Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Weapon of a Jedi: A Luke Skywalker Adventure by Jason Fry



After reading Smuggler's Run: A Han Solo & Chewbacca Adventure my enthusiasm for Star Wars increased and made me enjoy this new series of EU Books. I really enjoy this book but I am afraid that Han Solo raised the bar in terms of storytelling and action compare to this book. I will admit that for including R2-D2 and C-3PO into this story it felt like I was watching an episode of Star Wars.

Since this book is part of Journey to the Force Awakens series, we get a bit of insight into the world of post-Return of the Jedi while at the same time read new adventures of our beloved characters. This is written for children especially middle grade but I will be the first one to defend this book and highly recommend those who want to read new stuff about these iconic characters. The writing is natural and organic and it doesn't feel forced which is highly important when dealing with Star Wars.

Future: It takes places 30 years after Return of the Jedi or the same time frame as The Force Awakens.

Present: Jessika Pava is performing regular maintenance check up with astromechs droids and meets C-3PO who mysterious has a red robotic arm and seeks friendly conversation with Jessika.

Past: For almost the entirety of this book deals with Luke Skywalker on a mission after the events of A New Hope.

With all the new footage and photos of the Force Awakens, everyone is questioning where is Luke and why Luke isn't featured in any of the advertisements? (AND NO LUKE IS NOT FU#$@$@#NG KYLO REN!) Well for this book it is clear that Luke is in hiding and is not featured in the future part of this story. We are introduced to a new character named Jessika Pava who is a fighter pilot and she is practically doing chores while waiting around for a new mission. Her chore is to check up on the astromech droids and make sure they are clean and have all the important information that is needed for the upcoming adventures. 

While Jessika is cleaning one astromech droid, she has an encounter with C-3PO who is looking for friendly chatter. While C-3PO talking to Jessika, he nonchalantly mentions his Master Luke. Jessika has a panic attack and makes the connection that C-3PO & R2-D2 are Luke Skywalker's droids. She immediately wants to know more about their adventures and ask C-3PO to tell her a story that no one knows which he gladly provides.

We are then shifted back into the past after A New Hope with Luke on a dangerous mission on the planet Giju. Since he and Wedge are the only pilots who survived the Battle of Yavin they are reinstated to continue with Red Squadron. As Luke and Wedge are trying to destroy tie fighters, Luke gets this weird vibe from the force giving him a message that he can't decipher. When they finally succeed in their mission they head back to a rebel station, and he meditates with the Force and gets a message from Uncle Ben and a vision of a mysterious planet and how he needs to go where the Force is calling him.

Mon Mothma has a new mission for Luke which he is reluctant to accept but for the Rebel Alliance he cannot argue and accepts the journey. His mission requires R2-D2 and C-3PO to tag along and right from the beginning Luke disobeys the mission to follow the force that leads him to this new planet. Along the way he encounters Imperials and almost gets his ship destroyed. He makes the decision to visit this mysterious planet in order to recuperate and figure out why the Force is calling him to it.

When he arrives to this new planet, Luke finds out that there is a Jedi temple that has been abandoned and prohibited to enter and he wants break in to discover what is inside the temple and if he can improve as a Jedi in training. It is clear that he has the lack of training to use a lightsaber in combat and is conflicted between following his father path and accomplishing it now that Ben Kenobi is dead and the last available Jedi to train him. To get into this temple, Luke needs a guide and hires an alien called Sarco Plank who is mysterious and deceitful especially how all his clients mysteriously disappeared.

This is just a snippet of the book and for the most part I really enjoy the story and how we see Luke Skywalker grow as a Jedi. I never made the connection until now but it makes you wonder how Luke master the force in Empire Strikes Back before the help of Yoda and without anyone to help him train. I know for a fact that you can't just magically train without any experts and clearly Luke has major training to do in order to be the badass that he becomes in the trilogy. With this marvelous book we see Luke really connect to the Force and learn how to be one with it and how marvelous the world was with the Jedi helping the galaxy.

Luke Skywalker is not my favorite character because he is naive in the beginning and I love to see myself relatable in a character and I don't see myself in anyone except for Anakin Skywalker where I can relate to until Revenge of the Sith where he is a completely different and not recognizable person. The major issue I had is this book is only about Luke. 

What I mean is with the Smuggler's Run, it dealt with Han, Chewbacca, and we got major insight into the bad guys. We got to see different point of views and see the drama raveling which left me at the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next whereas I did enjoy all the training and fighting that Luke encounters, we really don't get to see the bad guys point of view and it felt random when the bad guys arrive and try to take down Luke. I felt like they added that sequence because without it then it wouldn't be consider a Star Wars book and we don't get any names of any Imperial officials. I felt as though for the Villains it was really disconnected and I did not like that. I know this book was dedicate for Luke to connect to the Force but I would have loved more danger into the story.

Overall I believe this is a great book and I hope they write a sequel that provides the details of what happens after the events of Luke and this temple. The author was smart with leaving us with loose ties because then we get to look forward for more adventures and more personal stories of Luke Skywalker and those who he encounters in this huge galaxy. For children who have started watching Star Wars this would be a great read for them and to enjoy more the Star Wars Expanded Universe. 

More Star Wars adventures will be coming your way and I hope my love of Star Wars will inspire those to see the new film and read more about the Expanded Universe. Stay tuned for more and may the force be with you.

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