Series: Lunar Chronicles #2.5
on January 27th, 2014
Genres: Science Fiction, Short Story, Young Adult
The Little Android is a retelling of The Little Mermaid, set in the world of The Lunar Chronicles by New York Times-bestselling author Marissa Meyer.
When android Mech6.0, saves the life of a handsome hardware engineer, her body is destroyed and her mechanics discover a glitch in her programing. Androids aren’t not meant to develop unpractical reasoning or near-emotional responses…let alone fall in love.
I’m both overjoyed at getting another glimpse into Marissa Meyer’s world, and full of regrets. It’s not like I didn’t know that the next characters and adaptations into her interesting science fiction world would be Rapunzel and Snow White, but it’s still disappointing that we won’t get a full functional character to go with The Little Mermaid.
Still, the story is sound and it’s a good appetizer for the main course of Cress. Our main character, Star, is an android who, with a malfunctioning personality chip, falls in love with an engineer she’s required to work with. She ends up rescuing him, and in the process destroys her body. Instead of allowing herself to be scrapped and thrown away for having feelings, she leaves (no one cares that an android just up and rolled it’s way out of where it should be?) and attempts to find herself a new body before her old one shuts down completely.
Here’s where Cinder comes in, placing this story before the events of the actual novels. Cinder plays the wicked witch role, despite being neither wicked nor a witch, and offers the desperate android an escort bot body. Yes, the body is also malfunctioning, offering Star only pain when she moves, staying on par with the story version.
Since Cinder is obviously not the one trying to steal Star’s love, there is another love interest to cause Star grief. Eventually, Star, in a bittersweet act of love, helps her engineer and the object of his affection get together. Could you expect anything less from a Little Mermaid adaptation? It was pretty much perfect.