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

By: Lexi

“Look through my eyes.”

– Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens Lost Stars, Claudia Gray

Have you ever been so in love with a story you are just in pain when it ends? Even if the ending is happy or a resolution has been made, you just want to crawl into the pages and curl up in that world? When a book is so good that you drag out reading it because you want to savor every word, every moment before the final words are staring back at you. That’s when I know a book has done it’s job.

That’s what happened for me with Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens Lost Stars by Claudia Gray.

Where to begin with a review? First I want to start by saying you don’t have to be a Star Wars fan to devour this book. Sure there’s mentions to the famous trio, a few other characters. The space and planets are the central setting. But it is more than a story set in the world of Star Wars. This is a story revolves around best friends who grew up together.

With so many young adult books being made into movies or a series that has more than three books, this stands alone. It as no prequel, no sequel in the works. It is a single story set in a world that people are familiar with. It is a beautiful story that needs no introduction, no warning as to what you’re getting yourself into.

It’s perfect if you’re thinking about jumping on the Star Wars band wagon.

It’s a coming of age story, a love story.

Thane Kryell was a second weaver and dreamt of a life in the sky. Ciena Ree was a poor girl from the valley, her head caught in the clouds. She too wanted nothing more than to fly. They both wanted to serve the empire that was taking over their land. They believed they would serve a better purpose as pilots.

They became friends and train together. Soon they were so in tune together they didn’t need to speak. They know each other so well they can tell each other just by the way they fly their fighters. They went to the same academy, graduated at the top of their classes. They were sent to different job placements.

Their story is intricate, it weaves into the main story of the empire fighting the Rebels. Thane realizes how wrong the empire has become too late. He’s already serving Darth Vader when his heart changed. He still wants to fly, but not for someone who kills in cold blood.

Ciena believes in honor and loyalty. She plead her loyalty to the empire and she will not break that. She works her way up, promoted time and time again. She realizes once she’s reached the higher ranks she’s made a mistake. But she will not break her oath. She will not step down from the empire.

Thane becomes a rebel, fighting for more than the fall of an empire. He’s fighting against his best friend, the love of his life. He’s fighting to get her back, to free her from their grip and her own torment.

There are epic battles and flying through space and time. There’s romance and mystery. There’s friendships and heartache. This book will not disappoint even if you haven’t seen a single Star Wars movie. Because in the end it’s about a boy and a girl who found each other when they had no one else.

They grow up together. They fall in love. Their lives take different paths but no matter how big the galaxy is they always find their way back together.

 

 

“Maybe the force keeps bringing us back together.”

– Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens Lost Stars, Claudia Gray

Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens Lost Stars is available to purchase now!

Enjoy!