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Star Wars: The High Republic: Mission To Disaster Book Review

“Star Wars: The High Republic: Mission To Disaster” is a solid character centric tale.

Written by Justina Ireland, “Star Wars: The High Republic: Mission To Disaster” takes place before the Starlight Beacon disaster. In many ways, the book acts as a follow-up to another Ireland Star Wars novel “A Test of Courage” as that core group of characters are reunited here- Vernestra Rwoh (Jedi Knight), Imri Cantaros (Vernestra’s Padawan), Avon Starros (a scientist wiz kid), Avon’s droid J-6 and Honesty (the son of an Ambassador). The central story involves Avon (and other children) being kidnapped by the Nihil to be used as recruits. Vernestra and Imri go off to find her, but must first investigate strange happenings on the unstable planet Dalna which just might be linked with Avon’s disappearance. The Starlight Beacon, the Nihil Kara Xoo, and Avon’s obsession with Kyber Crystals also heavily play into the story (no spoilers here though).

Given that the recent High Republic novels have been disaster heavy, it’s nice to see a more character centric story which is greatly needed in this line of books. If you’re like me and have followed this series from the beginning, it’s refreshing to get a follow up on certain characters like Vernestra and Avon. Each High Republic novel tends to focus on different characters so circling back around to this group again felt rewarding. Not only is it interesting to see how the characters have grown and developed, but it’s a treat to see them back together again (especially after all they have endured). 

Plot wise, the story is pretty simplistic, but that’s OK. The plot doesn’t get in the way of the characters here. If anything, it serves the characters and shows the strength of their bond. The only 2 nitpicks I have were that Vernestra’s visions storyline seemed to drop off and that the last half of the book hinges on the allegedly intelligent Dr. Mkampa’s ineptitude (you’ll see what I mean). 

Note: This book also includes illustrations by Petur Antonsson. It’s always fun to see an artist’s interpretation of characters and events. 

February 23, 2022 - Posted by | Book review | , , ,

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