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Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens The Weapon of a Jedi: A Luke Skywalker Adventure Hardcover – September 4, 2015

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About the Author

Jason Fry is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Visual Guide and more than twenty other books. Besides space pirates, he writes about baseball, music, travel, and anything else that strikes his fancy. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and son.
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  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 900 (What's this?)
  • Series: Journey to Star Wars: the Force Awakens
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Lucasfilm Press (September 4, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1484724968
  • ISBN-13: 978-1484724965
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Weapon of the Jedi” a fantastic title in the best tradition of Star Wars. It will delight the young readers and make the adults revisit their inner child. Jason Fry understands what makes a SW story work and delivers it with heart and imagination.

STORY: It’s a short tale set in one location that feels like an act of a much larger play and yet managed to capture all the core elements of a “hero’s journey.” We find Luke still as a young, naïve rebel pilot learning what it means to be a Jedi. The Force is the central theme of the book and I was delighted with Jason’s treatment of it. Once again the Force is a magical power surrounded with mysticism. Here the Jedi are a legend of old wizards who stood of peace (not generals in the military or a space police force.) Chapter 8 in particular left me with a sense of wonder, bringing back Yoda’s teachings from Ep.V. It is a true return to form and the best part the book. There’s also a colorful cast of supporting characters, a beautifully fleshed out exotic location, and solid action. Nothing here is particularly innovative but, more importantly, the story is expertly told, with vivid prose and a sense of urgency!

CHARACTERS: I was instantly sold on Luke’s characterization. Jason Fry effortlessly recreates the Luke we love and remember from the films. Mark Hamill’s mannerism never feels forced. He literally comes alive from the pages and responds to situations the way you would expect him to. Luke’s first steps into learning how to control, or rather submit to the force is also beautifully portrayed! (In “Heir to the Jedi” novel he movies noodles for practice, which I found completely absurd! Here the force is not a trivial “mind trick.” There’s a logical narrative extension of his training from Ep.
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This is a wonderful and FUN Luke Skywalker story! The main story takes place shortly after Episode IV and showcases how Luke began to develop his skills in the force and also how he began to learn to wield a lightsaber. Unlike "Heir to the Jedi" the Luke in this story feels like the Luke we know and love from the original series. He, R2D2, and C-3PO are wonderfully portrayed and the story clips along at a good pace.

This book is aimed at middle schoolers, grades 5-9, and I think that fits very well. The dialog and word choice should be challenging but not inscrutable for that age range. And happily, this is also a great story for adult fans as well.
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Jason Fry delivers a pretty grand adventure helping to fill in the gaps between the films STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE and STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK with his new Young Adult novel, Star Wars: The Weapon Of A Jedi. This is a great tale, one which returns Luke to the days when he wasn’t quite sure what becoming a Jedi would mean: he’s only used the Force sparingly, and – now that Ben Kenobi is gone – he’s uncertain of how to continue building his skills on his quest to (ahem) follow in the footsteps of his “once great father.”

As such, Fry does a masterful job creating a set of circumstances wherein Skywalker faces perilous circumstances within the context of this ‘new’ tale. (For those unaware, this is one of a series of YA novels done as tie-ins for the upcoming STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS motion picture.) Of course, readers know that Luke isn’t going to die any time soon here, but the story is structured in such a way that it’s clear that greater universe and a few new characters remain under the dire influence of an oppressive Empire.

As for the story? The galaxy’s best Starfighter pilot gets shackled with an underperforming Y-Wing in a rather mundane mission to recover some data at the behest of Mon Mothma; yet the chance encounter with Imperial forces lands Luke and his faithful droids C-3PO and R2-D2 down on a jungle planet with some previously unknown connection to the Force. Might this be the very world wherein the Jedi Master might seek refuge in his later days? And what about those Imperials hot on his tail?

The Weapon Of The Jedi is a great adventure that might seem a bit quick or contrived to others; and I’d say – were that the case – that those aren’t really fans of a younger, less polished Luke Skywalker.
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The Weapon of a Jedi: A Luke Skywalker Adventure by Jason Fry is a truly fantastic young adult novel that gets Luke's character 100% right and takes place shortly after A New Hope and the Battle of Yavin. However, don't be fooled by the Young Adult classification, it appeals to both adult and juvenile fans alike. 

Without giving too much away, the majority of the book takes place on Devaron (a jungle planet seen in a few episodes of The Clone Wars Season Three). The book is about Luke finding his Force potential and finding out more about what the Force does and how it affects the universe around him. He also has to use his new found confidence and new found Force Abilities to rescue a native girl and to fight a new villain.

Finding and learning his skills in the Force feels like a natural progression of his latent power from simple farmboy to hero in A New Hope to a humble, curious, and cunning young adult in The Weapon of a Jedi. So it's basically Episode 4.5. It feels like a classic Star Wars film. It's bathing in atmosphere and immerses us in the original Star Wars universe. It also sees the glorious return of Threepio and Artoo, banter and all. 

I literally got chills reading this novel and even writing this review, thinking about the book. And let's not forget Phil Noto's phenomenal artwork in this book. The novel is separated into three parts with several chapters in between. Before the beginning of each part (including Prologue and Epilogue), there is a page of artwork which is beautifully drawn by Noto who has drawn many Marvel and DC comic books before. 

There are a few negatives to the book. First off, the plot is quite simple and the book is pretty short.
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