Staff Recommendation: Lost Stars

 

 

 

Hello everyone! If you weren’t aware of this, May the 4th is Star Wars Day. (“May the Fourth Be With You”–get it?) I got hooked on Star Wars books thanks to my marathon reading project last year, so now I’m finally reviewing Claudia Gray’s Lost Stars. Joe has been insisting that I read this book for months, and I see why: it is easily the best Star Wars book I have ever read.

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Staff Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Tell me if you’ve heard this story before:

An adorably quirky teenage girl who struggles to fit in at school encounters a mysterious (and handsome) transfer student who seems to know more about her than he should. As strange things begin to happen all around her, the boy reveals the truth: dark forces are threatening humanity, and she is the only one with the power to stop them.

Sounds familiar, right? Popular media is overflowing with stories that focus on seemingly ordinary teenagers suddenly discovering their Great Destinies, and the havoc this causes in the world around them. But what about the kids in the backgrounds of those stories, who don’t have hidden powers, or prophecies to fulfill? In The Rest of Us Just Live Here, author Patrick Ness explores what it might be like to be an ordinary teenager in a world where Chosen Ones and Apocalypses pop up on a regular basis, the student body is sometimes infiltrated by vampires, and the gods interfere with mortal affairs.

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Star Wars Read-A-Thon: The Force Awakens

 

Hey gang! It’s me again, returning from what I had expected to be the final installment of my Star Wars Read-A-Thon to talk about the brand new novelization for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. I had the opportunity to see the new movie twice in theaters, and had an absolute blast both times–it exceeded my expectations entirely, and that’s saying something.

However, as much as I love repeat viewings and analyzing every scene while waiting for the next installment (2017 is so far away!!), I can only afford so many in-theater experiences, and Alan Dean Foster’s contribution to the new Star Wars literary canon will do in a pinch.

Released this January, the new novelization follows pretty much the same path as the movie, so if you haven’t seen it yet, this is where the SPOILERS begin. . .

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Star Wars Read-A-Thon: Aftermath

We have reached the final stop in our months-long journey through the Star Wars literary canon, both old and new. Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath is the latest novel in the Journey to The Force Awakens continuity, and the last one I read for this project. It’s been a wonderfully weird journey with a lot of ups and downs, and has given me many new authors to look up elsewhere. By the time you read this, I will have seen the new movie, but as a courtesy to everyone who hasn’t been holding onto their tickets for months like me, I won’t give away any spoilers.

Aftermath is the new in-between novel that takes place after Return of the Jedi, replacing Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn Trilogy as the next adventure in the saga, and will fill the gap between the last movie and the next one. So the big question is this: How does it measure up? Is this an adventure worthy of Star Wars? And what does it mean for the future of the franchise?

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