Stars Above: A Lunar Chronicles Collectionby Marissa Meyer
The #1 New York Times Bestselling Series!
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
The #1 New York Times Bestselling Series!
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 six stories - two 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.
Gr 8 Up—In this short story collection, recommended to those who have already read the author's Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter, readers will be delighted to learn more about the history of their favorite "Lunar Chronicles" characters. Each of the nine entries provides further context, characterization, and world-building to the popular, best-selling series. The introductory stories show how baby Princess Selene ends up in the care of Scarlet's grandmother and describe her early life with the Linh family. From there, readers witness Z taken from his Lunar home as a child to fight in Queen Levana's wolf army, and then peek into Carswell's childhood as he uses his charm to persuade his classmate to tutor him in math. Readers will sympathize with Cress and the shells who are forced to donate blood for Lunar research, and then cheer Princess Winter on in her battle to keep her sanity while refusing to use her gift. The final tale takes place two years after Winter and begins with the group reuniting in France for Scarlet and Wolf's wedding. With the monarchy abolished on Luna and peace between Luna and Earth on its way, this collection ends with a happily ever after for everyone. VERDICT This companion title will not disappoint fans and will make a worthy addition to libraries where the "Lunar Chronicles" are popular.—Marissa Lieberman, East Orange Public Library, NJ
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A Lunar Chronicles Collection
By Marissa Meyer
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Michelle slid her fingertip across the portscreen, flipping through the album of photos her granddaughter had sent that morning. Luc had taken Scarlet to see the ruins of the Musée du Louvre, and Scarlet had taken dozens of pictures of the crumbling statues and still -standing wreckage. There was even a photo of Luc and Scarlet together, huddled in enormous wool coats beside a statue with one missing arm. The stone woman looked like a third member of their party.
Michelle kept coming back to this picture, the only one of the album that had both Luc and Scarlet in it. Though Luc wore his usual detached expression — always trying so hard to look sophisticated — Scarlet's grin was effervescent. Her eyes sparkling, one of her front teeth missing, her curly red hair half tucked into the collar of her jacket. She seemed happy.
For once, Luc was trying, and that warmed Michelle to her core. It was a welcome change from the usual comms she received from her granddaughter. Home life had been difficult for the child since her mother had left ... no, Michelle knew it had been difficult long before that. She had known from the beginning that her son was ill-suited to parenthood. Too vain and selfish, and his young wife had been every bit as bad. Their relationship had been passionate and dramatic and doomed from the start. They'd been arguing since practically the moment they started dating — big arguments, with screaming and smashed dishes and law enforcement called by the neighbors more than once. When the pregnancy had been announced, Michelle had struggled to feign joy for them. The disastrous end to their marriage had been inevitable and she'd known that the poor child would be the victim of it.
Usually she was forced to read between the lines of Scarlet's comms, as Luc certainly never told her anything. "I'm bored and waiting for Papa to get home" translated to "Luc is out at the bars again and his six-year-old daughter is home alone." Or, "Thank you for the birthday gift. Papa said he's going to take me to a theme park to celebrate once the weather is better" translated to "Luc forgot his daughter's birthday again and hopes she'll forget all about his promise by the time spring rolls around." Or, "The neighbor brought ratatouille for dinner again — the third this week. She uses too much eggplant and I HATE eggplant, but Papa said I was being rude and sent me to my room" translated to "Luc gambled away their food budget this week, but at least this kindly neighbor is paying attention — unless she's been charmed by Luc's smile and hasn't yet figured out that he's a spineless rascal."
Michelle sighed. She loved her son, but she had lost respect for him a long while ago. She knew she had to accept part of the blame herself, though. She had raised him, after all. Maybe she had spoiled him too much, or maybe not enough. Maybe he'd needed a father in his life to guide him. Maybe —
A knock startled her. She lifted her gaze away from the portscreen, where she'd been staring into the shadowed face of the son she hadn't spoken more than a dozen sentences to this year. Probably one of the neighbor kids hosting a fund-raiser, or someone from town wanting a few eggs from her hens.
Setting the port on the table beside her favorite reading chair, she pulled herself to her feet and ducked out of her bedroom, down the narrow stairs that creaked familiarly every time, into the small foyer of the farmhouse. She didn't bother to look, just opened the door on its ancient hinges.
Her heart stalled. The entire world seemed to hesitate.
Michelle took half a step back, bracing herself on the door. "Logan."
His name struck her with the full force of an asteroid collision, stealing the air from her lungs.
