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 novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles.
Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles, #4.5
Format: Hardcover, 400 pgs
My rating: 4/5 Stars
Status: Read from April 4 to April 5, 2017
Fans of The Lunar Chronicles already know what a skilled writer Marissa Meyer is and she continues to prove her skill with this set of stories. It would be so easy for a writer to just slap a book like this together without much care. The fans will devour it anyway. Instead, Marissa Meyer polished this book and made it gleam. It was clearly a labor of love for the characters and fans rather than a money making scheme.
Since the book is divided into sections, it is only fair to review it individually. However, before I even begin, I would like to say that compared to other Authors and their book series; where the Author decides to add a book, in the end, to cover loose ends, Marissa Meyer did not waste time providing just a filler to her fans. She respected the need for explaining a few things that were questionable and gave us a good wrap up on all things that were unsaid.
The Keeper: Michelle is such a strong and powerful character, I can see how Scarlet grew up to be so awesome as well. Little baby Cinder’s story was great too, and we got to meet Logan Tanner, the doctor that transported Cinder to Earth. Michelle faithfully takes care of Cinder until he comes back to reassemble Cinder. Scarlet constantly gets under way of things, and she is just so rebellious.
Glitches: Little Cinder who has no idea what is going on is so cute! I loved the moment when she fixes Iko and Peony is so amazed! We finally got to meet Linh Garan, and the anguish that the entire family faces when he is taken away is terrible. Cinder figuring out how to use her android brain, using it to not be completely clueless is awesome, especially when she and Peony start talking about TV shows!
The Queen’s Army: I love Wolf so much, and it was so interesting to read about his background. He was always such a mysterious character, we never found out much about him.
Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky: This was one of the weaker stories. Essentially, what we have here, is a tale of high school Carswell Thorne, being all flirty with girls who aren’t Cress. Of course, he didn’t know her at this point but it disturbed me to think of him with anyone else but my precious darling. We get a bit more information about his motives for wanting the Rampion ship and being a captain, but it’s a story I could have lived without.
After Sunshine Passes By: Again, I thought this one was weak. It’s the tale of Cress being taken to her satellite by Sybil. Nothing we didn’t already know, so it felt like a bit of a filler story. It’s a shame that the stories of my two favorite characters were the weakest, but Cress was my favorite of the main four books, so, I have that to be thankful for. Cress and Carswell are just the best when they’re together, and these two stories prove that.
The Princess and the Guard: Her relationship with Jacin is not the original story, but the relationship between Winter and her parents brings us to the conclusion of why she receives the scar she does. I believe that this was done in a logical explanation as it leads us to an understanding that Winter is not some crazy weak girl that does not know much about her surroundings. She is very smart and powerful. I wished that this personality was portrayed more in Marissa Meyer’s Winter book. However, I am happy that at least she covers this section up nicely.
The Little Android: Unfortunately, this did not appeal as much to me. The impression you get is more confused at times, and then you do ask yourself what the point of the whole section is. I personally did not understand much of its content or comprehend the theme of what the Author was trying to achieve.
The Mechanic: Knowing what Kai was thinking when he first met Cinder was a dream of mine, and I’m glad it’s realised in this tale. It’s extremely short, but so is there first meeting, so…It was just lovely to see the little seeds of their relationship develop, and that Kai was interesting in her from the very beginning.
Something Old, Something New: And here’s what I was waiting for. A WEDDING. I was expecting it to be Winter and Jacin, immediately assuming it was a royal wedding, but I want all my babies to get married one day, so I wasn’t disappointed with any kind of union. And it was BEYOND cute. All the gang, in one place, my dreams literally came true. Everyone deserves a happy ending, even if it’s two years after the end of Winter, and finally Cinder and her Prince are together forever after!