Star Wars, Kenobi

Star Wars, Kenobi

Book - 2013
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As tensions escalate on Tatooine between the farmers and a tribe of Sand People led by a ruthless war chief, Ben finds himself drawn into the fight, endangering the very mission that brought him to the desert planet.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, [2013]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780345546838
0345546830
Branch Call Number: SF MILLER 2013
Characteristics: 380 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Kenobi

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 07, 2017

It's been less than a year after the tragic events of Revenge of the Sith, and Obi-Wan Kenobi has just given care of Luke Skywalker, the galaxy's last hope, over to the Larses, unaware of the events years before that begun Anakin's transformation into Darth Vader. And while believing Anakin to be dead and that he could have done more to save him, Obi-Wan must now face the most difficult part of his task of protecting Luke: avoiding attention; becoming Ben Kenobi. But as he repeatedly spots others' trouble, he struggles to avoid reacting to it impassively as Ben Kenobi instead of meeting it head on as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Jedi Knight. John Jackson Miller balances laughs and terrors flawlessly. The themes surround his characters and penetrate them; they bind the story together. Miller gives Kenobi a cheerful face for the other characters to see while showing his true thoughts and feelings without breaking the fourth wall. While this book does provide a great deal of insight into the character that is Obi-Wan Kenobi, he still maintains his aura of mystery that was meant for him in A New Hope. As Obi-Wan's "strange little green uncle" would say: "Do or do not. There is no try." And make a great book, Miller did.
- @R2-D2 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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mobourbon
Jul 26, 2017

I enjoyed it very much. It describes the life of Ben on Tattooine and his surroundings.

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harley_8
Feb 05, 2016

did it come in

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mexicanadiense
Nov 22, 2015

Poor Obi-Wan.

Betrayed by his former padawan, hunted and reviled by a new Galactic Empire built on the ashes of his beloved Jedi Order, he's not at his best.

So when he rocks up at the edge of the Jundland Wastes on Tatooine to keep an eye on baby Luke Skywalker (from the inconvenient distance of 100Km, but, hey, guess that's close enough in the eyes of the Force) he does his darnedest to fly under the radar. Only trouble has a way of finding a Jedi, even when he's got to keep his lightsabering and Force-pushing on the major DL to avoid "imperial complications".

What's really going on here? Well, distil some 150 years of Frontier Literature (AKA Westerns) down to the time-honoured story of a mysterious stranger riding into town, uncovering evil and conspiracy at the heart of a seemingly idyllic community, and getting forced to intervene much to his chagrin. Oh, and there are some ornery natives (in this case, they are you're not-so-friendly neighbourhood Sandpeople, also called Tusken Raiders) who might just be misunderstood. Or not. That's not a spoiler, it honestly wasn't that clear.

I like the character of Obi-Wan, and checking in with him during what must have been a seriously difficult time for him was interesting, but for me too much of the story's focus was on the family of shopkeepers he befriends and their dilemmas. Also, for fans of soaring space battles and epic lightsaber duels, this book could be an exercise in frustration as the battles, and the stakes in general, are kept deliberately small.

Overall, I did enjoy it, though, and most avid SW fans probably will as well.

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GSwanLibrary
Apr 01, 2015

Meh. It had lots of potential, but didn't fully live up to it.

I did say I enjoyed it, but only because I'm a hardcore Star Wars fan. This story was pretty slow and did not reveal the insights into Ben's personality/inner feelings that would have made this book more worthwhile.

shadowstatix Sep 19, 2014

Very slow and boring compared to prior Star Wars novels. Not recommended if you're looking for a good read

bears1985 Jun 25, 2014

Tells the story of how Luke got to tatooine and what Old Ben did! Well written good story!

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SEBoiko
Jan 08, 2014

Some times it takes losing everything to find your true path.

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SEBoiko
Jan 08, 2014

Some times it takes losing everything to find your true path.

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SEBoiko
Jan 08, 2014

... only a fool follows another fool.

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SEBoiko
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We are born to die.

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SEBoiko
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Every individual decides his or her own fate -

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SEBoiko
Jan 08, 2014

The shadows of failure follow every living thing.

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SEBoiko
Jan 08, 2014

What's fair got to do with the price of water?

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