Warning: The following contains minor spoilers.
Star Wars fans have been treated to a buffet of tasty new reading materials lately. From novels to comics, all are leading fans’ appetites to the true feast: the long-anticipated movie Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
The new junior novel Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure definitely fits into the appetizer menu. Part of the Star Wars: Journey to The Force Awakens book series, Cecil Castellucci and Jason Fry do a great job of providing readers with a short, yet intriguing story. In its 240 pages, you really get a sense of the commitment and sacrifices of those involved in the Alliance to Restore the Republic — or Rebel Alliance for short.
Set in the time between The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi, we get to see how the Rebels operate, and get a taste of the strategies that ultimately lead to the Battle of Endor.
Among the cast of characters in the book, we get to see some familiar personas, like Nien Nunb, Mon Mothma, Ackbar, and even Luke Skywalker, to name a few. We are also introduced to some new characters, some of which accompany Leia on what is a sort of wild Bantha chase — a decoy mission orchestrated to draw the Empire’s attention away from the Rebels true plan.
What I enjoyed most about the book: It’s told from Leia’s point-of-view, diving into several layers of her emotions along the way. Leia struggles with her heart-wrenching sorrow about the devastation of Alderaan, she wrestles with her double identity of Rebel vs Royal, and through it all, her confusing, yet powerful emotions for Han.
I was also pleased to gain new insight into the relationships between well-established characters, like Mon Mothma and Leia, as well as a bit of the “backstory” on Nien Nunb.
The epilogue is captivating: we fast-forward to Leia conversing with Major Ematt about a certain pilot named Poe Dameron…
I hope to see a novel one day about the memoirs Leia is dictating to her protocol droid, Peazy.
Bottom line: don’t let the “junior novel” categorization turn your literary palette away from this book. You’ll be missing out!
May The Force Be With You, and remember…
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