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* AcePilot: Half the main characters--Ciena Ree, Thane Kyrell, Kendy Idele and Nash Windrider--qualify. They're at pilot school from ages 16 to 19, so…
* ArtisticLicenseLaw: War crimes are a relatively new concept to be prosecuted by one side or another. They are, by the nature of the beast, something which requires treaties except for the most heinous of acts. [[spoiler: Ciena Ree has done nothing remotely warranting being prosecuted for war crimes other than being an officer in the Imperial Navy and refusing to cooperate with her captors. The charges aren't spelled out in detail, but what does get mentioned is seemingly just a list of the battles she fought in, as if fighting against the Rebel Alliance was in and of itself a war crime — that said, Thane brings this up himself when reassuring her towards the end, noting that her fears that the Republic may make her an example simply for being an officer may be unfounded, and believing that she will simply receive a slap on a wrist, even a pardon if she gives any information.]]
* BeenThereShapedHistory: Thane and Ciena were at numerous key points during the Galactic Civil War from the Battle of Yavin to the Battle of Jakku, in some cases being present during major scenes. Thane, for example, was one of the scouts at Dantooine and after defecting was one of the snowspeeder pilots on Hoth. Ciena helped sabotage the ''Millennium Falcon''[='s=] hyderdrive and also picked up Lord Vader's TIE fighter.

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* AcePilot: Half the main characters--Ciena Ree, Thane Kyrell, Kendy Idele characters--Ciena, Thane, Kendy, and Nash Windrider--qualify.Nash--qualify. They're at pilot school from ages 16 to 19, so…
* ArtisticLicenseLaw: War crimes are a relatively new concept to be prosecuted by one side or another. They are, by the nature of the beast, something which requires treaties except for the most heinous of acts. [[spoiler: Ciena Ree [[spoiler:Ciena has done nothing remotely warranting being prosecuted for war crimes other than being an officer in the Imperial Navy and refusing to cooperate with her captors. The charges aren't spelled out in detail, but what does get mentioned is seemingly just a list of the battles she fought in, as if fighting against the Rebel Alliance was in and of itself a war crime — that said, Thane brings this up himself when reassuring her towards the end, noting that her fears that the Republic may make her an example simply for being an officer may be unfounded, and believing that she will simply receive a slap on a wrist, even a pardon if she gives any information.]]
* BeenThereShapedHistory: Thane and Ciena were at numerous key points during the Galactic Civil War from the Battle of Yavin Yavin, to the Battle of Jakku, in some cases being present during major scenes. Thane, for example, was one of the scouts at Dantooine and after defecting was one of the snowspeeder pilots on Hoth. Ciena helped sabotage the ''Millennium Falcon''[='s=] hyderdrive and also picked up Lord Vader's TIE fighter.



* BreakTheCutie: By the end of the book Ciena Ree is a jaded cynic, and her early idealism is completely destroyed.

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* BreakTheCutie: By the end of the book Ciena Ree is a jaded cynic, and her early idealism is completely destroyed.



* CannonFodder: Post-Endor, the Empire is so desperate to make up its losses to the Rebel Alliance[=/=]New Republic that it is throwing anybody it can into the fight. For example, Ciena is given command of a Star Destroyer at the age of twenty-five. She realizes what this means; the only reason she has the command is because the Empire is simply desperate for competent officers to replace the ones killed or captured.

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* CannonFodder: Post-Endor, the Empire is so desperate to make up its losses to the Rebel Alliance[=/=]New Republic that it is throwing anybody it can into the fight. For example, Ciena is given command of a Star Destroyer at the age of twenty-five.25. She realizes what this means; the only reason she has the command is because the Empire is simply desperate for competent officers to replace the ones killed or captured.



** Ciena Ree has a major case of this regarding the Imperial higher-ups. She always thinks the best of them and their motivations, even when it becomes abundantly obvious most of them are only out for themselves or sadistic bullies.

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** Ciena Ree has a major case of this regarding the Imperial higher-ups. She always thinks the best of them and their motivations, even when it becomes abundantly obvious most of them are only out for themselves or sadistic bullies.



* ImprobableAge: After spending months in the hospital following the Battle of Endor, Ciena is given command of an ''Imperial''-class Star Destroyer despite being only 25-years-old. {{Justified|Trope}}: This tells her just how bad a shape the Imperial Navy is in.

