“A novella which was written between Cinder and Scarlet. While reading Cinder we find out that Levana, the Lunar Queen, is suspected of raising an army and hiding them in underground tubes where they lived and practiced training maneuvers. In reading "The Queen's Army" we find out that she is...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Short story but informative”Diedra B wrote this review Wednesday, July 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Interesting, but not a must read.”CJ wrote this review Tuesday, July 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A novella which was written between Cinder and Scarlet. While reading Cinder we find out that Levana, the Lunar Queen, is suspected of raising an army and hiding them in underground tubes where they lived and practiced training maneuvers. In reading "The Queen's Army" we find out that she is indeed training men to fight for her but they are also being "enhanced". I can barely contain myself waiting to get hold of Scarlet to see what happens next.”Beverly R. wrote this review Sunday, May 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I love these back stories. I just love Wolf!”Veray C wrote this review Friday, May 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I also stumbled across this in-between when I found Glitches and I really enjoyed them both. The Queen's Army gives you background about Ze'ev, AKA Wolf. It is basically Wolf's whole life story leading up to Scarlet. It explains why he is e way he is and why him and his younger brother Ran are not close. It also has quite a bit of action that was very well detailed. I feel really bad for both Z and Ran for what the both went through during their childhoods. I really hope that the dumb Queen gets what is coming to. Her and soon. I can't wait to continue the series and hopefully there are more in- betweens. I found both the short story and Glitches helpful and are must reads if you plan to read the series.”Justine V wrote this review Tuesday, April 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“As opposed to Glitches, which I didn't really feel was amazing and honestly didn't answer any of my questions, The Queen's Army is the complete opposite. Not only do we get some background into the Lunar Army that Kai and the other diplomats become aware of in Cinder, but I believe we might also have just been introduced to a character who's going to play a role in the remainder of the series.
I couldn't help but be struck by the irony of this story. Z, our main character, has been taken from his home, forced to undergo some physical transformations, and has come out of them perhaps more wolf than human. He spends all of his training years being neither the best or the worst, never wanting to fully embrace his animalistic tendencies, but also desperately wanting to avoid becoming the "mindless soldier" threatened by his pack's leader. I have to say that my heart hurt quite a bit for him and the others we see in this brief story, simply because of the circumstances they find themselves in all because of Levana's determination to conquer the Earth. It's scary to know she really has no limits to her thirst for power.
I found the last line to be the most thought-provoking, particularly since Z's actions at the end make you wonder precisely if he's avoided becoming what he feared after all. I'm curious to see what comes next!”
“I'm so glad that I read this before I read Scarlet. It was really nice to find out about some of the characters in Scarlet before they make an appearance, and to find out why they act the way they do. Plus, it's also a little bit of a continuation from Cinder - we know Levena is up to something and is creating an army of genetically modified soldiers, but we have no idea why or what they are.
I really loved seeing the way Ze'ev interacted with his "pack" and how he develops over the course of the story. He's smarter than he pretends to be, and a better fighter than he lets on, but he doesn't want to be the Alpha. I think it's fairly important to learn about Z before we see him in Scarlet, because it certainly helps explain a little bit about his mentally and why he does the things he does.
Marissa Meyers' short stories do not disappoint, and I would strongly recommend this to fans of her Lunar Chronicles series. Especially if you haven't read Scarlet yet! And even if you have, I think this is still an excellent read and will really open your eyes a little bit more. 5/5, and I hope there are more short stories to go along with Cress and Winter!
“Meyer has created such a unique blend of genres with her Lunar Chronicles series. It's truly amazing that everything works seamlessly together. The Queen's Army was a wonderful example of this genre blend.
"His breathing was becoming more and more difficult to soothe. “What’s going to happen to me? In the next . . . eight to twelve months?”
She flashed a braggart’s smile. “You’ll become a soldier, of course.” She held up the small device again. With a tap, a holograph emerged, showing two rotating images.
One, a young male, perhaps in his late teens.
The other, a white wolf."
I was disappointed that The Queen's Army didn't return to Cinder as the narrator since the next novel, Scarlet, also focuses on another character and I'm not quite ready to give up Cinder's view point. The Queen's Army was quite interesting though and I really enjoyed a direct view of what the lunar queen was up to.
Z was an interesting mind to get in to. I couldn't help but feel for him and his plight. The one thing he wants is to never become a monster and yet... I really enjoyed the ending of the short story and I'm even more pumped to begin Scarlet.
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“At 12 years old Z is taken from his family and genetically altered to become a special soldier in the Queen's army. Forced to fight for pecking order in the pack Z soon finds his place in the middle, but will that be good enough to get him into the Queen's special army?
The Queen's Army tells the story of Z(who becomes Wolf in the book Scarlet). While I have been entertained by these two short stories(Glitches and The Queen's Army), I wish that they had both been novel length books.