Good morning! Last night I finished Star Wars: Before the Awakening, which is a prequel to The Force Awakens and is officially in the canon of the Star Wars universe. It looks like it’s written for a younger audience (compared to many past EU novels seeming to be solely for adult readers), but any age will enjoy this book. The print is a bit larger because of this, making this a fast read that I just devoured.
This book is split into three sections, each one telling the story of the three main characters leading up to The Force Awakens. Each story was well-written and enjoyable; Rucka genuinely captured the personalities of each character (even BB-8!).
One thing I loved so much about this book was that it included insights into certain things that happened in the movie. When The Force Awakens came out last December, many people questioned aspects such as Rey’s sudden ability to wield a lightsaber and fly the Millennium Falcon. Both of these concerns are answered through Rey’s story in this book. There is also insight into Poe’s past (including information about his parents and how he become involved with the Rebellion). Finn’s story includes a huge amount of involvement from Captain Phasma (proving that her role in this storyline should not be reduced to what many fans complained about due to shorter appearances in The Force Awakens…especially since I don’t believe we’ve seen the last of her yet).
Overall, I just really enjoyed getting more from this new canon while waiting for Episode VIII and this was a great read. If you’re holding back on read this because it seems like a kids’ book, don’t. I recommend this to anyone of any age, especially if you’re a huge Star Wars fan like I am.
Rating: 5/5 stars