Star Wars: Ahsoka Book Review
“Star Wars: Ahsoka” pays off in the end.
Between “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and “Star Wars Rebels,” “Star Wars” fans were left wondering “What happened to Ahsoka?” At long last, we get that story thanks to E.K. Johnston’s new novel “Star Wars: Ahsoka.”
Like with anything that is shrouded in mystery, I don’t want to reveal too much about “Star Wars: Ahsoka” in advance of its October 11, 2016 release date. “Star Wars” fans should go into this book knowing as little as possible. What I will say is that the story involves Ahsoka’s life after the Jedi Order, a mysterious villain, two particular planets, Imperial forces, familiar faces, an uprising, and the rebellion.
When this novel was announced, I was certainly excited to see a story devoted to a fan favorite character. Anyone who watched “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and “Star Wars Rebels” knows that Ahsoka’s story was far from over and that there was so much storytelling potential involving her character’s numerous adventures. So, how did the novel fare? Well, it’s a tale of two books really…
I’m not going to lie, for the first 170 pages or so of “Star Wars: Ahsoka,” I found myself frustrated and concerned by what I was reading. Of all of the stories to tell about Ahsoka, this book initially felt underwhelming as it focused far too much on menial moments, a board game, planet hopping, underdeveloped characters (see Jenneth), and some random asides (you’ll see what I mean). Perhaps my expectations were too high, but I envisioned her story being bigger and more epic. Thankfully, once page 173 rolls around, the story takes a turn for the better as we get some answers to burning questions, learn of some major connective moments to “Star Wars Rebels” and see Ahsoka embrace her selfless heroism. The second half completely redeems the flaws of the first half and delivers moments fans want to see. Again, I’m being vague here, but I’m certainly not going to spoil what happens.
Overall Thoughts: If you find yourself reading “Star Wars Ahsoka” and hope that it picks up, don’t worry, it will. Your patience is rewarded in the end as E.K. Johnston’s novel ends in a satisfying manner.
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