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* ImprobableAge: After spending months in the hospital following the Battle of Endor, Ciena is given command of an ''Imperial''-class Star Destroyer despite being only 25-years-old.25 years old. {{Justified|Trope}}: This tells her just how bad a shape the Imperial Navy is in.


* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Ciena and Thane. They meet when they're little 8-year-old ship-nerds. They fall in love a decade later.

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* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Ciena and Thane. They meet when they're little 8-year-old ship-nerds.ship nerds. They fall in love a decade later.


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* CivilWar: This book makes it clear that the Rebellion is one, and you end up with friends on opposite sides.


* TheSmartGuy: In their Academy days, between both the boys and the girls Ciena's best friend Jude was the smartest and most studious of their class--and even after graduating, sees many things as if they were scientific exploits. Notably, [[spoiler:this doesn't save her. She is explicitly revealed to be the analyst who discovered the tactical merit in the Rebels' attack on the first Death Star and sent the message to Tarkin, [[CassandraTruth who--as we all know--didn't listen, leading to her death, his own, and millions more]].]]

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* TheSmartGuy: In their Academy days, between both the boys and the girls Ciena's best friend Jude was the smartest and most studious of their class--and even after graduating, sees many things as if they were scientific exploits. Notably, [[spoiler:this doesn't save her. She is explicitly revealed to be the analyst who discovered the tactical merit in the Rebels' attack on the first Death Star and sent the message to Tarkin, [[CassandraTruth who--as we all know--didn't listen, know--[[CassandraTruth didn't listen]], leading to her death, his own, and millions more]].more.]]


* AcePilot: Half the main characters — Ciena Ree, Thane Kyrell, Kendy Idele and Nash Windrider — qualify.

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* AcePilot: Half the main characters — Ciena characters--Ciena Ree, Thane Kyrell, Kendy Idele and Nash Windrider — qualify. Windrider--qualify. They're at pilot school from ages 16 to 19, so…



* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Ciena and Thane are reunited, but she's a prisoner of the New Republic with possible war crimes trials for her actions — albeit with the chance that freedom may come sooner than she thinks. The Empire is also rebuilding in the Unknown Regions.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Ciena and Thane are reunited, but she's a prisoner of the New Republic with possible war crimes trials for her actions — albeit actions--albeit with the chance that freedom may come sooner than she thinks. The Empire is also rebuilding in the Unknown Regions.]]



* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Ciena and Thane. They meet when they're little ship-nerd 8-year-olds. They fall in love about a decade later.

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* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Ciena and Thane. They meet when they're little ship-nerd 8-year-olds. 8-year-old ship-nerds. They fall in love about a decade later.



* CrapsackWorld: After Thane and Ciena leave Jelucan, each return they make to it has the planet in an even shittier situation than when they last saw it. And it wasn't a terribly pleasant place even before the Empire came. Before, it was just a podunk planet, with hard living for the first colonists who faced prejudice from the better-off second wave — but still not a terrible place to live. The last time Ciena sees it, when her mother is framed by the Empire for embezzlement, it's unrecognizable to her, covered in smog and filled with decay in the streets. Even by the end of the story, it's still under Imperial control.

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* CrapsackWorld: After Thane and Ciena leave Jelucan, each return they make to it has the planet in an even shittier situation than when they last saw it. And it wasn't a terribly pleasant place even before the Empire came. Before, it was just a podunk planet, with hard living for the first colonists who faced prejudice from the better-off second wave — but wave--but still not a terrible place to live. The last time Ciena sees it, when her mother is framed by the Empire for embezzlement, it's unrecognizable to her, covered in smog and filled with decay in the streets. Even by the end of the story, it's still under Imperial control.



* ImprobableAge: After spending months in the hospital following the Battle of Endor, Ciena is given command of an ''Imperial''-class Star Destroyer despite being only twenty-five years old. {{Justified|Trope}}: This tells her just how bad a shape the Imperial Navy is in.

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* ImprobableAge: After spending months in the hospital following the Battle of Endor, Ciena is given command of an ''Imperial''-class Star Destroyer despite being only twenty-five years old.25-years-old. {{Justified|Trope}}: This tells her just how bad a shape the Imperial Navy is in.



