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. (Source)
Plot: Each story has a different plot based around the world of the Lunar Chronicles. The Little Android was similar to the Little Mermaid, which tells of an android who wishes she could be human to be with the one she loves. Glitches is a prequel to Cinder which starts with how she got to her new “family” and what happened to her adoptive father. The Queen’s Army is told from the point of view of Wolf. It shows how he got to be in Levana’s army and what happened before he met Scarlet and became good. Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky is from Thorne’s point of view as a young teenager in school. This story is more for fun than for plot relevance, but it tells about the trouble he would get in as a school boy and about a girl he once thought he loved. The Keeper is similar to Glitches except it is told from the point of view of Scarlet’s grandmother. You see what happened to Cinder when she was down in that cellar healing. After Sunshine Passes By shows Cress as a young girl and how she got stuck in that space pod. The Princess and the Guard is a prequel to Winter, where we see Winter and Jacin start to grow their relationship at a young age. The Mechanic is a scene from Cinder that shows when Cinder and Kai first meet all over again from the point of view of Kai. And finally, Something Old, Something New is the story of everyone gathering for Scarlet and Wolf’s wedding back at her farm. Somewhat of an epilogue.
Characters: It seems repetitive to talk about the characters all over again. They’re all the same characters you know and love, just a little more into their backgrounds.
Cover: I definitely love the cover, as I do with all the other books. It fits the theme very well and is so elegant and wonderful. These covers really make reading the books much better.
Closing Thoughts: My personal opinion is that while this book wasn’t 100% necessary, I definitely loved every second of it. It gives you another Lunar Chronicles fix once the series is (sadly) over. There is a lot of repetitive information from the previous books that we already knew, but it was nice seeing them in a narrative format rather than just a memory. I think that if you like the Lunar Chronicles books, you will like these stories. My favorite was probably Something Old, Something New just because it tells a very cute epilogue about Scarlet’s wedding. I definitely think the stories are all a bit short. More like little memories rather than short stories. But there are so many in there, it makes for a good size book. I highly recommend if you are just as into this series as I am.
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