Published by Feiwel & Friends on February 2nd 2016
The enchantment continues....
The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories—and secrets—that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?
With nine stories—five of which have never before been published—and an exclusive never-before-seen excerpt from Marissa Meyer’s upcoming novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles.
I was very sad to find that Winter was the last book in the Lunar Chronicles series, so I was very happy to see her short story collection coming out. Stars Above has nine different stories in it. I’ll be sharing my thoughts on each below.
The Keeper: This story was from the point of view of Scarlet’s grandmother – Michelle Benoit. I loved seeing more from the point of view of this brave and wonderful woman. Scarlet runs away from her father after he spends too many nights drinking and ends up staying with her grandmother. Unfortunately, her grandmother now has another charge, one that is asleep albeit. I really loved seeing their relationship when Scarlet was younger and really enjoyed this story.
Glitches: Glitches tells the story of when Cinder first arrives at her new home after being woken up. I liked a glimpse into young Cinder and how things were before her new father had taken ill and left her to a not so pleasant life. Also, seeing how Iko comes back to life really made me smile at the end of the story. Iko is such a great character because she cuts through the serious topics with her emotional outbursts and overdramatic ways.
The Queen’s Army: I loved this story because it had some insight into how Wolf was conscripted to the Queen’s Army and what it was like to be apart of that process. I really found it sad that him and his brother were reunited but that there was such a divide between them. A very harsh reality of how the Queen created her army. I definitely felt for Wolf.
Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky: Young Thorne! I loved this story. You can definitely see why he broke away from the mold of his parents. I love that he already had his sights set on his ship when young. He’s by far my favorite male love interest in this series and so it was fun to see him young and manipulating girls to help him in school.
The Little Android: I could tell right away, that this would be a retelling of The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Anderson. That story does not end well and neither did this one. I felt for the little android and her unrequited love.
After Sunshine Passes By: Poor Cress, she had such hopefulness when she was given her special assignment. How horrible to realize that you will spend years alone on a satellite! I really love Cress though and it was sweet seeing her before she was put in her tower.
The Princess and the Guard: This started so sweet and ended so bittersweet. This short story shows Winter and Jacin’s relationship as kids to when he becomes an actual guard to help protect her. The reason behind her not using her power is so intense and vivid, I can see why she never faltered in her resolve, even when the evil Levana cut her face up with a knife. A very hard story to stomach, but one that definitely shows that Winter was doing what was right for herself and others.
The Mechanic: I loved seeing the meeting between Cinder and Kai from Kai’s point of view. It definitely gives a different perspective on what happened. I love how their relationship blossoms throughout the series.
Something Old, Something New: Ah, this was so perfect! I pretty much cried happy tears for the last couple of pages. The crew is together again for Scarlet and Wolf’s wedding and I just love the chemistry of them together. They all fit so well and it gave me lots of happiness. A perfect way to end this set of short stories.
Overall, I just really loved diving back into the Lunar Chronicles world and getting little glimpses of stories untold in the other books. A great addition to my collection for sure!