**spoiler alert** Finally finished A New Dawn this weekend.
Here's my driveby review:
If you had the chance to pen the launchpad novel to a new world of**spoiler alert** Finally finished A New Dawn this weekend.
Here's my driveby review:
If you had the chance to pen the launchpad novel to a new world of StarWars books featuring two of the best characters (imo) from the new StarWars television show, what would you create?
Allow yourself the freedom to paint the possibilities in your mind of learning the background of Hera, searching the depths of what makes Kanan who he is, or what thrilling adventure they depart on together that makes them so inseparable in the show.
Have a reasonable expectation in mind? Good.
Now throw all that out and replace it with a clumsy exposition and unnecessary framing devices, a disposable Darth Vader-lite Vidian as villain stand-in, and blunt force social commentary on the growing surveillance state and dangers of fracking.
In order to carry the reader through the painful stumbling process of learning how fracking threatens environmental stability we have the allegory of mining on a moon and an annoying terrorist character named Skelly. Likewise we have a girl Sullustan character who operates a surveillance center for the empire (can't remember her name). Then there is an imperial military person acting as a mediator for Vidian, Sloane.
Why the book devoted so much time to these characters is a real head scratcher for me. The only purpose they served was being in a certain place at a certain time. Did we really need to take away time from the two characters on the cover to the book to learn all about them?
The end result is the same. There are two exciting sequences in the entire book. One is a thrilling well described chase scene on the planets surface about halfway through, and the other comes at the end, mainly an espionage type deal. That's it.
Nothing of consequence happens throughout the rest of the book. I'm sitting here trying to think of what happened and I can't even remember.
The worst crime this book commits isn't limiting page time for the two main characters and replacing them with dull stand ins... The real crime is I didn't care what happened to anyone. Hera and Kanan have some good exchanges but they ultimately feel hollow. The character I found most interesting was the former surveillance officer girl Sullustan.
I also bought Obi-Wan by this same author when I purchased this. I'm not looking forward to reading it now.
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