Jay Sherer is the author of Timeslingers, a time travel adventure available now on Amazon.com, and the soon-to-be released comic book, The Standard. He’s also a big Star Wars fan, if you couldn’t tell.
REVIEW SUMMARY: Part of the Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens line of short novelettes, The Weapon of the Jedi shows us a Padawan-like Luke Skywalker learning to use the Force after the Battle of Yavin. It’s a short, fun story that’s worth the read.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: A suspiciously red-armed C3PO tells Jessika Pava (a Resistance pilot) a story about Luke Skywalker learning to use the Force and his lightsaber.
PROS: Nice to see The Force Awakens integration (albeit a weak connection) into the story; Luke’s personality is handled well; good ending; cool artwork.
CONS: Threepio gets annoying (he’s written a little over-the-top). It’s a novelette, so it’s short.
BOTTOM LINE: A fun, simple story, but worth the read.
Novelettes are sort of a lost art, which is odd given our current culture’s collective attention span. All three of the Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awaken’s novelettes are easy, fun reads, and while The Weapon of a Jedi was my least favorite of the three, it’s still very good.
Like most of the novels that have been released prior to The Force Awakens, the connection to the upcoming movie proves to be a weak one, but interesting nonetheless. The connection is made via a short prologue and epilogue where the ever-worrisome ambassador of human-cyborg relations, C3PO, tells a young Resistance pilot, Jessika Pava, a brief story from Luke Skywalker’s past.
Taking place after the destruction of the Death Star (during the Battle of Yavin), but before the Battle of Hoth, Threepio’s story follows Luke to the jungle planet of Devaron. There, alongside his trusty droids, Threepio and Artoo, Luke finds an abandoned Jedi temple and begins his own self-directed training there. Eventually, Imperials (and another unsavory character) find him, and Luke must use the few skills he has learned at the temple to fight them off.
I have one small complaint: the aforementioned master of over six million languages, Threepio. I found myself frequently annoyed with him, which could be a function of how often he’s brought into the story as opposed to his personality being written incorrectly. Either way, it felt over-the-top. Mr. Fry does have a knack for writing Skywalker, though, and since he’s the main character, Threepio just serves as an occasional distraction.
If you’re up for a short read, and you’re having a hard time waiting for The Force Awakens, I would recommend The Weapon of a Jedi. It won’t change your life, but it’s fun!