Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
Hardcover: 369 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Sci Fi, Fantasy
Rating: 2.5- 3 Stars (click on the star to see my book rating system)
Click HERE to read the synopsis.
Review: First, if you haven’t read this synopsis, let me give you a quick overview. This book is a collection of short stories that go along with the Lunar Chronicles Series (Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter).
To be fair in my rating, I’ll tell you about each individually:
- The Little Android: A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” set in the world of The Lunar Chronicle
I didn’t love this book. In fact, I didn’t really like it that much. I thought the story was random, so it dragged for me a bit. It’s placed in the middle/end of the book and I just wanted to get through it to the next story.
- 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….
This was neat. I’ll give it and “eh, it was cute.” We see Cinder as she is first introduced to her family in New Beijing. She is thrust into a surrounding that she doesn’t understand nor does she fit in. The story makes you feel bad for the small 11 yr old Cinder.
- 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.
This was another story that I thought dragged on a bit long. Maybe I just didn’t read it fast enough. But its the story of how Wolf becomes alpha. It helps you understand his background and his animosity towards his brother, so I guess it serves a purpose.
- 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.
I enjoyed this story! A young Carswell Thorne in school and being as normal as any good-looking, cocky, salesman can be in middle school. It just made me love Carswell more.
- The Keeper: A prequel to the Lunar Chronicles, showing a young Scarlet and how Princess Selene came into the care of Michelle Benoit.
I liked this one as well. We see it from Michelle Benoit and Scarlett. We learn how Michelle came to be the keeper of Princess Selene, and how she tries to keep it away from Scarlett. I loved the book Scarlett the best of all 4 books. I think that’s because I liked Scarlett’s character best. I liked her life, her background, her feisty attitude. So, I’m sure I liked this story because of that.
- 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.
Another one that I didn’t LOVE but it wasn’t that bad. It falls in the “eh” category. Poor little Cress. I do feel sad for her.
- The Princess and the Guard: In this prequel to Winter, we see a game called The Princess
This was a cute story. I liked Winter and Jacin. And I liked that we see how and why Winter decided to stop using her Lunar gift. And Jacin is there by her side the whole time *swoon*
- The Mechanic: In this prequel to Cinder, we see Kai and Cinder’s first meeting from Kai’s perspective.
Umm, who didn’t like this first meeting between Cinder and Kai? If you didn’t love this scene, I don’t know why you kept reading the book. Maybe you didn’t? But now we get to see it from Kai’s perspective and relive the whole moment again.
- Something Old, Something New: In this epilogue to Winter, friends gather for the wedding of the century…
A wedding *sigh happily*! It was the story I read the whole book for. Turns out, though, that it wasn’t the wedding I wanted. So I was a tad disappointed. HOWEVER, the story was adorable. The whole gang is together and doing their thing the way they want, not the way the press wants. And I loved all of it.
There you go. Those are my thoughts on the book. I loved the Lunar Chronicles! I loved another glimpse into the characters that I spent years reading. It’s definitely worth reading if you loved the series. Even though it wasn’t my favorite book, I still enjoyed the stories.
Have you read it? What did you think? Which of the stories was your favorite? Why?
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