Logan stared back at her. Logan. Her Logan. His eyes searched her, every bit as rich and fathomless as she remembered, though they were lined with wrinkles that hadn't been there before. More than thirty years before.
"Hello, Michelle." His voice was a wearier version of the one she had adored all those years ago, but it still filled her with memories and loneliness and warmth. "I am so sorry to intrude on you like this," he said, "but I am in desperate need of your help."
* * *
She had been both proud and terrified when she'd been invited to attend the Earthen diplomats on a visit to Luna — the first in generations. She was one of four pilots for the mission, and the youngest by nearly ten years. It had been an honor, even though most of the people she'd mentioned the mission to prior to departure looked at her like she was crazy for even considering it.
"Luna?" they would ask in disbelief. "You're going to Luna ... willingly? But ... they'll murder you. They'll brainwash you and turn you into an Earthen slave. You'll never come back!"
She laughed and ignored their warnings, confident that the horror stories surrounding Lunars were based on superstitious nonsense more than solid facts. She believed there would be good Lunars and bad Lunars, just like there were good and bad Earthens. Surely they couldn't all be monsters.
Besides, she was only a pilot. She wouldn't be involved in any of the political discussions or important meetings. She didn't even know what the mission was meant to accomplish. She would spend the monthlong visit enjoying the famed luxuries of Artemisia and she would return home with plenty of stories to tell. She wasn't about to let some absurd urban legends keep her from being part of such a historic event.
She was given leave almost as soon as they reached Artemisia, and she soon discovered that the white city was everything she expected it to be and more. Lush gardens and courtyards filled the spaces between white-stone buildings. Trees towered over sprawling mansions — some reaching nearly to the domed enclosure that covered the city. Music poured out of every alleyway and no glass was left empty of wine and everyone she met was carefree and full of laughter. Somehow they all knew she was Earthen without her having to say so, and it seemed that every wealthy merchant and aristocrat in the city made it their personal obligation to show her the grandest time she could imagine.
It was only the fourth day since her arrival and she was in the central square of the city, dancing around an enormous sundial with a strikingly handsome man, when she stepped too close to the edge and tumbled off. She cried out in pain, knowing instantly that her ankle was sprained. Her dancing partner called for a magnetic levitating contraption — similar to a gurney — and took her to the nearest med-clinic.
That was where she met Logan.
He was a doctor, a few years older than she was, and Michelle had known instantly that he was different from the other Lunars she'd met. He was more serious. His eyes more thoughtful. But more than that, he was ... imperfect. She studied him while he studied her ankle. Average build. Light brown, untidy hair. There was a mole on his cheek and his mouth drooped on one side, even when he smiled. He was still good -looking, at least by Earthen standards, but on Luna ...
Only when it occurred to her that he was not using a glamour did she realize that everyone else she'd met had been.
He offered to let her rest in a suspension tank, but she shook her head.
"It will heal quicker," he said, confused by her refusal.
"I don't like being confined to small spaces," she replied.
"Then you must hate being trapped under the biodome here." He didn't press her as he began to wrap her ankle the old-fashioned way. For years to come, when she thought of Logan, she would remember his gentle hands and how deftly they had worked.
"It's so beautiful here," she said. "I hardly feel trapped at all."
"Oh, yes. It's a very pretty prison we've built."
It was the first unpleasant comment she'd heard about Luna from a Lunar.
"You think of your home as a prison?"
His gaze flickered up, clashing with hers. He was silent for a long, long time. Instead of answering her question, he finally asked in a hushed whisper, "Is it true that the sky on Earth is the color of a blue jay's wings?"
After that day, Michelle no longer had eyes for the aristocrats and their flashy clothes (especially once Logan told her that the man she'd been dancing with on the sundial was in fact old enough to be her grandfather). She and Logan spent every possible moment together during her stay on Luna. They both knew it was a temporary affair. There was a ticking clock for when she would return to Earth, and she never entertained hope that he might be able to return with her. The rules against Lunar emigration were strict — Luna didn't like its citizens leaving, and Earth didn't want them coming.
Perhaps their romance was more intense for its brevity. They talked about everything — politics and peace and Earth and Luna and constellations and history and mythology and childhood rhymes. He told her horrifying rumors about how the Lunar crown treated the impoverished citizens of the outer sectors, forever ruining the glittering allure that Artemisia had first cast over her. She told him about her dream to someday retire from the military and buy a small farm. He showed her the best place in the city to see the Milky Way, and there was a meteor shower on the night they first made love.
