Thane Kyrell and Ciena Ree grew up together on the Outer Rim planet of Jelucan, finding common ground in the joy of flying despite their different social classes. After a chance encounter with Grand Moff Tarkin, they decide to join the Empire, with both graduating at the top of their class from the Imperial Academy on Coruscant. But as they rise through the ranks, they’re exposed more and more to the questionable methods of the Empire. Thane becomes disillusioned, yet Ciena is compelled to stay by her personal code, believing she can change the Empire from the inside. Can their bond survive the Galactic Civil War, even when they’re forced to be enemies? Lost Stars is an action-packed love story, set against the backdrop of the events of the original Star Wars trilogy — making it a great entry point for anyone looking to dip their toes into the expanded universe. Claudia Gray has crafted an excellent tale worthy of the Star Wars canon, with likeable, morally-gray protagonists, thrilling space battles, and an ending that will leaving you wanting more.
This New York Times best-selling Star Wars Young Adult novel now available on paperback!
The reign of the Galactic Empire has reached the Outer Rim planet of Jelucan, where aristocratic Thane Kyrell and rural villager Ciena Ree bond over their love of flying. Enrolling at the Imperial Academy is nothing less than a dream come true for both of them. But Thane sours on the dream when he sees firsthand the horrific tactics the Empire uses to maintain its ironclad rule.
Bitter and disillusioned, he joins the fledgling Rebellion--putting Ciena in an unbearable position between her loyalty to the Empire and her love for the man she's known since childhood.
Now on opposite sides of the war, will these friends turned foes ever find a way to be together, or will duty tear them--and the galaxy--apart?
This paperback edition includes the exciting first chapter from Claudia Gray's novel, Leia: Princess of Alderaan.
About the Author
Claudia Gray is the author of Star Wars: Bloodline and Defy the Stars, as well as the Firebird series, the Evernight series and the Spellcaster series. She has worked as a lawyer, a journalist, a disc jockey, and a particularly ineffective waitress. Her lifelong interests include old houses, classic movies, vintage style, and history. She lives in New Orleans. Find her at claudiagray.com, facebook.com/authorclaudiagray, and @claudiagray.
"Here's the pitch: A rebel and an Imperial fall in love against the backdrop of the entire Star Wars trilogy. Sounds like a winner, right? It is."—io9
"...Gray crafts a well-written, enthralling narrative that will appeal to Star Wars fans of all ages."—New York Daily News
"...raw, thought-provoking, and unlike any other Star Wars story..."—Nerdist
"Writing new characters into such a beloved universe is no small feat, but Gray does it with ease--and I loved every moment of this novel."—Kirkus Reviews
"...one of the best Star Wars books I've ever read..."—IGN
"Put simply, if you like Star Wars, then you can't go wrong with Lost Stars... Is it the best novel in the Star Wars universe? Maybe so."—SF Signal
"...the best novel in the new Star Wars canon...Claudia Gray not only does great character work, but she knows her way around a swashbuckling action scene."—Uproxx
"In a lot of ways, Lost Stars is perhaps the perfect Star Wars book... Lost Stars is everything I ever wanted from a Star Wars book and perhaps more."—Nerdophiles