My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Villains have always been my favorite part of books and movies. So whenever there is a story that focuses on a villain, I want to read it. I have really been enjoying The Lunar Chronicles, but was feeling that I didn’t quite know enough about Levana to truly appreciate her role as villain in this series. So when it was time to read this book, I was excited to see exactly what pushed her to be the woman we all know her to be.
This book is quite short and I was able to read it in one sitting. One thing I did find strange was that there were no chapters in this book. Yes, there were breaks put in at different parts, but the lack of actual chapters was weird.
I really enjoyed getting to see Levana as a young child and teenager. It helped to really paint a full picture of what her life was like before the events of the series and gave up a look at what she was like before she became this evil queen we all know and love. What really made this book was the various relationships it’s showed that shaped Levana’s life, from her parents to her sister and the man she loves, they all help in their own ways to push her into becoming the woman we see in The Lunar Chronicles.
One part I really found interesting was that she has something in common with Cinder. I can’t really go into detail about it, but it definitely tied the two women together beyond their shared blood.
Overall, I thought this was a great book. It really adds something to the series as a whole to finally find out what made Levana into the woman we know, why she does what she does and helps to fill in some gaps that otherwise would have been left unanswered. If you haven’t started this series, I would recommend that you do. They are all fantastic book and I cannot wait to finish them.