Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens is the biggest movie of 2015. It is the third highest grossing movie of all-time. But, it wasn't the only Star Wars product that came out in 2015. Yes, there was the Star Wars Battlefront video game and a billion other types of merchandise. They also started the "Journey to the Force Awakens". It was a series of books that would help connect Episode VI to Episode VII. And though, I wasn't a huge fan of most of it, I just finished reading the one book that changed my mind.
Lost Stars by Claudia Gray
Lost Stars is a YA novel about star-crossed lovers. Yeah, I know. It doesn't sound that great. But it really is. The story takes you through the entire Galactic Civil War and it even shows you how the Star Destroyer ended up on Jakku.
The book focuses on two new characters, Ciena and Thane. And they're great. Ciena is very by the books, about honor and loyalty, and about keeping promises. Thane is almost opposite. He is impulsive and flies by the seat of his pants. He is loyal and cares about honor, but he will abandon all of that if things go against his beliefs. They are fleshed-out characters that add so much to the Star Wars universe.
They also help me understand why people could believe in the Empire. The books doesn't paint the Empire in a bad light. It also doesn't paint the rebels as heroes. It paints everything as very grey instead of black and white.
I Could Go On And ON.....
.....but in the end, you should just read it. And if you don't believe, how about a member of the YouTube show Jedi Council:
How About Making Of Star Wars?
New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray’s Lost Stars fits into Star Wars like a perfect puzzle piece, because it is in its very soul a story about star-crossed lovers who sit on the knife-edge of tragedy and chaos.
Lost Stars is a story both sweeping and focused. The scale of the war is a looming presence, but since we experience it through the eyes of Ciena and Thane, it is deeply personal in a way we haven’t had access to before. Gray’s story puts you among the ranks of soldiers and makes you question your notions about Imperials. The book is raw, thought-provoking, and unlike any other Star Wars story I’ve digested. It fills a gap in the universe and addressed questions I didn’t know I had.
What makes Lost Stars so good is the detailed, believable story and characters. Since we follow Thane and Ciena from their childhoods, we develop incredible bonds with them. We know who they are front to back, just like they know each other. Rarely do you get to the core of characters like this, especially in the Star Wars universe.
I could go on, but you should just read the book.