Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Review: Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston

Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston
Publisher: Disney LucasFilm Press
Release Date: April 11th, 2017
Format: Hardback, 353 pages
My Rating: ★★

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Fans have long wondered what happened to Ahsoka after she left the Jedi Order near the end of the Clone Wars, and before she re-appeared as the mysterious Rebel operative Fulcrum in Rebels. Finally, her story will begin to be told. Following her experiences with the Jedi and the devastation of Order 66, Ahsoka is unsure she can be part of a larger whole ever again. But her desire to fight the evils of the Empire and protect those who need it will lead her right to Bail Organa, and the Rebel Alliance 

Ahsoka is one of my favorite new Star Wars characters, so when I saw there was a book about her I was pretty excited. I had read a few reviews before reading this one myself, and they didn't seem that great so I was a little hesitant. I have to admit I didn't totally love this one, but it wasn't bad, it's just one of those books that I just think, "okay." and I move onto the next book.

I think this book could have been really good if it focused on the flashbacks we get about the mission Ahsoka and Rex persue on Mandalore. I loved that part in this book, but we only get it in bits and pieces, and it doesn't feel complete. It just explains how she escaped Order 66, and why she is constantly on the run. I had a hard time getting into the novel, and I found it way more interesting when Bail Organa showed up. I wanted a little more of Ahsoka working for the rebellion. I thought this book was going to explain that more, but this one was more about her pre-Star Wars Rebels cartoon, and before she became Fulcrum.

One thing I did like is that at the heart of it, Ahsoka is still the Ahsoka we know and love. Even though she's on the run and trying to save her own skin, she can't help but save others that The Empire is trying to take advantage of. Even though she is "no Jedi" the core teachings of the Jedi to save those who are helpless and to be at peace are something that Ahsoka still subscribes to. The teachings of the Jedi weren't all bad, they just lost their way along the way, so it always made sense to me that Ahsoka just said, "nah, I'm good." to them. Ahsoka was a good Jedi, but the council and order really let her down. I do think the whole "no attachments" thing messed up more than just Anakin, because it's clear that Ahsoka does not really know how to make friends. That's pretty clear at how very awkward she is when she first shows up on Raada. Seriously, what were the Jedi thinking!

I read this in print, but I wonder if I would have liked this better in audio format since the voice of Ahsoka, Ashley Eckstein narrates the audiobook. I don't think this one is bad, but it just wasn't my favorite. I think if you are on the fence about this one, I would suggest skipping it.

What do you think about Ahsoka? Did you like it? Why or why not?

Happy Reads Everyone!