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Review: A New Dawn: Star Wars by John Jackson Miller

A New Dawn: Star Wars by John Jackson Miller
Science Fiction
Ebook, Hardcover, Audio (401 pages, LUCASBOOKS)
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. . . .
“The war is over. The Separatists have been defeated, and the Jedi rebellion has been foiled. We stand on the threshold of a new beginning.”—Emperor Palpatine
For a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights brought peace and order to the Galactic Republic, aided by their connection to the mystical energy field known as the Force. But they were betrayed—and the entire galaxy has paid the price. It is the Age of the Empire.
Now Emperor Palpatine, once Chancellor of the Republic and secretly a Sith follower of the dark side of the Force, has brought his own peace and order to the galaxy. Peace through brutal repression, and order through increasing control of his subjects’ lives.
But even as the Emperor tightens his iron grip, others have begun to question his means and motives. And still others, whose lives were destroyed by Palpatine’s machinations, lay scattered about the galaxy like unexploded bombs, waiting to go off. . . .
The first Star Wars novel created in collaboration with the Lucasfilm Story Group, Star Wars: A New Dawn is set during the legendary “Dark Times” between Episodes III and IV and tells the story of how two of the lead characters from the animated series Star Wars Rebels first came to cross paths. Featuring a foreword by Dave Filoni.

I've read fanfic that was worth more than this book... (2 stars)

It makes me feel really old to say this but it's probably been eight years since I picked up and read a Star Wars book that wasn't for my kids. Growing up I had always liked Star Wars but honestly, I didn't become a fan until the 90's when I was loaned the Thrawn Trilogy. I owe my adulthood passion for SW to the Expanded Universe but once I hit the NJO I just lost my interest in it. Fast forward to the announcement that one of my favorite authors (Kevin Hearne) was writing an EU and I decided maybe it was time to see what was new in the EU. I figured A NEW DAWN sounded like a good starting point... I really hate it when I'm wrong.

While I certainly expected a certain kid-ish quality since AND leads into the animated Star Wars Rebels series, I didn't expect it to be so bland. We get a pretty lame villain and a very personality-less intro to Kanan and Hera. Looking at the blurb now I realize it doesn't tell you anything about the actual plot of AND and that's probably because it really doesn't have one. I'm still trying to figure out why I finished all 400 pages of back-and-forthing between a moon and a planet where mining and refining are all that really seems to be going on. Yep, there're a few blaster battles... but the cover is totally deceptive in terms of Kanan. Don't go in expecting Jedi awesomeness. In fact, if you lean toward Jedi/Sith adventures this is not the book for you. The dialog is plodding and even worse than the film dialog.

Let me just say it... this book is a snoozer that should not have taken me 3 days to finish. It might be okay for a kid with a lot of patience and nothing better to do but I can't think of a single one of my pack of rabid SW fan friends that I would recommend this to. If the animated series is going to be this bad I might cry. Instead I'll keep waiting for HEIR TO THE JEDI, at least I know Hearne can't write great dialog that can speed along a slow plot.

Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.

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