Book Review: Journey to the Stars: The Legends of Luke Skywalker (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), by Ken Liu

The Legends of Luke Skywalker is a young adult novel filled with tales of the mystical and legendary Luke Skywalker.

The 420 page book contains six “Luke Skywalker” short stories. A group of kids and droids on a cargo ship are headed toward Canto Bight at the opposite end of their galaxy. To kill time the little ones beg for tales of Luke.

Light, and fun, Ken Liu recounts some classic Luke adventures told from the perspective of witnesses present when the events occurred. Some are firsthand renditions, others are almost myths passed down, and passed around, and shared during times very similar to these.

While very well written, and easy to follow, the book overall falls short on delivering anything new, and does not add much of anything to the Star Wars “universe.” I sort of cared about the kids and droids on the ship, but to be honest, I would have prefered a separate story just about them, and their adventures over a rehashing of Luke’s escapades. Who the kids are, and what they are up to seemed far more interesting, in my humble opinion.

The book itself is beautifully crafted, and will look nice along side my ever growing collection of Star Wars books, and the artwork is breathtakingly beautiful. Hats off to J.G. Jones.

Do not get me completely wrong. I read it. I liked it. I just wasn’t impressed by any aspect of the tale. I love YA novels, and read them all the time. I know I may take some heat for this unpopular review. However, I did appreciate some of Liu’s subtleties, in particular, asserting that Han Shot First, and then reasoning why the change was necessary. Well done, Mr. Liu. Kudos.

Phillip Tomasso
Author of Assassin’s Promise
and Damn the Dead

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