November 29, 2012 by Heidi
Salute Your Shorts is a regular feature here at Bunbury in the Stacks highlighting and reviewing short stories and novellas.
Title: The Queen’s Army [Tor.com|Goodreads]
Author: Marissa Meyer [Website|Twitter|Facebook]
Standing: The Lunar Chronicles 1.5 — Takes place after Cinder and before Scarlet.
Genre: Young Adult, Sci Fi
Published: November 21st, 2012 by Tor
Source: Posted at Tor.com for you to read for free!
Fans of The Lunar Chronicles, rejoice! Not only is the release of Scarlet fast approaching us, but as she did with Cinder, Marissa Meyer has released a short story preamble to her upcoming book, giving us a look at a new featured character–Z. Like Cinder’s short story, Glitches, The Queen’s Army provides us with an insightful back story for a character, allowing us a better understanding of what has shaped them when we meet them at young adults.
Z’s story begins when he is twelve years old and taken to join the Queen’s army on Luna. A fate he had expected, but hoped against. Z’s body undergoes a series of genetic modifications giving him the animalistic traits of a wolf and removing aspects of his Lunar humanity. Recruited as part of a special program to provide potential units for the Queen, Z’s only hope to retain what humanity he still has after his initial modifications is to prove himself and become one of the Queen’s select soldiers. Failure to do so will result in further modifications, leaving him a mindless beast with no free will of his own.
The Queen’s Army shows us how Z’s determination to remain human forces him to become a beast–but a beast of his own mind rather than one under the control of others. It reveals a rift between brothers, and a quiet power that can come from observation. So often when reading we know that the author knows so much more about a character than they reveal to us as readers. We just don’t need to know everything. But at the same time, sharing with us these extra stories and insights helps us to form and solidify our thoughts about characters who we might otherwise misunderstand.
Scarlet is certainly one of my most anticipated 2013 releases, and The Queen’s Army only made me more excited to pick it up. I think we all know I have a thing for wolves by now (I <3 you Bigby, Lupin, William, Derek), so of course I’m predisposed to love Z. Also, I’m very excited to have a book that’s based on the Lunar side of things! How about you? Are you dying to get your hands on Scarlet? If so, kick back and enjoy The Queen’s Army in the meantime!