Stars Above

Title: Stars Above
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles, a collection
Genre: Dystopian, Fairytale, Romance, Sci-Fi, YA
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release Date: February 2nd, 2016
Note: This post reviews a collection of short stories that is written as a companion to The Lunar Chronicles. You may like to read the first four books in the series, Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter, before reading this review. 

Did you ever wonder what Cinder’s transformation from lunar to cyborg was really like? Or how Wolf came to be chosen as one of the queen’s special operatives? And when it was that Winter and Jacin first became friends and fell in love? These questions and more are answered in this final installment.

The Keeper is Scarlet’s grandmother, Michelle Benoit. We learned in the other books that Michelle had a part to play in the rescue of Princess Selene in the aftermath of the fire that nearly claimed the young girl’s life. Now we see just how much she risked all those years.

In Glitches, Cinder has woken up from her eight years in a preservation tank, her cyborg transformation now complete. This prequel to Cinder also shows her introduction to her step-family in New Beijing.

How was Ze’ev Kesley, or Wolf as we know him, chosen to be in The Queen’s Army? In this short story we see his childhood taken from him as he is thrown into his new life in the pack, and learns his place in it.

Was Thorne’s childhood like Cress had believed it to be, or was he really a selfish flirt all along? In Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky, Thorne shows us his way of chasing after the things he wants in life and what it takes to get them.

Why was Cress chosen to become a hacker spy for Levana? After Sunshine Passes By shows us how nine-year-old Cress became trapped in her satellite prison.

The Princess and the Guard tells the story of how Winter and Jacin became childhood friends, and eventually more. Her insanity and her scars are also further explained.

The Little Android is a retelling of The Little Mermaid. Though it takes place in the same setting as The Lunar Chronicles, it is not connected to the stories of the other characters we know and love.

We get to see the perspective of Kai as he meets The Mechanic for the first time. Having already known Cinder’s thoughts as she meets the prince, it is fun to learn what is going through Kai’s head, too.

Something Old, Something New is the only story to pick up where we left off in The Lunar Chronicles. As its name implies, it features the wedding of one of our beloved couples from the series. We get to witness more than one happy ending in this epilogue.

If you have read The Lunar Chronicles and have fallen in love with its characters, then Stars Above is a must read. I really enjoy reading short stories like these that give us more back story, and Meyer certainly did not disappoint!

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