Review(s) | The Lunar Shorts by Marissa Meyer

So Marissa Meyer made a bunch of short stories that act as prequels to each of the books, filling in details and adding scenes that were probably cut from the original manuscript. (Well, except for “The Little Android”).

And I’ve read them! I know “The Princess and the Guard” is coming out in the summer. And until then I can only hope that it’s about Winter going insane and Jacin joining the guard instead of becoming a doctor. That, and write reviews for the short stories that have been published!


Cinder has joined the Linh family, but she doubts she can fit in. There must be a way for her to prove herself…

I like reading about the initial reactions to her being a cyborg. I love how Peony just doesn’t care at all that she’s a cyborg and is just happy to have a new playmate. I do wish there was some interaction with Garan and Pearl, but it’s a short story, so what can you do? I’m also really happy to have some reasoning behind Iko’s personality, as well as some definite description of what she looked like.

The Little AndroidLittle Android, The - Marissa Meyer

Mech6.0 is an android with a glitch. Around the engineer, Dataran, she can’t seem to control herself. Her fan becomes irregular, her attention shifts from her work to him, and when he’s with Miko, all Mech6.0 wants to do is get rid of her. But it’s just a glitch. She couldn’t actually be falling in love…could she?

I’m not crying…

Well, no, I’m actually not crying, but THAT WAS AN EMOTIONAL ROLLER COASTER AND IT WASN’T EVEN THAT LONG. “The Little Android” has this sci-fi element that the rest of the Lunar Chronicles doesn’t have, and I really like that about it. Like Meyer’s adaptations, the transfer is absolutely flawless, staying true to the source material while maintaining a sense of originality.

And while I was waiting for that link to the original series, I’m sort of glad it doesn’t have much to do with Iko. It shows that Iko isn’t an anomaly, how technologically advanced the AI have become in their society, and how prejudices to the tech are easy to emerge. The story is also a good follow up to “Glitches” because of the cyborg-human relations.

full_queensarmy-300x255The Queen’s Army

Ze’ev Kesley is drafted into the Queen’s Army when he is twelve years old. His being is grafted with that of the white wolf, making him the monster he never wanted to be.

I wish this story was kept in Scarlet. It adds so much depth to a character that has a lot of mystery surrounding him. I find it ironic that he has to kill to prevent becoming a monster. “The Queen’s Army” is probably the epitome of everything wrong with Luna under Levana’s rule. The brutality of the wolf hybrids is so jarring, and the weight of it against Z’s humanity is so well constructed. My only complaint? I want more!

Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky

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Thirteen-year-old Carswell Thorne has to bring up his math grade in order to avoid grounding throughout mid-July break. And he needs the free time provided by the break to build up his savings. But how to bring up his math grades without doing the work?

If this story was supposed to outline anything, it’s how much of a scumbag Thorne was as a kid. He scams people out of their money so he can pursue his dream of buying a spaceship, facilitating gambling in his school and selling people stuff they already owned.

There’s something to be said about Thorne’s mixture of scamming and his search for sincerity. He wants something he owns for himself, something his rich parents didn’t buy for him. He likes Kate Fallow, and he has no idea why. It’s the mentality that makes Thorne that rakish character, but still makes him susceptible to change when he meets the right person (hello, Cress).

And that’s it! Definitely read these shorts, they are amazing, and worth a BUY recommendation (which isn’t literally necessary because they are all available online here!) (Except for “Carwell’s…” you need to subscribe to Meyer’s newsletter to get that one.)


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