When it was time for her to leave, there were no parting gifts. No tears and no good -byes. He had kissed her one last time and she had boarded the ship to return to Earth and that was the last she had ever seen of Dr. Logan Tanner.
When she'd discovered her pregnancy nearly two months later, it had not even occurred to her to try and find a way to inform him of his child. She was sure that it would not have mattered anyway.
* * *
"We were told of her death months ago," Michelle said, pressing her palm flat against the glass lid of the suspended animation tank that had been hidden beneath a pile of old horse blankets in the back of a rented hover. She was trying to keep from heaving. She was not easily disturbed, but never had she been so close to something so sad and horrific. Judging from the size of the body, the child was only three or four years old. She looked more like a corpse — disfigured and covered in burn marks. It was unbelievable that she was alive at all. "There have been rumors ... conspiracy theorists have speculated that she may have survived and Levana is trying to cover it up. But I didn't believe them."
"Good," said Logan. "We want people to believe she's dead, especially the queen. It's the only way she'll be safe."
"Princess Selene," Michelle whispered. It didn't seem real. None of this seemed real.
Logan was on Earth. Princess Selene was alive. He'd brought her here.
"A fire did this?"
"Yes. It happened in the nursery. Levana claims it was an accident, but ... I believe it was planned. I believe Levana wanted her dead so she could have the throne for herself."
Michelle shook her head in disgust. "Are you sure?"
His dark eyes stared at the form of the princess encapsulated beneath the glass. "Matches and candles are rare on Luna. Under the domes, any sort of air pollution is a concern we take seriously. I don't see how or why a nanny would have had one, or why she would have had it lit in the middle of the day, in a child's playhouse." He sighed and met Michelle's eyes. "Also, there was a peer of mine. Dr. Eliot. She was the first doctor to examine the princess, and the one to proclaim her as dead and have her body removed from the palace. Her quick thinking saved the princess's life." His gaze slipped. "Two weeks ago, she was accused of being a traitor to the crown, though details of her crime were never released. I believe she was tortured for information and then killed. That's when I knew I had to run. That Selene and I had to run."
"Who else knows?"
"I ... I'm not sure. There's one other man, Sage Darnel, who worked in bioengineering. He was beginning to act suspicious of me before I left. Asking questions that hinged too close to the truth, but ... I don't know if he figured anything out, or was only guessing. Or maybe I'm being paranoid."
"If he does know, would he ... is he an ally, or ..."
He shook his head. "I don't know. We're all so caught up in the mind games of Artemisia, I can never tell who's happy under the regime and who hates Levana as much as I do." He released a frustrated breath. "There's nothing I can do about it now. They'll no doubt be suspicious that I disappeared, but I couldn't stay there. She couldn't stay there." The tank made a low gurgling noise, as if in agreement.
"What if they come looking for you?" Michelle's heart was starting to pound. The burden of it was settling over her shoulders. Queen Levana was the most powerful woman in the galaxy. If Logan's theories were true, then she wouldn't stop looking for the princess. And anyone who helped the princess was in danger.
"I don't think they can trace me here," Logan said, though his expression was unconvincing. "I've changed spaceships and hover cars six times since arriving on Earth and manipulated everyone I've seen so that they wouldn't be able to recognize me."
"But what about our ..." She stumbled over the word relationship. " ... connection? We weren't discreet before."
"It was a long time ago, and affairs happen so frequently on Luna, I doubt anyone was paying attention to us."
Affairs. He said the word too casually, and Michelle was surprised at the sting of hurt it caused.
Logan's expression softened. He looked exhausted and too gaunt, but he was still handsome to her. Maybe even more handsome now than when they were young. "You're the only person I trust, Michelle. I don't know where else to take her."
It was the right thing to say. Her pain diffused. She inhaled deeply and looked down at the child again. "My house is small," she said. "I couldn't hide her if I —"
She hesitated. The house had been built in the second era. It had survived the Fourth World War. She swallowed.
"The bomb shelter," she said. "There's a bomb shelter under the hangar, wired for a generator and everything."
Logan pressed his lips together until they turned white. There was regret etched into his face, but also hope. It took him a while, but eventually he nodded. "You understand the danger you'll be in if you keep her here? She is the most valuable person on this planet."
For some reason, this comment made Michelle think of Scarlet, her granddaughter. Only a couple of years older than the princess before her.
Scarlet — Logan's granddaughter.
She opened her mouth, but shut it again.
"I'm sorry," said Logan, misinterpreting her hesitation. "I'm sorry to ask this of you."
