Narrator did a good job bringing the characters to life and making sense of the author's disjointed and frantic writing. No hate for the narrator at all. The author, on the other hand....
The book itself: wasn't the worst thing I've ever read... The author uses lots of short sentences. It seems the only way to enjoy this book would be in audio format. SPOILERS PAST THIS POINT(some worse than others)
How many times can a character "die" to come back miraculously after a brief unrelated interlude? I think it might happen 4 times in this book and became predictable and annoying.
As others have noted, this book has all kinds of references that would make a Star Wars nerd giddy and make for wonderful descriptions, but doesn't make for believable dialogue. "As Han would say 'fly casual' " would make sense if it was the writer talking directly to the reader, but not as a thought a character is having who wasn't even present when the iconic quote was said.
I'm not against homosexuality, and have no problem with it. Nor do I have a problem with strong female leads, people (or aliens) of "color", etc...
I do find issue when it seems the write was trying to hard to make a statement rather than just tell avoid story. The most of the main/interesting characters were either black, female, or gay (or all three). There were 5 gay characters mentioned in the book. This seems a it excessive, though perhaps the straight to gay ratio in this galaxy is different than ours? I didn't notice this in the movies, clone wars, other books I've read.... And it isn't just casual mention either. There is a part where they were talking about a orphan who's parents died. I would have accepted: his parents were dead, he was orphaned, or even his dads were dead (note: when mentioning heterosexual couples, rarely will they feel the need to mention the sex of the parents, it's usually just parents) Instead, the author elected to say "his TWO dads were dead" wait to make sure we didn't miss the fact that this boy was indeed raised by a gay couple. This fact adds nothing to the story and I felt was out of place.
I could go on about the other sins of this book but I won't....
I am disappointed Disney chose this author to write official canon for Star Wars. James Lucerno would have made a much better choice. To make things worse, this is a trilogy!!!!!! I cannot and will it endure two more of these books to get what appears to be meaningless backstory so far.... I'll skim the wookiepedia later for plot points.
I thought the book was a poor substitute for the Star Wars stories of old by Timothy Zahn and others. I didn't care about the characters and felt the spin offs throughout the book were a padding because the story was underdeveloped. The narration was well done, but I didn't always like the sound effects in the background.
This book reads like terrible fan fiction. The narrator over-acts to compensate for the juvenile script. I’m trying to push through it so I can get a canon story, but it isn’t easy.
I checked this out hoping it may be a little prelude to the force awakens .......... Well that really wasn't what I got. If this is how the movie is then I may just wait till it hits Blu Ray.
I cannot believe the level of homosexuality that was necessary to include in this Star Wars book. How hard can the author push at adding nightly news tripe to Star Wars? It's like watching a gay rights parade. Is this what Disney wants the author to do? Where does sexual orientation even need to come up in Star Wars?
I have trouble supporting an author who doesn’t like someone having different moral beliefs
I found it hard to invest in the new characters but enjoyed the expressive narrator
The story itself is good, but the writing is a bit choppy until the middle of the book. I personally don't like most of the newly introduced characters though. I like Jas the bounty hunter and Mr. Bones the robot. Jas is interesting to me, because of her family. If one has watched Clone Wars, one might remember the aunt of Jas, Sugi. I really liked her in the episode where she and other bounty hunters protect farmers from Hondo.
The absolute worst star wars book ever written. And I do mean the worst. Disney hired the author from being a blog/twitter for some mind numbing reason and it shows. horrible sentence structure, disjointed new storylines for THE FIRST 12 CHAPTERS, and terrible tropes cause me for the first time ever to not finish a star wars book. When a news crew said "We're trending!" it was just too much.
Filling the gaps in the time line between Star Wars 6 and 7, this story is a good start to the trilogy. All the heros, villains, and action true to the Star Wars style.
Narration was very good. I liked the audio effects. The story was "too convenient", one starts to feel the characters have become a real threat to them.
I definitely loved this book! The narrator is good, and sound effects add emotion do the tale. The story is not great as I was expecting but describle really well all events after the episode 6, fitting perfect in this new story line created by Disney. I think if you are one of this type of fan that love the Star Wars universe and are starving for new information about the new trilogy, maybe you should check this books.
This is truly an amazing montage of events in Star Wars that focus on some new and original characters. The voice work is awesome and special audio effects and how a soundtrack is also part of the story telling makes this audio experience truly enjoyable for Star Wars fans. For anyone who wants to understand what this story is about, it's several perspectives of unique characters that are involved in a cluster of events that are brought together to aid the new republic. And to overcome the threat of the Empire and its plan to rise from the loss of the emperor.
Good book good read I would recommend to anybody deep story line
Pretty satisfied overall. I thought it was a good setup for the next book in the aftermath trilogy.
Great book! I actually bought the physical copy a while back but have not found the time to sit down and read it. This gave me the opportunity to still know the story but listen to it while I worked. Best audiobook I've ever heard. I enjoy the extra Star Wars sounds and music in the background. Makes it more interesting than just listening to the narration alone, which was fantastic though!
Great story and narrator. It answered a lot of questions. I can not wait for the next one.
Good story, great narration. I'm not clear where in the overall Star Wars storyline it falls, though.
It's a fine book. There's some rough writing and structure problems, but it should satisfy for any hardcore fan of the franchise. Just know that the central Star Wars characters don't show up.
This is a Star Wars Universe story. It does aid in setting some stage for the upcoming Force Awakens; however, don't head into this thinking it's going to be a continuation of the story of Luke, Leah and Han. This cannon material does adequately set the stage for what's beginning to happen, bigger picture, throughout the universe after the fall of the Death Star on both fronts and in between.
So, as long as you head in with tempered expectations, it's a decent read.
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