Book Review: LOST STARS by Claudia Gray

Title: Lost Stars 
Author: Claudia Gray 
Genre: Young Adult 

This thrilling Young Adult novel gives readers a macro view of some of the most important events in the Star Wars universe, from the rise of the Rebellion to the fall of the Empire. Readers will experience these major moments through the eyes of two childhood friends--Ciena Ree and Thane Kyrell--who have grown up to become an Imperial officer and a Rebel pilot. Now on opposite sides of the war, will these two star-crossed lovers reunite, or will duty tear them--and the galaxy--apart?
Star Wars: Lost Stars also includes all-new post-Star Wars: Return of the Jedi content, as well as hints and clues about the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, making this a must-read for all Star Wars fans.

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Gahhh! Where do I even begin with this book?! It's one of the best Star Wars books I've read so far. Lost Stars jumps between A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. That was one of my favorite parts of this book. It was so fun matching up the timelines and trying to figure out which movie, and what scene we were in. 

Some scenes were directly from the movie but following the story of two side characters. It follows the story of Ciena and Thane. These two met each other when they were kids and want nothing more than to fly for the Empire. And it looks like dreams do come true because that's exactly what they do. 

They grow up to fly for the Empire and love every second of it. They are passionate about flying and love the academy where they get to learn everything there is to know. But not everything is shared and they quickly discover that out when they watch the Death Star destroy a planet. Killing millions of people. It doesn't sit right with one of them. They've only ever known the way of the Empire. It is the way. 

But one of them will learn it's not everything. One of them won't be so loyal as they leave the Empire and become apart of the Rebel Alliance. Best friends torn apart by good and evil. But one doesn't see the evil in the Empire, they are loyal to their people. 

This story is so fun and so heart-wrenching  Gray is a Star Wars queen. She has such a gorgeous insight to this galaxy and these characters. 

Claudia Gray has worked as a lawyer, a journalist, a disc jockey, and an extremely poor waitress. Her lifelong interests in old houses, classic movies, vintage style, and history all play a part in creating the world of Evernight.

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