Marissa Meyer – Lunar Chronicles short fiction

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

I hope your holidays are full of awesome bookish gifts and great food and fun.


Now back to business…After reading Cress, I finally clicked with the Lunar Chronicles and needed to catch up on all the short stories. If you’re interested in “Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky”, you can get the story by subscribing to Marissa Meyer’s newsletter. I’ve included links to where you can read the other stories.

Lunar Chronicles #0.5 – Glitches

Published by: Tor.com, 2011
Read it on:
Wattpad
Ebook:
32 pages
My rating:
6/10
First sentence: “Are you ready to meet your new family?”

Tglitcheshis Tor.com short story was surprisingly touching. It tells of an eleven-year old Cinder who just comes to join her new family. The connection with her younger stepsister Peony is immediate, almost the same way her new stepmother Adri and her eldest daughter Pearl take a dislike to Cinder, for no more reason than that she has a mechanical hand and leg. But, as readers of the Lunar Chronicles well know, Cinder’s cyborg-ness gives her a few other perks that she discovers in this short story for the first time. The surprising part was the ending. Cinder discvoers her skills as a mechanic – to no reader’s surprise – but I didn’t expect this short story to end on such a bitter note, although of course everyone who’s read Cinder (or Cinderella, for that matter) knows that the stepfather cannot stay with the family for long… a good little story that doesn’t really do anything for the greater worldbuilding but is a nice addition to what has been established in Cinder.

Lunar Chronicles #0.6 – The Little Android

Published by: Wattpad, 2014
Read it on:
Wattpad
Ebook:
35 pages
My rating:
7/10
First sentence: Mech6.0 stood against the hangar’s charging wall, one of hundreds of mute sentinels watching the passengers flutter by with their hovering luggage carts and excited chatter.

little android“The Little Android” is a retelling of The Little Mermaid set in the world of the Lunar Chronicles, although only very loosely tied to the main story. Cinder makes an appearance as – who’d have guessed – the witch that gives the little mermaid her legs but takes her voice. I actually adored how Meyer translated all the plot points from the fairy tale into her own science fictional world. It’s all there. The rescue of the prince (although he’s not a prince), the rival girl who is really lovely, the new legs, the muteness… Mech6.0 was an android to root for and the ending – heartbreaking as it must be, considering the source material – was on point. This fleshes out the world of New Beijing before the beginnign of Cinder and would make an excellent starting point, even if you’ve never tried the series of novels.

Lunar Chronicles #2.5 – The Queen’s Army

Published by: Tor, 2012
Read it on:
Wattpad
Ebook:
32 pages
My rating:
6,5/10
First sentence: They came at the end of the long night, when the manufacturing dome had not seen sunlight for almost two weeks.

queens armyThis is a sort of origin story about how Wolf came to be Wolf. Nothing that happens during his training is surprising, but it is quite well written and gives Wolf some much-needed background. His reluctance to be a mindless drone is there from the beginning and “The Queen’s Army” does have a few great moments that hint at Wolf’s fraught relationship with his brother. Scarlet being the weakest of the Lunar Chronicles, catching a glimpse of Wolf’s training, of those first days after the genetic manipulation, made me think that this should have been in the novel rather than a separate short story.

Lunar Chronicles #3.1 – Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky

Published by: Feiwel & Friends , 2014
Ebook:
42 pages
My rating:
6,5/10
First sentence: Carswell dunked the comb beneath the faucet and slicked it through his hair, tidying the back so it was neat and pristine, and the front spiked up just right.

carswells guideOh, Carswell! Since I’ve just read Cress, I knew what this story would be about from the start. I found it a bit disappointing that Meyer chose to tell a Carswell story whose plot and ending we already know. Thorne has gotten into enough trouble to pick and choose from and I would have liked to see more of his shenanigans. But okay, the story that was already talked about in Cress is here in its entirety. The charming parts are the ones when Carswell thinks about what he wants from life – a ship. A sturdy, useful ship that he can captain, without it having to be flashy or expensive. He pursues this goal by cheating his school mates out of their money, winning some of it fairly, and generally being Carswell. What can I say, there isn’t a lot of meat to the tale, but I’m a sucker for that arrogant little jerk so I had fun reading this.

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