I am a Star Wars fan through and through. I love it for the great parts and can accept the ugly parts that maybe don’t make a whole lot of sense. After Disney acquired it and all the old stories went out the window I was really interested to see the new ones.
None of them have disappointed and this one has probably got to be a new favorite! I love Obi-Wan. As a kid I watched Phantom Menace specifically for him, don’t act like some of you haven’t done the same. So when I saw this I was super excited and it did not disappoint.
We find Obi-Wan at a place that is so different from the Jedi we’ve all come to know and love. He’s unsure of himself and unsure of his place in the Order, at his master’s side. He’s getting teased and feels left behind as his other Padawan friends are doing missions and he’s struggling to meditate with his master.
And to top it all off, Dooku is back and Qui-Gon has been heard arguing (again) with the council. All in all, it’s not a good place for him mentally.
He tries to meditate on his own, makes a discovery on the wall of one of the rooms and ends up on a distant planet with no official records. led there by the records of a Way seeker Orla Jareni.
The planet is beautiful, but seemingly deserted, at least until he has his lightsaber stolen by a few other younglings and it leads him to a small group that’s living there and seemingly using the force with more skill than he is.
It’s so good to see a different side, to see the growth he goes on. Characterization is fantastic, it never felt like it wasn’t Obi-Wan. The other character’s were also great and when things stared going south, I was really upset. This story grabbed me and didn’t let me go.
And when it comes to the now famous implication that Obi-Wan is bi, I absolutely see how that’s a possibility. I mean the way it’s phrased makes it hard to argue. I read it a different way though. He’s someone who doesn’t know what attraction looks like for him because he’s never been allowed to explore it. He says he knows some of his companions have tried it but he never has.
I see him as a confused kid who is realizing if he stays where he is, well he’s got options! And if those options include same sex or opposite then hey, he can choose, he can try! Maybe he’s bi, maybe he’s a confused and excited teen, either way, I think it was handled really well and I really liked it.
All in all, this gets a five (5) star rating from me. Absolutely going on my shelf.
I received the eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.