Book: Stars Above
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Genre: YA Fantasy/Fairy Tales, Short Stories
My rating: 5 stars out of 5
Synopsis: 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 novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles. (Amazon.com)
Stars Above is a collection of short stories in the universe of The Lunar Chronicles, a futuristic series of fairy tale retellings. This was the first book of short stories that I’ve read in entirety. And boy, was it wonderful. Yes, four of the stories included were also included in the various books of the Lunar Chronicles (Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Winter, Fairest). The inclusion of previously seen stories frustrated some readers who wanted more new stuff, but compiling the previously published stories and the new ones into a collection gave them a weight and a strong way to close the series.
After finishing Winter, I wasn’t ready to let go of the characters. They are a ragtag lot of layered and hilarious individuals and pairings. Although many of the stories in this collection take place before or during the other books rather than after, it was still a very fun way to spend more time with them.
I especially enjoyed the insight into Cinder’s history in “The Keeper” and “Glitches”, a story from Kai’s perspective in “The Mechanic”. I also quite enjoyed the adorable childhood moments in “The Princess and the Guard”, and, of course, the wonderful wedding in “”–which I must say was fabulously surprising!
This book, just like the rest of the series, is easy to read. It flows. It is a fairly quick, incredibly fun read. A pleasure read. Yes, that’s the right term, it is pure pleasure to read. It does not require a lot of brain power to follow. The world Meyers has developed is interesting and intriguing but easy to understand. She has found a wonderful balance between the futuristic new setting and the loved aspects of the commonly known fairy tales.
I realize this review is turning into a review of the entire series. I’d seen a few mentions of it online but didn’t know much about it. I picked up Cinder at an airport bookstore, but I wasn’t sure I’d like it, to be honest. I thought it would end up being silly or lame. It wasn’t. I finished that first book in less than a day and immediately went out and bought the next book in the series.
If you have not read this series, please do! It is fun, creative and full of adventure. There are emotional moments, there are hilarious moments. It is a brilliant reimagining and combination of fairy tales, brought into a cool futuristic world. And Stars Above is a wonderful way to close it off. It will be enjoyed for years and years to come.