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    Kol Drake
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    This was originally released in October 2016 but I only got around to it this last week. Although it is painted with the YA – Young Adult – label, it stands as a decent treatment of this particular character.

     

    Just a few minor points —

    The novel is a great example of positive portrayals of female characters, but a slow beginning and unfocused characterization hurt it, imo.

    This story opens about a year after the end of Episode III : Revenge of the Sith

    After leaving the Jedi Order shortly before Order 66, she has cast her lot in with average citizens of the galaxy, the people who she notes are “merely good at things, not prodigious.”

    The book does a good job of showing what her personality was like between the two eras of her life, the Clone Wars and the Rebellion. Getting inside her head lets us see her fear and how she comes to her conclusions, erasing some of the distance I felt from her on The Clone Wars.  Author E.K. Johnston skillfully captures both sides of her personality, the enthusiastic, confident Padawan and the contemplative Jedi. At times her battle taunts are “rude for no reason, the kind of thing that would’ve had Master Kenobi rolling his eyes.” In other moments, she’s kind and heartfelt.

    Although the book starts out slow, Ahsoka’s heroics make for an entertaining story in the faster-paced second half. Part of the strength of the book is that it is an evolution of Ahsoka far beyond the quippy character she was in The Clone Wars.

    It is interesting to note that between certain sections of story/action, the author has inserted 3-5 page ‘cut scenes’…  which touch on anything from flashbacks to Anakin Skywalker just before he took on a young padawan named Ahsoka to things going on with the rest of the Star Wars Universe and even an interesting treatment of the crystals used in lightsabers — Jedi and/or Sith. As a stand alone story, the author also tried to ‘connect all the dots’…. so near the end, it seems a tad ‘compressed’ / contrieved so she can get Ahsoka pointed toward her ‘future’ as shown in the Rebels cartoon series… even though Rebels is many years further down the road.

    Overall, it was a nice read.
    On a scale of 1 to 5 Force Users: I give it a 3

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    #195027
    Shadowdragon
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    I have read it several times, my question is, how long does the jump take? She seems to go between the two planets(?) in no time. Altho, she did spend some time on the first planet, the 2nd time around.

    #195193
    Shadowdragon
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    I have read and reread this book. Sometimes, I think it is great, other times, I think it is good. It is a little confusing time wise, with space travel. How long does it take to get from a planet to the other?

    #195194
    Kol Drake
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    “Time” and “Distance” tends to be a bit hand wavy in many of the books. Reality is stretchy.

    BUT, I agree with you about the book.
    At times it was good and sometimes it’s ‘what is this?’. BUT, sometimes I think the author gets into a bind as they try to ‘fit’ the story chapters into established cartoon canon and previous books. That’s an issue in all the books that try to shoehorn between (or during) the movies — imo.

    #195195
    Shadowdragon
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    When I want to relax, I read it again. LOL, I did not follow the Clone Wars, that closely, most, of what I know is the movies. So, it was am education. I think Ashoka could be developed more and I would love to read another book about her.

    #195245
    crystalshop
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    Wow! it seems that you love this book and that character! Can’t wait to read this! <3

    http://www.crystal-shop.co

    #195246
    Shadowdragon
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    It is a lovely book. It was frustating because, you did not know how long it took to get from planet to planet. But, over all, a good read.
    I am trying to play a similiar character in a Star Wars game.

    #196573
    Kol Drake
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    Lucas was a bit loosey goosey about space distances.  Remember, he had Han Solo claiming that his Millennium Falcon “made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs”.   A parsec is a unit of distance, not time… so George kind of went with what sounded good instead of making sense.    In most of the movies, they ‘just’ jump to hyperspace and minutes, to hours later, they pop out of hyperspace.

    I suppose in some part of that galaxy far far away, there are ‘luxury liners’ with staterooms, dining halls, etc. for long voyages out to the Rim… or in system runs that don’t invoke hyper jumping.    Again, Lucas (and now Disney) is very ‘hand wavy’ about how long these jumps take.   From the ‘old books’ (Legends), getting from Planet A to system/planet B can be — a single jump — or several jumps — depending on some ‘not our galaxy’ physics about space particle densities, gravitational fields, and maybe ‘just’ the fabric of space/time.

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