Lost Stars

Lost Stars

eBook - 2015
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This thrilling Young Adult novel gives readers a macro view of some of the most important events in the Star Wars universe, from the rise of the Rebellion to the fall of the Empire. Readers will experience these major moments through the eyes of two childhood friends - Ciena Ree and Thane Kyrell - who have grown up to become an Imperial officer and a Rebel pilot. Now on opposite sides of the war, will these two star-crossed lovers reunite, or will duty tear them - and the galaxy - apart? Star Wars: Lost Stars also includes all-new post- Star Wars: Return of the Jedi content, as well as hints and clues about the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, making this a must-read for all Star Wars fans.
Publisher: [United States] : Disney Book Group : Made available through hoopla, 2015
ISBN: 9781484725023
1484725026
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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SenaDoling
Sep 26, 2017

When you think of Star Wars books, YA romance is not the first thing to come to mind. However, this book works quite well. It is very interesting to see inside the Empire, and events between events. The characters are well developed and believable.

LPL_CentennialC Aug 24, 2017

This book is absolutely stellar! (Get it, stellar because stars? I’ll stop now.) But in all seriousness, if you haven’t given any of the new Disney canon Star Wars books a shot, this is a great place to start. Spanning many years, Lost Stars switches in perspective between two best friends as they grow up and train to become Imperial pilots.

From whirlwind action scenes to whirlwind romance, this adventure has something in it for everyone! It’s labeled as young adult, but I think older audiences would love this as well.

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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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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