Title: Stars Above (Lunar Chronicles 4.5)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: Fairytale retelliing/YA/SFF
Date Read: 31/12/2016
This book is a compilation of short stories set within the Lunar Chronicles universe. While in some cases it was interesting to find out more about how the characters figured into the larger story, I ultimately didn’t think any of them added much of interest.
While I won’t do a full rundown of every story in the collection, a few highlights include the story of how Michelle Benoit ended up hiding the tiny Cinder in her basement, stories of how Wolf ended up in the Queen’s Army, how Cress ended up in her satellite, and an example of Thorne as a young boy. There is also an epilogue that takes place after the conclusion of Winter.
The best way to describe how most of these came across to me is to say they felt like material that the author should have written for herself, so she knows her own characters’s back stories, but it’s not really necessary for us to also know it in this much detail. We got the necessary information when we were reading the Lunar Chronicles. The only one that I felt really gave us additional insight was The Princess and the Guard, which was one of the longer stories in the collection and gave us some real insight into Winter and why she chose to stop using her Lunar Gift.
I am glad I read this, as it was the only one of Marissa Meyer’s books that I had not got around to yet, and I got through it in a day because as usual, her writing is extremely readable. But I wouldn’t say you need to rush out and buy it if you haven’t already. Definitely one to get from the library.