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Star Wars: Force Collector Book Review

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“Force Collector” further explores the mythology of “Star Wars.”

Written by Kevin Shinick, “Star Wars: Force Collector” revolves around a teen named Karr Nuq Sin on the planet Merokia during the new trilogy era. Karr isn’t an average teen, however, as he is Force attuned. You see, when he touches an object he can learn about that object’s past. Unfortunately, as a result of this power, he gets bad headaches. People also think he’s crazy, stressed, and or ill. His parents want to transfer him to a tailor trade school, but Karr decides to runaway with his rebellious friend Maize and his handy droid RZ-7. Their mission? To learn more about the Jedi, the Force, and Karr’s abilities. Together, the two venture to Utapu, Jakku, Oba Diah, Batuu, Takodana, Kijimi, and Pam’ba to find artifacts that may provide answers to questions Karr has.

“Star Wars: Force Collector” (which is part of the “Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” line of media) doesn’t deal with any characters we have previously met. Sure, some familiar faces and things pop up here and there, but the main characters in this story are original characters. In some ways, this story feels like a continuation of the last scene in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” in that we are learning about individuals strong in the Force. In the case of this book, we dive into the story of Karr and his lineage. I won’t go into spoiler details, but his life and family tree is full of surprises and secrets.

Another appealing aspect of this YA novel is that it takes place at a point when the Jedi and Force are largely considered to be myths and legends due to the vast amounts of propaganda and hidden truths that have plagued the galaxy for years and years. This time period really made Karr’s character arc more engaging as he has to navigate through the falsities to piece together the truth about the past.

“Force Collector” is not without its flaws. The structure of the story is rather tedious and repetitious as the plot is largely comprised of planet hopping adventures. Kevin Shinick also tends to repeat things over and over ad nauseum with some rather clunky dialogue at times. Simply put, the book really could have used some editing.

November 21, 2019 - Posted by | Book review | , ,

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