Lost Stars is part of the Journey to the Force Awakens books that came out in September. It is the first YA Star Wars book in over a decade.
Ciena Ree and Thane Kyrell are childhood friends on the planet Jelucan with dreams of growing up and joining the Empire as pilots and officers. Despite the fact that Ciena is a poor valley dweller and Thane comes from the richer merchant class city dwellers, the two become fast friends and allies in working together to achieve their goal. Eventually, they make it to the Imperial Academy on Coruscant together. But the competition to be the best puts a strain on their relationship.
Upon graduating, the are stationed apart, but their friendship grows as they realize they are in love with one another. Unfortunately, the events surrounding the destruction of the Alderaan and the Death Star change Thane. He comes to realize the Empire they serve isn’t as good as they were lead to believe, while Ciena justifies the actions of the Empire believing that no matter what they took an oath and therefore the Empire deserves their loyalty.
As the events of the Galactic War put them on opposite sides, Ciena and Thane must chose between their loyalty to each other and the loyalty to the side they chose in the war.
I liked Thane, he was practical and saw the wrongs the Empire did and couldn’t stand by and let it continue. He was an honorable man who did the right thing, even if it meant losing the woman he loved or dying trying to save her.
Ciena, on the other hand annoyed me to no end. Loyalty to an unjust and undeserving cause makes her no better than those she serves. It took her way too long to see that Thane was right. While loyalty is a good trait to have, loyalty to an evil cause just because you are taught to give loyalty no matter how deserving the person/organization is, and to leave is dishonorable, even if it’s the right thing, is just idiotic in my opinion.
However, I liked the story. While it did have some Romeo and Juliet aspects, the ending completely surprised me. The romance was just enough of an undercurrent to be there, but not overwhelm the plot. I also liked how the events of the original trilogy were woven through. It did seem a bit too convenient sometimes, but it showed what else was going on in the galaxy at the time. The classic characters they interacted with were just the right ones to connect it all together and give a sense that this was the Empire and Rebellion. If it had been the classic trio, it just would have been too much. It was especially cool thought to learn what ship was crashed on Jakku. It gave some details into that battle and how the crashed Star Destroyer and tipped over AT-AT got there.
I give it Four Lightsabers.