Written by: Marissa Meyer
Release Date: February 2nd 2016
Pages: 369, hardcover
Series: The Lunar Chronicles
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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.
I’m not going to give each one of these a star rating because let’s be honest if I try to give any of these star ratings it’s just gonna turn into Five Stars. SIX STARS. OH GOD THIS ONE GETS ALL OF THE STARS THREE MILLION STARS. I have a problem with Marissa Meyer and I have an even bigger problem with The Lunar Chronicles….y’all might know this by now. Maybe.
Anyway, what I am going to do is give a quick rundown of all the stories and do as much of a review that I can because this this book was everything that I wanted it to be. It probably was even more than I had expected it to be…. Anyway we’ll move on from here.
Okay look I’m just gonna say it. I’m so attached to Scarlet and Wolf that it’s an actual, real problem. So in this story we get to see this tiny, itty bitty, Scarlet, and get to see this strong powerful girl and how she becomes who she is and dude. I know this story has a lot to do with Cinder and Michelle but just focus on Scarlet and see this cutie grow up.
This story was so cute, Cinder was so tiny and was so sure something was wrong with her. She’s just this little angelic girl who needs protected. She’s trying to adjust to having no memories, and to who she is now, all of it is just precious.
The Queen’s Army:
ahahaha look I’m laughing. I’m not crying. I’m okay. I’d read this story several times before reading it again here, but this was the first time rereading it since Winter and oh wow this sucked. It sucked a lot. I can’t. I just…I’m protective of my precious angels and how am I supposed to watch them hurt so badly??? Nope. Give Wolf all of the happiness ever.
Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky:
Oh Carswell. You dork you. I loved seeing this story, especially since it’s brought up in Cress. Especially since Carswell tries to push it off as something so simple in the novel, but when you actually read the story you start to see that there’s a lot more to it.
After Sunshine Passes By:
This is another one of the new stories, and Cress is a precious cinnamon roll. Seeing these younger versions of these characters who go through so much growth in the actual novels is the best and the worst. Because for all of them you can see glimmers of who they become, but also you can see the pain they’re gonna have to endure to create the characters they are at the start.
The Princess and the Guard:
One of my downfalls of Winter was that there wasn’t a lot of a romance story between Winter and Jacin, understandably because everyone was slightly busy saving the universe. But after reading this short story? I get it. The reason there wasn’t much of a romance story is because, well, the romance was already done. These two were already in love. They’ve been in love forever, and I just loved seeing these two and their story.
The Little Android:
This story is a quick retelling of The Little Mermaid. It takes place before the start of The Lunar Chronicles. This was one of the stories that was already released and I’d already read it. Though hearing Marissa talk about it was quite adorable. She’d never planned to write this story, in fact she doesn’t really like The Little Mermaid, if you wanted to hear her tell the story you can see the video here.
But this story was crazy cute, it was simplistic in its way of retelling unlike the full Lunar Chronicle books. Although it still gave another look at the world of The Lunar Chronicles, especially before, well, everything goes insane.
Kai, cutie Kai. I will never get over how adorable this was. I actually read this and then read the scene again in Cinder and it was so great seeing how these two already were similar without even realizing it.
Something Old, Something New:
I cannot even start to talk about this one. I was reading it while a friend was over and she can attest to the fact that I basically crawled across the floor at one point. I cannot handle how much I loved this. I cannot handle how amazing this was. I just…I can’t okay. I can’t.
So much happiness, and so much love and my dear lovely characters who I love so much were just simply happy. And UGH WOW CAN I HAVE MORE STORIES LIKE THIS?? GIVE ME HAPPY. GIVE ME ALL OF THIS.
In the end I will say this you need this book in your life. Even though the vast majority of these stories are prequels to our wonderful characters (And in fact take place before the story begins in Cinder) I recommend waiting until you’ve finished Winter to read it. The stories will mean far more to you once you know these wonderful precious little space children.