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 h ...more
I will definitely need to put Dark Disciple near the top of my Star Wars list if it is even half as good as this book.
P.S. I hope Thane and Ciena get at least some small mention in the 7th, (or 8th,9th) movie.(less)
The sex is being slightly overstated. T…moreOne of the characters refers to a plan as being "dumb-ass" at one point, which is the only swearing I remember.
The sex is being slightly overstated. There are two instances, but everything beyond brief mentions of kissing happens off-page, and the references made to it after the fact are mostly about the emotional impact.
If those three things give you pause, you may want to consider the other Journey to Star Wars books: Moving Target, The Weapon of a Jedi, and Smuggler's Run, which are written specifically for the 10-14 range.(less)
Usually in stories l ...more
And to think, I almost gave this one a pass when I was compiling a list of books I wanted to read from the new Star Wars canon. What a mistake that would have been. Yes, this is categorized as Young Adult, but to be sure, this is not the kind of Star Wars YA from the old EU when the stories tended to lean more towards middle-grade audiences and few children’s series stood out strongly enough to make an impression. Lost S ...more
Wow. This one kind of came out of nowhere! I was so disappointed and let down with Aftermath that I didn't really think I had it in me to try another new Star Wars books so soon.
Am I ever glad I did.
What can I say? I loved everything about this book!
The story has two points of view. We follow, and skip between, Thane Kyrell and Ciena Ree. Both of who, by the end of the book, I adore just as much as any of the classic cast from the movies.
The timeline covers eve ...more
I had so much fun buddy reading this with Sophie! Chatting with her about Star Wars history and our theories about what would happen in the book really made this a wonderful reading adventure!
This was my favorite Star Wars book of all time. And I'm saying this as a old curmudgeon who read a lot of the old Star Wars Expanded Universe books and was furious when Disney announced that those books were no longer considered canon. (Seriously, I shook my fi ...more
“He and the girl ran inside, where everything ...more
Lost Stars covers the lives of Ciena and Thane who happen to have been born the same time as the Empire. Their story starts at age 8 and continues on until after the end of Return of the Jedi. The story was good, but I was expecting more.
The biggest surprise I experienced in this st ...more
The author does a fantastic job of inventing her own story while fitting it seamlessly into the Star Wars narrative. She creates two ...more
No, actually, I was very disgusted with this book.
If I was presented with an action-adventure novel wherein the main character was an apologist for Hioroshima and Nagasaki and throughout that novel kept saying things like "well, the US were only trying to prevent further death and stop the war from escalating" I would probably take that book and rip out every single page individually before setting it on fire.
Herein one of our two main characters is a Deat ...more
But, you ask, "But wouldn't that take away from the impact of a well-drawn adventure following these two children well into adulthood?" And I reply, "No, not really, unless you're a die-hard snob who believes that an entirely new worldbuilding ...more
I gave one star to Divergent and Hunger Games, and I consider the film Titanic as 194 minutes of my life wasted. In short: I am not the target audience for Claudia Gray's Lost Stars. I am, however, a big Star Wars fan, and have been since almost the beginning (I was 2 in 1977; I caught up as soon as I could, and I have no memories of life before Star Wars). I really want the fictional world of Star Wars to be as good as it can be, and I'm disappointed by books, movies, or other media that don't...more
To see the original trilogy and even post ROTJ/Battle of Jakku (!!!!!! I YELLED !!!!!!) content through the eyes of this fated couple on the front lines was magical. Their dynamic reminded me of Mulder and Scully - their views on life and their beliefs couldn't be more different at times but their belief and trust in each other was more important than anything else.
The character development in this novel was astounding; I felt like I grew with these cha ...more
And somehow still infuriating.
Ciena's cultural beliefs were so stupid! Sooo, you think so highly of yourself that you are willing to sacrifice thousands of lives just to avoid breaking a promise you don't even believe in because you think it will make you look bad? Just kill me.
And this was pretty much the basis of the whole book, Thane and Ciena not being able to be together because of their different values. I honestly don't know if that kind of love is ev ...more
WHY DIDN'T I KNOW OF THIS BOOK SOONER??!??!!???!!!!!
THIS BOOK IS AMAZING! I love how there are some snippets into The Force Awakens. This book is so smart and brilliantly written. I also highly recommend the audiobook. It features the iconic Star Wars scores and it was an amazing production. I am blown away.
I only heard about it a couple of months ago thanks to some GR friends, all of whom were also completely surprised by how good this book was. (Granted, I think a lot of them don't regularly read YA and might be unaware of some of the wonderful authors currently working in the genre.) But still. Even with all of those reviews, the book still managed to surprise me. Because what's so surprising about it isn't that it's good, but HOW it's good.
Lost Stars is filled with side characters we have never met before, alongside and participating actively in the events from the destruction of the Death Star, to the battle of Endor, and to the fo ...more
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Star Wars: Aftermath
The acronym 'YA' (Young Adult) carries a bit of a stigma in some literary circles. As the median between kids' and 'adult books, YA can be seen as softer, less interesting and only appealing to a niche demographic of teens and early 20s. That is, it can be seen as such if you're not willing to ignore such rigid styles of classification and enjoy a book entirely on its own me ...more
Audiobook: Like all Star Wars audiobooks, you get music and sound effects. That kind of thing annoys me in general, but seems to work well for Star Wars books. Pierce Cravens isn't nearly as good as Marc Thompson, but he's decent. His normal reading voice seems more appropriate for this book anyways.
I was reluctant to pick this one up knowing it ...more
Well, I'm glad I forced those issues out of my mind and picked up the book. (See what I did there? Man, I'm clever!) "Lost S ...more
This book is a must for every Star Wars fan!
you need to watch episode 4,5,6 to read this book.
We have 2 characters who lives in Jelucan :
their dream is to be an Imperial officers.
They'll work hard to make their dream come true, practicing together as a pilot and copilot. then will come the tests to know which academy they'll be accepted in.
*at an imperial party
After being accepted in the academy and become a real lieutenant, things begin to change, no simula ...more
There were amazing parts of this book that took place far away from the well known plot-lines of the OT, and there were some that took place breathtakingly, heartbreakingly close. I can't even pick which I like more; I'm so glad we got to see both, and everything in between. That flash of recognition when a familiar character walks ...more
LOST STARS is the chronicles of the treacherous Thane Kyrell, murderous rebel and terrorist, who betrays the courageous Imperial officer Ciena Ree. Ciena Ree overcomes her budding attraction for the charismatic sociopath and shows the people of the galaxy her tireless loyalty to the values of Emperor Palpatine's New Order.
Oh, sorry, that's my inner Imperial leaking out. Lost Stars is a Young Adult novel about two childhood friends who find themsel ...more
Though I wasn't familiar with her before, having read this makes me more interested in her other works (which is amongs the highest praise I can give an author.)
Claudia Gray knows her way around the ...more