Review: Star Wars: Before the Awakening

Star Wars- Before the Awakening
Star Wars- Before the Awakening by Greg Rucka

Star Wars: Before the Awakening is really three stories one for each of the characters on its cover: Finn, Rey and Poe.  This is a junior novel.  Really written for 12 year-old crowd, but it is a Star Wars book the tells the story of these characters before the movie and my local library had a copy, so my decision was made for me.  I grabbed this as soon as it came in.  And it already has another person waiting for it.  They will get their chance now as I have finished it.  I loved this book and gave it four stars.  It loses one star for being a little easy, written for children as it is.  Maybe I shouldn’t mark it off for that since it is a junior novel, but thats just the way I am.  5 stars is perfection after all.

In this novel we find go along with Finn through some of this training and on his first real mission.  I had thought the one we saw in the movie was his first, but not so.  Rey’s story I don’t want to tell you about.  It concerns her scavenger life before the movie.  Her story is so excellent, its actually the reason I gave the book 4 stars instead of 5.  I loved her story so much, I thought there was more the author could have done with it.  Poe’s story is also good.  The second best story in the book after Rey’s of course.  In it Poe meets general Leia Organa Solo for the first time and goes on a very thrilling mission.  If you are a Star Wars fan, young or old, you will enjoy this book!

Star Wars: Before the Awakening Book Cover Star Wars: Before the Awakening
Greg Rucka
Juvenile Fiction
Disney Lucasfilm Press
December 18, 2015
Hardcover
224
Library

A companion piece to the "Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens" character novels, Star Wars: Before the Awakening is an anthology book that focuses on the lives of Rey, Finn, and Poe before the events of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens.