Lost Stars & A New Dawn: Star Wars Mini Reviews

I’ve fallen into a Star Wars black hole recently and have been consuming so much related media that I may never find my way out. In terms of books I’ve picked up Lost Stars by Claudia Gray and A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller so I thought I’d share brief reviews on both.

SWLostStarsLost Stars by Claudia Gray

Published by Disney Lucasfilm Press on September 4, 2015

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Science Fiction

Pages: 551 Format: Hardcover Source: Library

4/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

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…

Following Thane Kyrell and Ciena Ree as they grow up and become members of the Imperial Fleet was a fascinating story of loyalty, trust, and bonds that cannot be broken. I much preferred Thane’s half of the story but I could understand how Ciena clung to her beliefs. Their struggle on opposite sides of the fight was heartbreaking but I loved how they were the truest thing for each other. Overall this one had it’s ups and down but I really liked it in the end.

SWNewDawnA New Dawn by John Jackson Miller

Published by Del Rey on September 2, 2014

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Science Fiction

Pages: 367 Format: Hardcover Source: Library

4/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Ever since the Jedi were marked for death and forced to flee Coruscant, Kanan Jarrus has devoted himself to staying alive rather than serving the Force. Wandering the galaxy alone, from one anonymous job to another, he avoids trouble–especially with the Empire–at all costs. So when he discovers a deadly conflict brewing between ruthless Imperial forces and desperate revolutionaries, he’s not about to get caught in the crossfire. Then the brutal death of a friend at the Empire’s hands forces the ex-Jedi to make a choice: bow down to fear, or stand up and fight.

But Jarrus won’t be fighting alone. Unlikely allies, including a bomb-throwing radical, a former Imperial surveillance agent, a vengeful security officer, and the mysterious Hera Syndulla–an agent provocateur with motives of her own–team up with Jarrus to challenge the Empire. As a crisis of apocalyptic proportions unfolds on the planet Gorse, they must stand together against one of the Emperor’s most fearsome enforcers–for the sake of a world and its people.

I finally just caught up on Star Wars Rebels and A New Dawn was the perfect story to tide me over until Season 4. Discovering how Kanan and Hera first met and began their travels together was brilliant and it was interesting to see how far they’ve come. The new characters were also enjoyable perspectives and I enjoyed seeing the start of Rae Sloane’s career. Overall this was a solid Star Wars novel especially for Rebels fans and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

So are you a Star Wars fan? Have you read any of the new expanded universe? Any recommendations? Let me know in the comments below!


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