Synopsis from Goodreads:
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…
Stars Above was simply put, a feel good book that made me smile. I have missed these characters so much even though I just read Winter back in November. It’s something I love about Marissa Meyer. Her ability to make me feel for every single one of these characters and miss them like they’re family when I’m away from this world. So I had mixed feelings going into this book. I was excited to be with the Rampion crew again, but I was also sad that this was the real end. (Although we have the graphic novels coming now so at least that’s something!)
The first story is about Michelle Benoit and when Cinder first came to “live” with her on the farm. I really loved reading about that start of everything. I would definitely recommend reading these in order because they are chronological and it’s nice to have a timeline as you’re reading. One of my favorite things about this particular story was seeing the relationship between Scarlet and her grandmother. Michelle Benoit is kind of a bristly old woman, but you could tell how much she loved Scarlet and it just warmed my heart.
Oh poor Cinder. This follows her story when she first goes to live with Adri and my heart just broke for this little girl. Everybody looks down on her because she’s a cyborg, but she didn’t ask for any of this. She was just this tiny little, scared girl and no one comforted her. Her adopted father meant well, but he was never around. And Adri…I hate this woman so much. I think I had forgotten just how much I hate her until I read this story. She is awful. But I loved reading about how Cinder got her start as a mechanic and how Iko came to be.
The Queen’s Army
Wolf!!! Love of my life! My alpha. This story broke my heart. Wolf is chosen for the Queen’s army and ripped away from his family. And we learn more about Ran and how that relationship became so toxic. All of these things were just so sad. It was hard being on Luna during these short stories to be honest. We saw just how cruel and awful Levana was and how life was for Lunar citizens. It really killed me.
Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky
Oh my gosh, young Carswell is adorable!! His obsession with Rampions! I loved that he chooses this cargo type ship and his reasons behind it. And the hope that one day he would have it…adorable. I wanted to yell through the pages that his dreams would come true one day. And I enjoyed seeing the Kate Fallow story play out since we heard about it in snippets during the rest of the series.
After Sunshine Passes By
I realize that at the beginning of this review I talked about how this was a feel good book and I’m quickly realizing that maybe the epilogue was the only feel good part… because this was Cress’s story and it was so sad. We see what her life was like before the satellite and then we see the moment when Sybil leaves her all alone. She’s this tiny little girl and she’s terrified. Sure, her life wasn’t great on Luna being a shell, but a life alone in a satellite? *sobs* Poor, Cress. I just…all the feels.
The Princess and the Guard
And the heart-break continues. This was by far the saddest of the stories in this book. It was also the longest and quite possibly my favorite. I really loved seeing more of Winter and Jacin’s relationship. I loved seeing their friendship when they were younger knowing that it turns into more. Friends to lovers is the best isn’t it? But this story broke my heart. We learn why Winter chose to stop using her gift. We see the moment when Levana gave her her scars. And I just hurt for this girl. But also am so impressed by her. She’s so brave, so much braver than you initially think. You see Winter and she seems like this pretty little bird, but the truth is she’s tough as nails. Maybe not physically, but mentally and emotionally. Winter is a great role model.
The Little Android
First of all, I really thought this book was about Iko, but it’s not. Just to clear that confusion up. I was reading and I was all oh Iko! And then quickly realized that it was not Iko and I was almost disappointed by it. The story was still good though, albeit sad. It parallels the Little Mermaid, the real, depressing one. Not the happy, fluffy Disney version.
All the feels! We got back to a happy place with this one because we got to read about Kai and Cinder’s first meeting from Kai’s POV. I loved seeing Kai’s initial attraction to Cinder. He’s amused and intrigued by her from the start and it gave me all the feels. This story was definitely a feel good one.
Something Old, Something New
This epilogue was absolute perfection. I have been trying to guess whose wedding it would for a while and I was so happy with who it ended up being. This story is the reason why I said this book was a feel good read. Because it was perfect and wonderful and it was so nice to have all the characters back together again. <3 <3 <3 I could not have asked for a better wrap-up. It definitely gave me the closure I needed, but now I’m sitting in a pool of depression because it’s really over. I am super excited for the graphic novels, but still. I’m definitely going to reread this series on audio this year because I’ve heard the audio is amazing and I’m just going to miss these characters too much. I need to revisit them already.
Have you read this book yet? What was your favorite story? Did you guess the wedding right? Which story broke your heart the most?