Title: Lost Stars
Author: Claudia Gray
Series: Stars Wars Canon Novel
Genre: Science Fiction
Audience: Young Adult
Narrator: Pierce Cravens
Length: 12 hours (551 pages)
Publisher: Disney Lucasfilm Press
Release Date: September 4, 2015
Recommended for fans of: Star Wars, Defy the Stars
Content Warnings: suicidal thoughts, child abuse, violence, death, grief
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…
Eight years after the fall of the Old Republic, the Galactic Empire now reigns over the known galaxy. Resistance to the Empire has been all but silenced. Only a few courageous leaders such as Bail Organa of Alderaan still dare to openly oppose Emperor Palpatine.
After years of defiance, the many worlds at the edge of the Outer Rim have surrendered. With each planet’s conquest, the Empire’s might grows stronger.
The latest to fall under the Emperor’s control is the isolated mountain planet Jelucan, whose citizens hope for a more prosperous future even as the Imperial Starfleet gathers overhead…
This was the first Star Wars novel and first Claudia Gray book I ever read. It’s very sentimental to me, especially since it was one of the first books I read in 2016, the year I got seriously back into reading after college. After rereading, I can confidently recommend it as a great starting point for Star Wars fans wanting to give the books a try. I think it even has appeal for non-Star Wars-loving readers! (but that might just be wishful thinking)
Lost Stars is a classic tropey YA sci-fi/fantasy romance. Childhood friends Thane Kyrell and Ciena Ree enroll together at the Imperial Academy to fulfill their dreams of becoming pilots. Thane becomes disillusioned by the Empire’s harsh tactics and flees to join the Rebellion, but Ciena’s belief system, which values loyalty above all, keeps her bound to the Empire. The resulting friends-to-lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers forbidden romance is *chef’s kiss.*
The story spans the timeline of the Original Trilogy, beginning a few years before A New Hope and ending slightly after Return of the Jedi. The book follows new characters and only requires cursory background knowledge of the movies to understand. I really enjoyed experiencing new perspectives on classic moments from the films and the brief character cameos!
If you at all like Star Wars (and maybe even if you don’t), this book is worth the read!