Beautiful painted front cover; the other pictures on the page are more from the Empire Strikes Back. The book is well researched; it contains elements for the comic series as well as the books and the movies. In this book Ryder writes Luke from the point of view of an orphan trying to connect to his father.
The first interlude in the book is Luke talking to Leia about Anakin/Vader's redemption and dying a Jedi, their difference of opinion on the man/monster. Then we are taken back to Tatooine where young Luke starts to display his force sensitive abilities. The next few stories are about Luke's relationship with his friends, and how they change as Luke starts to progress faster than his older friends.
The next era of stories is a few months after the New Hope to the Empire Strikes Back. There is nothing in Luke's development that could have been covered better they it was in the ESB, so I think it was a great move on Ryder's part to have the "I am your father speech" quoted and told from Luke's perspective. There is a summery or reference to an event from Shadow of the Empire. Then there is the post Return of the Jedi Luke still tracking down leads about his father.
I did also like the way Ryder told the story of how Luke dealt with the a force user, once before the ESB when he is still discovering his powers, and post ROTJ where he is more fluent in the use of the force. This is a good summery of and a must have for any Luke Skywalker fans like me. I wanted to give this 4.5 stars but I thought it was just a little too summarized and aimed at younger reader. However I did enjoy this book much more that I thought I would.