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Book Review: The Force Is Strong With The Last Jedi

on March 21, 2013

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The Last Jedi by Michael Reaves and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff is my first adventure into the Star Wars universe through reading. I was worried that the story was not going to be newbie friendly, so I proceeded with caution.

978-0-345-51140-9-350x574I learned through my 501st Legion buddies that the book is a stand-alone novel that’s actually part of the Corusant Nights trilogy.

The story starts off pretty easy with us being taken into the world of the last known Jedi Knight, Jax Pavin and his comrades Den, I-Five, and Laranth. Their mission is to get the leader of Whiplash (a secret resistance group) from Coruscant to a new safe house. When their plans go awry, Jax and his friends are sent on an adventure to regain what they’ve lost. Along the way we meet some interesting characters and we learn a little more about Jax and his friends.

From the very beginning I felt like I was being sucked into an adventure. I can’t say my imagination could understand everything, but that didn’t distract me from understanding the characters dialogue or the pain they were going through.

Some of my favorite moments are between I-Five and Den. They have this vibe going on between them that at times made me want to slap them both and other times laugh with them. I-Five acts almost human (though he reminds us throughout the story he’s a droid).

If you are looking for your first Star Wars novel, this is a good one to start with. While I might not have understood everything going on, I don’t feel this hurt my reading experience. There are some references to the past that I’m sure the first Coruscant Nights novels can explain, but I wouldn’t say it’s required reading before picking this up.

In exchange for my time and efforts in reporting my opinion within this blog, I received a free review sample. Even though I receive this benefit, I always give an opinion that is 100% mine.

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