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Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Lost Stars
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Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Lost Stars

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by Claudia Gray, Phil Noto (Illustrator)

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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


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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Disney Press
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6.00(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.70(d)
880L (what's this?)
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12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Claudia Gray is the New York Times best-selling writer of numerous novels for young adults, including the science-fiction Firebird trilogy, beginning with A Thousand Pieces of You, and the paranormal Evernight series. She has been a Star Wars fan since she turned seven, and she now insists that transforming her childhood closet into an X-wing simulator was vital career preparation.

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Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens Lost Stars 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It plays off as your standard tween thriller, until you get to the Imperial Academy and the recruits joke like "professional" soldiers. And Grand Moff Tarkin playing nice with kids is the scariest thing you'll read this year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an epic tale of friendship that stands the test of time and turns into love despite the odds. The two viewpoints were distinct. The characters well developed on both sides of the conflict. Movie moments are naturally woven within the plot. Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS is the novel I was looking for in Aftermath! Gray does a better job of giving us the state of galaxy after RotJ than Windig does. While it's technically a YA novel, I would read this before Aftermath. The story is tighter and the characters are more compelling. While Iiked the interludes in Aftermath, they tended to pull me out of the story--there's no such problem here! My only wish is that Gray would continue the Aftermath trilogy rather than Windig.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written, interesting characters, and more depth than even Episode VII itself. Best the new series has to offer so far. Hoping for more from Claudia Gray
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book... imean derp
JohnathanPayne More than 1 year ago
Lost Stars follows Thane Kyrell and Ciena Ree, childhood friends learning to become Imperial Officers just before the events of the original trilogy. But everything changes when Thane witnesses firsthand the lengths that the Empire will go to solidify its rule. Two lifelong friends now find themselves on opposites sides of a Galactic Civil War. Although this novel is a love story, and some may think that it would feel out of place, it is actually quite fantastic. The author manages to seamlessly weave Thane & Ciena's story into the events of the original trilogy and sheds new light on the Empire. It also asks alot of interesting questions about the Empire and the people who serve it. Are they actually evil, or are they just good people being deceived into working for a bad cause? I've read through all of the new Star Wars canon and Lost Stars so far is the best of the bunch. If you're a Star Wars fan this is a must read.
DarthRuiz More than 1 year ago
CMSlavin More than 1 year ago
Don't let the 'Young Adult' moniker keep you away, this is one of the best Star Wars books to come out this year. It has the feel of the Star Wars universe that some recent publications have lacked. The 'star-crossed lovers' theme fits in perfectly with the overall universe, but I would almost hesitate to call this a 'love story.' The main plot is so carefully woven together with side themes and plotlines that it would be harsh to pigeonhole this work as a "tween romance." Ms. Gray is both a talented author and a true Star Wars fan.
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Good read. Ties TFA to the book will and adds depth to the Empire and the rebellion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept me interested all the way loved it. Hope there is a sequel soon
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A cross between love, betrayal, hatred, and of course, action. I give it 5 stars!!!
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Pulls you in immediately,and makes you care about the characters. An excellent tie in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was born in '83, so I grew up watching the Original Trilogy but never got around to reading any of the Expanded Universe. With the release of The Force Awakens, I decided to try something new and picked up a copy of Lost Stars. I was not disappointed. The book is marketed as a Young Adult novel, but it doesn't read like one. All of the characters were engaging, particularly the leads, and Claudia Gray provides a new perspective on some of the most familiar events from episodes IV, V, and VI. We get to see the destruction of Alderaan through the eyes of characters like Thayne Kyrell, and learn about the physical, emotional, and psychological toll that comes with serving the Empire. I felt genuine empathy for Ciena Ree, who is constantly torn between her love for Thayne and her duty as an Imperial officer. There is romance throughout, but it never comes across as heavy handed or forced. The author also lays the groundwork for the latest film, touching on how the Galactic Empire retrenched and regrouped after the death of Palpatine and the Battle of Jakku, and the types of personalities that would shape the development of the First Order. I am really looking forward to Claudia Gray's next Star Wars book, "New Republic Bloodline." Lost Stars was an immensely enjoyable read and serves as an effective bridge between the Original Trilogy that we all know and love, and the new saga which has just begun to unfold.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice plot weaving through the events in episode IV, V, and VI and just after. Great characters with believable storyline.