* TheSmartGuy: In their Academy days, between both the boys and the girls Ciena's best friend Jude was the smartest and most studious of their class — and even after graduating, sees many things as if they were scientific exploits. Notably, [[spoiler:this doesn't save her. She is explicitly revealed to be the analyst who discovered the tactical merit in the Rebels' attack on the first Death Star and sent the message to Tarkin, [[CassandraTruth who — as we all know — didn't listen, leading to her death, his own, and millions more]].]]

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* TheSmartGuy: In their Academy days, between both the boys and the girls Ciena's best friend Jude was the smartest and most studious of their class — and class--and even after graduating, sees many things as if they were scientific exploits. Notably, [[spoiler:this doesn't save her. She is explicitly revealed to be the analyst who discovered the tactical merit in the Rebels' attack on the first Death Star and sent the message to Tarkin, [[CassandraTruth who — as who--as we all know — didn't know--didn't listen, leading to her death, his own, and millions more]].]]



* TragicKeepsake: Jelucani valley kindred keep bracelets for family members who have passed, though it is not exactly "tragic" for them: they truly believe that in wearing in they allow the spirits of the passed to [[ArcWords see through their eyes]]. Ciena keeps one for her sister and "shows" it events — good and terrible — throughout her life. [[spoiler:It is systematically destroyed after her survival of Endor by the Imperial medical team that saved her for being "contraband", despite her being regaled as a hero for her actions, this only adds the capper on her complete disillusionment with her life.]]

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* TragicKeepsake: Jelucani valley kindred keep bracelets for family members who have passed, though it is not exactly "tragic" for them: they truly believe that in wearing in they allow the spirits of the passed to [[ArcWords see through their eyes]]. Ciena keeps one for her sister and "shows" it events — good events--good and terrible — throughout terrible--throughout her life. [[spoiler:It is systematically destroyed after her survival of Endor by the Imperial medical team that saved her for being "contraband", despite her being regaled as a hero for her actions, this only adds the capper on her complete disillusionment with her life.]]



* VillainsOutShopping: Imperials out clubbing post-graduation. The book also describes in detail the way the Death Star — being the size of a small moon — had recreation and casual activities that a military base doesn't. Ciena and Jude even hang out in a classy bar a few days before the Battle of Yavin (and [[spoiler:Jude's death]]).

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* VillainsOutShopping: Imperials out clubbing post-graduation. The book also describes in detail the way the Death Star — being Star--being the size of a small moon — had moon--had recreation and casual activities that a military base doesn't. Ciena and Jude even hang out in a classy bar a few days before the Battle of Yavin (and [[spoiler:Jude's death]]).


[[AC:Bitter and disillusioned, Thane joins the fledgling Rebellion — putting Ciena in an unbearable position to choose 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 find a way to be together, or will duty tear them — and the galaxy — apart?]]

A ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' young adult novel written by Creator/ClaudiaGray and Phil Noto, and part of the ''Journey to the Force Awakens'' media campaign, ''Lost Stars'' gives readers a macro view of some of the most important events in the Star Wars universe. From the rise of the Rebellion to the fall of the Empire, these major moments are filtered through the eyes of two childhood friends — Ciena Ree and Thane Kyrell — who have grown up to become an Imperial officer and a Rebel pilot.

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[[AC:Bitter and disillusioned, Thane joins the fledgling Rebellion — putting Rebellion--putting Ciena in an unbearable position to choose 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 find a way to be together, or will duty tear them — and them--and the galaxy — apart?]]

galaxy--apart?]]

A ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' young adult novel written by Creator/ClaudiaGray and Phil Noto, and part of the ''Journey to the Force Awakens'' media campaign, ''Lost Stars'' gives readers a macro view of some of the most important events in the Star Wars universe. From the rise of the Rebellion to the fall of the Empire, these major moments are filtered through the eyes of two childhood friends — Ciena friends--Ciena Ree and Thane Kyrell — who Kyrell--who have grown up to become an Imperial officer and a Rebel pilot.


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* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Ciena and Thane. They meet when they're little ship-nerd 8-year-olds. They fall in love about a decade later.


