They are really pushing this new Battlefront video game. And why not? Both 1 and 2 were adored and continue to be played by gamers all over the world. As a way to tie in with the game and the upcoming movie, the powers-that-be decided to roll out a novel tie-in.
This is not your typical Star Wars book. When I think of typical Star Wars, I think of the big hitters: Luke, Han, Leia. I think of lightsabers, I think of space battles, and droids.
This book felt more like the Battle: Los Angeles movie. It was gritty and put you right inside what it must feel like to be part of the ground forces. You know those troopers who get decimated in The Battle of Hoth? They all had stories and families and lives so this book is an exploration into that sort of story.
When the "superstars" of Star Wars pop in, it's very distant and rare. This isn't supposed to be a main-line story but more of a supplemental tale. Something to get you excited about the characters you'll play or destroy in the game.
Characters will be fleshed out and narratives will be written. Hopefully you'll feel invested in their lives. But if not, this is still a nice whet-your-appetite novel in the Star Wars universe.
This book was provided for review, at no cost, by LucasBooks.