Eight years after the fall of the Old Republic, the Galactic Empire now reigns over the known galaxy. Resistance to the Empire has been all but silenced. Only a few courageous leaders such as Bail Organa of Alderaan still dare to openly oppose Emperor Palpatine.
After years of defiance, the many worlds at the edge of the Outer Rim have surrendered. With each planet’s conquest, the Empire’s might grows stronger.
The latest to fall under the Emperor’s control is the isolated mountain planet Jelucan, whose citizens hope for a more prosperous future even as the Imperial Starfleet gathers overhead…
I have said many times that I don’t like romance in YA and I have to take that statement back because I loved this book and it’s a YA love story set in the Star Wars universe. Actually this is more like a Romeo and Juliette story. You have two kids from the same planet who aren’t supposed to be friends because of reasons. They end up being friends anyway and both go to Coruscant to join the Imperial Academy.
The thing I really loved about this book is that you get to see the original movies from a different perspective. You see how even the Imperials are shocked when Alderaan is destroyed. And when the rebels are celebrating their victory at Yavin 5 you see the Imperials mourning for the friends they lost on the Death Star.
My favourite thing was seeing the rebellion side of the story and how everyone is confused by this Calrissian guy who has been made general for no apparent reason. You also get to see what they think of that Luke Skywalker guy who seems to think he is big deal.
Of course our main characters have their own story which I don’t want to give away. I will say however that it’s nice to see that their story has nothing to do with the original movies but there are moments where the two converge quite nicely. Basically out of all the Star Wars books that have been released recently this is a must read. Especially if you’re curious about the downed Star Destroyer on Jakku at the start of The Force Awakens.