So I’m at Florida Supercon this past July. It was my first Con ever and my mom came with me. There was a huge booth selling books so we stroll on over. A stack of Star Wars books caught my eye. I’m checking them out and I start chatting with the woman behind the counter. She tells me that these books were great for people like me who love the Star Wars universe but never read any of the previous books. I’m like, “Cool!” because I always wanted to start reading them but felt I had to start from scratch.
I thanked her and walked back to meet my mom. She asks me if I talked to that woman about writing and all that (because that’s what I do and mom knows I write sci-fi). I looked at her confused like why would I ask that? My mom looked at me like an idiot and said, “Because that was the lady who wrote those Star Wars books!”
Where’s my stupid sign?
Long story short, I bought Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens Lost Stars (and she was so awesome for signing it). I also attended her writing panel and asked her a question about her prewriting process (because the Type A in me LOVES to plan). Besides making a fool out of myself, I had an awesome time.
Enough about that! On to the review:
The Spoiler-Free Summary:
This book delves into the story of Thane and Ciena, childhood friends from the planet of Julecan. While they’re from two different sides of the societal track, they come to together over the love of flying and the dream of becoming Imperial Officers for the Empire. The book follows them through their training and eventual graduation into the Imperial Fleet. Along they way they realize that the Empire isn’t as awesome as they thought. These two are as tight as friends can be and just when they both realize they were made for each other, a major event changes everything. Now they find themselves on opposing sides — Ciena an Imperial Officer rising fast through the ranks and Thane, a pilot for the Rebellion. Duty, honor, and justice threaten to tear them apart in a war where everyone has to choose a side.
Why You’ll Love Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens Lost Stars:
1. It’s a Love Story
Now before you roll your eyes and click off this blog post, just hear me out. I’m not a big romance person ( I prefer it as a subplot than the main plot). However, this wasn’t a mushy, unrealistic type of story. How they felt about one other came from a very believable place (thanks to the author who did a great job showing the progression of their relationship). It was also a source of immense internal and external conflict for Thane and Ciena. Those feelings came into conflict with their hardcore beliefs about what was right. They did things for and against each other that had serious ramifications. There were times they loved each other, hated each other, and hated that they loved each other. I wasn’t even sure if they needed to be together, drama that I like reading about.
2. Dude, It’s Star Wars
If you’re a big fan like I am, you would get a kick out of reading how the people and events from the main Star Wars storylines came into play. It gave you a different perspective on how those events unfolded, especially from the Imperial Fleet’s point of view. While there were times I wished the book got more into those epic battles and political struggles, I realized it would’ve taken away from the main focus of the story. (Don’t worry, I won’t say exactly what they were. Promise!)
Overall this book was a bit out of my normal box of reading preferences. However, I was pleasantly surprised on how well the characters meshed (and didn’t at times!) with one another. As a writer, I appreciated how Gray was able to go from one character’s point of view to the other within chapters without confusing the reader. Thane and Ciena had a distinct voice and clear motives that carried through right until the end.
If you love YA, romance, and Star Wars, then Star Wars Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens Lost Stars needs to be on your list!
Have you read Star Wars Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens Lost Stars? What did you think?