Thursday, November 9, 2017

Audiobook Review: Star Wars: A New Dawn By John Jackson Miller

Star Wars: A New Dawn By John Jackson Miller
Publisher: Random House Audio
Release Date: September 2nd, 2014
Format: Audiobook narrated by Marc Thompson
My Rating: ★★★1/2

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For a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights brought peace and order to the Galactic Republic, aided by their connection to the mystical energy field known as the Force. But they were betrayed - and the entire galaxy has paid the price. It is the Age of the Empire. Now Emperor Palpatine, once Chancellor of the Republic and secretly a Sith follower of the dark side of the Force, has brought his own peace and order to the galaxy. Peace through brutal repression, and order through increasing control of his subjects’ lives.
I believe that this book was actually a precursor to the Star Wars Rebels TV series, so this is the first time we are actually meeting Kanan and Hera. I could be wrong on that, but I think it is very interesting to see them after having known them for so long.

I like origin stories, and I really enjoyed seeing how they first meet. They DID NOT like each other...well Hera didn't really like Kanan, he immediately hit on her. Yes, Kanan! The stoic former Jedi Padawan, hit on Hera! I think this is my favorite part about this novel, because we know Kanan as this very cool and collected guy trying to fight the empire, but when we meet him in this story he's kinda of like every frat dude I avoided in college! Seriously! Dude only cares about flirting with all the ladies, where he's going to get his next credit and just staying out of the empire's way. He's a regular old Han Solo! I loved this about the younger Kanan, and you can kind of see why he thew out the Jedi way so early on. Kanan is a survivor and he knows that he has to be different in order to not be found out. It also really showed his character development, and makes everything he goes through in Rebels mean so much more.

I also really enjoy that it lays the ground work for Kanan and Hera's relationship. She is so mission focused that she doesn't really have time for that, but he is still very much interested. I don't think it was just fans shipping them in the show, I think there is something between them and the seeds are planted in this adventure. 

I have to say that I am probably rating this book a little higher than normal because I did the audiobook and Marc Thompson narrated it. I could listen to that dude read the phone book. He always seems to find a way to make these stories interesting to me. Although, I do have one issue, his voice for Zaluna sounded a little too much like Droopy the dog, but she's not a major character so I was able to get over it. Otherwise I think he did a pretty good job with all the other voices. I actually didn't mind his female voice, which I usually have an issue with male narrators.

I have to admit that this book did seem to drag on a little bit, and I just was thinking, "okay, so can we get to the end of this, already??" I also was disappointed we didn't get to see more of the rest of The Ghost crew. I missed Zeb and Sabine. I'm not sure if there are other books with all of them meeting up with Kanan & Hera, but I would be interested in reading those too.

In the end I was satisfied with this book, but I think if you are trying to pick and choose which Star Wars books to read this could be one you could skip. I think Marc Thompson's narration is what really sold me on it, and I don't think I would have liked it as much had I just read this myself.

Have you read A New Dawn? What did you think?

Happy Reads Everyone!