Series: Star War: Journey to Force Awakens
Published by Disney-Hyperion on September 4, 2015
Genres: Science Fiction
Star Wars meets Romeo and Juliet in this epic YA novel that follows two best friends who find themselves on opposite sides of the war between the Empire and the Rebellion.
This thrilling YA novel gives readers a macro view of some of the most important events in the Star Wars universe: from the purge of the Jedi in Episode III, to the beginnings of the rebellion in Star Wars Rebels, and through the fall of the Empire in Episodes IV-IV. Readers will experience these major moments through the eyes of two best friends who grow up in these troubling times, and find themselves on opposite sides of the war.
As with other Journey to Episode VII titles, hints about the upcoming film will be included in the narrative, as well a original, post-Episode VI content that sets up the new film.
DUAL NARRATIVE: Chapters alternate perspectives between our two protagonists – one a Rebel pilot, the other an Imperial officer. By exploring these two different worlds, readers will experience many of the major moments in the original Star Wars trilogy – from the destruction of the Death Star to the battle of Hoth – through these two characters' eyes.
I ended up liking this book a lot. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I went into this new Star Wars tale. It was highly fascinating to see the stories of Episodes 4-6 unfold through the eyes of some of the faceless soldiers that fought on both sides of the war. This is not some tragic Romeo and Juliet story but is a love a story. It is a story about love and honor and how far one will go to protect it. It is a story about doing the right thing and keeping your loyalty to your loved ones even if it means losing everything. It is not some story about a young man that finds out he is a Jedi warrior or a girl that finds out she is long lost royalty. It is a story that could be about anybody because it is a story about the average every day citizens of the galaxy just trying to do the right thing by standing up for their principles. I really liked this tale of a love that was meant to be. Thane and Ciena both grow up on the outer rim of the galaxy just after the fall of the old republic. They see joining the naval fleet of the Empire as a way out of their backwater planet. It is a chance to see the galaxy. Thane and Ciena have a difference of opinion after the Empire blows up the home planet of Princess Liea. Thane starts to the Empire for what it is a disease on the galaxy set on enslaving or ruling with an iron fist. Thane can’t stand for tyranny so he joins the rebels. Ciena is all about her honor and she swore an oath to the Empire. She can’t leave even if means being on the losing side of the war. Something, maybe the force, can’t let Thane and Ciena lead their own separate lives. They always seem to be finding their way back to each other.
I liked the story it was very riveting. Again, I recommend this book if only to see the story all of us Star Wars fans have seen over and over unfold through the eyes of others that also fought in the war. I was pleasantly surprised by how much this story was more than just another a Star Wars tale. It was a story about a boy and girl that spans over time in a love that just won’t quit. It was a story about civil unrest and how that fight can put you at odds with a loved one. Most of all, it is a story about doing what is right and never backing down. If you needed one more reason to read this book, “Dude its Star Wars.”