After the events of Order 66, survivors of the Jedi Purge must navigate the galaxy undetected. It's been a year since Ahsoka Tano watched the Galactic Republic fall, and she's leaving yet another planet to dodge Imperial suspicion and start over. Again. Something strange is happening, however, and she can't help but let her curiosity get her into serious trouble.
E.K. Johnston's young adult novel builds an important bridge between the Ahsoka we knew from The Clone Wars and the Fulcrum we meet in Star Wars Rebels. It's in this story that our hero must come to terms with her past and discover the role she is meant to play in her darkened galaxy's future.
Fans have long wondered what happened to Ahsoka after she left the Jedi Order near the end of the Clone Wars, and before she re-appeared as the mysterious Rebel operative Fulcrum in Rebels. Finally, her story will begin to be told. Following her experiences with the Jedi and the devastation of Order 66, Ahsoka is unsure she can be part of a larger whole ever again. But her desire to fight the evils of the Empire and protect those who need it will lead her right to Bail Organa, and the Rebel Alliance?
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I started reading Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston shortly after The Clone Wars season 7 finale. What happened to Ahsoka between the The Clone Wars series and Rebels? E.K Johnston provided us with an adventure that takes place on two main worlds, and reignites the fire within Ahsoka to not stand idly by when tyranny runs rampant within a peaceful community. Having already seen Rebels, I was pleased to see the story line continuation of Force sensitive children being pursued and hunted by the Empire's inquisitors. Hedala noted as being "special" was a particular highlight of the book that may go unappreciated in the fact that there will always be force sensitive beings in the galaxy but with no teachers to extract and build that ability. I thought that was very telling even in the sequel trilogy with Finn in The Rise of Skywalker. The book really started peaking my interest when Ahsoka meets up with our Lord and Savior Bail Organa as well as Ahsoka's little guy, R2-D2. E.K. Johnston really did her research with The Clone Wars and Rebels to marry the images of Ahsoka leaving the Jedi order and finding the middle ground with the Rebellion to oversee the intelligence networks. The reveal of why she kept that damn sack of technical pieces with her was very rewarding and her new code name for the Rebellion really knocked it out of the park. It was a fun read with added story line details that patched events between The Clone Wars and Rebels. If you've seen both animated series, then this is one book you do not want to miss out on reading.
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Ahsoka is a must-read if you are a fan of the character. Once I finished watching The Clone Wars, I was eager for something to fill the void and this book heeded my call. It’s also a great gateway into Star Wars: Rebels.
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I'll admit, the Ahsoka novel was very different from what I expected in a book that described Ahsoka's life after Order 66. Given how dynamic she was in the Clone Wars and Rebels, I expected a book of adventure and character growth. The book, however, is much more slow-paced, primarily focusing on Ahsoka's life in hiding. I found this change of pace to be really enjoyable, however, and it builds to a great crescendo in the final act of the novel.
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