Review: Stars Above: A Lunar Chronicles Collection (The Lunar Chronicles 0.5, 0.6, 1.5, 3.1, 3.6) by Marissa Meyer

Title: Stars Above: A Lunar Chronicles Collection (The Lunar Chronicles 0.5, 0.6, 1.5, 3.1, 3.6)

Author: Marissa Meyer

Published By: Feiwel and Friends | 01 March 2016

Date Read: 31 January 2016

Rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The Keeper: A prequel to the Lunar Chronicles, showing a young Scarlet and how Princess Selene came into the care of Michelle Benoit.

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.

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 young Winter and Jacin playing a game called the Princess and the Guard…

The Little Android: A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” set in the world of The Lunar Chronicles.

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…

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REVIEW

I just finished reading Winter and the release of this novella was really just in time. I was actually still in a huge book-hangover after reading Winter and now we get to read more! I feel so lucky that I was able to snag an early copy of this book from one oflocal book stores here in Manila. For some magical reason, they have a paperback copy of this book this early. 🙂

I love novellas. Novellas gives us a chance to read more from the other characters and see the story from their side. Stars Above does not only give us a different perspective on the story but it as well allows us to travel back to important timelines on the story to make us better understand how it all started or happened.

Stars Above was divided into nine different chapters. Some (if I’m not mistaken) has already been published before while some are brand new ones. Plus, we get to see a wedding here! But it’s up for you to find out who will be wedded on this book. *wink*

THE KEEPER

The Keeper is a prequel to the Lunar Chronicles series and was told on Michelle Benoit – Scarlet’s grandmother’s point of view. In here, we were able to see how Princess Selene came into the care of an old lady living in an old farm town in France.

Aside from Princess Selene’s part of the story, we also get to see Michelle’s struggles on her personal life of being a mother to an alcoholic son and a grandmother to a lovely grand daughter – who ran away from the said alcoholic father opting for her recue.

Michelle Benoit has played a huge role for this series and she was able to tell a side of the story that none of our main protagonists can tell.

“Cinders. Ambers. Ashes. She hopes that whatever strength had allowed this child to survive the fire all those years ago was a strength that still burned inside her.”

GLITCHES

Glitches was a prequel to Cinder where we get to see Cinder start a new life in New Beijing and meet her new family. It was nice meeting Peony again as she was lovely and sweet as ever and of course Iko. Adri and Pearl was the same mean characters.

We also get to see here how Cinder has discovered her natural mechanic skills.

THE QUEEN’S ARMY

A prequel to Scarlet, The Queens Army gave us a view on how the said army was formed.With Wolf’s perspective, we get to see the emotional and physical struggles he’s into with joining the army.

To say that Wolf has bee through a lot was an understatement – being a part of a pack was just the beginning.

CARSWELL’S GUIDE TO BEING LUCKY

I have always loved Thorne’s easy going and flirty attitude. This story travels us back to the life of  thirteen-year-old Carswell Thorne who at a quite young-age was already goal oriented – He’s already eyeing on The Rampion – and of course a not-so obvious hero. Yes, he rarely abide by the rules but he do what he think is right and that’s the Thorne we all get to see here and the same Thorne we all get to love in Cress.

AFTER SUNSHINE PASSES BY

This story literally squeezed my heart. I loved Cress and I loved her story more even though its quite sad. It inrigue me how Cress ended up on that satellite alone, well we all know she was there for some secret mission to spy on Earth but learning how a  her nine-year-old self ended up on a satellite alone was a sad yet a great addiiton to the story. It completes the character of Cress.

I could not think of anything more to say aside from “It’s really sad”. I’m so so happy that she was able to get her own happily ever after with Thorne.

THE PRINCESS AND THE GUARD

“She was an idiot to think that getting older changed everything. This was, and would always be, the only place she belonged.”

Since I started reading Winter, I already have so much feels for Jacin and Winter’s love story. At such a young age we already get to see Winter and Jacin’s connection and dedication to one another.

This is also a heart-tugging story as we get to see Winter’s struggle in using her power and Jacin’s choice between being a doctor or joining the Royal Guards in order to protect Winter.

THE LITTLE ANDROID

The Little Android was a short retelling of another fairytale “The Little Mermaid”. At first, I was actually confused why this story was included but the connection of this story to the series was there at quite the end.

THE MECHANIC

Told in Kai ‘s point of view, this story gave us an idea on what lies on the mind of Kai on the time of transition with his father’s death approaching ahead. We see his anxiety in preparing to lead a country at such a young age. His first meeting with Cinder and Iko was the sunshine on this story.

SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW

There is a wedding! And I’m trying my best not to spoil it to you guys!

This is just the perfect way to end this novella and the series. I just love how we were able to see the friendship, camaraderie and love between all the characters on this series on this last chapter. It was just perfect and I may have shed a tear or too because I’m too overwhelmed with happiness.

In all, I truly enjoyed these additional stories given to us by Marissa Meyer. Every story was written beautifully and totally completes the world that is built on this series. This will surely capture you heart and make you want to re-read the whole series again.

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