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SPOILER Jelena’s Review: “Ahsoka” by E.K.Johnston

Discussion in 'Star Wars: Books & Comics + Legends' started by PrincessLeiaCB3, Oct 11, 2016.

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    Hello Cantina mates!

    I just started reading this book, "Ahsoka" by E.K. Johnston. This is for anyone who wishes to comment and discuss the contents of this book. It was just released today and I am looking forward to give my comments soon too! The audiobook is already available in sites like Audible and is narrated by Ashley Eckstein herself.

    Please feel free to discuss.

    May the Force be with you always.

    #AhsokaLives

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    I'm looking forward to reading some spoilers :rolleyes:
     
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    Just started...I really needed an Ahsoka fix!

    ...getting some fun backstory.

    So, I can talk about it here? The spoiler warning has already been given?
     
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    Yes, you can
     
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    Absolutely. People checking out this thread have been properly warned.
     
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    Mandalore :eek:
     
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    I finished the book and I am hoping I will have the review up by the end of the day. At the worst, it will be up tomorrow because I also have Darth Vader #25 today!

    General thoughts: This is a character book, I liked it a lot, you should also listen to the audio book because Ashley is great and there are several canon nuggets that you will LOVE. The way Ahsoka gets her crystals for her new lightsabers is amazing. :D
     
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    So far from what I'm listening - yeah, I got the audiobook - it seems so. And it's endearing to hear her adventures narrated with the same voice we know as Ahsoka's!
     
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    Mmm.
    Smart call there...Envy.

    (I'm reading it.) —Hearing it read by Ashley's voice would be just perfect.
     
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    I'm still on Chapter 4. I was wondering something - when it is mentioned that Ahsoka cannot perceive her friends anymore. I mean, we know of course she could not perceive Anakin but, what about Kenobi? Maybe their bond was not as strong as the one she had with Anakin as master/student but why she cannot perceive him?
     
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    Yeah- It's wonky.

    I have no idea- if I were forced to come up with a story, I suppose the rationale would be that most remaining Jedi have "closed themselves off from the force".
     
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    Just bought it on Audible. Now I have to listen to it :D
     
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    Star Wars fans have followed Ahsoka Tano over the years and watched her grow and change from Anakin Skywalker’s padawan during the Clone Wars to the agent of the Rebellion called Fulcrum. In her novel simply titled Ahsoka, E.K. Johnston provides another facet of Ahsoka’s story and a bridge between these two images. Starting exactly one year after Order 66, the book follows the title character over several months as she finds a new path – in life, in the Force and within the Rebellion.

    We find Ahsoka on the Empire Day on planet Thabeska where she works as a mechanic under the name of Ashla for a large, friendly, smuggling Fardi family. Warned that the Imperials are asking for any newcomers, Ahsoka ‘steals’ one of their ships and runs away. She finds her way to the moon of Raada which is inhabited by a small, farming community and finds her place within the community thanks to her mechanical skills. She believes that Raada has nothing of interest for the Empire and would be a safe place for a former Jedi on the run, but she couldn’t be more wrong.

    Most of the story centers on Ahsoka helping the farmers when they find themselves targeted by the Imperial machine. Though she left the Jedi Order, Ahsoka’s moral code does not allow her to simply watch injustice, but getting involved brings another set of problems and dangers – for herself and others. It isn’t easy to simply fall back to her war experiences when dealing with inexperienced, but very motivated and eager farmers. In order to save lives, Ahsoka reveals her true nature and must run again after promising that she will come back. Her humanitarian activities attract attention not just of the Empire and criminals whose businesses she is damaging, but also of a certain Senator who happens to be in the possession of a certain astromech droid Ahsoka is familiar with. Together they are able not just to help the people of Raada but also to help each other.

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    It was interesting to spend time in Ahsoka’s head and watch her change over the course of the book. In the beginning, she often recalls Anakin, Obi-Wan, Rex and even R2-D2 and thinks about the things they would do or say in certain situations. While some of her recollections are amusing, it is clear that, as much as she misses the support system they represented, Ahsoka is heartbroken and lost. By the end of the novel, we see her muse about the mistakes Jedi made and how they could have been prevented. We see her struggle to marry the lessons of the past with her new experiences and forge them into the new path to follow. When she does, it’s glorious.

    The author interspersed the story with little inserts that gave us a look into Ahsoka’s past including a snapshot of the Siege of Mandalore. Anakin gets one of his own, but my favorite was Obi-Wan’s (more about that in spoiler section). E.K. Johnston captured Ahsoka’s voice perfectly; she is a couple of years older, a bit more jaded, but still with her well-known spark – a perfect bridge between Snips and Fulcrum.

    While the book doesn’t lack action, Ahsoka is first and foremost character book. It’s small in scale, but offers a window into a larger world – through the eyes of one of the favorite Star Wars characters. The novel is a great addition to the expanding Star Wars canon and it will leave you wanting more. Most of Star Wars fans will find enjoyment in it, but I think Ahsoka fans will love it. Ahsoka is highly recommended.

