Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles #0.5, 0.6, 1.5, 3.1, 3.6)

25689074Stars Above. Marissa Meyer. Young adult/Sci fi. February 2, 2016. 308 pages. 3 stars. [Source: Bought as paperback from Fullybooked]

“Do you believe in tradition?”
“The only tradition I believe in is saying ‘I do’.”

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.


The Little Android: A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” set in the world of The Lunar Chronicles.
Glitches: In this prequel to Cinder, we see the results of the plague play out, and the emotional toll it takes on Cinder. Something that may, or may not, be a glitch….
The Queen’s Army: In this prequel to Scarlet, we’re introduced to the army Queen Levana is building, and one soldier in particular who will do anything to keep from becoming the monster they want him to be.
Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky: Thirteen-year-old Carswell Thorne has big plans involving a Rampion spaceship and a no-return trip out of Los Angeles.
The Keeper: A prequel to the Lunar Chronicles, showing a young Scarlet and how Princess Selene came into the care of Michelle Benoit.
After Sunshine Passes By: In this prequel to Cress, we see how a nine-year-old Cress ended up alone on a satellite, spying on Earth for Luna.
The Princess and the Guard: In this prequel to Winter, we see a game called The Princess
The Mechanic: In this prequel to Cinder, we see Kai and Cinder’s first meeting from Kai’s perspective.
Something Old, Something New: In this epilogue to Winter, friends gather for the wedding of the century…

I wish I had a lot to say about this book since I’ve been anticipating it ever since I finished Winter and loved it. Sadly, I overhyped this book and it barely met my expectations when it came to the short stories and the epilogue.

The short stories in and of themselves are interesting at the start but as I read on my attention kept drifting because almost none of the stories seemed to surprise me in terms of how it connected to the plot in The Lunar Chronicles. Sure, some backstories were provided but honestly I don’t it’s essential. The background that the series gave was sufficient for me and I don’t see why Marissa Meyer needed to expound on it. Then again, to each their own!

I was super excited to read the epilogue but found myself rather disappointed AGAIN (though, there were parts that made me gush with butterflies) because it seemed that one couple [squints at Kainder] hogged the spotlight.

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I won’t go into detail about whose wedding it is but I was happy that I guessed it even if it seemed… obvious.

One of the things I didn’t like was how the couples didn’t get equal time in the spotlight because I’m pretty sure each couple has a solid fanbase and readers would want to read about their favorite couple. [coughCRESSWELLcough]

3 stars. I really wanted to LOVE this book but ended up just finding it average. Not to mention that it completely restarted by mourning period because The Lunar Chronicles is truly over.

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