So book 4 is Ahsoka by E.K Johnston. This is the first Star Wars book I have read but it won’t be the last. I have plenty of books to read and I plan on reading all that I can get my hands on. I have always liked the Star Wars universe but have never really felt the need to go deeper into the universe than watching the movies. But one weekend before my Christmas break, a T.V channel showed all the 6 movies before Force Awakens in order they were meant to be seen in the timeline, and it sparked a need in me to know more. My students told me about the animated series that Lucusfilms had put out that were part of the story and weren’t just for young kids. I decided to give it a shot. I started with Clone Wars (after looking up the chronological order of all of the Star Wars universe). I was very surprised that my student was right, these episodes, though a child could watch, had some adult themes to them as well. When I say adult theme, I don’t mean in a “dirty” sense, but in that fact that situations that are presented are situations that even some adult wouldn’t know how to handle. Just watch the series if you want to know more. ANYWAYS, in this show we are introduced to Ahsoka, Anakin Skywalker’s young apprentice. Yep, that is right. Darth Vadar had an apprentice before he had turned. I was a little surprised. This does not come up in the movies and, as stated before, I hadn’t really looked into the universe before this. So I watch the Clone Wars series (there are 6 seasons) and I was surprised to see that the reason Ahsoka doesn’t show up in Episode 3, when Anakin turns, is because she left the Jedi order for a betrayal (not Anakin’s). Watch the show to know exactly what it happened. There is a reason I have written all of this. This book gives some more behind Ahsoka and what happened to her after the Empire took over the galaxies. She reappears in the Star Wars Rebels show, though from what I understand we don’t know what happens to her yet and why she isn’t in any of the older movies (Though I wouldn’t be surprised if mention of her or her herself shows up in the new trilogy).
This book was really back story for Ahsoka but kind of outlines how everyone in the galaxy deals with the new Empire. It really gives an idea of the repercussions of the Anakin’s turn and the newly forming rebels. It was interesting to read and I really enjoyed it. It was an easy read and enjoyable. There were a couple of questions that it brought up and I am hoping that the shows and more books will answer them for me. What happened to the children who were born under the Empire who was sensitive to the Force? Did more Jedi escape like Ahsoka, Yoda and Obi-wan? Could they have? If they did, were they tracked down and killed, and that is why we don’t ever see them in the older movies and Luke must start from scratch? Ahsoka meets a child who is sensitive to the Force, did the rebels ever think to save them from exposure and maybe train them to at least hide? Or did they just leave them to found and killed? Not only that but there was one thing that really got me in this whole book. I don’t think Ahsoka realized her old master had turned to the dark side. I don’t think she knew that Anakin was alive in a way. But then again she kept mentioning throughout the book, an emptiness where she used to feel Anakin, so maybe she knew that he turned and was no longer the man she used to know. I am unsure. I think she didn’t know and I am wondering if she will find out in the Rebels shows and how will she react.
Well that is all I have to say about the book. I know it doesn’t really tell you much about the book, only that it does strike some questions. If you like Star Wars and you have a need to know more about the universe, read the book. The writing is good and the description of the characters and their reactions are believable. I enjoyed the book and I hope that you enjoy it as well.
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