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A truly unique and heroic feat in Star Wars publishing, From a Certain Point of View is a compilation of forty short stories by more than forty incredible authors to retell the story of A New Hope in celebration of its fortieth anniversary. Not only did Del Rey assemble a massive team consisting of their catalog of regular Star Wars writers such as Chuck Wendig, John Jackson Miller, and Claudia Gray, they managed to rope in many award-winning authors to pen their first stories in a galaxy far, far away. Such authors include Ken Liu, Sabaa Tahir, Zoraida Córdova, and Rae Carson. All of the book’s authors donated their pay to First Book, a nonprofit dedicated to improving literacy.
The stories represent the points of view of many of the notable side characters from A New Hope, such as Wedge Antilles, Greedo, and Grand Moff Tarkin. But they don’t stop there. The book benefits from forty years of expanding the Star Wars universe, and as such many characters not originally in the original film provide perspective in creative ways–Lando Calrissian, Yoda, Breha Organa, and even Qui-Gon Jinn! It is a compilation not only of characters and authors, but also styles and tones. At times heartbreaking, hilarious, and head-scratching. Some stories will connect differently with different readers. It certainly has something for everyone and is a remarkable read.
Forty years. Forty stories.
In honor of the fortieth anniversary of Star Wars: A New Hope, this collection features Star Wars stories by bestselling authors, trendsetting artists, and treasured voices from Star Wars literary history. More than forty authors have lent their unique vision to forty "scenes," each retelling a different moment from the original Star Wars film, but with a twist: Every scene is told from the point of view of a background character. Whether it's the X-wing pilots who helped Luke destroy the Death Star or the stormtroopers who never quite could find the droids they were looking for, Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View places the classic movie in a whole new perspective, and celebrates the influence and legacy of the unparalleled cultural phenomenon, Star Wars.
Released to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the release of Episode IV (what we once just called "Star Wars"), this book collects 40 stories from 40 authors, including some favorites from the world of Star Wars literature. Each story features a unique story from the "fringes" of what we see in the movie: we meet Captain Antilles before his unfortunate end; we learn about R5-D4 - the droid Lars ALMOST bought; we get some heartbreaking scenes with Alderaanians; we even get a cameo by the popular Doctor Aphra. The format of the book lends itself to some innovative styles of story telling - and to be honest, not ALL of them will land for everyone. But just about every Star Wars fan will find something they like. And for some of us, it's a pretty fun nostalgia trip with an innovative twist.
There were some stories in this book that really stuck with me and others that were pretty forgettable. There were a lot of authors attached to this so it's not surprising that some parts of From a Certain Point of View were better than others. It's definitely worth reading, but you shouldn't feel guilty about picking and choosing which stories you want to read. You'll enjoy it if you go in knowing it's all just for fun and adds interesting perspectives on parts of A New Hope but doesn't reveal much about the bigger saga. If "just for funsies" isn't really your thing, you won't miss much if you skip this one.