This book was basically the perfect ending to one of the best series I have ever read. It was so good to go back in time with all these characters, to learn more about them, and just to be with them one more time.
The Lunar Chronicles #4.5
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publication year: 2016
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Retellings, Companion short stories
My rating: ★★★★★
The Keeper: A prequel to Cinder, about Michelle Benoit and how she came to be a guardian for her granddaughter Scarlet, and the Lunar princess Selene.
Glitches: A second prequel to Cinder, this one a few years later, when Cinder wakes up, is adopted by Linh Garan, and moves to New Beijin.
The Queen’s Army: In this prequel to Scarlet, we follow Ze’ev Kesley on his journey to becoming a Lunar Special Operative.
Carswell’s Guide to being Lucky: This one seems to be a favourite to loads of people, as it follows a young Thorne trying to gather money to buy a Rampion ship.
After sunshine passes by: In this prequel to Cress, we get to see how Cress grew up, and got to leave alone on her satellite, with Sybil Mira being her only contact to the outside world.
The Little Android: This one is a retelling of classical tale The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen, and follows an android who develops feelings for a human.
The Mechanic: This scene shows Kai and Cinder’s first meeting (at the beginning of Cinder) but this time it’s from Kai’s perspective.
Something Old, Something New: In this last tale, the Rampion crew gather together a few years later, for a much anticipated wedding…
One more time, I was transported to this magical world I love so much. Though magical is probably not the most appropriate terme, but it feels that way to me because I love it so much…
I can’t pick a favourite short story, honestly, I loved them all so much. I didn’t want this book to end. It was really interesting to get prequels, and learn once again more about those amazing characters and how they got to be who they are in the rest of the series. We had gotten glimpses of the events through the rest of the series, things mentioned about their childhoods, but it was great to go more in depth about it. It was also interesting to read from other character’s points of view (yes, I’m talking about The Mechanic here…)
And at the same time, we also got new content, like with The Little Android and of course, Something Old, Something New, which was the perfect way to end this series.
There’s not much more to say about this book, honestly, but I still wanted to make this post to tell you all how much I loved it. If you enjoyed The Lunar Chronicles, and haven’t read those short stories yet, I would definitely recommend you pick up this book ASAP. If you haven’t read The Lunar Chronicles, then what are you waiting for?
You can check out my reviews for Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Winter and Fairest by clicking the titles of the books. And if that’s not enough to make you want to read them, you can check out this video I made about 5 reasons why you should read this amazing series!