This is a huge series! There aren't six books to this series but eleven! Four are mostly short stories, but they're fillers. They fill in the gaps between the novels. I read on Marissa Meyer's website, that the stories could be read in three ways. First was as the books came out; easy enough. Next, as the novels released, with the short story fill-ins or in chronological order. I chose chronological order, so I read Fairest first. Then... well, you'll see as I review. I have to say though, Meyer's a cool storyteller! I really enjoyed these books. All of them.
(Lunar Chronicles original banner found on Google and edited by me.)
Fairest is the first story (as far as chronological reading is concerned) in the Lunar Chronicles saga. It's the amazing story on how Princess Levana. The princess is second in line to the throne, behind her sister, Channery, due to both parents being assassinated, on the kingdom based on Luna (the moon.) Chancery is promiscuous and cruel beyond belief, even torturing her so-called beloved sister, but it's not until she becomes pregnant that the thrills truly begin.
This is a brief summary. I refuse to say a lot because it's almost a novella instead of a novel. It's an excellent story, told by Meyer in a simple, yet enthralling voice that keeps you hooked until the very end. You discover Levana's nature, why she is the way she is and how she rises to the throne, crushing ANYONE who could possibly stand in her way.
"All hail the Queen!"
Channery's plan has come into play, but oh- there's so much more at play. In The Queen's Army, short story number one, This one is about 'Z' or is a young boy who's been hoping for the best but received the worst when he was conscripted into the Queen's Army. Sometimes making the best grades doesn't pay off.
'Z' is taken from his family and tossed into training, of the worst kind. He's subjected to mind control, nightmares and worst- a bully for a squad leader. It doesn't stop him though. He's strong- but nothing prepares him for what he's trained for, or what he will become...
This story was awesome. It tells a great deal- and since I am reading Scarlet, as I type this, I understand what it's all about now. Wow! You will like this one, especially since it will soon tie together as you move along from one story to the next. I am so happy I read them stories in chronological order. This way, things are coming up and I'm like, "Ah yes- I remember that! Now I understand", without having to wait through all the novels!
Glitches is yet another short story that ties in with the stories. It tells of a young cyborg named Cinder. She was adopted by a man who supposedly brought her from Europe to New Beijing for a new life. But she's unwanted by half the family.
Set up almost like Cinderella, Cinder goes through working hard with two step-sisters and an ornery step-mother/guardian. Cinder lives in two worlds: one where she endures emotions unexplained. Why she feels sadness, empathy, any emotions is unknown, but she can't cry- and she's felt like doing so many times with what she endures. It's not until her step-father, Garan passes away from a mysterious illness- a plague amongst humans- that Cinder truly feels the flames of her family.
This short was so sad. Meyer wrote Cinder's story in a way that doesn't just tug on your heart strings- you want her to go for it. You're cheering her on and you don't want her to stop until she gets exactly what she needs, deserves and wants- because she's a "Good Guy" you know? She's the one you cry with!
There's a total of nine stories in Stars Above, but I'm going to only mention one at this time, and that's the one that jives with my chronological storyline. In The Princess and the Guard, the story of Winter picks up. It's after the tragedy that occurred in Fairest, but I won't say what that tragedy is, in case you've not read the series because that would offer up a SPOILER! Anyway, she's learned to survive and is doing her best to make her Queen and step-mother happy.
What I love most about Meyer's stories is the way she allows you to develop a relationship with both the pro and antagonists. You don't just know Queen Levant's evil and why she shuns her beautiful step-daughter Winter- you experience it. You feel Winter's hurt from the constant rejection. You know everything there is to know about these people, so when you discuss the stories with your friends, eavesdroppers will think you're speaking of real people! You know them that well!
The Princess and the Guard is a sweet story- not very long abut so sweet, you ache for Princess Winter. Jacin's a sweetheart too.
The Little Android is very sad. It's about a droid who loves the stars, named Mech6.0. She falls in love with a co-worke by the name of Dataranr. She's so desperate to show her affection -- which she shouldn't be able to do, by the way -- she puts her life on the line. Very dramatic and very poetic, she goes out and changes herself with a goal in mind: return something to Dataran and confess her love. But there's competition...
The Little Android isn't very long and is an easy read, as are all of Meyer's books. The thing about this short in particular is the ending. Unlike the others, there seems to be no open-ended ending. The cliffhanger is either the true ending or something huge happens later, that'll pick up in one of the later novels. I liked the tale, but it's not a happy one.
Marissa Meyer is a great storyteller. I am now a huge fan and will be purposefully seeking out her other books,b because I was wrong for resisting her. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I didn't want to get these books because everyone was flashing the covers all over my feed. I try to post trending titles, new titles, indie titles and a bunch of YA's but I try not to 'follow', you know? Resistance was futile in this sense. No publisher sent me a book; I just decided to go along with the gang. And I regret nothing.
Tomorrow will be fine rest of the books. Stick with me and see what I think of the actual novels and remaining short stories! My review, mentioned below, is for each individual book. I was happy and very pleased with them all!📚
Ratings: 👓👓👓👓👓out of 5 specs
*The Lunar Chronicles, Part 2 is next.
**Book series is from my personal library.
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