Format: Audio-Book – Library
Buy it Here: Star Wars Ahsoka
I am a ridiculous Star Wars fan, despite not having read the extended universe books. So, when I saw that E. K. Johnston (who’s written several other books I really loved, like That Inevitable Victorian Thing, and A Thousand Nights. Exit, Pursued by a Bear is also high up on my to-read list) put out a Star Wars book?! I had to get on board.
I’m going to be real with you, team. Johnston has written some fascinating stuff, but this is not one of her special, creative ones. It’s passable, I enjoyed it, but I don’t know that I need to buy it or read it again. It’s a self-discovery journey for Ahsoka, which is interesting, but again, not anything groundbreaking.
After the mass execution of the Jedi, which Ahsoka managed to avoid by having left the Jedi Order (also, was there a prequel to this that I missed out on? There were several times there were characters or events I didn’t understand). She hides out on a variety of desolate planets, and eventually causes (or runs into– I’ll be fair) problems on all of them.
The main conflict of this book is Ahsoka’s decision about whether she should continue to hide or keep fighting to do good in the galaxy despite the risk of discovery. Which, just based on her being a Jedi and obviously a good person, was not exactly suspenseful.
What was surprising was the amount of character deaths in this otherwise tame book. Game of Thrones style, yo. It’s serious business. There’s also torture and abduction, which all seems weirdly out of place. Not that the Star Wars films don’t have plenty of that, but it did feel weird in this book.
I enjoyed listening to it, but it really wasn’t anything special.
Subjective Hearts: 3/5
Objective Hearts: 3/5
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