This book is part of the Lunar Chronicles series. You can find my reviews for the rest of the series below:
Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1)
Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2)
Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3)
Fairest (Lunar Chronicles #3.5)
Winter (Lunar Chronicles #4)
Stars Above (Lunar Chronicles #4.5)
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 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 game called The Princess.
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…
WARNING! If you haven’t read any of the books in this series then I would very much recommend that you not read this review (yes, that’s right. I am actively turning people away from my blog!) Although there will be no spoilers for I cannot promise that through my review I wont say something that may be a little bit spoilery for one of the previous books. Feel free to check out my earlier reviews though (all links above) and let me entice you towards this incredible series.
“I have a thought.”
Both men glanced at her.
It was nice to properly get to meet Michelle Benoit in this story as we’ve only seen glimpses of her before. I really liked her, she’s an extremely brave and loyal character as well and unquestionably kind. She takes in Cinder, no questions asked, and even though she spends the next few years in fear for her life she never regrets her decision. I really liked the small glimpse we were shown into Michelle’s trip to Luna and how it was back before Levana’s rule from someone else’s POV other than that we got in Fairest. It was entertaining to see that Scarlet didn’t change as she grew up, she was just as stubborn as a teen as she is when we first meet her in her book.
“If only she could show to Adri, and even to Garan, that she wasn’t a useless addition to their family after all. That she was grateful they’d taken her in when no one else would. That she wanted to belong to them.”
The birth of Iko, or at least Iko and Cinder. I found this story a little sad, as Cinder is introduced to her new family but is still just as alone as ever. I don’t feel like Garan dealt with the situation very well. He basically just abandoned Cinder with his wife and kids and then went and hid in his shed. Although I don’t think even if he was nicer about it that it would have made a difference to Adri, she really was cruel right from the start. It was interesting to see Cinder at the start of her new life, all confused and unable to move her new body parts correctly. It shows how much she grew in the years before we first meet her in Cinder and becomes a confident and skilled young woman.
The Queens Army
“Please,” he said, wrapping his arms around her waist. He knew how strong he was. If he held on tight enough, they could never force him to let go. He clamped his eyes shut as the first hot tears slipped out. “Please don’t let them-“
Oh my, this one was heartbreaking. We’ve seen Levana’s army in action and we’ve heard bits and pieces about Wolf’s time in training, but never before have we seen or heard about the beginning of his career as a soldier in Levana’s army. And as I said before, it was heartbreaking and I think it only made me love Wolf even more.
Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky
“The school forwarded your status reports this morning,” he said, pausing for dramatic effect before adding, “They are not up to standards.”
“That’s unfortunate,” Carswell said. “I’m sure I almost tried this time.”
Hahaha, I love teenage Thorne! Just as sarcastic and sneaky as adult Thorne. I love that everyone always underestimates him but secretively he is so so smart finding new and inventive ways to make himself more money so he can get away from his parents and one step closer to his beloved Rampion. I would have loved for teenage Cinder and teenage Thorne to have met each other, it would have been hilarious to read.
After Sunshine Passes By
“I’m … to live here?” she squeaked. “Alone?”
Poor naive Cress. She is so smart when it comes to computers but so naive when it comes to the real world and people manipulating her. It was sad to see how she ended up trapped in the satellite, but I like thinking forward to her book and how she wont take any sh*t from her Mistress or Levana anymore. I love Cress, she may be tiny and shy but she is also totally kick ass.
The Princess and the Guard
“It has to be this way,” said Winter. “I will accept this side effect. I will accept any amount of monsters my mind wants to give me, but I will not become a monster myself.”
I always found Winter a little strange. Don’t get me wrong, I loved her, but she was a little harder to connect to due to her craziness. So it was really nice to see her before all the craziness took hold. It was also totally heartbreaking to see the exact reasons why she stopped using her gift, and the horrible things she had to go through (I hate Levana) whilst fighting against using her gift. I loved this little addition to Winter’s story and definitely made me love her more. Also, seeing Jacin as a younger person and seeing exactly what he sacrificed for Winter, it was slightly swoony. I was always a little ‘eh’ about him, but after reading that, I love him so much more!
The Little Android
“Then, so suddenly she almost missed it, space opened up before her. Black and expansive and endless and filled with more stars than she could ever drink in. More stars than she could ever compute. It was so much better than a holograph.”
I don’t really know what to say about this one other than it’s a really cute little story, and we get to see the kindness of Cinder once again.
“That mechanic was going to change everything.”
I really loved this story and loved seeing Kai’s first impressions of Cinder when he first met her. I love how awkward the two of them are, both trying to hid their interest from the other (and Cinder also trying to hide her missing foot). I loved this scene from Cinders POV but even more from Kai’s. You can tell that they are just meant to be together! Plus the irony of Kai thinking that Cinder is going to help him to save everything by fixing his android. If only he knew then…
Something Old, Something New
He grunted in response.
“I love you.”
A sleepy smile curved across his mouth. “I love you too.”
So I was kind of hoping that the wedding was going to be between a certain two people, but it wasn’t, and although initially I was kinda disappointed about this, I actually really liked the way this story played out. It was really nice to see the gang reunite years after the end of Winter and now all more settled in their ‘happily ever afters’. The relationships between all the characters have only grown stronger, and I especially loved that Cinder and Thorne’s banter was still there. There were some really cute moments in this one, like when all the boys decorate the house in wedding attire and Scarlet’s “something old, something new” story.
This book is an amazing addition to the series. Each story brings something different and gives us the chance to see each of our characters before they join in the main story of the series. If I could I would always wish for more stories from this incredible group of characters, but if this is the way it had to end then I’m good with that too.
Re-Readability: Yes! Yes! Yes!
I would recommend this book to fans of: Retellings, futuristic worlds, YA dystopians, rebellions