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Lost Stars by Claudia Gray
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Amazing retelling of the Star Wars saga.

This 'young adult romance' is so much more. Yes, it IS that, but it is also

* Hard SF Star Wars
* Retelling the saga from Imperial and Rebel perspectives
* Lays groundwork for The Force Awakens

I'm very impressed by how Gray wove a story of two star-crossed lovers through a retelling of the original saga. It is reminiscent of the way Orson Scott Card retold Ender's Game in Enders's Shadow - it is a standalone story that doesn't require you to know Star Wars - but it enriches the Universe of Star Wars in an artistic and creative way. Terrific! ( )
  mrklingon | Apr 22, 2019 |
What Made Me Read It As a long time fan of the Star Wars franchise it was pretty much a given.
The Good "Lost Stars" takes place over the course of several years, between the end of the Clone Wars and the Battle of Jakku, one year after the events of Return of the Jedi. It follows the lives of two childhood friends, Thanos Kyrell and Ciena Ree, from their years under the Imperial rule on their home planet of Jelucan, their time at the Royal Imperial Academy on Coruscant, their rise through the ranks of the Imperial Navy and the impact of the Galactic Civil War. The novel provides a fresh perspective from the inside of the Empire, through the eyes of these two characters who grew up believing in the Imperial propaganda and ended up on opposite sides of the war. As readers we get to re-experience major events from the Original Trilogy like the destruction of Alderaan and the Battles of Yavin, Hoth and Endor as witnessed from the side of the so called bad guys. The novel is compelling, well-crafted and well-paced. It's thought-provoking but also action packed, humorous and emotional, with believable multi-dimensional characters. The author does a really good job developing the two main characters - their thoughts and emotions, beliefs and doubts, points of view and allegiances, how they grow and are shaped as individuals through time and war. "Lost Stars" may be labeled as Young Adult but it explores deep and mature themes of honor and loyalty, friendship and love, betrayal, justice and revenge. The line between good and evil is blurred and the author successfully tackles the moral ambiguity of two opposite sides that believe their own cause is just.
The Not So Good As a Young Adult novel, "Lost Stars" has the expected romantic element between the two characters. It grows over time and integrates seamlessly with themes of friendship, loyalty and duty in a way that feels natural, which is a notch above the usual instalove, but the typical budding angsty puppy love is still present.
Read the full review on: https://literaryportals.blogspot.com/2018/11/book-review-star-wars-lost-stars-by...
Final Rating "Lost Stars" is a strong, compelling and thought-provoking space opera novel, set in the Star Wars universe and easily one of the best novels released in the new canon. It captures perfectly the aesthetic, drama and epic scope of the original franchise, while expanding the universe with new characters and locations. Recommended for Star Wars fans in particular but also suited for anyone who enjoys science fiction and space opera novels. ( )
  LiteraryPortals | Nov 19, 2018 |
I don't know why I was surprised this was so good, but it was a damn solid tie in to the star wars universe. And even though it's labelled young adult, I think it reads above that. This book about two nobody kids from an outer rim planet bonding together despite their differences to embrace their love of flying. They decide to join the empire together to bring honor to their families and to fly in the greatest fleet the galaxy has ever seen. As children they easily bought into the empire's lies but once they make it through the academy and start serving as officers they see first hand how destructive and manipulative it is. Eventually Thane can't take it anymore and deserts, swearing to never join the rebel alliance, because to him they are just as bad. But as the war churns on, he realizes what the rebels are trying to save. Ciena on the other hand, keeps ranking up in the empire. She's not happy with everything she sees going on but on her planet you never break an oath, so she continues to serve despite her better judgement. These two friends become star crossed lovers serving on opposite sides of the war. Through their eyes you see the construction of the death stars, hear of the heroics of Han Solo and Luke Skywalker, see the battle on Hoth, and so much more. It's a lot of fun viewing the original trilogy through two young set of eyes on opposites sides of the war. An AMAZING tie in. ( )
  ecataldi | Apr 24, 2018 |
Gray captures the ambiguity of the transition of the Galactic Senate to the Galactic Empire very well. Things are not always as black and white as we would have them be and, as you follow these characters through the events of the original trilogy, you gain a greater appreciation of this fact. A fun book, to be sure - even if it does border on the sappy with the romance scenes. I especially liked the end of the book as they explain the crashed Star Destroyers on the surface of the planet Jakku, which you see in the beginning of Episode VII. ( )
  TheMadTurtle | Mar 30, 2018 |
I loved the Romeo and Juliet type storyline ( )
  WokeNerdWriter | Mar 27, 2018 |
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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?" --… (more)

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