Title: The Little Android
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #0.6
In: Stars Above (Marissa Meyer)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Fairy tales, Steampunk, Strong women
Format: Short story
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
5th sentence, 74th page: It wasn’t the first time such horrible thoughts had come into her head.
A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” set in the world of The Lunar Chronicles.
The blurb for this story is that this is a cyborg version of The Little Mermaid. I was expecting a happy ending for the android-mermaid, but, this short story actually stuck much closer to the original version. Where Ariel doesn’t get her happily after, but rather, sacrifices herself for the love of the prince. And honestly? I loved this version even more. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Disney happy ending. But there is something nice about an alternate ending and twist to the tale.
The Little Android helps to place Cinder and her kind heart in context within the greater series. But, mostly for me, it was just a cute and simple way to spend a half hour or so. Meyer’s understanding of fairy tales and her modern take on them is thoroughly enjoyable. And using one like The Little Mermaid which has two distinctly different endings left me smiling contently. Even though Star didn’t quite get her happily ever after…
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