Saturday, 21 January 2017

Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston Book Review

This is a spoiler free review.

Written by E.K. Johnston
Genre: Young Adult/Science Fiction/Star Wars
Publisher: Disney LucasFilm Press
Release Date: October 11, 2016
Pages: 400
Source: Library

Recommended Age: 14 and up!


Fans have long wondered what happened to Ahsoka after she left the Jedi Order near the end of the Clone Wars, and before she re-appeared as the mysterious Rebel operative Fulcrum in Rebels. Finally, her story will begin to be told. Following her experiences with the Jedi and the devastation of Order 66, Ahsoka is unsure she can be part of a larger whole ever again. But her desire to fight the evils of the Empire and protect those who need it will lead her right to Bail Organa, and the Rebel Alliance….


E.K. Johnston is a brilliant writer. I have only read A Thousand Nights by her but I already really enjoy her writing style. Yes, this is a completely different type of book that she is writing but I can still see some of her other writing style. I love the Star Wars movies and am a big fan of the universe and a friend recommended this book to me so naturally I checked it out from my local library.


This is a good cover for a Star Wars book. It is simple and the main character is very clearly seen on the front so if you don’t know what she looks like, then you have a perfect representation on the front to gaze at.


I needed the world-building. Despite being an avid Star Wars fan, I do not know everything and I sure didn’t know Ahsoka was. Giving me a little bit of background on the whole story was greatly appreciated. I also liked how they gave me some info about the planets and their place and importance in the overall story which was a blessing. I enjoyed learning about what the galaxy was like at the current moment that this book took place.

Then there are the characters.


This book is honestly filled with female empowerment. Ahsoka is the main character who used to be a Jedi and was in fact Anakin’s padawan until recently. She revoked her Jedi membership and has been living on a planet with a family until she escapes on the day that Imperial troops take over. She has to move from place to place because of the ultimate threat of the Imperial troops who have occupied many a planet and moon. She is strong in so many ways. Both physically and emotionally. She has to convince herself to do some things that she doesn’t want to do because she is worried what others will think or do. But in the end she pulls through. I really liked how strong she was and what a good example of strength in females she was showing.


Kaeden was someone that Ashoka developed a strong attachment to. I really liked Kaeden. Oh and diversity because I believe that she was in fact gay. [Not positive but still] I really enjoyed her character because although she wasn’t familiar with a lot that was going on around her and on her planet, she still put up a fight and did what she thought was right even if it wasn’t. She was another strong female character without all the badass skills of Ahsoka. She didn’t give in to pressure and didn’t give up hope. I loved her.


Family is something that is constantly questioned by this book. Ahsoka questions if she needs a family or if she should have one. But nevertheless, she often gains a family who are definitely not by blood. I was really happy that this book decided to explore her special relationship with all the people she met and showed that even a Jedi could consider having a family. [As most of you know, love is frowned upon for Jedis]


The plot was interesting, partly because I'm a Star Wars fan but I was so happy to get more information into the world that I so love. We got to see new planets and new areas of the galaxy, as well as new people. I loved getting to see everything from a new point of view and the plot was very interesting, with twists and turns that you may never see coming.


There was no romance in this book and yet there was the possibility of romance which I was really disappointed that E.K. Johnston didn't take. Now, it would not have been the normal romance that you and I all know of. It would have been between Kaeden and Ashoka and ugh, I wanted it so bad. But sadly, no go. :(

It was still a good book without romance and it was a refreshing breather to not have any in a book.


The writing was good. As usual, I really enjoy E.K. Johnston's writing because it has a certain, almost lyrical way about it and this was no different.


This book is something that I would pick up, only if you have previous knowledge of the Star Wars universe. Going into this one with no knowledge would not be a good idea. That being said, it was an amazing book. I loved the characters, the storyline, and the world. It was amazing and everyone who has the chance should try this book out.

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My Rating: 5 out of 5 Crowns


  1. I never read a star wars' book, but I'm a huge fan of the movies. Loved Rouge One after the disaster of the Force Awakens..

    1. I'm a huge fan of the movies and I've read a couple novelizations of the movies but this is my favorite so far. I actually loved both The Force Awakens and Rogue One. :)

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