- OPENING LINE
- PUBLISHER’S SUMMARY
- THE PLOT
- THE AUTHOR
- THE NARRATION
- THE PRODUCTION
- FINAL THOUGHTS
- QUICK FACTS
- MORE BOOKS IN THE SERIES
Two people, two causes, one loyalty.
This thrilling young adult novel gives listeners 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. Listeners 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-listen for all Star Wars fans.
©2015 Claudia Gray (P)2015 Listening Library (Audio)
‘Lost Stars’ is the story of two people, Ciena Ree and Thane Kyrell. They both come from the planet Jelucan, with Thane being from the wealthier mountain area and Ciena being from the poorer valley. Yet, despite their cultural differences, when the Empire comes to Jelucan, they come together sharing a common love for flying.
The story follows them both as they strive to attend the Imperial Academy. That journey takes them to the academy on Corruscant where they are both at the top of their class.
As the book unfolds, events conspire to tear them apart and also to bring them together. As Ciena sees events unfold in the Star Wars timeline, she is driven even deeper into Imperial service. Meanwhile, Thane witnesses these same eevents and they cause him to walk away from the Empire completely. Eventually, to his own surprise, Thane ends up becoming a part of the Rebel Alliance volunteer military.
As Thane and Ciena are both participants in and witnesses to the major event of the original trilogy, it seems that their values are driving them further apart. Yet somehow, through fate, circumstance or The Force itself, they keep finding their way back into each other’s lives.
The story focuses primarily on these two characters. It uses well established existing characters and events to further the story and provide for moments of character development. The question is whether or not their love for one another is strong enough to overcome their own sense of duty and honor.
‘Lost Stars’ also features some events that occur post ‘Return of the Jedi’. Some of what happens in ‘Lost Stars’ will have a direct impact on what will be seen in the upcoming film ‘The Force Awakens’. That alone would almost be enough to make ‘Lost Stars’ worth a read.
Claudia Gray uses events familiar to all Star Wars fans and explores how people with differing values could interpret the same thing in vastly different ways.
Ultimately, ‘Lost Stars’ is about honor. When you give someone your word, what should you do when they don’t hold up their end of the bargain? Should you cease to keep your own word or strive to fulfill your commitment regardless of their actions? This is a scenario that most people will encounter at some point in their lives.
This is Pierce Cravens’ first turn as a Star Wars narrator and it appears that he is relatively new to audiobooks in general, having only narrated a handful. Cravens has a natural speaking voice quite appropriate for the story that is being told. It is very youthful and this is a story about two young people coming of age during the events of the original trilogy of Star Wars films.
Cravens doesn’t quite possess the range of voices that you would get from a Marc Thompson, but then again there are very few that do. You’re not going to hear him perform a Lando or a strong Admiral Akbar for example. However, I found his voices for both Nash Windrider and Jude Edivon to be strong and quite character appropriate.
‘Lost Stars’ is a standard release when it comes to Star Wars audiobooks. This means that it comes with a full compliment of music and other background sound effects that are scene appropriate. They are most noticeable in scenes of battle and other climactic moments. However, they fade further into the background when the story is about character development and motivation. This is how it should be on any audiobook where sound effects are used. They’re fine as long as they don’t distract from the story being told. Kudos to those responsible for producing Star Wars audiobooks for understanding this concept.
‘Lost Stars’ is really a fantastic story. Claudia Gray has written a book that is as thought provoking as it is entertaining. Once I started reading ‘Lost Stars’ I did not want to stop until I was finished. Frankly, I would not mind catching up with Thane and Ciena again in the future to see what became of them.
|Title||Author||Narrator||Publisher||Genre||Release Date||Running Time||Score|
|Star Wars: Lost Stars||Claudia Gray||Pierce Cravens||Listening Library||Science Fiction||09/04/2015||11 hours, 41 minutes||8.75/10|