Thursday, April 30, 2015

Star Wars: Heir to the Jedi by Kevin Hearne

If you want to read a Star Wars-style book, do not read Hearne's Heir to the Jedi.

I feel like a boob because I haven't enjoyed reading any of the recent Star Wars novels. For whatever reason, they don't provide the sense that they're in the same universe as the movies.

Maybe the new movie will rectify that problem, but for now, this book could have had different character names and no one would know it was Star Wars.

The story is told from Luke Skywalker's point of view and it takes place between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back.

Luke teams up with a brand new character and they play hop, skip, and jump between planets.

I'll give Hearne credit for tackling a point-of-view style writing in a character that everyone and their aunt has their own assumptions about. Luke is the big hero yet it didn't feel like I was reading about Luke.

I feel bad for not enjoying this book because it appears that it's an enjoyable read to many others. But it falls in line with all of the other recent Star Wars tales. I understand that it's difficult to branch out and create something fresh for a franchise that milks everything to the last drop.

But do yourself a favor and skip this book.

 This book was provided for review, at no cost, by LucasBooks.

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