Long before the First Order, before the Empire, before even The Phantom Menace...Jedi lit the way for the galaxy in The High Republic.Padawan Reath Silas is being sent from the cosmopolitan galactic capital of Coruscant to the undeveloped frontier—and he couldn’t be less happy about it. He’d rather stay at the Jedi Temple, studying the archives. But when the ship he’s traveling on is knocked out of hyperspace in a galactic-wide disaster, Reath finds himself at the center of the action. The Jedi and their traveling companions find refuge on what appears to be an abandoned space station. But then strange things start happening, leading the Jedi to investigate the truth behind the mysterious station, a truth that could end in tragedy...Enjoy more adventures from the all-new era of storytelling of the glorious High Republic:Star Wars: Light of the JediStar Wars The High Republic: A Test of Courage - perfect for kids 8-12 years oldStar Wars The High Republic: The Great Jedi Rescue - perfect for kids 5-8 years old
More like three and a half stars.
The story is fine, as far as it goes. I don't consider this Claudia Gray's best Star Wars work, but not her worst, either. I gave the book 4 stars because some of my challenges with it have nothing to do with the book itself, but rather with the High Republic series in general so far. I think I undersand what the publishers are trying to do with the series, and for the most part, I'm enjoying it. But in the effort to establish a wide galaxy in which stories can be told, I feel let down. I want characters I can root for over many stories, watching them grow and growing with them. I am reminded of my fondness for Luke, Han, and Leia. Sure, throughout the movies and many additional stories, we encountered many planets, creatures, supporting characters, etc., but at the foundation, we always had our core group of characters. If there is a core group of characters in the High Republic series so far, I've yet to notice it. There are more Jedi than you can shake a lightsaber at, and few of them are very memorable. As much as I enjoyed this book, I doubt I'll recall anyone's name from it in a month, and that feels like such a missed opportunity. Please, creators, stop bombarding me with a deluge of one-shot, one-note characters and give me some people (or droids or whatever) about whom I can care for more than the time it takes me to finish a particular book! I want to love this new era. So far, although I see its potential, I saw that before any books were actually released. After reading Light of the Jedi, I got excited, only to find nothing but more new characters with each subsequent book. I'm rapidly becoming lukewarm to the series, and that's too bad.
Great Book. Great Story.
The High Republic keeps impressing
This is my second read in The High Republic series. I am very impressed with the story and love reading about all the new Jedi. I love being able to go on the Star Wars website and see what these new characters actually look like.