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Star Wars Ahsoka Hardcover – October 11, 2016
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Gr 7 Up—Ahsoka Tano holds a special place in the hearts of many "Star Wars" aficionados. The breakout character of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV show finally gets her story told, and fans will not be disappointed. After leaving the order of the Jedis and her teacher Padawan Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka embarks on a journey to discover who she is and how she can move on after leaving the group that has defined her for so long. She ends up on Raada, a small, out-of-the-way moon base, and begins a new life. When the evil Imperial forces rear their heads, Ahsoka's newly idyllic life starts to sour, and she can't help but heed the familiar call of the Rebel Alliance. Teens will be able to relate to Ahsoka's emotional journey of attempting to find her place in the world. The plot moves at a slow pace in the first half as Ahsoka tries to deal with her emotions and figure things out. Those who have little to no knowledge of The Clone Wars and Rebels TV shows will be lost, as Johnston gives almost no background on the title character's previous adventures. VERDICT "Star Wars" devotees will rejoice in reading this long-awaited chapter in the life of a fan favorite; others may want to skip this one.—Christopher Lassen, BookOps: The New York Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library
Top Customer Reviews
Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano was first introduced in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series and quickly became a fan favorite. Viewers watched her grow from a “snippy,” brash padawan learner to a confident young warrior who frequently saved the day for her master, Anakin Skywalker. Thrust into the crucible of combat with the besieged clone battalion and their Jedi on the planet of Christophsis, Ahsoka had to learn quickly and be a strong warrior from an early age. Through the remainder of the Clone Wars, Ahsoka was present at several key battles and forged tight relationships with many, including Clone Captain Rex, the astromech R2-D2, and Senator Bail Organa. All three of these characters figure into Ahsoka in important ways.
*** VERY MILD SPOILERS FOLLOW***
The novel features many flashbacks, interludes, and scenes which answer some lingering questions since the end of The Clone Wars, raise a few more, and provide detail that help link the prequel and original trilogies.Read more ›
"I have to sort this out on my own. Without the Council. And without you."
And with those words, former Jedi Ahsoka Tano walked off into the sunset three long years ago, bringing "The Clone Wars" to a powerful and poignant end, but leaving millions of viewers in an emotional lurch, wondering where her loyalties would turn and what path she would follow now that the entire foundation of her 18-year old life had been torn asunder.
Two years later, in her celebrated return to the screen on "Rebels", we'd learn what she'd become - an intelligence agent for the burgeoning Rebellion, but not how she decided to walk that path. "Rebels" was told through the eyes of the Ghost crew, not her, so she remained closed and mysterious, while fans clamored for answers.
And now, finally, three and half years of viewer speculation, mind-canon and fan stories, the gloves have come off. For the first time, LFL takes us directly into the mind of this fascinating character that for many, including many outside her surface demographic, has become the eyes and ears through which they view the GFFA. Her feelings and conclusions about the Jedi Order, the Republic, the betrayal of Barris Offee, her abandonment of the Order that had failed her, and how she'll cope with her post-Jedi life - it's all here now in this 350+ page work by EK Johnston in her inaugural Star Wars novel.
This is a unabashedly character-oriented story, and the first to be crafted not under the direct control of the titular character's creator Dave Filoni, and as such, the most important question is does Johnston understand what makes Ahsoka tick?Read more ›
My six year old and I have watched every episode of Clone Wars at least a dozen times. Ahsoka is our favorite character, and from the moment she left the show, we wondered what happened to her. Then we started watching Rebels, and we were besides ourselves when she showed up again. We have talked a lot about what she has been up to and I couldn't be happier with this friggin book.
This was the missing Chapter of her story, told the way it needed to be told, with total fidelity to Ahsoka's character. Excellent. Just plain excellent!
If you are one the fence about reading YA as an adult, please don't hesitate to buy and read this book. While the language is clean and simplified for a younger audience, the themes and story is quite adult--much like the Clone Wars and Rebels series.
"Ahsoka" illustrates a bleak galaxy in the shadows of the Empire, and explores themes of grief and finding one's purpose against all odds. A coming of age tale in space, if you will.
Some of Ahsoka's lines felt a tad out of character, but I can only chalk that up to the fact that we've never really seen her as a solo, emotional being (with the exception of her ordeal and trial at the end of the Clone Wars series.) We've only ever see her in contrast, or compared to, her Jedi counterparts, as well as politicians and clones. "Ahsoka" thoughtfully explores how "Lady Tano" navigates her way through the fledgling but brutal Empire-ruled galaxy, all with a new persona.
It is also worthwhile to note that the book doesn't solely focus on Ahsoka, but introduces us to a few new characters who help Ahsoka realize her continued worth to a galaxy in peril.
-I think this story was limited by the YA genre in that it couldn't delve as deeply as I would have liked into the events taking place between Ahsoka leaving the Jedi and Order 66, as well as the full extent of her emotional state during this tumultuous period. I understand, however, that it made sense for Disney to make this book YA because Ahsoka has a lot of young fans.
-Stemming off my previous comment, I wish this book had been longer.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Kept me interested through the whole book. I couldn't wait to find out what happened next. Very good story.
A must read.
Overall is a good read, and if you're a fan of Ahsoka, then you'll like how the author filled in the gaps from her time of her leaving the jedi academy to joining the rebellion,... Read morePublished 1 day ago by j.slinger
The book keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time reading. Very well done I hope there are more to comePublished 1 day ago
Great story of a comeback of a great character. Fits so good with the rogue one storyline. I want another. Start a series.Published 2 days ago by tc183
This is a novel that fits within the narrow exception to what is now considered cannon material. Since it falls within the young adult category (like the Lost Stars) novel, it is... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Mike S.
[Mildest of spoilers]
Pros: Tells a story that I'd been curious about, and makes me curious about the eventual fate of Anakin Skywalker's Padawan. Read more
Good yarn. Found one error: Chapter 9, Second Page, the main character is addressed as "Ashoka" when she's supposed to be disguised under the false name of "Ashla"Published 4 days ago by email@example.com