* RealityEnsues: Rescuing your Star-Crossed Lover from her ship during a battle between your forces? Yay! Wait, your side considers her a POW? Crap.

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* RealityEnsues: RealityEnsues:
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Rescuing your Star-Crossed Lover from her ship during a battle between your forces? Yay! Wait, your side considers her a POW? Crap.Crap.
** Wedge Antilles finds out that not all people view the Rebel Alliance as heroes and saviors, especially those with family and friends in the Imperial Army who were killed by them. While they are fighting an oppressive government, many of the cogs within that government are simply common decent folk who are trying to make a living.


The series was adapted into a {{Manga}}[=/=]{{Web Comic|s}} starting on May 4, 2017. It was licensed by Creator/YenPress for a release date of May 1, 2018.

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The series was adapted into a {{Manga}}[=/=]{{Web Comic|s}} {{manga}}[=/=]{{webcomic|s}} starting on May 4, 2017. It was licensed by Creator/YenPress for a release date of May 1, 2018.


The series was adapted into a {{Manga}}[=/=]{{Web Comic|s}} starting on May 4, 2017. It has been licensed by Creator/YenPress for a release date of May 1, 2018.

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The series was adapted into a {{Manga}}[=/=]{{Web Comic|s}} starting on May 4, 2017. It has been was licensed by Creator/YenPress for a release date of May 1, 2018.



* HotterAndSexier: The manga adaptation depicts several young male characters as PrettyBoy, female characters (especially Ciena and Jude) have some generous MaleGaze, a SexyDiscretionShot between Thane and Ciena, and even partial nudity when Ciena is taking shower.

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* HotterAndSexier: The manga adaptation depicts several young male characters as PrettyBoy, {{Pretty Boy}}s, female characters (especially Ciena and Jude) have some generous MaleGaze, a SexyDiscretionShot between Thane and Ciena, and even partial nudity when Ciena is taking a shower.


* ComicBookFantasyCasting: Claudia Gray says many of the characters were modeled off of real world actors. Ciena Ree is a young Creator/GuguMbathaRaw, Paron Ree is Creator/LennieJames, Ved Foslo is Harry Shum, Jr., Kendy Idele is Parminder Nagra, and the Contessa is Creator/MichelleYeoh. In a HilariousInHindsight moment, a few weeks after the book was released, Gugu Mbatha-Raw was cast in ''Film/TheLastJedi'' (though she ended up casting out).

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* ComicBookFantasyCasting: Claudia Gray says many of the characters were modeled off of real world actors. Ciena Ree is a young Creator/GuguMbathaRaw, Paron Ree is Creator/LennieJames, Ved Foslo is Harry Shum, Jr., Kendy Idele is Parminder Nagra, and the Contessa is Creator/MichelleYeoh. In a HilariousInHindsight Hilarious In Hindsight moment, a few weeks after the book was released, Gugu Mbatha-Raw was cast in ''Film/TheLastJedi'' (though she ended up casting out).

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* HotterAndSexier: The manga adaptation depicts several young male characters as PrettyBoy, female characters (especially Ciena and Jude) have some generous MaleGaze, a SexyDiscretionShot between Thane and Ciena, and even partial nudity when Ciena is taking shower.


* TragicKeepsake: Jelucani valley kindred keep bracelets for family members who have passed, though it is not exactly "tragic" for them: they truly believe that in wearing in they allow the spirits of the passed to [[ArcWords see through their eyes]]. Ciena keeps one for her sister and "shows" it events — good and terrible — throughout her life. [[spoiler: It is systematically destroyed after her survival of Endor by the Imperial medical team that saved her for being "contraband", despite her being regaled as a hero for her actions, this only adds the capper on her complete disillusionment with her life.]]

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* TragicKeepsake: Jelucani valley kindred keep bracelets for family members who have passed, though it is not exactly "tragic" for them: they truly believe that in wearing in they allow the spirits of the passed to [[ArcWords see through their eyes]]. Ciena keeps one for her sister and "shows" it events — good and terrible — throughout her life. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It is systematically destroyed after her survival of Endor by the Imperial medical team that saved her for being "contraband", despite her being regaled as a hero for her actions, this only adds the capper on her complete disillusionment with her life.]]