"What are you going to do?" she said.
"I will help you until I know the princess is stable and you're confident in caring for her. Then I'll go into hiding until ... until she's old enough to be removed from stasis."
She wanted to ask him where he would hide, and how, and when he would return. But she didn't say any of those things. Instinct told her that it was better not to know. Safer not to know.
"And once she's awoken from stasis?"
His gaze became distant, like he was trying to peer into the future. Trying to imagine the woman this child might become.
"Then I will tell her the truth," he said, "and help her reclaim her throne."
* * *
Though Scarlet had taken the maglev train between Paris and Toulouse a dozen times before, she'd underestimated how different it would be traveling by herself. Her body had been wound tight from the moment she'd boarded the train. She hadn't had much money for her ticket, so she was in the cheapest car and the seats were uncomfortable, especially for such a long trip. She dreaded the idea that someone would sit next to her and ask where she was going and where were her parents and did she need help. She already had a speech rehearsed in case it happened. She was going to visit her grandmother, who would be picking her up from the station. Of course her parents knew where she was. Of course she was expected.
But of course she wasn't.
The train entered a new station and she squeezed her backpack against her side and tried to look grouchy as new passengers boarded. She exuded her best "leave me alone" vibes.
It worked. No one sat next to her, and she exhaled in relief as the train rose on its magnets again.
Unzipping the top pocket of her pack, she pulled out her portscreen and stuck a pair of wireless headphones into her ears. Maybe some music would help her forget about what she was doing.
She had left Paris. She was never going back again. She was going to live with her grand-mère and no one could stop her.
She wondered if her father had even realized she was gone yet. Probably not. He was probably still drunk and unconscious.
She shut her eyes and tried to relax as the music blasted into her ears, but it was no use. She was hyperaware of the movements of the train, the chatting of passengers, the announcements of upcoming stops. She was waiting for the chime of her portscreen — a comm from her father demanding to know where she was. Or a nervous, worried comm, begging her to come home. Or even a missing child alert from the police.
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Marissa Meyer is the USA Today- and New York Times-bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles: Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Winter, and Fairest: Levana's Story. She lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband.
Marissa Meyer's first book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list. Marissa lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and their three cats.
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This is one of my fav series and these short stories just added to how amazing this series is. I'm very sad that it's over now.
This review is definitely not spoiler-free, my loves. So proceed with caution as Stars Above reveals the aftermath of The Lunar Chronicles. It did not cross my mind as I looked at Stars Above that it would include a real epilogue story to The Lunar Chronicles. I only believed that it was a collection of short stories about the characters before they came to be in this saga. It wasn't until I was reading a tweet from Marissa Meyer that I became insanely excited in the idea. In the days leading up to its release, FierceReads polled the question of who readers thought the wedding (yes, a wedding takes place!) was for - logically, I only ever believed Scarlet and Wolf would be the reasonable couple. However, in the depths of my soul, I wanted Cinder and Kai to be the ones to be the one exchanging vows. Little did I know, I got more than I hoped for and I was satisfied with the turn of events that left me squeezing about the ending. It's pretty hard to write this review without spoiling the book. For a second time, I will post that this review contains spoilers. So please read with caution if you decide to go on. I will say that the spirit of the characters and the storytelling that Marissa Meyer is so good at doing is prevalent in this short story. Of course, I expected no less. I'’m sure that she was excited to sit down and wrap up the story she had begun years ago. I was so so happy that I was not thrown into the get-together immediately - that I got to start the story with Cinder (the first!) and where’s she’s left off. If you have gotten to Winter, then you know that what Cinder proposed in the matters of the Luna monarchy have gone through and have come to fruition. It is her first time leaving Luna since her arrival and I think the emotions she goes through with leaving Luna and coming back to Earth is so endearing. She feels afraid leaving because something might happen, but she’s so nervous about going to Earth and seeing Kai and everyone. It’s so so endearing. When the gang finally gets back together, I told myself that this is what I came for - when all the characters are getting introduced into the short story - I gave a monumental YES! THAT’S HER/HIM and they’ve become more and more like their characters in the time that’s passed. And of course, I was right in my prediction of who the wedding was for - SCARLET AND WOLF! I was so happy to see that they finally decided to tie the knot. They’ve lost so much, but they’ve found each other and one day they’ll have little pups digging themselves into the gardens. I still remember when Scarlet wondered about Wolf and whether he was going to come back to Earth with her while his mother was on Luna. Man, good times. And now they were getting married! I was so happy to see the gang coming together and planning a surprise wedding for Scarlet since she didn’t want the media blowing up about it (since Queen Selene and Emperor Kai are present). It brought me back to the old stories about how they worked together to accomplish impossible tasks. I especially loved reading the respective girls’ and boys’ scenes where they were dressing Scarlet up and the boys were decorating the downstairs for the wedding. But the best part of the epilogue for me was the ending when Kai and Cinder.
