Title: Star Wars: Lost Stars
Author: Claudia Gray
Release Date: September 4th 2015
Publisher: Disney Lucasfilm Press
Series: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Lost Stars is a wonderfully written Star Wars novel. It features a captivating love story, whose star-crossed lovers I now adore as much as the classic characters from the movies and television series. In fact, I am eagerly looking forward to having Thane Kyrell and Ciena Ree featured in The Force Awakens.
Thane and Ciena grew up on the planet. Thane belonged to an affluent family, Ciena in an impoverished one. But they became friends because of their mutual love of spaceships, and dream to become elite pilots of the Empire. They also had undeniable chemistry, and their love story felt very natural and believable. Despite soon finding themselves on opposite sides of the war—Thane joining the rebels and Ciena moving up the ranks of the Empire—I found myself rooting for both characters.
“Believing in something greater than ourselves isn’t crazy. It’s proof we’re sane. Look how vast the galaxy is. Don’t you have to admit we can’t be the greatest power within it?” – Claudia Gray, Lost Stars
The love story of Ciena and Thane is great on its own, but there’s so much more to love about Claudia Gray’s novel. Lost Stars gave me a glimpse of what happens in the periphery of what I am used to seeing on television and in the movies. This novel puts a spotlight on the nameless soldiers and pilots who fight for the Empire. They are real people—many of them sincere, admirable, likable.
I enjoyed learning about how the Empire recruits and trains its pilots. How the pilots flying tie fighters are more than just cannon fodder for Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and the other rebel pilots. It takes massive hard work, skill, and intelligence to become an elite pilot of the Empire. It also takes unquestioning and absolute loyalty to the Empire as well, and it is this questioning of the Empire’s unabated cruelty that convinces Thane to join the rebels.
“We killed billions of people. We slaughtered billions, and afterward we were expected to applaud.” – Claudia Gray, Lost Stars
I got a closer look at life in the Death Star, where millions of people worked and lived. This made me see the Death Star’s destruction in a new light. When Luke destroyed the first Death Star, he didn’t just blow up a ship that obliterates planets, he also obliterated a whole planet that was the Death Star. He killed millions of people, most of them nowhere near as diabolical as The Emperor.
I could go on and on about why I love Lost Stars so much, but I think I’ll stop right here. Now, I think I’ll search for a Claudia Gray novel to read.
Coffee Bean and Tea Reads Rating:
5 beans out of 5