* VillainsOutShopping: Imperials out clubbing post-graduation. The book also describes in detail the way the Death Star — being the size of a small moon — had recreation and casual activities that a military base doesn't. Ciena and Jude even hang out in a classy bar a few days before the Battle of Yavin (and [[spoiler:Jude's death)]].

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* VillainsOutShopping: Imperials out clubbing post-graduation. The book also describes in detail the way the Death Star — being the size of a small moon — had recreation and casual activities that a military base doesn't. Ciena and Jude even hang out in a classy bar a few days before the Battle of Yavin (and [[spoiler:Jude's death)]].death]]).


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!!This novel contains the following tropes:!!Tropes:



* ArtisticLicenseLaw: War crimes are a relatively new concept to be prosecuted by one side or another. They are, by the nature of the beast, something which requires treaties except for the most heinous of acts. [[spoiler: Ciena Ree has done nothing remotely warranting being prosecuted for war crimes other than being an officer in the Imperial Navy and refusing to cooperate with her captors. The charges aren't spelled out in detail, but what does get mentioned is seemingly just a list of the battles she fought in, as if fighting against the Rebel Alliance was in and of itself a war crime - that said, Thane brings this up himself when reassuring her towards the end, noting that her fears that the Republic may make her an example simply for being an officer may be unfounded, and believing that she will simply receive a slap on a wrist, even a pardon if she gives any information.]]

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* ArtisticLicenseLaw: War crimes are a relatively new concept to be prosecuted by one side or another. They are, by the nature of the beast, something which requires treaties except for the most heinous of acts. [[spoiler: Ciena Ree has done nothing remotely warranting being prosecuted for war crimes other than being an officer in the Imperial Navy and refusing to cooperate with her captors. The charges aren't spelled out in detail, but what does get mentioned is seemingly just a list of the battles she fought in, as if fighting against the Rebel Alliance was in and of itself a war crime - — that said, Thane brings this up himself when reassuring her towards the end, noting that her fears that the Republic may make her an example simply for being an officer may be unfounded, and believing that she will simply receive a slap on a wrist, even a pardon if she gives any information.]]



* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Ciena and Thane are reunited, but she's a prisoner of the New Republic with possible war crimes trials for her actions - albeit with the chance that freedom may come sooner than she thinks. The Empire is also rebuilding in the Unknown Regions.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Ciena and Thane are reunited, but she's a prisoner of the New Republic with possible war crimes trials for her actions - — albeit with the chance that freedom may come sooner than she thinks. The Empire is also rebuilding in the Unknown Regions.]]



* CallForward: Ciena's Star Destroyer, the ''Inflictor'', is [[spoiler:the crashed Star Destroyer on Jakku seen in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'']].

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* CallForward: Ciena's Star Destroyer, the ''Inflictor'', is [[spoiler:the crashed Star Destroyer seen on Jakku seen in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'']].



* CorruptTheCutie: Nash undergoes a transformation from an easy-going idealist to a brutal and ruthless fascist over the course of the book.
* CrapsackWorld: After Thane and Ciena leave Jelucan, each return they make to it has the planet in an even shittier situation than when they last saw it. And it wasn't a terribly pleasant place even before the Empire came. Before it was just a podunk planet, hard living for the first colonists who faced prejudice from the better-off second wave — but still not a terrible place to live. The last time Ciena sees it, when her mother is framed by the Empire for embezzlement, it's unrecognizable to her, covered in smog and filled with decay in the streets. Even by the end of the story, it's still under Imperial control.
* CultureClash: Thane and Ciena come from two very different backgrounds. They also join sides which interfere with their beliefs.
* TheCynic: Thane thinks everyone is out for themselves and all governments are innately corrupt. It makes him the odd man out in the Rebel Alliance which is a peppy, idealistic, band of do-gooders.

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* CorruptTheCutie: Nash undergoes a transformation from an easy-going easygoing idealist to a brutal and ruthless fascist over the course of the book.
* CrapsackWorld: After Thane and Ciena leave Jelucan, each return they make to it has the planet in an even shittier situation than when they last saw it. And it wasn't a terribly pleasant place even before the Empire came. Before Before, it was just a podunk planet, with hard living for the first colonists who faced prejudice from the better-off second wave — but still not a terrible place to live. The last time Ciena sees it, when her mother is framed by the Empire for embezzlement, it's unrecognizable to her, covered in smog and filled with decay in the streets. Even by the end of the story, it's still under Imperial control.
* CultureClash: Thane and Ciena come from two very different backgrounds. They also join sides which interfere with their beliefs.
beliefs.
* TheCynic: Thane thinks everyone is out for themselves and all governments are innately corrupt. It makes him the odd man out in the Rebel Alliance Alliance, which is a peppy, idealistic, band of do-gooders.



