Title: Lost Stars
Author: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: September 4, 2015
Summary: The reign of the Galactic Empire has reached the Outer Rim of Jelucan, where aristocratic Thane Kyrell and rural villager Ciena Ree bond over their love of flying. Enrolling at the Imperial Academy is nothing less than a dream come true for both of them. But Thane sours on the dream when he sees firsthand the horrific tactics the Empire uses to maintain it's ironclad rule.
Bitter and disillusioned, he joins the fledgling Rebellion--putting Ciena in an unbearable position 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 ever find a way to be together, or will duty tear them--and the galaxy--apart?
Star Wars: Lost Stars includes all-new post- Star Wars: Return of the Jedi content, as well as clues about the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Thoughts: Ciena Ree and Thane Kyrell are only 8 when they become the best of friends. Ciena is from the valley, while Thane is a second waver and comes from a wealthy family. But they don't care. They are friends and love flying together with hopes of going to the Imperial Academy. What they don't know is how evil the Empire is or how the war will change their lives in the most shocking ways.
This was a fantastic read. I've read a few Star Wars books, but so for this is my favorite. It's a bit of long read at 551, but definitely worth the time. Lost Stars takes place during the Galactic Civil War. Revisit the Death Star and it's destruction, Battle of Hoth & the Battle of Endor, this time from the point of view of Thane and Ciena. If your a Star Wars fan and thinking of skipping this one because it YA, don't. It's damn good read and it has everything you love about the movies.
Score: 4 Stars
Author Website: http://www.claudiagray.com/
Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens Books:
Aftermath- Chuck Wendig
Lost Stars- Claudia Gray
Smuggler's Run: A Han Solo Adventure- Greg Rucka
The Weapon of a Jedi: A Luke Skywalker Adventure- Cecil Castellucci & Jason Fry
Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure- Jason Fry
Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know- Adam Bray & Cole Horton
Stars Wars: Ships of the Galaxy- Benjamin Harper
Star Wars: Journey to the Force Awakens (GN)- Greg Ruka - November 17th