Star Wars: From A Certain Point of View – Novel Review

40 Years of Star Wars, 40 Stories from Different Perspectives

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The Star Wars franchise has been around for 40 years, a feat in its own, which shows how the space opera is as relevant today as it was back in 1977. In celebration of this milestone Penguin Random House alongside with Lucasfilm Ltd. have released the novel, Star Wars: From A Certain Point of View (2017), which contains 40 short stories that surround the first ever Star Wars film (1977) that – you guessed it – tell the story of the film from 40 different perspectives. While not every short story is a heavy hitter, there is a lot of contexts given to the events that unfold in the movie, while at the same time offering little hints of the current films.

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The book, as it covers the entirety of the first film, starts off at the start of the film with Leia just receiving the Death Star plans from Rogue One, and ends with the celebration of the first Death Star’s destruction. The novel goes from space to the sands of Tatooine, the royal castle of Alderaan, the inside of the Death Star battle station, and the award ceremony for the Rebel’s victory over the Empire. The stories consist mostly of the lesser-known characters that are not given that same amount of screen time as the main heroes of the franchise. Like from the perspective of Rebel and Imperial soldiers, the monster in the trash compactor, and some of the characters in the Mos Eisley catina on Tatooine. Though, if you want more context on more of the famous characters, there are stories that focus on Obi-Wan, Yoda, Boba Fett, Lando, and a few others. Keep in mind, the novel stays away from the perspectives of the main characters of the film such as Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Leia, and Chewbacca – as we already know how their story plays out on screen. Though, that does not mean that some of these short stories focused characters do not interact with some of these famous individuals.

 

Image: Lucasfilm Ltd.

Image: Lucasfilm Ltd.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For those who have read some of the other new canon Star Wars novels that have been recently released, Star Wars: From A Certain Point of View has a couple of appreciated connections to them. Notable ones include the story of “Raymus” that focuses on Raymus Antilles, servant of the royal Organa family of Aldeeran, who is aboard the Tantive IV with Leia before it is boarded. Alongside with the heartbreaking “Eclipse” that focuses on the adopted parents of Princess Leia, which are Queen Breha Organa and Bail Organa, as they spend their final moments together on their home planet of Alderaan as the planet is destroyed by the Death Star (which is my favorite story). This two tie nicely with the Leia: Princess of Alderaan novel as it takes place a couple years after. Another one is “By Whatever Sun” focuses on the character Miara Latre that was introduced in Star Wars: Ahsoka. The story takes place 13 years of when that novel takes place as Miara watches the award ceremony for Luke and Han. Not only is a nice connection given to the Ahsoka novel, but it also gives a nice update on the two sisters that were important characters in that story.

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Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View is a nice novel for fans of the franchise who are eager to read more into the universe they already appreciate so much. There are stories that will surprise in the best possible way and some that will feel like the drag the novel, as it can tend to stick too many stories to a specific scene in the film. Though there is a nice tidbit with a mention of Greedo’s unrequited love with a mysterious woman named “Uncelta” who chose Han Solo over him. Could this be the woman with Han in the Solo: A Star Wars Story film? Who knows. There are also slight nods to the recent comics that I forgot to mention. Overall, this novel is full of authors who love Star Wars as much as those who are reading it, and while not every story is outstanding, it will offer lots of extra content to a film that started a 40-year-old franchise. Perhaps it will make you watch the original movie once more but from a certain point of view.

 

Mustang Pride Verdict: 7.8 out of 10

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