Fair warning, this post delves into Star Wars and then goes into personal real thoughts. Depending on your geek factor this may not be the post for you.
I haven’t read a Star Wars book in over a decade. I used to obsessed with them. Up until 1998-1999ish I would say I had owned and read every single book that had come out. I can’t tell you why I stopped reading them, just that I did. It wasn’t lack of interest, but more likely a lack of effort as the Star Wars extended universe exploded. I did just jump in yesterday with the New Jedi Order. Unfortunately I was a couple chapters in before I realized I was in the wrong book of the series. I’ve now started the proper first book, so we’ll see how it goes. The New Jedi Order series was one that friends were excited when a new one came out, so that’s why I started back in with this series.
The Star Wars books have always jumped all over the timeline. In one book Han and Leia are married, and in the next book we read about their courting period. Being dropped into the middle of the action is something a Star Wars reader is used to. This is why I didn’t realize I didn’t start at the first book. This series happens further in the future than anything else I think I’ve read, happening around 20 some years after Return of the Jedi. Here are some things that I noticed:
- Luke and Mara are still together, this of course it not surprising since they were dating when I left off.
- Jacen and Jaina are full-bore Jedi now. This I can say screwed me up the most. The idea of Jacen in a light saber battle alongside Luke or Jaina piloting an X-Wing just blows my mind. They were always kids that were just old enough to have their little brother Anakin be around five or six. Beyond that they were trapped in a time bubble, eternally that age. Seeing them mature as adults blows my mind.
- Luke has a kid. I didn’t get far enough to see what his son’s name is, but that screws with my head also.