Release Date: February 2nd 2016
Series: The Lunar Chronicles Short Stories
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, General, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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.
Novellas/Short stories and I have an interesting relationship. Unless they directly add something to the main plot of the series, I don’t really seek them out. With STARS ABOVE, I expected new content and the reveal of information I didn’t already know. Instead, I found that these stories only retold what we already knew, just adding more detail.
“I will accept any amount of monsters my mind wants to give me,
but I will not become a monster myself.”
Every single story in this collection except one is a prequel, which, like I mentioned above, leads to a bored me. We already know what happened to Wolf to make him the way he was. We already know who was in charge of hiding Cinder and how she and Peony got along. We already knew Winter and Jacin were friends and played pretend when they were younger. Why do I have to read it all over again?
I felt like the majority of them just didn’t add anything to the story as a whole, unless I had read this collection before I started the actual series. But that would be pointless because the last story is an epilogue of sorts and would give everything away.
There was also the addition of a story, The Little Android, that was just set in the Lunar Chronicles world and just felt kind of out of place. It was supposed to be a retelling of “The Little Mermaid” but I didn’t totally get it.
Something Old, Something New is the wedding story we have all been waiting for. Except…it’s not. I felt like this story was a bit misleading as the wedding doesn’t involve any of the people who hinted at marriage. It seemed like people were out of character. To be honest, I would have rather the series wrapped up with the ending as it was in WINTER.
“He had wondered why she liked books so much, and if it had anything to do with why he liked spaceships. Because they could take you somewhere far, far away.”
The rehashing of plot events we are already privy to won’t pose a problem for die-hard fans. They do flesh out the backgrounds of the characters we have grown to love, but this wasn’t enough for me, personally.