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Star Wars: A New Hope: The Life of Luke Skywalker Hardcover – 5 Oct 2009

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; 1 edition (5 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545097320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545097321
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 775,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
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Could have been better, but just covered old ground. There were some novel ideas that could have been expanded on but sadly these were wasted, instead what we got was a basic rerun of the original trilogy and Expanded Universe material. A better idea would have been a novel that explored an unknown even yet covered.

By all means fans give it a read, it kept me entertained, but it was like watching a movie remake, the same material but just in another format.
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I like this book for a fair few reasons. first of all it tells the story of luke skywalker before and inbetwen the first 3 episodes.It does this in a beliveable way and in good deatail too. It includes dramatic edge of your seat tales of luke and his freinds facing dangerous situations and foes whilst keeping whithin the boundries that george lucas set when he made the films. meaning that the book is a thrilling read whilst not an entire new star wars saga.this books only negitive points are that far too much of it is set on tattooine and that it is quite a short book.

All in all this is a great read for all star wars fans out there.

(tobster Aged 12 )
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My children (age 6 and 8) both loved this book and have read it several times. They are big Star Wars fans and so this was just the ticket for them.
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Everything was well done
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