Stars Above

January 5, 2017

Lunar Chronicles: Extras. Author: Marissa Meyer.


The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories—and secrets—that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?

My Thoughts:

Marissa Meyer allowed the setting to fade into the background this time, confident that her readers are familiar with it. The characters, however, are every bit as vivid as before. She delves into the past, revealing the history behind certain occurrences and relationships, then jumps forward once more with the last story. Overall they rounded the story out beautifully, but my one complaint was that one or two of the stories were quite disjointed, jumping into the past, than the future, than back to present – it was as though Meyer’s publishers decided to go ahead and publish all the extra bits of info she had. The Little Android alone was not related to the main stream of the series, but it was one of the more clearly-defined stories with its own sharp arc and bittersweet conclusion. And the wedding… the wedding managed to be a surprise after all, a swoon-worthy romantic surprise that we’ve all been waiting for.

Content Review:

Sexual content: In a flash back, character recalls a whirlwind romance with a lunar, whom she was unable to marry, and finding out she was pregnant two months later. Implication clear. Boy flirts with multiple girls. Girl realizes she is in love with a boy. Discovery by note of the fact serving woman was pregnant by a thaumaturge who manipulated her. Robot thinks she’s in love with a man. One marriage proposal, one wedding. Multiple kisses.

Language: None

Violence: Fist fight with several boys ganging up against one, ending with the one boy having a black eye and broken rib. Character tries to commit suicide. // Character commits suicide by jumping from a window. Discovery of the fact a character has been physically and sexually abusing and mentally manipulating another character – very few details. Character forces another, younger character to cut her own face with three lines. Character fires a shot gun in the air.

Love Triangle: No.


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