By: Claudia Gray
BookMattic's Rating: 4/5
Goodreads' Rating: 4.26/5
Absolutely amazing characters and different point of view of the story we have grown to love since it came out even before I was born. The unique thing about this book is the fact that it gives us an inside look at the life of Imperial officers and how 'normal' people view the Empire. The regular characters that we're used to seeing in Star Wars take an almost non-existent seat in this story. You most definitely will recognize most of the main scenes in this book from episode IV, V and VI then eventually leading into episode VII on Jakku and the origins of how that huge Star Destroyer and all those X-Wings and TIE Fighters got on the surface of the planet but it's from the view of our two lovely and handsome main characters, Ciena Ree and Thane Kyrell that you'll grow to love.
First of all I have to give Claudia Gray a big round of applause for writing this book. She's an excellent writer. Keeps the words simple enough for the YA crowd but complex enough for an adult to enjoy. The way she develops Thane and Ciena's characters it makes them come alive in the feelings they express and the way they interact with each other. The world we're thrown into seems real on the page and in our mind. In fact I would love to see more books made about these two characters.
Lost Stars opens up on an outer rim planet called Jelucan that hasn't been thrown under the Empire's rule yet. Thane Kyrell is from a high class family that lives close to the city and Ciena Ree is from a family that is considered low class since she lives in the valley away from the city. When the Empire comes to Jelucan and declares it as part of the Empire, Ciena and Thane end up meeting at the ceremony and set their sight on one of the things that bind them together throughout the whole story. A ship. At that point these two characters are practically meant for each other except for the fact that Ciena has such a strong sense of keeping her honor that sometimes they don't get along too well.
Eventually they both join the academy after years of practicing together in Thane's family owned ship and end up being at the top of their class together practically having to fight each other for the top spot. Soon after graduating out of the academy, Ree into her comanding position and Kyrell into his TIE Fighter position elite squad, the first Death Star of Episode IV destroys Alderan and that is when Thane realizes that the Empire is not all they brainwash their cadets into believing. Thane knows it, Ciena feels it but her sense of duty and honor are too much to second guess the Empire's role in controlling the galaxy and keeping things in order.
The story goes from there with Thane pulling a runner and joining the rebellion. But as Ciena believes in the force and that everything happens for a reason she cannot help but still love Thane even though she hates him at the same time for breaking his honor. How will this story end up? You'll have to read it to find out.