Book 34 is a book called Bloodline by Claudia Gray. Now, for those who know me, know that because I have moved recently, I decided to have a couple of movie marathons, one being a Star Wars marathon, in chronological order. Since I got through the prequels, rogue one, and the original trilogy, I wanted to read Bloodlines as a way to ease into The Force Awakens. I wanted to know more about the fall of the New Republic. How did the First Order become so powerful, as it pretty much rules like the Empire? How did the New Republic not learn from the Old Republic? Bloodline is the perfect way to see how that happened.
The book follows Leia at the end of her political career, she wants to leave the Republic after 20 something years of trying to build it up. The sad thing is, she is seeing what her mother saw before she passed, the destruction of the democracy. Not only that, she is discredited before the entire galaxy when it is let loose that she is the daughter of Darth Vadar. It is interesting to remember that, though we the fans of the series know the truth of Luke and Leia, the people in the universe doesn’t. Took me a minute to wrap my head around that.
The New Republic is divided. That is the same for any democratic government in the world; there are always factions. But this isn’t the same as say the US or Britain, as the division is causing everything to fall. For those that live in the US know that right now there is a huge division in the government and it is causing so many problems, it is distressing. But that is nothing compared to the New Republic, who is falling under this division shortly after it began. With many leaders in place who were in place during the Empire, or people who didn’t live during much of the Empire and don’t regard what happened as something as horrible as it really was. The division is central on one thing, power. The populist want to give planets more power to run their worlds and so one but centralist want to have a central power, much like the Empire. We come to find out that centralists are the ones that have been using criminal cartels, much like the Hutts, to rebuild what was once the Empire to make the start of the First Order.
For me, I think what I really loved about this book was seeing Leia outside of being a rebel and in a senator role as well as her coming to terms with her past. There is a point in the book where she actually wonders how Anakin felt before he turned to dark side. She is in a position where she doesn’t have the power to stop the harm coming to an innocent person and she wonders if Anakin’s turn to the dark wasn’t something grounded in good. That he wanted to protect someone and wanted the power to do so. It was really neat to see that because that is what turned Anakin. He just didn’t realize that the dark side would take away what he wanted to protect to begin with (at least that is how I saw it).
Anyways, well I am going to leave this here. I don’t want to go into smaller and smaller details about the book and how it ties into the over all story and such. There is one thing that makes me wonder…Ben was never told about his grandfather until it was leaked to the universe when Leia was outted. Makes me wonder if he finding out about his grandfather led to him to joining the First Order. Well, see you next book.
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