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.
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A NEW DAWN: You'll probably enjoy it.
This book is well written and immersive. If you love getting to know new characters, you will be pleased. It isn't Faulkner, but it is far from as bad as some folks are making it out to be. I'm currently listening to it over again.
The book itself was mediocre. I had the same issues with it that I had with the Ahsoka book, which was that most of the main characters were uninteresting/annoying. Also one of my biggest issues is Kanan. Even though Rebels is pretty bad, I thought Kanan was an interesting character, and I enjoyed the comics about him as a padawan. But somehow, this book makes him almost unbearable. When he’s not sexually harassing Hera and Sloan with his creepy innuendos, he’s drinking. He just comes off as the ultimate sleezebag, and that’s not at all how he’s been portrayed in Rebels or the comics. Also, the narrator’s voices for some of the characters are unimaginably awful. The voice he does for “Skelly” is so hard to listen to. Remember the bird from Aladdin? He sounds pretty much just like that. And he screams. A LOT.
To sum up, the book is mediocre.
What Did You Expect It's a Book For Kids!
I realize among my fellow old-timers and SW purists I'm a heretic for saying so, but I didn't care for about 95% of the old EU. It was fractured, inconsistent, way to complex, and mostly glorified fanfic. I was very pleased when they demoted all of it to Legends. Thankfully the new approach is completely different, resulting in books that actually tie in with the TV shows and films and has mostly avoided the mistakes of the EU past (force sensitive droids? Boba Fett lives? No, stop, just stop.)
Anyway, A New Dawn is a great story and lead-up to the show. I love the audio version of this book, it was a read but I understood the details better listening to it. It's a little silly at times, but remember it's intended for children, it's supposed to be fun. I feel
like many reviewers are missing the point that this book, and the show SW Rebels, is meant for 7-14 year olds. This isn't Star Trek, it's not supposed to be cerebral and deep. However, lost one star for the reader making Hera sound like a bimbo, that I didn't appreciate.