JE75 More than 1 year ago
Well done. This is the second book I've read of the new Star Wars continuity. It is a nice recovery after having to force myself to finish Aftermath. It's a new story woven in with the story you already know. I enjoyed seeing some different perspectives on events. There were a few areas where I thought it seemed like what was happening didn't really make sense, but was being forced in order to connect the characters. It wasn't perfect, but overall it was a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Weather you seen starwars or not, you will love this book. It helps you understand why some people fought for the empire and how that experience changed each one. Plus a fated love story with a better end. Character are excellently done, this book could be its own movie. Must read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Growing up on what has been deemed the "Legends" books, I was a bit nonplussed that I would have to start all over with new characters and an entire new history. But, this is an excellent read. It is certainly a Young Adult book: easy and fast to read. I liken it to the Harry Potter books, actually. You'll find yourself having a hard time putting the book down at times. The book has everything you'd expect a Star Wars book to have, except the Force. This book does a great job of beginning to set up "legends" mentioned in The Force Awakens. It also does a fantastic job of showing how corrupt the Empire really is. Friendship prevails in the end. A note for parents: If you're thinking of buying this for your young adults, be warned that it deals with some relationship things. Sex is talked about in this book, though not in any detail. More along the lines of it happened, I'll never see the person again, and I really love the person, but it can't happen again. There is also some minor swearing throughout the book. Neither takes away from the book, but if you're a parent that has a care about those things, be forewarned.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has not only been my favorite book out of the new canon star wars novels, bur my favorite star wars novel i have ever read. Interesting as it is one if the only novels not published by Del Ray. A MUST read for all star wars fans.
Fr James Worthington More than 1 year ago
There are some universal truths: there will be death, taxes will be paid, there will never be enough action figures swinging from the pegs. Another is that the way a child is raised will play a large part in who they become. An even further truth that decimates that assumption is this: war is hell. War is division. When the whole galaxy yearns to unite in a glorious community, it is broken up by the selfish ambitions of evil, destroying all who lay in its path. If our thoughts determine our lives, there is a great unseen struggle to be the one to infiltrate the thoughts of formable minds. Star Wars: Lost Stars is just such a story. This expansive young adult novel brackets the Original Trilogy and expands the mythos, while doing what many of the novels have done before. It furthers the larger story through the eyes of well-developed characters and the struggles in their daily lives. From their days as carefree children, through their time in an Imperial Academy and the Battle of Endor and beyond, Thane Kyrell and Ciena Ree come to life on these pages – even if it seems their star-crossed lives are victims of the galactic stage. There will be devastation that can never destroy the heart. They were raised in different societies on the planet Jeleucan – Ciena being from the earthy older community that lives a tribal sort of life, and Thane being from the well-healed and self-appointed keepers of culture. They became fast friends and encouraged each other to reach for the stars as they both desired to serve the Empire, which they had been taught to love so much. They were high achievers in the in studies at the Academy. What they forgot to learn was that the cold depths of space and the depravity of the Empire demanded utter loyalty to the Emperor alone. Friendships were expendable-even damnable. Through all of the struggles of their formative years, they were loyal to each other and had a love that could not be squashed. I am speaking a little vaguely because I want you to read this book and see how the perpetual war tried to destroy perfect love for two people. It won for a little while but the triumph of human relationships will always overcome the sterile fist of the Empire. Love manifests itself in some quite unexpected ways. Lost Stars is a beautiful amalgamation of some great literary themes that deal with matters of the heart and the role of a malevolent government in its midst. It calls to mind 1984. That story of one man, compelled to serve Big Brother but feeling called to search for love and freedom. As with Winston and Julia (though neither of these are perfect reflections of their prototypes), there is a torrid love affair that struggles to identify itself within the larger context. In the end, Big Brother is always watching. How did they feel about him in the end? The other piece of classical literature, which is often read by young adults dealing with these questions is Romeo and Juliet. Now, don’t think that Lost Stars is a Star Wars version of that great tragedy. There are touchstones that remind us of the familiar while forging an all new story besides. Thane and Ciena come from different worlds, yet love each other. Not for their pedigree or family name, but on the force of their own humanity. Their love is torn apart by the larger universe that refuses to cede its authority. As a father of three kids, two of the in high school, I wonder and worry about the pressures of society and the expectations that I may be perso