** Thane believes his fellow rebels are only fighting for revenge against the Empire, or in the case of rebel leaders like Leia and Mon Mothma, because they want to take over the galaxy for themselves. It takes years of fighting alongside them before he realizes that the rebellion actually practices what it preaches, and really does want to make the galaxy a better place.
* HourglassPlot: In the beginning of the story, Ciena is the idealist out to follow her values to forge a better galaxy, and Thane is the cynic turned bitter and wary or the world by his upbringing. By the end, their paths in life has left Ciena depressed, disillusioned with her beliefs and completely empty and useless inside, whereas Thane has found true trust in the world around him and a belief in ideals and right thinking that he never trust before. At the close of the story, ''Thane'' is the one convincing ''Ciena'' that the world can be better than it seems, albeit with the promise that he'll make it that way if it doesn't comply.

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** Thane believes his fellow rebels are only fighting for revenge against the Empire, or in the case of rebel leaders like Leia and Mon Mothma, because they want to take over the galaxy for themselves. It takes years of fighting alongside them before he realizes that the rebellion Rebellion actually practices what it preaches, and really does want to make the galaxy a better place.
* HourglassPlot: In At the beginning of the story, Ciena is the idealist out to follow her values to forge a better galaxy, and Thane is the cynic turned bitter and wary or the world by his upbringing. By the end, their paths in life has have left Ciena depressed, disillusioned with her beliefs and completely empty and useless inside, whereas Thane has found true trust in the world around him and a belief in ideals and right thinking that he never trust trusted before. At the close of the story, ''Thane'' is the one convincing ''Ciena'' that the world can be better than it seems, albeit with the promise that he'll make it that way if it doesn't comply.



* ImprobableAge: After spending months in the hospital following the Battle of Endor, Ciena is given command of an ''Imperial''-class Star Destroyer despite being only twenty-five years old. JustifiedTrope: This tells her just how bad a shape the Imperial Navy is in.

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* ImprobableAge: After spending months in the hospital following the Battle of Endor, Ciena is given command of an ''Imperial''-class Star Destroyer despite being only twenty-five years old. JustifiedTrope: {{Justified|Trope}}: This tells her just how bad a shape the Imperial Navy is in.



** A lesser example is Ciena justifying Alderaan's destruction as a preventative measure to save the lives of billions. An action done with only the greatest regret and with deepest sadness. [[spoiler:It falls apart when she sees the Empire built a Second Death Star.]]

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** A lesser example is Ciena justifying Alderaan's destruction as a preventative measure to save the lives of billions. An billions, an action done with only the greatest regret and with deepest sadness. [[spoiler:It falls apart when she sees the Empire built a Second second Death Star.]]



** The spiritual poor honorable heroic idealist is loyal to the Empire, while the atheist cynical rich boy is the Rebel soldier.

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** The spiritual poor honorable spiritual, poor, honorable, heroic idealist is loyal to the Empire, Empire; while the atheist atheist, cynical rich boy is the Rebel soldier.



* MedalOfDishonor: Ciena receives the highest award the Empire can give for [[spoiler:her suicide attempt with a Star Destroyer.]] This is after she considers the Empire a monstrous evil.

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* MedalOfDishonor: Ciena receives the highest award the Empire can give for [[spoiler:her suicide attempt with a Star Destroyer.]] Destroyer]]. This is after she considers the Empire a monstrous evil.



* OddFriendship: Thane and Ciena come from very different and opposed cultures, and that was before Thane joins the Rebellion. Played with, as when they get to Coruscant, Thane realizes how incredibly unimportant those little planetary difference are, and that on a galactic level, they're very similar: pilots from the same world.