What hapens to iko dose anybody Know? Mabey Iko +Kimmy??
It's always hard to review anthologies because there's so many stories to review individually. This one was a little easier since I had read some of them before. Even still, I really loved each of these stories and I'm glad they were given as special additions to the Lunar Chronicles Story! The Keeper: I loved this story because Scarlet was actually my favorite of the series. Seeing more about Scarlet, Cinder, and Michelle was fun. It also really showed how smart everyone involved in the situation was. From the doctor to Michelle, just everyone involved. And last but not least, there was a very cute "to grandmother's house we go" vibe with Scarlet on her way to the farm. I did really like it. Rated 4 Stars. Glitches: I had read this one before and loved it. It was of course sad to see what happened to her step father and I hated what she got in return from the rest of his family, but it was really cool to see where it was originated. It was definitely nice to see some of the older characters again as well. Like Peony. Rated 5 Stars. The Queen's Army: Again, this is another one I loved because Wolf is my favorite. I read this one before too, but I read it before I read Scarlet. Because of that, I was scared of Wolf. I mean all that he went through in this story was scary. Add all that on to the talk of Levana and thurmages and this story was definitely cool. Rated 5 Stars. Carswell's Guide to Being Lucky: I really liked this one. It definitely showed the classic Thorne. It was so funny to see what all he did in school and how much of a scammer he was even then. I thought this was a great story! I didn't think I could love Thorne anymore than I already did, but after reading this, I do now! Rated 4 Stars. After Sunshine Passes By: I had actually been looking forward to this one. Since I loved the other pre-ludes, I knew that I would love this one. And I did. Of course it was very sad and I hated the thurmages even more, but it was still a good look at Cress. Rated 3 Stars. The Princess and the Guard: This one was fun. Well at the beginning anyways. When things got deeper, it began to get sad. I hated to see what Winter went through and of course I hated to see at that point the bad guys won because of a misunderstanding. It was definitely better at the beginning. Rated 4 Stars. The Little Android: I tagged this one to read a long while ago but never got to it. I finally did and I thought it was pretty cute. I liked seeing the likeliness to the Little Mermaid. It was definitly not the Disney version though lol I'm glad Meyer did it only as a short story because I'm not sure I could've handled the end of a full story that way. Rated 3 Stars. The Mechanic: This one was very cute. I love Kai and have been on the Kai and Cinder ship since reading Cinder. It was cute to see the two of them and their very first interaction and how they felt about each other. I loved seeing the two of them all over again. Rated 3 Stars. Something Old, Something New: I think I'm the only person on the planet who didn't flip forward and read the last story first. That's what I love about reading thhough, the anticipation of getting to the best part. And I'm glad I waited. I LOVED it. It was perfect. I also loved it because I'm overly sentimental. I'm getting married and I can't lie, this made say aw so much that I started thinking about my own future wedding lol It was definitely cute and I loved having the entire gan
I am a major fan of Lunar Chronicles. I need to read this ASAP!!!!
Omg i died when i read this it was so cute!!! Well the little android star that part was confusing but im pretty sure its the little mermaid but with an adroid if youre confused about that... marrisa did leave out iko and kinney and let me say i lovvveeeddd them soooooooooooo much i mean iko+kinney ALL the way even if its some sort of weird..annyway i loved it!!!
Some of the stories included in this bundle were ones I'd already read, but for the stories that were new, I was SO excited to read them. I particularly loved the stories that took place AFTER the events of Winter. There's so much more story possible and I'm glad the author took the time to give that to us. For a collection of short stories, I felt it read fairly smoothly. If you enjoyed The Lunar Chronicles, you're going to want to pick this one up!
It seemed to me that a major flaw with the series is that all the characters have the same personality. I still love it though.
