Friday, August 15, 2014

Star Wars: Kenobi review



This week I decided to review Star Wars: Kenobi by John Jackson Miller. The story opens with Obi-Wan stopping at a small cantina on Tatooine seeking directions to the Lars homestead and getting caught in a fight with a group of thugs. After delivering baby Luke to his new family he discovers a small cantina and shop owned by a woman named Anileen--both shop and owner becoming key parts of the story--before setting out to find a new place to live. Meanwhile A’Yark, a Tuskan war leader organizes and leads raids on farmers near where Anileen’s store is, seeking to restore the Tuskans to what they were before the devastating blow inflicted of them by Anakin Skywalker years before, during the events of Attack of the Clones. Kenobi also helps rescue Anileen and her daughter Kallie from the desert, but when he wields the Force during the rescue he is observed by A’Yark who believes that it is Anileen wielding the magic and makes the shop owner a priority target. Throughout the story Kenobi struggles with a possible attachment to Anileen, and her possible feelings for him along with guilt over his role in what he believes was the death of Anakin Skywalker and the transformation of the Galactic Republic into the Galactic Empire, plus the fact that whenever he visits Anileen’s shop, the only shop convenient to where he lives, things seem to go very wrong. He eventually discovers a conspiracy to intensify the conflict between the Tuskans and settlers and must deal with the chief conspirator’s efforts to turn the locals against him while trying to forge a peace between the two groups. The efforts eventually lead to a clash between the Tuskans, farmers, and a group of thugs working for Jabba the Hutt that are seeking to collect on an overdue loan.
I give this book a 9 out of 10. The overall plot is well written and I love the humor sequences scattered throughout the story. The story is also believable enough. While there are no space battles in the book they would have been completely out of place in this story and the ground battle and brawl sequences are well written. The story does a great job exploring Obi-Wan Kenobi’s mindset in the period just after Revenge of the Sith and I find the chief antagonist’s fate both appropriate and amusingly ironic. The ending is somewhat bittersweet but not depressing.


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