16 September 2015
Star Wars: Lost Stars
Gray, Claudia. Lost Stars. Disny-Hyperion, 2015.
A new installment to the Star Wars cannon, this novel provides similar material to what is covered in other books and does not, unfortunately, provide the reader with a story on the same epic scale as any of the Star Wars stories.
This book is told in alternating chapters between two children who were born on the same planet and attended the Imperial Academy at the same time. After graduation, one character chooses to defect and become a rebel while the other rises through the ranks as an Imperial officer. This novel covers many of the major events in the original movie trilogy while also covering the Romeo and Juliet-esque story of two young adults on opposite sides of a major conflict.
I wanted this story to be an amazing page-turner. I was so excited to read a new installment in the Star Wars universe, especially with the new movie coming out soon. Unfortunately, this was more a story of "star-crossed lovers" than it was anything to do with Star Wars. The Star Wars universe floated in the background as a non-integral part of the story, which was disappointing to me as I had hoped to read a Star Wars story, not a story told in the Star Wars universe.
I would recommend this book to teens who are not interested in the Star Wars universe, but who want to learn a bit about it because of the hype or because their friends like it, etc. etc. I would not recommend this book to a die-hard Star Wars fan.
Recommended for: teens
Red Flags: sex, violence, minimal amounts of language; lots of people die because there's an intergalactic war happening
Overall Rating: 2/5 stars