The Monthly Review: Stars Above

Stars Above

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

Published: February 2, 2016 by Feiwel & Friends

Pages: 369

Genre: YA Science Fiction, Fantasy



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.


I loved The Lunar Chronicles. I know other people had their issues with it, saying the world wasn’t as fleshed out as it could be or there were slow parts, but I really did enjoy this series. Stars Above is a collection of short stories that focuses on each of the different characters, and it was a great way to close out the series.

Each of the characters throughout this series were well-crafted, and I loved them all—except Queen Levana of course (Fairest was so perfectly twisted, by the way). I was especially intrigued to read the first short story on Scarlet’s grandmother, Michelle Benoit. After reading that, Michelle’s fate becomes so much more poignant. The story about young Carswell Thorne in school had me laughing constantly. Each of the stories just gave me more background to the characters and more depth to the series as a whole.

I must say, that final story with the wedding had me up and running around like a madwoman at the end. There have been so many YA stories I’ve read where the final chapter makes me feel exhausted or not all that happy with the conclusion (Mockingjay or Allegiant, anyone?). Not this series. This is what I want when I read a book to escape reality. I want the characters I’ve shared a tumultuous journey with to have their happy ending. I want all the struggles and hard work to be worth it. I want them to have the biggest win they possibly can. Because, dang it, someone’s got to have a happy ending around here!

So, say what you will about this series. I loved it and will continue to recommend it. Go you, Marissa Meyer. Go you.


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