Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Meyer, Marissa. Stars Above (Lunar Chronicles)

Meyer, Marissa.  Stars Above (Lunar Chronicles)  Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends  2016  369p  $17.99  ISBN 978-1-250-09184-0  jr/sr  Fairytale  VG

Meyer offers nine stories set in the Lunar Chronicles universe, five of which have never been published elsewhere, as well as an exclusive excerpt of Meyer’s upcoming novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts. Fans of the Lunar Chronicles will enjoy the backstory provided by prequels to Scarlet, Cress, and Cinder, as well as an epilogue to Winter.  Several spin-offs introduce new characters and interpretations of fairy tales, such as “The Little Android,” a retelling of Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” set in the Lunar Chronicle universe. 

For fans of the series, Stars Above provides details that will maintain an interest in Meyer’s fantasy series until the next installment (Heartless) is published, even though relatively little new ground is covered. Newcomers to the Lunar Chronicles may find the anthology to be disconnected.  The popularity of the series and its large fan-base make this a must-buy volume for young-adult collections.

Summary: This anthology offers nine stories set in the universe of the Lunar Chronicles.  It provides a variety of details and perspectives to round out the Lunar Chronicles universe.     

Fantasy-Fiction                                 --Hilary Welliver

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