Star Wars: Ahsoka
Author: E.K Johnson
Page Count: 400 Pgs.
Genre: Sci-fi, YA
Release Date: October 11, 2016
Trigger Warnings: Bombs, Torture, Blood.
Fans have long wondered what happened to Ahsoka after she left the Jedi Order near the end of the Clone Wars, and before she re-appeared as the mysterious Rebel operative Fulcrum in Rebels. Finally, her story will begin to be told. Following her experiences with the Jedi and the devastation of Order 66, Ahsoka is unsure she can be part of a larger whole ever again. But her desire to fight the evils of the Empire and protect those who need it will lead her right to Bail Organa, and the Rebel Alliance….
“She’d used the Force only to sense her friends and avoid her enemies. She’s been careful, contained, making sure she would not be detected. The caution was gone now. For the first time in too long, she felt the full power of the force flow through her, and she welcomed it” (161, E.K Johnson).
This book is incredibly easy to read, especially for a more younger audience. I have the physical copy of the book & borrowed the audiobook. The author was mildly descriptive with the world building, but the audiobook really helped placed you into the Star Wars Universe perfectly. There were many action packed scenes which had my blood pumping for sure!
I highly recommend the audiobook if you really want to be placed into it. I loved how the original voice actor who portrays Ahsoka in the Clone Wars animated series also portrayed her in the book which was a comforting relief.
I do wish this book displayed what happened right after Ahsoka escaped when accused of bombing the Jedi temple. Instead it stated what her location was a year later. I also wanted Anakin/Darth Vader & Ahsoka to have interaction through the force or face to face, but….nope.
I do recommend at least knowing a bit of information when watching The Clone Wars and/or Star Wars: Rebel’s, but it isn’t necessary. In this novel you do get more of a full back story on the characters that were mentioned in Star Wars: Rebels.
I did have high expectations for a more personal story of only Ahsoka, but instead we got a few other people’s point of views written in third person including Ahsoka’s. Although, I did enjoy reading Anakin, Obi-Wan & Bail Organa’s point of views, but other characters seemed unnecessary.
Which was a bit disappointing for a huge Ahsoka Tano fan like myself when I didn’t get a huge sense of it being completely more of a personal background story of Ahsoka to know her more.
It also had gay undertones which surprised & annoyed me. A character (Kaden) had romantic feelings for Ahsoka, but the feeling didn’t seem mutual & a relationship didn’t develop which I’m glad for since I wasn’t in the mood for romance. Don’t get me wrong I love my LGBTQ community, but it honestly felt really unnecessary & forced. But I mean….who wouldn’t fall in love with Ahsoka? I’m in love with her so it’s understandable. I love the somewhat of LGBTQ Rep though!
To be specific, there was a scene where Ashoka came to rescue Kaden and her friends. Ahsoka is often a leader & fought many stormtroopers and Kaden said “Gosh I could just kiss you right now!” Ahsoka looked taken back by surprise and confused. Me as a reader was like??? She’s literally risking her life to save you and you ruined it by this cheesy/cringy moment? It kinda ruined the badass moment of Ahsoka kicking ass to be honest.
Overall, when I finished reading I was just like “AHH THATS IT?? I NEED MORE AHSOKA. GOSH I JUST LOVE AHSOKA TANO SO MUCH.”
About The Author
E.K. Johnston had several jobs and one vocation before she became a published writer. If she’s learned anything, it’s that things turn out weird sometimes, and there’s not a lot you can do about it. Well, that and how to muscle through awkward fanfic because it’s about a pairing she likes.
Her books range from contemporary fantasy (The Story of Owen, Prairie Fire), to fairy-tale reimaginings (A Thousand Nights, Spindle), and from small town Ontario (Exit, Pursued By A Bear), to a galaxy far, far away (Star Wars: Ahsoka). She has no plans to rein anything in.
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