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Author: Claudia Gray
Reading Date: November 19 to 29, 2016
Book Summary: Witness the birth of the Resistance
When the Rebellion defeated the Empire in the skies above Endor, Leia Organa believed it was the beginning to a lasting peace. But after decades of vicious infighting and partisan gridlock in the New Republic Senate, that hope seems like a distant memory.
Now a respected senator, Leia must grapple with the dangers that threaten to cripple the fledgling democracy—from both within and without. Underworld kingpins, treacherous politicians, and Imperial loyalists are sowing chaos in the galaxy. Desperate to take action, senators are calling for the election of a First Senator. It is their hope that this influential post will bring strong leadership to a divided galaxy.
As the daughter of Darth Vader, Leia faces with distrust the prospect of any one person holding such a powerful position—even when supporters suggest Leia herself for the job. But a new enemy may make this path Leia’s only option. For at the edges of the galaxy, a mysterious threat is growing...
Book Review: I have been wanting to pick up the books that take place between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. Of course much of my curiosity lies in what has happened between the two big events.
But I was thrilled completely when I saw this book focused sorely on Leia herself. I had always been a complete fan of Leia.Growing up, I wanted to be like her. Even grown up now, I still wish I was like her. She was a strong character even in the face of danger, she proved herself to have such nerves of steel even in times she was vulnerable.
This book did not disappoint in the least. I was hooked from the first page to the final.
This book takes place five years before the events of The Force Awakens. We find Leia still part of a Senate. Where she was once fresh and perhaps a bit naive, she has grown up becoming more mature and much more aware of the worlds around her. The New Republic Senate is reeling from the departure of Mon Mothma, leading to the bickering and power struggles between its members.
Yet Leia is relentless in her desire to continue for peace among the planets and galaxies part of the New Republic.
A rumor begins to circulate that there is a new threat coming in the form of a kingpin who has taken over what the Hutts were. Leia volunteers to lead the mission to investigate the rumors to see if these are true. Yet she is not going alone. She is lined with an rival of her own faction. With her own faction pushing her to try for the job of the Senate's most powerful position, Leia sets out to discover the truth of the rumor.
I was highly impressed with Claudia Gray's Leia. She has fleshed her out making her more than just a heroine of the rebellion but also still very much still human.
And she gave breath to the expanded universe belonging to the Star Wars world.
This book and it's cover will draw you in until the very end and you will come of it wanting more of it.
I am seriously looking forward to further writings of Claudia Gray and her divulge into the Star Wars universe.