Review: Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

Stars Above
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Release Date: February 2nd 2016
Book Length: 369 pages
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
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...


A perfect ending to an incredible series! Lunar Chronicle fans will devour and adore this one. With new stories that provide an in depth look to the series and looking into the past of your favorite characters. These short stories are sure to cure your book hangover from Winter and it also answers a few of those niggling questions you were left with.

            My only issue with Stars Above is that I had the exact same problem with it as I did with Untamed by A. G. Howard--- some stories were great but I just wasn’t interested in them, again this is my issue as a reader. However I know for me and a few others that Stars Above was portrayed as ‘what comes after Winter’ (that extended synopsis wasn't always there, trust me!) also the constant teasers of a certain ‘Lunar Wedding’ and for these reasons I made sure I got my copy the exact second I could. Now this book was brilliant don’t get me wrong, BUT there is only one novella/chapter that discusses the characters and what happened after Winter. The other stories focused on our main characters in their youth, now I have no problem with this but my expectations were totally off base and thus affected my reading experience; I’m waiting for something that will never come, booo!

Other than this minor detail, fans of the Lunar Chronicles will enjoy Stars Above, I only wish there was more if it and more stories about what happened after Winter. The ending was utterly perfect and some scenes will not doubt bring out the fangirl in you, just be prepared to be a little saddened that this wonderful series is well and truly over. *heartbreaks*

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  1. ACK, I'm both looking forward to this book, but also not at all. I don't want the series to ever end *wails* I'm going to have to ready my heart for the heartbreak you mentioned...
    I was originally confused as to why Jacin didn't get his own novella, but his story is so closely tied with Winter's, so it makes sense for there to have one with both of them!

    1. You've got to read it Erika, it's the only way to get over Winter... I know you're deep in your feels about Winter right now but bite the bullet open Stars Above and reminisce all the goodness...... and then cry with me </3 ahhhhh :(
      I agree with you about Jacin, I would have loved him to have his own POV!! The hottest man on Luna deserves it right? ;)

  2. AAH I can't wait to read this book! I love this series and I don't want it to end at all! :( All the stories seem so good!

    Cloe @ Mornings and Epilogues

    1. Me neither, I'm so depressed now!! Although we have HEARTLESS to look forward too yayyyy ;)

  3. Sad to hear there aren't more after Winter stories in here. I'm glad you still enjoyed it though and I can't wait to read it myself. :)

    1. I know :( I still can't believe it, it's not the same waiting another year for a Lunar Chronicles book! Hope you enjoy it :)


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