Stars Above – Review

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
Bind-up of The Lunar Chronicles novellas
Genre: YA sci-fi (science fiction), fairytale retelling
Pages: 369
Format: hardcover, owned

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I really enjoyed Stars Above — it was fun reading about the crew before they all met, and a great way to postpone facing that the series is now over. 😉 This review will be a little bit different — I’ll give my opinion on and rate each novella individually, then rate the book as a whole. That way it, hopefully, won’t be confusing, and there’s a lesser chance of me accidentally spoiling something. 😉

The Keeper

I really liked this story. It was cool to see how Michelle ended up helping Selene and I loved how she came up with a new name for the princess. I thought young Scarlet was so cute and it was amusing to see how sassy and stubborn she was. 😀 However, the beginning was a little bit slow for me. 4½ out of 5 stars


This was also kind of a slow novella, but I really liked it nonetheless. Young Cinder was adorable and I felt so bad for her — she was trying to get used to her metal limbs and her cyborg abilities and she wanted to be useful to Adri so badly. I was glad Peony was there for her even in the beginning, and I think my favorite part was when she and Iko met. 😀 4¾ out of 5 stars

The Queen’s Army

This novella was a bit faster-paced, and I felt bad for Ze’ev instantly. The process sounded terrible and painful, and I couldn’t believe even Lunars would put a twelve-year-old through that. I was cheering for Ze’ev the whole time, especially in the end, although I was slightly worried in that last fight scene. 5 out of 5 stars

Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky

Young Thorne was absolutely amazing. He was just as cocky, goofy, and flirty as he was when I met him in Scarlet and I loved it. I was also pleasantly surprised to see how dedicated he was to saving up his money and how well he had planned everything out. I loved when he came to Kate’s rescue and the friendship that came out of it. I think this was my favorite prequel novella. 😀 5 out of 5 stars

After Sunshine Passes By

Young Cress was so adorable. I loved that she was just as sweet and imaginative as she was when introduced in Cress. The ending of her story kind of broke my heart (but still didn’t make me cry). I do wish that her novella had been a little bit longer so I could see how she initially adapted to living in the satellite, and maybe how she developed Little Cress. 🙂 4¾ out of 5 stars

The Princess and The Guard

I loved this novella. Winter and Jacin’s bond as children was so cute, and Winter was so sweet and innocent. I loved her, and it grew after she vowed to stop using her gift. ❤ I don’t think I’ve ever hated Levana as much as I did while reading this (except when she manipulated Thorne in Winter), and Jacin’s reaction was perfect. The ending was too. 😀 5 out of 5 stars

The Little Android

This was my least favorite novella. Cinder appeared in it briefly, but otherwise it had nothing to do with the crew. I didn’t like Star that much, and her thoughts toward Miko disturbed me. I was also very confused by the ending. 2 out of 5 stars

The Mechanic

I loved this novella, too. Even though this is an old scene and it was in third person, I loved reading from Kai’s perspective. It was amusing to see what he thought of Cinder and even more so when he didn’t know what to say. If I had to pick a second favorite prequel novella, I think this would be it. 😀 5 out of 5 stars

Something Old, Something New

This was definitely my favorite novella. It was the perfect epilogue to Winter and it was so cute. It wasn’t the wedding I was hoping for, but I loved it nonetheless. The ending was absolutely perfect too, although I’ll admit a part of me wants an epilogue to the epilogue so I can read about the other wedding that will eventually happen. XD 5 out of 5 stars


I really enjoyed this bind-up of novellas and I’m sad to say good-bye to The Lunar Chronicles crew and world. A reread of the series will definitely happen eventually! ❤

my rating: 4½ out of 5 stars

Have you read this book, or any of the others in the series? Are they on your TBR? If you have read them, what did you think? I’d love to know! 😀

I plan on spending the rest of my afternoon playing Metroid on Nintendo Land, painting, and reading (+ hopefully finishing) Days of Blood and Starlight. 🙂

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5 thoughts on “Stars Above – Review

  1. I can’t wait to read this book! I STILL need to read Fairest and Winter first though! Hopefully I’m getting Fairest for my birthday later this month so I should be able to continue soon 😀

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