This book was astonishing. For starters, this barely qualifies as a Young Adult book, dealing with headier material and more complex themes than most of the so-called Adult novels. Furthermore, it is an excellent retelling of the Original Trilogy (And beyond!); the main story involves a young boy and girl, both from the same planet but different social castes, winding their way through the universe, with the OT occurring in the background. It’s also a surprisingly touching romance with subtle links to the mythology of the galaxy.
Ultimately, it’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, if the titular characters were actually Romeo and Juliet. The pace and prose are breezy and the length is shorter than what it appears to be, thanks to larger type print, probably the biggest indications that this is meant as a YA novel, but don’t let that discourage you. This is, easily, the best new novel thus far, even outstripping the mostly great Twilight Company.
I don’t want to give too much away with this one, but if you’re an OT fan and are interested in a touching romance that stretches across a galaxy far, far away, pick this one up. You won’t regret it.
Book reviewed by Space Dragon contributor Matt Pellegrino