Weapon of a Jedi by Jason Fry

Hrm. I liked this, but definitely not as much as I liked the Leia book. I felt like the beginning dragged and I was super confused about why Luke accepted Farnay’s offer to be his guide and then accepted Sarco’s too. Maybe I missed something. Like the Leia book, this didn’t draw me in the way Aftermath and Lost Stars did. 

But I did like it. I’ve always loved Luke, so I liked seeing more of this story, especially his training. I wish the book had had less set up (visiting the city and finding a guide) and more training/exploring in the temple. I liked that part best. 

I did think the prologue and epilogue were really interesting and I am curious which of these characters we’ll see in The Force Awakens. 

On to my last Force Friday book – Smuggler’s Run, the story of my favorite scoundrel and his Wookiee BFF. Can’t wait!

Moving Target by Cecil Castellucci

I liked this! It isn’t terribly long, but it took me longer to read than Aftermath or Lost Stars. I guess that’s partially just because DragonCon is over and I’m back to the real world. But while engaging, it didn’t keep me on the edge of my seat the way the other two books did. 

But overall, I liked it. I loved the characters. They really grew on me as the book went on. I liked Leia’s leadership and sacrifice. Like the other books in Journey to the Force Awakens so far, I liked that this showed the impact the war had on regular people – Leia’s team and the worlds they visited. 

I loved the prologue and epilogue. They made me even more excited for answers in The Force Awakens, if it is even possible for me to be more excited about this movie. 

Lost Stars by Claudia Gray

This book! So good! I didn’t want it to end. I guess I am supposed to have coherent thoughts now, but that’s a little difficult in my sleepy “all I do is attend DragonCon panels and read” state. 

Mild spoilers ahead. Possibly not so mild. 

The book is considered Young Adult which implies it is for and/or about teenagers, but it isn’t really in my opinion. The main characters, Thane and Ciena, are children in the prologue and age quickly through the first few chapters (including going to the Imperial Academy as teens), but most of the book, they’re 20 somethings in the time period of the Original Trilogy. 

The book weaves Thane and Ciena’s story through that time period. It’s always obvious where the story matches up with the events in the movie without being all “hey, this scene is coming up!!!” It makes sense for them to be where they are. I loved seeing them encounter OT characters, especially smaller parts. 

I liked how they each ended up where they did and how it made sense for each of them. I liked humanizing the Imperials while also showing how someone would realize that everything they believe is wrong. I liked that the defector (ha, no spoilers yet!) didn’t immediately jump into the Rebellion, but came to believe in it. 

I thought that Nash was the most interesting secondary character. It was interesting to contrast his reaction to Alderaan’s destruction versus Leia’s reaction.  

The ending made me a little sad, but it made sense and I am actually glad that what I wanted to happen in a perfect world didn’t, because the post ROTJ world was pretty imperfect and people don’t change overnight.