Non-Star Wars Book Repurposed with Marginal References to Star Wars (None that Qualify as "Journey to" Anything Star Wars)
Fragmented, following too maNon-Star Wars Book Repurposed with Marginal References to Star Wars (None that Qualify as "Journey to" Anything Star Wars)
Fragmented, following too many threads and characters--none of them the main characters of Star Wars--and sparse on the details and descriptions that make prose interesting. It's also lacking in that Star Wars storytelling feel. In all fairness, though, it might not be the author's fault. As the author responsible for re-launching the Star Wars novels AND telling the events immediately after Return of the Jedi, the author might have been saddled with too many requirements and details to work in well.
What's most perplexing is that, for a book set months after Return of the Jedi and tasked with introducing a bridge to the 20 years between that Episode VI and Episode VII: The Force Awakens, Aftermath: The Journey to the Force Awakens doesn't feature ANY of the main characters of EITHER Return of the Jedi OR the Force Awakens! Han, Leia, and the others are merely referenced in absentia or given 2-3 page interludes before the action is back to brand new characters created by the author. And the author's characters aren't very compelling as a whole.
The author does several weird references. Dream sequences are used to echo scenes from the old, no-longer canon Star Wars novels. It's clever... I think... I'm still undecided. What isn't clever, what is just down right odd, is references to non-Star Wars media and pop culture. In one scene, for example, the author lifts lines of dialog directly out of the John Cusack comedy film Grosse Point Blank. Then, just in case you miss the reference, the author hits you over the head with it again by using the words "gross," "point," and "blank" together in a sentence in the next paragraph.
Star Wars references are crammed in awkwardly, like overusing "monkey-lizard" for numerous metaphors and analogies and prefixing "ale" with some planetary name every time. Simultaneously, common English words are used when established Star Wars lingo should be.
Is it because the author doesn't really understand Star Wars? Because he didn't pay attention to the canon bible? Because he was rushed by Lucas/Disney to get it done so quickly and with so much crammed in? Who's to say.
Whatever the reasons for the book's faults, it has many. The end result is a book that is disjointed, lackadaisical, and very un-Star Wars. It really rather feels like the author wrote a non-Star Wars science fiction book and then retrofit it for Star Wars by changing supporting character names to "Ackbar," "Wedge Antilles," and "Mon Mothma," and adding the numerous short "interludes" Disney required to set up future books so that we'd know things like someone recovered Boba Fett's armor from the Sarlaac, Han and Chewie will head to Kashyyk in a some future book, and there was apparently some gang of child Rebels harassing the Empire on Coruscant. The last is probably a tie-in to a future YA or coloring book project.
Again, most of Aftermath is unrelated to, and will have no impact on, the main Star Wars universe. What IS relevant is the dozen or so 1-3 page "interludes" that set up for future non-film products. Likely none of the interludes will be very important to understand those future products, so you can easily skip this book entirely. If you DO want to know the interludes say, you'll find all that information on Wookiepedia or JediNet without having to wade through Chuck Wendig's Aftermath: Journey Away From Star Wars....more
The movie was better. It's an enjoyable read, don't go looking for the film's story with more depth.
This book is completely separate from the film, wiThe movie was better. It's an enjoyable read, don't go looking for the film's story with more depth.
This book is completely separate from the film, with its own entirely unrelated plot and subplots. The characters between the two are different in all but name and Davy’s ability to teleport.
It reads like what it is: an author exploring a notion. In this case, Gould wanted to find out how simple, personal, non-technological teleportation would be used by a normal person, and how the world around him would react to it. Taken on its own, the Jumper novel is an enjoyable, easy, and light read. It's not a hard science fiction novel full of theories and justifications; the character can teleport. Period. The rest of the book is about what he does with that ability, not how the ability fits into real world science. That alone made this book appealing to me as a break from the hard science explorations of Stephen Baxter and Larry Niven.
Upon finishing Jumper I immediately dove into, and finished, the second book in the series, Reflex. Now I'm looking forward to the as-yet uncracked copy of Impulse, the third novel in the “Jumper: series, sitting here on my desk....more
Reading this book it's impossible to not reflect upon one's own life, analyze one's own decisions, and muse upon the what-ifs of choosing differently.Reading this book it's impossible to not reflect upon one's own life, analyze one's own decisions, and muse upon the what-ifs of choosing differently.
The theme is common--a period of itme lived over and over again--but not merely a single day, in this case. In REPLAY, the protagonist is an everyman who relives his entire adult life repeatedly. Each cycle of 25 years he experiences the full range of life's offerings again and again, choosing different paths, different women, different children, different goals. How he reacts to this gift, to his different choices and their consequences, and to the inevitable loss inherent in each reset of his life, is realistic and emotionally grounded. The protagonist could be any of us in the same circumstance.
By the ending a message is clear: no matter how much time each of us has, each day is precious and transitory. Live life for yourself....more