4.5 Stars Reviewed by Annie and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog For fans of the Lunar Chronicles, there’s plenty of reasons for rejoice! Marissa Meyer has packaged all her novellas in the Lunar Chronicles in one pretty package for all of you to enjoy. Inside this collection are five never-before-released stories but there are nine stories in total. Of course there were a few stories that I was most looking forward to reading. Once I picked up this book and started reading though, one thing became abundantly clear to me – these stories are more of the “slices of life” type as opposed to full-fledged short stories. So while many of these are considered prequel to many of the books in the series, I would not suggest reading these stories before the four main books in the series. FAIREST is also a prequel short story but that one is way more developed than the ones you’ll find in here. Again, I suggest reading FAIREST after the others. So as I was saying, these stories are more like “slices of life”, meaning that they can’t standalone as a solid story but something more like a teaser of what happened before or after certain events in the series. They just give further insight into some characters, almost like a treat for loyal fans who just can’t seem to get enough. I enjoyed all of them as Meyer writes abundantly well and I just love learning more about her characters and her world. But I will say that for the majority of the stories, a lot of them were somber in tone. There’s a wash of sadness that is casted over them, making me feel more sympathetic to the characters. It’s a bit depressing actually. It should come as no surprise to report back and say that Thorne’s story was my favorite. He’s one of my favorite characters in the story. If there was one story that I wish was written and included in this anthology it would be a story for Iko, who is one of my other favorite characters in the series. Hell, I would love a full book for her because I think she is such a bright light to this series. That being said though, there’s plenty to love with STARS ABOVE. If you haven’t read this series yet, I highly suggest you do. Don’t be like me and put it off because you’re missing out on a great story, some amazing characters and perhaps a new auto-buy author in Marissa Meyer.
The Lunar Chronicles is one of my favorite series. I was so happy to be able to read more of this saga so soon after the publication of Winter. This collection includes back story on all of the main characters in the series, as well as a wedding story that takes place 2 years after the conclusion of the 4 main books. I've read and reviewed some of the stories in this collection before, so I only read the new additions. And I was patient enough not to skip ahead and read the wedding story first. Below are my impressions of the book in general and reviews of the stories I hadn't read before. The Keeper I loved this story! We get a glimpse of Michelle Benoit, her relationship with Logan, and the responsibility of hiding Selene for all those years. The story covers 11 years, hitting the high points. I enjoyed reading about young Scarlet as well. Meyer proved her genius yet again with her explanation of the origin of Cinder's name. 5 stars After Sunshine Passes This story was so sad. It chronicles young Cress and the origin of her satellite. Her desperation for Sybil's approval broke my heart. She was still as imaginative and hopeful as ever, and I enjoyed that. Since this was a story that was pretty much known from flash backs in the original books, I didn't love it quite as much as some of the others. 4 stars The Princess and the Guard Hooray! More Jacin and Winter. I really fell in love with them both in Winter, and I was kind of sad they didn't get more time in the series. This story was perfect! It gives their background. We get to see them playing together as children. Meyer shows Jacin's devotion to Winter. I absolutely loved this story. It was so sweet. 5 stars The Mechanic When I read Cinder the first time, I wasn't sold on Cinder and Kai. But as the series continued, I began to appreciate Kai more and more. This story tells of their initial meeting, but from Kai's perspective. I LOVED it! I enjoyed getting into Kai's head a little more and seeing his vulnerability. I like him even more now. 5 stars Something Old, Something New No spoilers, I promise! This story was perfect. I loved knowing what happened with everyone two years after the end of the series. There was a lot packed into this short story. When they make the movies, I hope they'll even cover this tale as a final movie or an epilogue to Winter. It was just so fun to read about the whole gang back together again. I love the banter! That has always been a huge part of what I love about this series. The characters are so endearing, so comfortable with each, and so fun to read about. 5 stars http://www.momsradius.com/2016/02/book-review-stars-above-ya.html
I have two young daughters. And, you know… young girls love reading Lunar Chronicles. And when they heard about this new LC edition, well… that was a cause for a real celebration. Of course, publication of “Stars Above” was driven by marketing departments in order to continue hype caused by publishing of long-awaited “Winter”, the fifth book in Marissa Meyer’s “Lunar Chronicles” series, but one should admit the author managed to do this in a big style. This is the first book of stories set in the Lunar Chronicles’ world and Marissa Meyer even changed her initial plan of including two original stories – instead she went beyond writing five completely new stories, including a prequel and epilogue to “Winter”. For Lunar Chronicles fans this book would be real gem, something that they should not miss, while for other young readers (if there are such who had not read LC) my daughters told me reading of LC books would be recommended first. You can rest assured that kids are going to love it…
Winter comes out today and I'm super excited to read it! I have loved the series since scarlet. She's my favorite character. Can't wait to have the whole series!