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* OddFriendship: Thane and Ciena come from very different and opposed cultures, and that was before Thane joins the Rebellion. Played with, as when they get to Coruscant, Thane realizes how incredibly unimportant those little planetary difference differences are, and that on a galactic level, they're very similar: pilots from the same world.



* PetTheDog: ''Grand Moff Tarkin'' of all people. When he catches young Ciena and Thane playing near his personal shuttle, he gives them a personal tour and inspires them to join the Imperial military when they grow up.

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* PetTheDog: ''Grand Moff Tarkin'' Tarkin'', of all people. When he catches young Ciena and Thane playing near his personal shuttle, he gives them a personal tour and inspires them to join the Imperial military when they grow up.



* TheSmartGuy: In their Academy days, between both the boys and the girls Ciena's best friend Jude was the smartest and most studious of their class - and even after graduating, sees many things as if they were scientific exploits. Notably, [[spoiler: this doesn't save her. She is explicitly revealed to be the analyst who discovered the tactical merit in the Rebels' attack on the first Death Star and sent the message to Tarkin, [[CassandraTruth who - as we all know - didn't listen, leading to her death, his own, and millions more.]]]]

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* TheSmartGuy: In their Academy days, between both the boys and the girls Ciena's best friend Jude was the smartest and most studious of their class - — and even after graduating, sees many things as if they were scientific exploits. Notably, [[spoiler: this [[spoiler:this doesn't save her. She is explicitly revealed to be the analyst who discovered the tactical merit in the Rebels' attack on the first Death Star and sent the message to Tarkin, [[CassandraTruth who - — as we all know - — didn't listen, leading to her death, his own, and millions more.]]]]more]].]]



* TragicKeepsake: Jelucian Kindred keep bracelets for family members who have passed, though it is not exactly "tragic" for them: they truly believe that in wearing in they allow the spirits of the passed to [[ArcWords see through their eyes.]] Ciera keeps one for her sister and "shows" it events - good and terrible - throughout her life. [[spoiler: It is systematically destroyed after her survival of Endor by the Imperial medical team that saved her for being "contraband," despite her being regaled as a hero for her actions, this only adds the capper on her complete disillusionment with her life.]]



* UndyingLoyalty: Ciena and Nash have this to the Empire. For Ciena, it is because her culture demands that she honor the oath of loyalty she swore, while Nash slowly transforms into an Imperial fanatic and true believer in Palpatine's New Order. But what tears Ciena apart is that she, ultimately, has this for Thane too. Even at the height of her anger over his desertion and signing up with the Rebellion, she admits she will always love him. The best compromise she can come up with is to be loyal to him for a night, and then the Empire the rest of her life.

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* TragicKeepsake: Jelucani valley kindred keep bracelets for family members who have passed, though it is not exactly "tragic" for them: they truly believe that in wearing in they allow the spirits of the passed to [[ArcWords see through their eyes]]. Ciena keeps one for her sister and "shows" it events — good and terrible — throughout her life. [[spoiler: It is systematically destroyed after her survival of Endor by the Imperial medical team that saved her for being "contraband", despite her being regaled as a hero for her actions, this only adds the capper on her complete disillusionment with her life.]]
* UndyingLoyalty: Ciena and Nash have this to the Empire. For Ciena, it is because her culture demands that she honor the oath of loyalty she swore, while Nash slowly transforms into an Imperial fanatic and true believer in Palpatine's New Order. But what tears Ciena apart is that she, ultimately, she has this for Thane too. Even at the height of her anger over his desertion and signing up with the Rebellion, she admits she will always love him. The best compromise she can come up with is to be loyal to him for a night, and then the Empire the rest of her life.



* VillainsOutShopping: Imperials out clubbing post-graduation. The book also describes in detail the way the Death Star - being the size of a small moon - had recreation and casual activities that a military base doesn't. Ciena and Jude even hang out in a classy bar a few days before the Battle of Yavin (and [[spoiler: Jude's death)]].

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* VillainsOutShopping: Imperials out clubbing post-graduation. The book also describes in detail the way the Death Star - — being the size of a small moon - — had recreation and casual activities that a military base doesn't. Ciena and Jude even hang out in a classy bar a few days before the Battle of Yavin (and [[spoiler: Jude's [[spoiler:Jude's death)]].


