Star Wars: A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy

41yIXVFArxLPenned by acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Alexandra Bracken (Darkest Minds series), we get to see A New Hope like we’ve never seen it before – exclusively from the mind’s eyes of Leia, Han, and Luke. The sampler that Disney/Lucasfilm provided only included the first three chapters, which was still plenty of a tease to get me to pre-order it.

The book begins right where Episode IV does, above Tatooine, with Leia and the crew of Tantive IV fleeing Darth Vader and the Star Destroyer Devastator after intercepting the Death Star plans. However, instead of seeing stormtroopers blow through the hatch in a blaze of laser fire, you’re inside the mind of the Princess wondering how she is going to complete her mission despite the dire situation she and her Rebel compatriots are facing.

Along with the physical realm of what Leia has to deal with, Bracken takes you back to the Princess’ upbringing on Alderaan and how she has been labeled for so long as just a pretty member of royalty while trying to earn respect as a legitimate senator.

As we all know, Leia is captured and taken prisoner aboard the Star Destroyer and eventually transferred to the Death Star. What Bracken explains, however, is there is quite a story that takes place between her capture and her eventual incarceration on the Empire’s ultimate battle station we never were privy to until  now. I can only imagine the additional detail within the larger story Bracken will unfold before us later in the book.

I also very much enjoyed how the dialogue in the book, which is sparse in the first few chapters since it is mainly about what Leia is thinking, echoes the lines from the film. This makes the words figuratively jump off the page and make for absolutely delightful reading as you are whisked through the story relating to the pictures and sounds from the film.

The bottom line is this: I found Bracken delivering quality story telling. Much like Lost Stars, this is a story I didn’t know I wanted until I started reading it. Again, a warning: Don’t let the targeted age group fool you into believing this isn’t a perspective on the OT you wouldn’t enjoy.

A little more background on the author from Amazon.com: Alexandra Bracken is the New York Times bestselling author of The Darkest Minds and Never Fade. Born and raised in Arizona, she moved east to study history and English at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. Alex now lives in New York City, where you can find her hard at work on her next novel in a charming little apartment that’s perpetually overflowing with books. Visit her online at www.alexandrabracken.com and on Twitter @alexbracken.

In case you didn’t know, Bracken is quite the Star Wars fangirl. Be sure to read up on her post here about growing up loving the toys and books and how exciting it was for her to have this opportunity to combine two big loves of her life – Writing & Star Wars:

http://alexandrabracken.tumblr.com/post/102568839747/bracken-joins-star-wars-saga-author-lineup

She also talks a lot more about The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy on her website here: http://www.alexandrabracken.com/?p=1769

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