My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This was great! It both introduces you to new aspects of the Star Wars universe but at the same time staying in the world fans of the movies will recognize. It mostly focuses on new characters, though a few of the main movie characters have cameos. I liked the structure with the interludes that focused on what was going on elsewhere in the galaxy: it gives you a feel for the whole universe, more than just the main plot and characters. They also felt like they were setting up for future characters and events later on. It was also interesting to get the Imperials point of view as well–something you don’t really get in the movies. There is very little in terms of the Force and so it feels more like a straight up sci-fi novel. The characters introduced are interesting: refreshing but also fitting the forms typical of Star Wars.