“Sorry,” said Thorne, “but that sounds illicit and suspicious and, frankly, my criminal days are behind me. Next—”
If you think my love of Carswell Thorne was the largest motivator I had in reading this pandemic-inspired short story you would be absolutely correct. Honestly, I don’t think that Marissa Meyer (or anyone, for that matter) could’ve done anything to get me more excited. This was the story I didn’t know I needed until it arrived. And I loved every second of it.
See, as much as I adore this woman’s writing, The Lunar Chronicles will always be the most special to me. And so, COVID-128 was just about the greatest present anyone could have given. I have missed these characters and their stories so damn much ever since the tale ended.
Everything about this story was so wonderful, pulling me right back into one of my all time favorite worlds. The focus shifted through each of our favorite characters as they navigate a whole new pandemic. Instead of Leutimosis, we now have Covid-128. We see the daily moments of quarantining and social distancing from the eyes of each. To my immense pleasure, there was rather a lot of time spent with my number one: the lovable goof and Happy Captain himself.
I think the only thing this was missing was a bit more time with Cinder and Kai. However I remain thoroughly pleased with the brief return to these characters regardless. Words cannot adequately describe how much I missed them.
Now, if you’re a Lunar Chronicles fan, I one hundred percent recommend clicking over to read COVID-128. Just be aware that there are some spoilers for the books if you’ve not finished the series. Otherwise, enjoy!