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 programming. Androids aren’t not meant to develop unpractical reasoning or near-emotional responses…let alone fall in love.
First sentence: “Mech6.0 stood against the hangar’s charging wall, one of hundreds of mute sentinels watching the passengers flutter by with their hovering luggage carts and excited chatter.”
We get a Little Mermaid story!
Let me tell you, The Little Android made me sad. Here’s this android who is in love with a human engineer, but she can’t say anything because 1. she’s an android (who has a glitch which makes her capable of having human feelings) and 2. the engineer is in love with a client’s daughter. Talk about unrequited love.
Star (aka Mech6.0) is incredibly unselfish. She never really puts herself first; always others. Maybe it’s because she’s an android or because of her glitch. Whatever it is, good things should happen to her. She essentially [spoiler]sacrificed herself so a young couple can be together[/spoiler]. She’s a dreamer. She finds beauty in the stars. She’s amazing. I wanted a happy ending for Mech 6.0 (aka Star), and [spoiler]it’s not possible especially with how the novella ended[/spoiler]. It pulled at my heartstring!
The Little Android is cute and heartbreaking. I don’t quite see what purpose it serves to the general story in the Lunar Chronicles, but it’s worth a read to see the similarities to The Little Mermaid.