When Winter was released this past November, it was a bittersweet moment in my bookish life. I was excited to read more about Cinder and the gang, but sad that it was The End. But, thanks to the power of wishful thinking (or perhaps just because Marissa Meyer is awesome), Winter wasn’t The End, at least not exactly.
Out early next month, Stars Above is a new collection of short stories set in the Lunar Chronicles ‘verse that expands upon certain characters’ backgrounds and even gives an epilogue to the series.
Here’s the official word:
The enchantment continues ...
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?
With nine stories—five of which have never before been published—and an exclusive never-before-seen excerpt from Marissa Meyer’s upcoming novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles.
The Little Android: A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” set in the world of the Lunar Chronicles.
Glitches: In this prequel to Cinder, we see the results of the plague play out, and the emotional toll it takes on Cinder. Something that may, or may not, be a glitch ...
The Queen’s Army: In this prequel to Scarlet, we’re introduced to the army Queen Levana is building, and one soldier in particular who will do anything to keep from becoming the monster they want him to be.
Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky: Thirteen-year-old Carswell Thorne has big plans involving a Rampion spaceship and a no-return trip out of Los Angeles.
The Keeper: A prequel to the Lunar Chronicles, showing a young Scarlet and how Princess Selene came into the care of Michelle Benoit.
After Sunshine Passes By: In this prequel to Cress, we see how a nine-year-old Cress ended up alone on a satellite, spying on Earth for Luna.
The Princess and the Guard: In this prequel to Winter, we see a game called The Princess and The Guard.
The Mechanic: In this prequel to Cinder, we see Kai and Cinder’s first meeting from Kai’s perspective.
Something Old, Something New: In this epilogue to Winter, friends gather for the wedding of the century ...
Although the first eight sound delightful, I am super excited about that last one. (What can I say? I'm a hopeless romantic.)
Now, it just wouldn’t be right of me to not share this excitement with y’all. So, if you’d like a chance to win your very own copy of Stars Above, tell us in the comments: Which story are you looking forward to most, and why? A winner will be chosen at random next Tuesday (1/26). Per the publisher: U.S. entries only. Sorry everyone else! The giveaway is now closed.