* BeenThereShapedHistory: Thane and Ciena were at numerous key points during the Galactic Civil War from the Battle of Yavin to the Battle of Jakku. Thane, for example, was one of the scouts at Dantooine. Ciena helped sabotage the ''Millennium Falcon''[='s=] hyderdrive and also picked up Lord Vader's TIE fighter.

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* BeenThereShapedHistory: Thane and Ciena were at numerous key points during the Galactic Civil War from the Battle of Yavin to the Battle of Jakku. Jakku, in some cases being present during major scenes. Thane, for example, was one of the scouts at Dantooine.Dantooine and after defecting was one of the snowspeeder pilots on Hoth. Ciena helped sabotage the ''Millennium Falcon''[='s=] hyderdrive and also picked up Lord Vader's TIE fighter.


* TheSmartGuy: In their Academy days, between both the boys and the girls Ciena's best friend Jude was the smartest and most studious of their class - and even after graduating, sees many things as if they were scientific exploits. Notably, [[spoiler: this doesn't save her. She is explicitly revealed to be the analyst who discovered the tactical merit in the Rebels' attack on the first Death Star and sent the message to Tarkin, [[CassandraTruth who - as we all know - didn't listen, leading to her death, his own, and millions more.]]]]



* TragicKeepsake: Jelucian Kindred keep bracelets for family members who have passed, though it is not exactly "tragic" for them: they truly believe that in wearing in they allow the spirits of the passed to [[ArcWords see through their eyes.]] Ciera keeps one for her sister and "shows" it events - good and terrible - throughout her life. [[spoiler: It is systematically destroyed after her survival of Endor by the Imperial medical team that saved her for being "contraband," despite her being regaled as a hero for her actions, this only adds the capper on her complete disillusionment with her life.]]



* VillainsOutShopping: Imperials out clubbing post-graduation.

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* VillainsOutShopping: Imperials out clubbing post-graduation. The book also describes in detail the way the Death Star - being the size of a small moon - had recreation and casual activities that a military base doesn't. Ciena and Jude even hang out in a classy bar a few days before the Battle of Yavin (and [[spoiler: Jude's death)]].


* ArtisticLicenseLaw: War crimes are a relatively new concept to be prosecuted by one side or another. They are, by the nature of the beast, something which requires treaties except for the most heinous of acts. [[spoiler: Ciena Ree has done nothing remotely warranting being prosecuted for war crimes other than being an officer in the Imperial Navy and refusing to cooperate with her captors. The charges aren't spelled out in detail, but what does get mentioned is seemingly just a list of the battles she fought in, as if fighting against the Rebel Alliance was in and of itself a war crime.]]

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* ArtisticLicenseLaw: War crimes are a relatively new concept to be prosecuted by one side or another. They are, by the nature of the beast, something which requires treaties except for the most heinous of acts. [[spoiler: Ciena Ree has done nothing remotely warranting being prosecuted for war crimes other than being an officer in the Imperial Navy and refusing to cooperate with her captors. The charges aren't spelled out in detail, but what does get mentioned is seemingly just a list of the battles she fought in, as if fighting against the Rebel Alliance was in and of itself a war crime.crime - that said, Thane brings this up himself when reassuring her towards the end, noting that her fears that the Republic may make her an example simply for being an officer may be unfounded, and believing that she will simply receive a slap on a wrist, even a pardon if she gives any information.]]



* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Ciena and Thane are reunited, but she's a prisoner of the New Republic with possible war crimes trials for her actions. The Empire is also rebuilding in the Unknown Regions.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Ciena and Thane are reunited, but she's a prisoner of the New Republic with possible war crimes trials for her actions.actions - albeit with the chance that freedom may come sooner than she thinks. The Empire is also rebuilding in the Unknown Regions.]]


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* HourglassPlot: In the beginning of the story, Ciena is the idealist out to follow her values to forge a better galaxy, and Thane is the cynic turned bitter and wary or the world by his upbringing. By the end, their paths in life has left Ciena depressed, disillusioned with her beliefs and completely empty and useless inside, whereas Thane has found true trust in the world around him and a belief in ideals and right thinking that he never trust before. At the close of the story, ''Thane'' is the one convincing ''Ciena'' that the world can be better than it seems, albeit with the promise that he'll make it that way if it doesn't comply.

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