I’m definitely glad that I started reading the short stories, novellas, and other extra content included in my favorite series.
I enjoyed this short story collection that wraps up The Lunar Chronicles. It gave each main character a true origin story, or something else that pertains to their personas. Lastly it let us know what the characters have been doing since the series ended and showed what their future looks like going forward. I think it was a really satisfying end to the reading experience.
The biggest surprise to me was that this is 400 pages long, because it felt so much shorter. The audiobook was also a lot shorter than what 400 pages would normally be, at only 9:27 not including the preview of Heartless
Bookish Quick Facts:
- Title: Stars Above
- Series: The Lunar Chronicles # 4.5
- Author: Marissa Meyer
- Publisher & Release: Feiwel & Friends, February 2016
- Length: 400 pages
- Rate & Recommend: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 yes for fans of the series
Let me say two spoiler free lines about each story!
The Keeper – about Michelle Benoit and how she eventually ended up with a very charred charge. Scarlet has a cameo
Glitches – from the end of the prior story: how Cinder was met by her new family, and incidentally how she discovered her mechanical prowess. I like this little glimpse of their early family life
The Queen’s Army – how Wolf became Alpha Kessley. This one showed me something about Scarlet that I missed, or misunderstood while reading 😳
Carswell’s Guide – super cute mechanical kitty and a bunch of scheming by our favorite captain
After Sunshine Passes By – this was probably my least favorite, about Cress and when Sybil Meara put her on the satellite
The Princess and the Guard – Winter’s decision to no longer use her Gift, and what that decline looked like. It was a nice glimpse into her and Jacin’s childhood friendship
The Little Android – one very brave, very boy crazy little Android that definitely does not have a defective personality chip. Loosely based on The Little Mermaid, it also showed the first time that Iko and Cinder met and I loved it
The Mechanic – super cute story from Kai’s point of view
Something Old, Something New (or Stars Above) 😁
All in all, I definitely think that if you read the series you need to read this too. The final story is absolutely everything needed to put a big beautiful bow on the series
And of course on audio, once again Rebecca Soler brings the entire cast to life. Bubbly hyper excitable Iko and floaty Winter were my favorite voices in the series.