Review: Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles #4.5)


Title: Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles #4.5)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Source: Purchased
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads 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 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…


Since I finished the Lunar Chronicles a couple of years ago, I’ve been missing the stories! This collection of stories was a great way to get back into the series.

The stories begin before the events of the Lunar Chronicles and ends with a story about the characters after the Lunar Chronicles. The stories come full circle by beginning and ending in the same location.

I love that these stories give more detailed backgrounds to the main characters. The series has characters based on Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White. There is also a short story based on the tale “The Little Mermaid” which is called “The Little Android.” My favourite story was the first one, “The Keeper,” which is about Cinder. It answered a lot of questions that I had about how she came to Earth.

I loved this book! I’m so glad the story is continuing in the graphic novel series, Wires and Nerve.

Here are my reviews for Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter.

Author: jilljemmett

Jill lives in Toronto, Canada. She has studied English, Creative Writing, and Publishing. Jill is the creator and content producer of Jill’s Book Blog, where she has published a blog post every day for the last four years, including 5-7 book reviews a week. She can usually be found with her nose in a book.

5 thoughts on “Review: Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles #4.5)”

    1. Definitely read the rest of the series first. You’ll get way more out of the stories because they give a lot of background to the characters. And you would get some major spoilers of the series if you read this book first.

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