selīnas dēļ man grūti saprast to sajūsmu, kas ne reizi vien dzirdēta par šo grāmatu.

Patika, ka tiek dots neliels ieskats Zemes iekarošanas plāniem (vispirms novājinot to ar Zilo Drudzi (letumosis), kā arī ar īpašo kareivju radīšanu un apmācību), lai palielinātu ierobežotos Mēness materiālos un darba resursus.

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Fairest introduces the reader to the backstory of Levana, the queen of Luna. Although at the beginning of this book she is just a princess because of her older sister Channary. But still before that they have to prepare for the funeral of their parents killed by a shell, and also they could use a practice to look mournful and shed a few tears.

We finally get to know why Levana (when she is a queen) prohibits mirrors and any other shiny surface that could make a reflection. In the childhood Channary using her mind controlling power (not the ‘’glamour’’) over a weaker mind to force her 4 year old (I think) sister to maim herself, because of that the relationship between them isn’t of a sisterly love; it would be an effort to make their character more different. Channary is bored by making important national decisions and to immerse herself into lawmaking, she would rather try on a new and beautiful piece of clothing.

Meanwhile Levana has been heavily struck by rose-tinted glasses, and mistakes a simple crush as her life time love, and her victim is a guard Evret. Because of that childhood incident Levana constantly uses glamour to hide her scars, and assumes a look of her perception of ideal beauty (it’s a bit worrying what kind of message it gives to younger readers). Now she herself uses the power to force a recent widower Evret to marry her, and by that she also adopts his baby daughter Winter. Levana’s actions surprise me knowing what herself had endured.

Channary’s rule after the birth of Princess Selene (aka Cinder) isn’t too long, and until Selene has reached the proper age Levana will rule in her place as queen regent. But we all know that that doesn’t happen, Levana gets so fond of the throne and she truly believes that she is the best and fairest queen Luna has ever had, that one day a plan to remove that little word ‘’regent’’ from her title is born. Although she’s aware that her deed isn’t lightly saying right Levana justifies her action with the country’s interests, and she doesn’t even notices that her style of ruling has become authoritative. Because of Evret and Selene it’s hard for me to understand the enthusiasm about this book that I have heard from some.

I liked the sneak peek into the plans of conquering the Earth (starting with letumosis disease), and also by creating and training special kind of soldiers, to increase the capacity of Luna’s material and labor resources.

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2 thoughts on “Marissa Meyer – Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5)

  1. FLYLēF | Lonna (guest reviewer) saka:

    I’ve read up to Cress, and am looking forward to reading Winter. Though Levana is the “bad” guy, Meyer does such a great job at making her also a character you can sympathize with. I’m glad there is a novella that gives readers an in depth look into her character. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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