- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Series: Star Wars
- Audio CD
- Publisher: Listening Library (Audio); Unabridged edition (September 22, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1101891971
- ISBN-13: 978-1101891971
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.2 x 5.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 83 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,565,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Star Wars: A New Hope The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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About the Author
Alexandra Bracken is the New York Times bestselling author of The Darkest Minds and Never Fade. Born and raised in Arizona, she moved east to study history and English at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. Alex now lives in New York City, where you can find her hard at work on her next novel in a charming little apartment that's perpetually overflowing with books. Visit her online at www.alexandrabracken.com and on Twitter @alexbracken.
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The book is marketed for kids, specifically kids of the current generation who might not have grown up on the Original Star Wars Trilogy. This book is ideal for those kids who may have still seen the original films, but perhaps associate the movies with their parents' generation. The language is modern -- allowing kids to relate to Leia, Han, or Luke and their heroic journeys -- while also preserving the timelessness inherent to Star Wars. But if you're a teenager or an adult -- or buying for one -- this book has a lot for you too, especially in the way it fleshes out the background of the film.
The book is great for both boys and girls: Leia, Han, and Luke get equal page time amongst each other. Leia in particular seemed to get the least attention in the film, and she consequently gets a lot of development in this book. Bracken has a deft touch with Leia, and uses her political background and connection with the Rebellion to great effect. But I absolutely have to add that boys can get a lot of enjoyment out of Leia's chapters and girls can get a lot out of Luke and Han's chapters, too! Everyone has their particular heroes.
If you're a kid -- or an adult remembers being a kid who loved Star Wars -- you can't miss this book. If you're trying to introduce Star Wars to youngsters, I can't think of a better place to start than this novel! Bottom line: young or old, male or female -- if you like Star Wars, you'll like this book! I give this book my highest recommendation.
So when this new version came out, I thought I would have a look. I have a 12yr old Daughter who is loving all things Star Wars as well, and we read this together to see what it was like.
Of course, I had some scepticism at first, I mean after all, someone had re-written Star Wars – the last time that happened, Greedo shot first and we all know how that turned out!!!
But then you read this, and when you get to the end, Alexandra Bracken has left a note for us to read. And she is almost as big a nut as I am (if not more?).
And when you read this, and after reading her story at the end, you realise that you are actually in safe hands.
She hasn’t tried to mangle the story, she has taken the story, and added some really great bits to it, giving us background and filler to wrap around the main story. She has tweaked the main story a little bit, but there is very little in the way of actual major storyline changes.
We all know the story, we all love the story, Bracken has taken this long loved fable, and added some extra bits to expand on it, some from the mythology that surround it, some from the Radio plays, but some from her own mind that connects all of this together.
The result? This is an amazingly fun, well written, and excellent version of A New Hope, created by someone who loves the story as much as all the rest of us.
I highly recommend this for anyone who is a fan of Star Wars, regardless of age (obviously they need to be old enough to understand Star Wars), as they will get a kick out of this re-imagined story.
Bracken ably retells the story and uses the different perspectives to offer more insight into characters, even drawing upon some of the deleted scenes of Luke at Anchorhead to fully establish his character. As this was published in 2015 as part of Disney's build-up to "The Force Awakens", it features certain details that were later contradicted. For example, Bracken has Leia contemplate how she got the plans at the beginning and there are, naturally, slight differences between what she wrote and what "Rogue One" later portrayed. She also has Wedge Antilles say that he was never part of the Imperial forces and joined the Rebellion "to right the wrongs they inflicted on us and the people we love" (pg. 266). "Star Wars: Rebels" later showed that Wedge did defect from the Imperial flight academy. These are minor issues and only changed due to later content. They do not impact the meaning of Bracken's story.
A flowing narrative coupled with concept sketches and paintings from Ralph McQuarrie make this one of the more interesting retellings of "A New Hope". At points, it is similar to the "Star Wars Journal" series of books from 1998 and 1999 as it delves into these character's motivations. A good read both for younger readers and adults looking to reconnect with the characters.
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This book tells the same classic Star Wars story but with more detail that we did not see in the movie.Read more