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Dive Deeper Into the Lunar Chronicles

Brooklyn Hollander, Journalist

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The Lunar Chronicles is a series of four dystopian/sci-fi books. Each book is slightly based on a fairy-tale although each one strays off the path of the original story quite a bit. The first book Cinder is based on Cinderella, the second book Scarlet is based on Little Red Riding Hood, the third book Cress is based on Rapunzel, and the last book Winter is based on Snow White. Although this series has come to a close, there are two companion novels that include more stories from the Lunar world.
The first of these novels is Fairest. It tells the story of Queen Levana of Luna, the main antagonist in most of the Lunar Chronicles. The story is in Levana’s view and it gives the reader an insight into why Levana did what she did and how she justified the things she did. The reader also gets to see characters from the Lunar Chronicles at different times in their lives. It is really interesting for someone who had seen Queen Levana as such an evil character in the series to now see her flaws and deepest desires.
The other novel, Stars Above, is a collection of short stories. Some of these short stories had been revealed previously, but others were brand new. The reader got to see some of their favorite characters before the events of the series take place and even after everything. One story told is of one of the first scenes in Cinder, but it is from Prince Kai’s perspective rather than Cinder’s perspective. There are also stories told about never before seen characters.
Both Fairest and Stars Above bring something new to the Lunar Chronicles world. Anyone who is a fan of the Lunar Chronicles will love both Levana’s story and the collection of short stories in Stars Above. If someone hasn’t read the Lunar Chronicles yet, they should pick those up and read them before they read the companion novels. It is sure to be worth the read.

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