- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 5 - 9
- Lexile Measure: 790 (What's this?)
- Series: Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars - The Force Awakens
- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Disney Lucasfilm Press; 1st edition (September 4, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1484724976
- ISBN-13: 978-1484724972
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 82 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure (Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars - The Force Awakens) Hardcover – September 4, 2015
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The Luke and Han books in this line-up both took place between Episodes IV and VI, so it's nice to see that Leia's book is set between V and VI. What's even nicer is that Luke makes brief appearance throughout the book; it gives insight into his transformation after the end of Episode V. But ultimately, this book is about Leia and the team of rebels that she leads, and I'm glad to say I came to care for all of them. But as for Leia, we really see what drives her and what frightens her, and how those aspects of her combine to make her the great leader she is. Much like The Weapon of a Jedi and especially Smugglers' Run (my favorite of the three), Moving Target reads in Carrie Fisher's voice, and it does not feel like a throwaway novel but rather an essential piece of Star Wars canon once you've read it. Castellucci and Fry capture Leia's wit, boldness, and love perfectly through this book. And Phil Noto's illustrations are excellent once again. In fact, I think he draws Leia even better than he draws Luke and Han.
I will also say that the prologue and epilogue here are (to me at least) by far the most exciting of the three books. It provides clear insight into Leia's role in Episode VII without spoiling anything, really. The epilogue also mentions someone who will likely be a key character in episode VII.
Overall, my favorite of these is Smugglers' Run, followed by Moving Target, and followed (very closely) by The Weapon of a Jedi. I may have even given this book 5 stars, but this is a review of the product, unfortunately there was a printing issue on each page where the pages numbers at the bottom were cut off.
This is one of three short stories put out before The Force Awakens, centering on the main characters from the original trilogy. This, of course, is the Leia centric novel. The prologue and epilogue are set sometime before the events of The Force Awakens and has the tie-ins to that movie (we find out Leia is a general in the Resistance, fighting the First Order). It is set as her dictating her memoirs and then flashes back to a mission she took part in, set between Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. She is torn between wanting to help Han, and having to be patient while Luke gets intel on what Jabba has done with Han, and continuing to help the Rebels. Luke makes what amounts to a cameo appearance in the story and we get some insight into how his and Leia's relationship was changing after the events of Empire.
I will not give away the story of the novel, but it basically is set around the intel the Rebels received about the second Death Star being built around Endor, and Leia's participation in the plan to keep the Empire occupied while the Rebels planned the assault on the station. The book itself is a very quick read, coming in at just over 200 pages. I was able to get through it in about an hour and a half (granted I read very fast). Even though it falls into the young reader's category of novels, it is good enough that adults can easily enjoy it. I definitely recommend it.
All in all, Leia is perfect in this. She's one of the great leaders of the Alliance and also a warm, emphatic soul who cares about the individuals around her.
This is great for the middle schoolers it's aimed at and adult fans.
Read this AFTER the Luke Skywalker novel "Weapon of a Jedi" and the Han Solo novel "Smuggler's Run".