The Little Android: A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” set in the world of The Lunar Chronicles.
Glitches: In this prequel to Cinder, we see the results of the plague play out, and the emotional toll it takes on Cinder. Something that may, or may not, be a glitch….
The Queen’s Army: In this prequel to Scarlet, we’re introduced to the army Queen Levana is building, and one soldier in particular who will do anything to keep from becoming the monster they want him to be.
Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky: Thirteen-year-old Carswell Thorne has big plans involving a Rampion spaceship and a no-return trip out of Los Angeles.
The Keeper: A prequel to the Lunar Chronicles, showing a young Scarlet and how Princess Selene came into the care of Michelle Benoit.
After Sunshine Passes By: In this prequel to Cress, we see how a nine-year-old Cress ended up alone on a satellite, spying on Earth for Luna.
The Princess and the Guard: In this prequel to Winter, we see a game called The Princess
The Mechanic: In this prequel to Cinder, we see Kai and Cinder’s first meeting from Kai’s perspective.
Something Old, Something New: In this epilogue to Winter, friends gather for the wedding of the century
Squeeeeeeeeee. That is the ending.
First off, let me say that I honestly didn’t really know what to expect for this collection of short stories. I love Marissa Meyer and her writing, and I knew it ought to be fabulous, but like how? The only other YA novella book I’ve read before is The Assassin’s Blade , and that book was literally the best in the whole Throne of Glass series. I’m not even kidding. Sam. My heart. I can’t.
Something I need to clarify- Stars Above is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING like The Assassin’s Blade. All the stories were set in the Lunar Chronicles universe, but also had completely new characters (not that I’m complaining). I adored The Little Android so much, and my only wish is that there would be a whole on it. But, the novellas were more or less little happy clips of sweet stories. Marissa described it as, “…writing fanfiction for her own books,” but as I am not a fanfiction writer nor reader, I didn’t really get the point of the stories. It seemed as meaningless as when Mockingjay was split into two parts. Unnecessary if you will.
That being said I fully enjoyed Stars Above. It was cute. Seriously though, I don’t read books just to feel it to be cute. I know I keep comparing it to The Assassin’s Blade, but it’s hard not to. tAG was emotional-adding to ToG like I never imagined it would. My brain was going flipping insane and I was actually like ugly crying. Not cute.
When I finished Stars Above I went. That was cool. Okay, moving on with life. It was even more disappointing because I was so hyped about seeing my beloved TLC crew back on the pages.
This review was really dodgy and unclear, but my final verdict is 3 STARS. If you’re a Lunar Chronicles fan and you felt like your life was crumbling into pieces after finishing Winter, READ IT. READ STARS ABOVE and relish in the adorkableness. And then. Go back to your life.
Anyways, thank you Marissa Meyer for writing this for your faithful lunartics.
Review by Annabel Lee
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