Review: Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

March 16, 2016 Review 24 ★★

Review: Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
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Publisher: Macmillan
Source: Purchased
Pages: 308
Release Date: February 2nd 2016
Series: The Lunar Chronicles Short Stories
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, General, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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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.

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Overall: 2

24 Responses to “Review: Stars Above by Marissa Meyer”

  1. Kara @ Diary of a Teen Writer

    I totally know what you mean, Alise! I’m exactly like this with novellas, too… and just short stories in general. Usually, I avoid them. But when it comes to series (like The Lunar Chronicles) that I really really enjoyed, I’m more willing to give them a go. Sorry this one wasn’t really for you — I’ll be interested to see how I’ll go with it. :)
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    • Alise

      Yeah, same! I read the Throne of Glass novellas and loved them, but they introduced new content, which is key. Hope you like it!

  2. Emma

    I have to say that I don’t really read novellas now that you mention it. I find them sometimes tideous. And the ones I have read haven’t really been any good. Your better off reading the next instalment to the series rather than a .5 of series, personally. Great honest review, Alise! :)

  3. Joy // Joyousreads

    I don’t mind a rehashing of a story from another pov, but if it doesn’t enhance the experience, I’m only going to be bored. It sounds like that was the case here. I’ll still pick up a copy just to complete my series, but I don’t know if I’m going to read it right away.
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  4. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    I tend to be like you too Alise, I like my novellas to REALLY add something to the story proper (like with Throne of Glass) I was excepting Stars Above to continue that trend, but considering I didn’t especially love Fairest, maybe I should have suspected…In any case, I will be reading this one for myself soon so we’ll see how it goes :) I’m sorry this didn’t work out for you like you would have hoped! xx
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    • Alise

      EXACTLY. The Throne of Glass novellas were what I was thinking of as well. I actually didn’t mind Fairest, so I would be curious to see what you think of this one, let me know! No worries :)

  5. Omobola

    I just knew I won’t like this book. I don’t really have a good relationship with novellas either but I know what it feels like to go into a book expecting something great but mehhhhhhhhhh. Sorry it didn’t work out
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  6. Cait @ Paper Fury

    OMG. REALLY!??! This is a catastrophic disappointment and I shall sit here nervously now. D: I have this on my kindle but I’ve been kind of procrastinating because I didn’t want it to all be over. But wait…so none of the main characters have the wedding?! WHAT IS THIS.
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    • Alise

      A lot of people have loved it so I wouldn’t count it out just yet! I just lack patience when it comes to rehashing things. And they do, it’s just not a couple that really advertised it so it was a letdown.

    • Alise

      I think that would be a good idea! Coming right out of Winter and into this one could have definitely influenced my thoughts, I think.

  7. Lonna

    Oh, bummer, That’s unfortunate that this one didn’t live up to expectations. I’m not a huge fan of novellas, and I run the other way when authors do a retelling of the same plot line but from a different character’s perspective (e.g. Midnight Sun). But, you did get a great deal on this book, yes? Was that from your last haul? :)
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    • Alise

      This was a retelling from the same character’s POV, just in more depth, which was why I was so bored with it. Oh, yeah! :) I’m glad I didn’t pay full price for it.

  8. Zoe @ Stories on Stage

    While I rated it a little higher than you (3 stars), I still had the same exact feelings you did Alise. I felt that these stories didn’t really add anything to the plot or tell us anything we didn’t already know. :( Sorry this was such a disappointment and, as always, fabulous review! ♥
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  9. JennRenee

    I liked this collection a little more than you but I agree. I was a bit bored. I did really like a couple of the stories and I did like the last story but for the most part I too felt like it didn’t add anything to the story I already knew the ending too. I do think fans will like to read it just to finish the collection but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I wanted to.

    • Alise

      I think the stories would have had more impact on me if I didn’t just get through half of the series (being told these events) and then immediately read this, which rehashed them. Yeah :/

    • Alise

      The wedding short story wasn’t too bad, it just wasn’t what I was expecting at all. And the wolf short story in this was actually probably my favorite story xD

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