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Stars Above: A Lunar Chronicles Collection

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Series fans get their last hurrah with nine short stories.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Finale to Popular Book Series Does Not Disappoint

After reading Marissa Meyer's entire book series, I just want to say that these books were amazing. And what better way to end the series than address unanswered questions about the characters' lives and conclude with what the fans have wanted all along? Like CSM states, most of the violence involves the character Wolf, when he was younger and a servant to the evil queen Levana. His "pack" of mutated wolves fought for the fun of it, often to the point of death. There is little sexual content, despite the fact that this is a romance book. The romance is clean, and I'm pretty sure that there isn't any language in this book either. Excellent book series for older tweens/teens who enjoy science fiction/romance.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

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This collection is like a lovely little parting gift for fans of Marissa Meyer's fairy tale-inspired world. Some stories feel like character backstory that got the ax from early drafts of Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter. If that's the case, they were cut for good reason -- they don't serve to move the story along -- but they do give fans more time to ponder how favorite characters grew up to conquer Luna. We see the trials of young Cress, Scarlet, Cinder, and Winter. Except for Winter's story, the author doesn't tap into the deeper emotions of these young characters. Maybe it's because the rest of their story is already told, but the lack of closeness takes away from the impact. One story, "The Little Android," takes on a totally new perspective but explores what is human and what is love in similar ways. Sometimes the writing is confusing, but the themes are solid and poignant.

The last story, "Something Old, Something New," is the ultimate gift for patient fans (spoiler alert): wedding bells and a few more surprises. It's the fan fiction you didn't have to write because the author wrote it for you. How's that for a nice ending?

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