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Star Wars Join the Resistance: (Book 1) Hardcover – March 7, 2017
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If this is what Acker & Blacker put out I can't imagine I'll like their short in the 40th anniversary anthology. I'm feeling like this is on par with the "Jedi Prince" series - utter crap.
Mattis Banz is a 14/15 year old who has been recruited to join the Reistance along with Lorica (a Zeltron), Dec and his "brother" droid (the hell?), Sari, and the group's leader, Jo.
There are enough new species (Saurin, Skup, Quaggian) and planets (Lund Berlo, Durkteel, Ques, Ganthel [Core world], Regor-Mada, Vodran [in the Si'klaata Cluster], Kergans) that my head spins each time one of them is brought up. There were also countless new animals that I didn't get down.
I have issues with this in adult novels; I can't imagine it being better for a children's one! We don't need this new place/species vomit in every book.
We get some quick back story on Mattis.
He's an orphan who grows up in an orphanage with a lot of other kids of different races. The pilot, who shuttles the children weekly to and from Lund Berlo where a Phirmist temple is, is named Antha Mont. She sees that Matthis shows character and talks to him about the Rebellion, Luke Skywalker and Admiral Ackbar, and commends him on even sticking up for the orphanage bully Fikk.
In my opinion, Mattis tries TOO hard to be a hero. He wants to be one and prides himself whenever he helps another person out. I get that we first see him at 14 and a lot of his behavior is understandable, but I still find myself frustrated with a lot of it. Maybe because he seems so young and naive for what he goes through at the orphanage.
He has an extensive imagination, some of which I can let slide (like thinking his parents will find him in a heroes parade with him as the hero) but some of it makes no sense for a person his age to to have (he thinks he has the Force and he can FEEL it in him and THROUGH him and he just can't DO anything with it).
But Antha likes him and brings him to Snap Wexley's attention, who brings Matthis a little more up to speed with regards to the Resistance and First Order.
- Lorica Demaris is famous for going against smugglers.
- Dec Hansen's mother built AG-90 to be like a big brother for him. I'm already tired of near-sentient droids being cobbled together, but AG seems to be a smidgen better than Mister Bones. Still, he and Dec are real trouble makers and I don't trust them with Mattis. Dec is also insubordinate and I'm surprised he's not kicked out.
- Sari Nadle is big and lurking. The image on the cover doesn't match her image inside (unless the blonde isn't her).
- Jo Jerjerrod's cover image is also opposite of the written description. His surname is telling, and he's very by-the-book and a traditional military type. But he also has secrets. And he's wicked. Who the hell just goes and wipes a droid simply to spite someone?
- Klimo is a Rodian who not only doesn't act like a teenager (think of Greedo - that's a typical teen) but instead an excitable six-year-old. "HELLO BEST FRIEND! I'M GOING TO ALWAYS BE LOUD! HI FRIEND'S FRIEND! NAMES DON'T MATTER BECAUSE I'M A RIDICULOUS CHILD!"
Blacker and Acker show very little understanding of species and of teenagers in general.
Mattis, the poor thing is so easy to manipulate that I feel like he's like a puppy, an 8-year-old in a big boy's camp. It doesn't match the character Acker & Blacker are trying to create.
Admiral Ackbar is written quite out of character. Even if he WAS talking to recruits, he would NOT say things like:
"You messed up."
"It's a bad start."
"We're smart. It's why we get to be in charge."
I have to concede with Dec when he says that Jo doesn't recognize (and therefore doesn't use) each of the the recruits' strengths.
But then, instead of punishing the teens, Ackbar sends them on a bloody mission to Vodran where there is a bloody sarlacc and dianoga. And because a Hutt used to live there all of a sudden there are tauntauns and a nexu and rancors.
None of that was necessary. It's like Acker and Blacker wanted to shove as much in as possible for no reason other than they could.
<b>Random things that irritated me</b>
- "Pfassk" as a curse word. Again- THE HELL?
- Mention of a turtle
- book (CAN BOOKS STOP EXISTING EXCEPT AS RELICS)
By the end of the book, I wanted Callista back. Please, anything but this.
Ben Acker and Ben Blacker’s Star Wars: Join the Resistance is a thrilling, out-of-this world fun story set in the vast and complex Star Wars universe. With non-stop adventure, humorous hijinks, and an eclectic cast of characters, Star Wars: Join the Resistance is fast-paced, amusing, and entertaining.
Both young readers already completely absorbed in the Star Wars franchise and those just discovering it, will be captivated by this tale. Acker and Blacker clearly know this world inside and out, and have done a great job of describing, expanding, and exploring its people, planets, cultures, and politics.
The middle-grade audience will love that the story focuses on characters their own ages and will appreciate the POVs these young characters provide. Star Wars: Join the Resistance is chock full of engaging, endearing, and likable characters, from determined Mattis, to mischievous and witty Dec and his brother AG, good-hearted Sari, feisty Lorica, adorkable Klimo, and tough Jo.
Mattis and his friends find themselves in a spaceship size amount of adventure and misadventure, and readers will get a kick out of every minute of it. Star Wars: Join the Resistance ends on an exciting cliffhanger that will leave readers eager for more!