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    THIS PART OF THE REVIEW CONTAINS FULL SPOILER DETAILS.

    IF YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW TURN BACK!



    Like I mentioned, we get a snapshot of the Siege of Mandalore. We learn that Anakin not only offered Ahsoka half of his men but also brought her old lightsabers from the Temple. During the battle, Ahsoka draws Maul into a trap, but he escapes when she chooses to save Rex’s life. After Order 66, Ahsoka and Rex fake her death and she leaves her lightsabers in the grave so they could be found. They go their separate ways.


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    Over the course of the novel, which covers several months, Ahsoka is gathering metal scraps, circuitry and other bits and pieces and carries them with her wherever she goes. At first, she doesn’t know why she is doing it; it is almost as she is compelled to do so. Later on, she begins to recognize their possible purpose. Finally, she uses the pieces to construct the two lightsaber hilts. But, the sabers are missing the necessary crystals so Ahsoka goes to the one source she knows – Ilum. She finds the planet surrounded by the Imperial ships and heavily mined. The once perfectly white, frozen planet is completely ravaged. Ahsoka turns to the Force which, surprisingly, shows her the way back to Raada. Since the moon has its share of caves, I thought she would find the crystals there. But, E.K. Johnston managed to surprise me and gave me a perfect fist pump moment that I will not spoil here – I want you to enjoy it.


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    We also get further explanation of kyber crystals. They are completely translucent and in the ice of Ilum completely invisible. The crystal chooses its user by ‘singing’ to them while remaining invisible to anyone else. The connection to the user is giving the crystal its color. The crystal will never ‘sing’ to a Dark Sider. They practically take the crystals which belong to someone else and bend them to their will – they ‘make them bleed’ giving the crystal its deep red color. While the places like Ilum have large quantities of crystals and are considered holy, the crystals appear in other places but they are harder to find.

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    E.K. Johnston also provides us with the first chronological in-canon appearance of the Inquisitors. We find the Sixth Brother observing the Fardi family because it is suspected that one of numerous girls is Force sensitive. And, she is and Ahsoka knows it, which is another source of worry for her. But the girls all look alike; the child feels the ‘shadow’ and is smart enough not to openly use the Force. The bored Inquisitor finally decides to go after bigger pray – a Jedi reported on Raada moon. At the end of the novel, even the Grand Inquisitor makes an appearance.

    I mentioned Obi-Wan’s short ‘interlude’. Obi-Wan thinks about the past and everything that happened since the first time he visited Tatooine. He meditates deeply trying to follow Yoda’s instructions and ‘break through’. He fails again and again. But, finally he is able to break the wall through life and death, Living and Cosmic Force, and he is able to hear the voice he wanted to hear the most.
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    The most important and, for me personally, the most impactful thing is the path Ahsoka chooses. While not considering herself a padawan or a Jedi, over the course of the novel Ahsoka falls back to Jedi teachings whenever she finds herself in a difficult situation. The pain caused by the Jedi destruction and guilt about her survival aren’t helping things. But, Ahsoka grows increasingly dissatisfied with looking at the bigger picture and finds herself feeling for the suffering of the actual people. At the end of the novel, she gives her assessment of the past events:


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    Ahsoka doesn’t want to be a general anymore and keep sending people to their deaths, but still wants to be useful to the Rebellion.

    Ahsoka leaves the Jedi ways and the bigger picture behind, deciding to dedicate her future to the actual people she can help, she chooses the present, the middle road as the Bail puts it. Don’t get confused by his phrasing, Ahsoka isn’t Bendu, she walks firmly in the Light as the Force confirms by granting her the pure white lighsabers.

    Ahsoka chooses to become Fulcrum.

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    Amazing review @LadyMusashi !! Currently going over the audiobook - having Ashley Eckstein narrating it gives an added feeling of endearment to it.

    Is there any way we can merge the comments from the thread I started yesterday to continue on this one?
     
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    I am working right now and I have another review to write, I'll see to it later.
     
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    Getting close to the end.

    Here's a key (essential) quote, I suspect, -especially considering who said it- I didn't literally "LOL", but I certainly smirked...

    "...I don't like to give away other people's secrets..." -Bail Organa

    ...No kidding! That lad has his fingers in a whole lot of pies!

    (Edit- All done! –Not a bad read at all!)

    All ready to chat it up...
     
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    Am I the only one who`s confused with the timeline placement of the Ahsoka Novel because if my memory is correct after reading this novel, this story takes place a year after Revenge of the Sith. correct? If so why are there already A-wings and Tie fighters? Especially Tie fighters as we know they were mentioned in the Lords of the Sith novel and started to be phased in during the Tarkin novel roughly around 5 years after RotS.
     
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    I'm not finished yet with Tarkin, and through this novel, so will check on it.
     
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