Lost Stars by Claudia Gray

Summary:

Eight years after the fall of the Old Republic, the Galactic Empire now reigns over the known galaxy. Resistance to the Empire has been all but silenced. Only a few courageous leaders such as Bail Organa of Alderaan still dare to openly oppose Emperor Palpatine.

After years of defiance, the many worlds at the edge of the Outer Rim have surrendered. With each planet’s conquest, the Empire’s might grows stronger.

The latest to fall under the Emperor’s control is the isolated mountain planet Jelucan, whose citizens hope for a more prosperous future even as the Imperial Starfleet gathers overhead… 

The Review:

This book was on my TBR for quite a while, I remember buying the book a couple years ago then putting it on my bookshelf and never reading it, which seemed odd because I am a massive Star Wars fan.

The story takes place a few years after Revenge of the Sith in which the Galactic Empire is taking their reach across the galaxy beginning with a planet called Jelucan, which is on the Outer Rim, also the home planet of our two main characters Ciena and Thane.

If I were give an elevator pitch I would call it an Imperial and a Rebel fall in love, or trying not to fall in love. As they both entered the Imperial Academy together, they were childhood friends, but after a series of events Thane falls in and joins the Rebel Alliance, while Ciena joins the empire.

As the book goes on it does a good job at knowing their viewpoints and why Ciena joined the empire, while Thane was with the Rebels. It also showed a lot of their conflicts seeing their friend on the other side of the war. I also really enjoyed the romance. While on the surface it would be an average friends to lovers to enemies story, the romance was a lot more well rounded.

Throughout the book, it plays through the Original Trilogy, but from there perspective. The story really picks up after the deconstruction of Alderaan. It really has a lot of discussion about war, and showing that was the destruction a way to prevent war or not. It was nice seeing it from the Empire’s perspective. Which lead with the destruction of the first Death Star, it really put in perspective of both sides arguing that their side is right.

Seeing a Star Wars story from the viewpoints of the Empire was also very refreshing. As a kid I loved playing Tie Fighter on my computer because it should the events of Stars Wars from a new perspective.

In the end, I really loved Lost Stars. If you are a Star Wars fan, this is a book that I will highly recommend, and it makes me even more excited that Claudia Gray is writing more Star Wars stories.

Grade: 5/5

 

A Thousand Pieces of You by: Claudia Gray

Summary (via Goodreads): Cloud Atlas meets Orphan Black in this epic dimension-bending trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray about a girl who must chase her father’s killer through multiple dimensions.

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul’s guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is far more sinister than she expected.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores an amazingly intricate multi-universe where fate is unavoidable, the truth elusive, and love the greatest mystery of all.

My Thoughts: I was pleasantly surprised by how good the book was. I enjoyed the alternate worlds Marguerite went to and as a fan of time travel and alternate dimensions I liked how the travel was explained. My favorite dimension was Soviet Russia and her relationship with other Paul.

I like Marguerite, while she is your average YA protagonist I like that she didn’t let any romance stop her from getting in the way of her goal. I also think Paul was well developed too. That is all I will say without spoiling anything. I also think the romance was also well developed and made me care for the characters

I wish there was more time with the alternate worlds but hopefully the sequel will developed those worlds because as a fan of time travel I would have loved to see more.

In the end, I really enjoyed the book and it kept me waiting to see what happens next.

Grade: 3.9/5