Despite being aimed at the YA audience, Lost Stars by Claudia Gray tells one of the most eye-opening stories from the Star Wars universe, shedding a light on past events whilst also revealing new ones with a focus on two new characters, Thane Kyrell and Ciena Ree.
The reign of the Galactic Empire has reached the Outer Rim planet of Jelucan, where aristocratic Thane Kyrell and rural villager Ciena Reebond over their love of flying. Enrolling at the Imperial Academytogether 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?
Thane and Ciena grow up together on the Outer Rim planet of Jelucan where they bond over their love of adventure, predominantly adventures where they can fly. The pair join the Imperial Academy together which is when the pairs feelings for one another begin to grow immensely just as the Empire grows stronger as the days pass by.
As the Empire’s strength grows, Thane begins to question their methods, while Ciena still has full faith in the Empire and their inner workings. It leads to a galaxy-spanning romance that covers the entire original trilogy and the events leading up to The Force Awakens.
What Lost Stars does best is create a fully believable, detailed story between two characters and the tests the pair face through difficult times. Readers will become so invested in both characters as they follow Thane and Ciena from as early as their childhoods; rarely do you get to the core of characters like this, especially in the Star Wars universe.
In addition to this, the pair live through the original trilogy so fans are able to see the events of the films through different perspectives, and how they all react to the events. Events such as the destruction of Alderaan, the battle of Yavin, the battle of Hoth, Cloud City, and the Battle of Endor. Readers also get to delve deeper into Imperial training, Rebel movements, and the opinions on both Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker from the outside galaxy.
The massive scope of this story makes for an amazing experience that will leave readers desperate for more. Lost Stars is a must read for any Star Wars fan looking for a book that will have you hooked from the first page. Claudia Gray has produced quite possibly my favourite book to date and I truly applaud her work on this story.