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Before the Awakening by Greg Rucka
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Enlightening reading in some topics


This an anthology featuring three short stories, each focused on three most relevant new heroes, introduced on the film “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens”. The three stories are set previous to the events where the film begins.


My general rating for the book is an average result of the individual ratings on each short story.


FINN

Rating: *** ( 3 stars )

FN-2187 was his designation as a proud stormtrooper cader in a promising career in the rising First Order.

He was not only doing okay, but he was doing real great: exemplary marksmanship, excellent hand-to-hand skills, field leadership dexterity; therefore showing to be material for officers’ school.

BUT…

…he had some little teeny weeny troubles. Like that embarrassing tendency of not wanting to leave behind a fellow stormtrooper of his squad; and, an odd reluctance of shooting against unarmed enemies.

Tss, tss, tss! What’s wrong with you, Finn?! I mean, FN-2187!

He honestly tought that The First Order was doing the right thing, but slowly he started to misgiving about it and the worst of it, it’s that he doesn’t know who to trust to discuss his doubts on the matter.

However, something is certain…

…fate finds you not matter where you are, even if it’s a galaxy far far way.


REY

Rating: *** ( 3 stars )

Rey, a young girl, living on her own, as scavenger, in Jakku, a desert world in the Western Reaches of the Inner Rim. Rey is an orphan, she was left on Jakku, and she has the absurd hope that someday her parents will return for her.

Rey’s life isn’t easy. She has to deal with an excrutiating heat in a dangeous desert while she is hunting down any piece of salvaged technology (remnants of a fierce battle between the rising New Republic and the falling Galactic Empire) just to interchange it for some food. Every single day. The same dang routine.

BUT…

…Couldn’t they leave her in a nicer planet?!!! Geez!!!

A world with a more manageable weather and some adult presence to look after her was something too much to ask?!!!

Rey founds a ship (an old Lambda-class Imperial Shuttle) with possibilities to be repaired. While she isn’t planning to leave Jakku, this vessel can be her way to get all the food she’d ever needs.

However, something is certain…

…The Force works in mysterious ways, specially if it’s a galaxy far far way.


POE

Rating: **** ( 4 stars )

Commander Poe Dameron, dashing pilot of the New Republic, field leader of an X-Wing squad, and proud son of hero parents in the former Rebel Alliance.

The New Republic (30 years later, are they still “new”? Geez!) is in a political mess (aren’t they always?) with The First Order. Sure, the New Republic won the war, but it wasn’t like they would shoot all Imperial soldiers and citizens still loyal to them, so they were allowed to keep some sovereign space, but with the conditions of not re-arming again (where did I hear that before? Oh, yes, between WWI and WWII, and you may have a clue about if they were re-arming or not). So, meanwhile there wouldn’t any physical proof that The First Order is invading any sector out of their domains and/or that they are re-arming with new battle tech, basically the Senate of the New Republic can’t do anything (anyway when have they done anything?).

Our hero, Poe, is pissed out about all this. Nobody is doing something?!

Some people talk about an underground movement known as The Resistance, but so far, it’s just a rumour.

So, it seems that it’s up to Poe to find that dang proof!

BUT…

…maybe Poe is chewing out more than he can manage by himself!

However, something is certain…

…call to arms finds you not matter where you are, even if it’s a galaxy far far way.





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Reading Progress

January 13, 2016 – Started Reading
January 13, 2016 – Shelved
January 18, 2016 – Shelved as: anthology
January 18, 2016 – Shelved as: star-wars
January 18, 2016 – Shelved as: science-fiction
January 18, 2016 – Shelved as: politics
January 18, 2016 – Shelved as: military
January 18, 2016 – Shelved as: espionage
January 18, 2016 – Finished Reading
February 8, 2016 – Shelved as: media-tie-in

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Jason Schneeberger I'm reading this one as well.


Alejandro Awesome!


message 3: by Florencia (new)

Florencia Great review, Alejandro! Sorry that you didn't love this one but I couldn't help the chuckle after reading the impressions that followed your "BUT..." :P Your writing is just that entertaining!


Aj the Ravenous Reader Awesome, really enlightening review, Kuya Alejandro. hehe


message 5: by Henry (new)

Henry Avila Saw the film much better than the sequels, but of course not as good as the original trilogy...


Alejandro Florencia wrote: "Great review, Alejandro! Sorry that you didn't love this one but I couldn't help the chuckle after reading the impressions that followed your "BUT..." :P Your writing is just that entertaining!"

Hahaha ;) It was a fair good book, it's just that the first two stories lack of excitement but they were good enough to get 3 stars ;) Truly glad that you found amusing the "But" twists ;) That was the goal! Hehehe!


Alejandro Aj the Ravenous Reader wrote: "Awesome, really enlightening review, Kuya Alejandro. hehe"

Hehehe ;) Thanks, Aj!


Alejandro Henry wrote: "Saw the film much better than the sequels, but of course not as good as the original trilogy..."

I think that's the fair assessment about it ;)


Shadowdenizen Great review, as ever!

THough I would have liked to have seen these stories in a visual medium. I think these vignettes would have a MUCH better intersitital movie than "Rogue-1" or "Young Han Solo"....


Alejandro Shadowdenizen wrote: "Great review, as ever!

THough I would have liked to have seen these stories in a visual medium. I think these vignettes would have a MUCH better intersitital movie than "Rogue-1" or "Young Han Sol..."


I think that "Rogue One! will be a good movie, but definitely any of these short stories could be better than "Young Han Solo" (specially with the options in actors that they are considering).


message 11: by Pearl (new)

Pearl Angeli Amazing and honest review, Kuya Alejandro! :)


Alejandro Pearl wrote: "Amazing and honest review, Kuya Alejandro! :)"

You're so kind, Pearl ;) Thanks!


message 13: by Tabetha (new)

Tabetha Wonderful, timely review, Alejandro...have not see the movie--will have to wait for the DVD!


Alejandro Tabetha wrote: "Wonderful, timely review, Alejandro...have not see the movie--will have to wait for the DVD!"

I think that it would be good to watch it at least once in the big screen, but I understand that in US is quite expensive the theater tickets (at least way more expensive than here, in Costa Rica).

I hope you'd enjoy a lot the movie whenever you would be able to watch it. ;)

May the Force be with you! :D


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