Star Wars

Star Wars

Lost Stars

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The reign of the Galactic Empire has reached the Outer Rim planet of Jelucan, where aristocratic Thane Kyrell and rural villager Ciena Ree bond over their love of flying. Enrolling at the Imperial Academy together to become fighter pilots for the glorious Empire is nothing less than a dream come true for the both of them. But Thane sours on the dream when he sees firsthand the horrific tactics the Empire uses to maintain its ironclad rule. Bitter and disillusioned, Thane joins the fledgling Rebellion -- putting Ciena in an unbearable position to choose between her loyalty to the Empire and her love for the man she's known since childhood. Now on opposite sides of the war, will these friends turned foes find a way to be together, or will duty tear them -- and the galaxy -- apart?
Publisher: Los Angeles : Disney/Lucas Film Press, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781484724989
1484724984
Characteristics: 551 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Lost stars

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sarahbru17 Jul 07, 2017

Characters: 9/10
Plot: 9/10
Writing: 9/10
I loved getting the Imperial side of the story. It followed the plot of the original trilogy, but even though I know that story, this felt totally new. I really liked the two main characters, Thane and Ciena. I think they were really well-developed, with clear motivations and goals that changed and adapted to their circumstances believably. Their relationship was both tense and satisfying, and really pulled me through the plot of the book.
The ending, though…I don’t know that it was satisfying. It was so tense right up until the end that I don’t know that it was really resolved. I wish there'd been just a little more falling action and resolution to let me know that these characters are going to be okay.

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mexicanadiense
Jul 25, 2016

This was really, really well done.

I honestly don't know why this book gets tagged with the "YA" label while Chuck Wendig's "Aftermath" series is, um, "adult"? The themes explored here- love, loyalty, sacrifice, empathy- are just as important, and though they are addressed through the early lives of two young people as they grow up together and then go on to rise in the ranks of the Empire and the Real Alliance I felt their character development and internal lives were handled with admirable poignancy and restraint.

I've often seen this book compared to Romeo and Juliet and, while it may have the "star-crossed lovers" angle covered, I think the R&J-inspired West Side Story is an even apter comparison as there is a strong thread of cultural differences dividing our protagonists Thane and Ciena that goes far beyond the usual "our families hate each other" narrative.

Lastly, to keep the theatrical comparisons going, the protagonists' presence on the periphery of so many key narrative events in the Original Trilogy is so cleverly handled it brought to mind the famous play, later made into a film, "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern" are Dead which retells Hamlet from the perspective of those two ill-fated minor characters from that play.

If you read this without ever having seen the original films you'll still be able to follow the story and be deeply entertained as it doesn't assume too much knowledge on the reader's part, but if (like so many of us) you've seen those movies dozens of times you'll appreciate how seamlessly Thane and Ciena's lives fit within the overall structure while at the same time making that Far Away Galaxy still feel like a vast and limitless place to explore.

Upon reflection and reading my own review, it's got to be 4.5 stars for Lost Stars. Get over your embarrassment at going to the "Teen" section of your local library or book store and check it out!

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library977
Jul 20, 2016

Great book. Shows the destruction of the death star from both sides of the battle and how some within the empire seek not to destroy, but to attempt to change the empire and hold on solely because of loyalty. This book demonstrates that the line between "good" and "evil" is not as black and white as they may lead you to believe. There is much inner conflict for some who care for one on the other side and that some blindly follow the Empire because they were brought up to do so.

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stephaniedchase
Feb 29, 2016

Quick, interesting read following two friends from an Outer Rim planet who train as pilots in an Imperial Academy at the start of the Galactic Civil War, and how their paths diverge as the war continues.

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inline
Jan 10, 2016

As a massive fan of the Empire (yep, still playing TIE Fighter 20yrs later), I really liked the insight this book gave to the life and times of young Imperial Officers. For that unique vantage point and a great story, 5 stars.

Not without its "groan" moments though - some romance definitely targetting young women, some out-of-place American slang, and just a few too-unbelievable coincidences.

Still easily the best Star Wars novel since the Thrawn Trilogy - and since that is now a "Legend" and not canon, that would make this THE best Star Wars novel out there.

Chapel_Hill_KarinM Dec 18, 2015

Set concurrent to events of original Star Wars trilogy and leading up to The Force Awakens, this novel (ostensibly for teens, but great for grown ups too) follows two characters in training to become fighter pilots for the Empire, who wind up on very different paths. Enlightening and very cool to see events in a different light and understand some Imperial backstory.

PimaLib_JessicaP Dec 17, 2015

Lost Stars is one of those books that comes out of nowhere and hits you in the gut. The writing, true to Gray's form, is outstanding. The story not only provides an insight into why someone would enroll into the Imperial Academy, but why they would remain on the side of the Empire even when their own moral compass is compromised.

Since it's a "Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens" book, it doesn't quite end, and that is the only thing keeping it from being five stars in my book.

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RonNasty64
Nov 28, 2015

I enjoyed the Empire's perspective on the main conflicts seen in the original film trilogy.

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jessicapryde
Oct 05, 2015

This was a great book for any level of Star Wars fan! The text was beautifully crafted, and gives a whole different perspective on the people involved on both sides of the war as it is depicted in Episodes IV-VI. The Force Awakens can't come fast enough, if only so I can make the connections!

Alex876 Sep 22, 2015

For the new Star wars canon, this book is really intriguing as it explain how the Galactic Civil war turn loved one against each other and how far the cruelty of the Empire would go into making a galaxy conquered by fear.

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Feb 07, 2017

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