Long before the Clone Wars, the Empire, or the First Order, the Jedi lit the way for the galaxy in a golden age known as the High Republic!
Vernestra Rwoh is a new Jedi Knight at age sixteen, but her first real assignment feels an awful lot like babysitting. She's been charged with supervising twelve-year old aspiring inventor Avon Starros on a cruiser headed to the dedication of a wondrous new space station called Starlight Beacon.
But soon into their journey, bombs go off aboard the cruiser. While the adult Jedi try to save the ship, Vernestra, Avon, Avon's droid J-6, a Jedi Padawan, and an ambassador's son make it to an escape shuttle, but communications are out and supplies are low. They decide to land on a nearby moon, which offers shelter but not much more. And unbeknownst to them, danger lurks in the forest?.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The first kids’ book in the new Star Wars: The High Republic series is just the right kind of not-too-scary, not-too-safe adventure. Sixteen-year-old Vernestra is the youngest and most promising new Jedi anyone’s ever seen, but on her very first mission, she ends up stranded on a seemingly abandoned planetoid, keeping the peace between a 12-year-old science genius, the son of a diplomat, and a hotheaded Jedi in training who has just suffered a significant tragedy. Author Justina Ireland nails both Vern’s steely resolve and the self-doubt behind it, and adolescent genius Avon—and her bossy nanny-bot, J-6—are fun characters we hope to see more of in future books. Narrator Keylor Leigh gives every character their own voice and personality and handles the exciting action sequences perfectly. Although it’s directed at listeners in the 8–12 range, Star Wars fans of all ages will enjoy this new entry point into the Jedi universe, so it’s perfect listening for a family road trip.
Story is good because it’s Star Wars but the reader and her voices are terrible.
A good read
For its target audience, it is a very good read. Some unexpected darkness for a MA level read. The characters are unique and they really go deep into each of their own personal struggles
Identity politics once again ruin could have been a great story. Wouldn’t waste your time with this one.