The Queen’s Army (The Lunar Chronicles, book 1.5) by Marissa Meyer
It is time. The boy must leave his family to serve in the Queen's army. To be chosen is an honor. To decline is impossible. The boy is modified. He is trained for several years, and learns to fight to the death. He proves to the Queen—and to himself—that he is capable of evil. He is just the kind of soldier the Queen wants: the alpha of his pack.
What a fantastic short! Again I had issues with the lack of building the world. Finally readers get a glimpse of life on the moon, and it's left to the readers imagination. Ugh! I know it's a short, but this is foreshadowing for future books. Is nothing going to be expanded on? Nothing fleshed out. Meyer has a great world/universe here. Yet, it's all left to the reader to do the heavy lifting.
Anywho I like his introduction to the Queen's Army. How even her people are easily mind controlled into doing what she wants. That the Queen does not want subjects, she wants mindless bodies to do her bidding. Which makes me wonder who will be left to worship her? Besides her main flunkies. Which now that I think about it is probably enough for her.
It's brutal, scary, and is a fantastic setup for Scarlet. And having now started Scarlet it's a solid setup into meeting a new character. Probably giving readers a huge help in liking the character so much more and developing him.
In the end this is a short you don't want to miss. It introduces new characters and helps flesh them out pre-Scarlet. While I find this annoying because if you don't like tracking down all the shorts (some of them being wastes) you might miss on a story that helps develop the actual series. It gives readers our first official glimpse at life on the moon, even if it isn't developed fully.
Sexual Content: Clean on this front.
3/5- Adored it, just a few minor details held it back.
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