A New Hope: The Princess, The Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy
By Alexandra Bracken
The Princess, The Scoundrel and the Farm Boy is a retelling of sorts of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
Check out Alexandra Brackens blog post about how she went about readapting the story here.
This retelling is split into three separate parts, the princess (Princess Leia), the scoundrel (Han Solo), and the Farm Boy (Luke Skywalker. This novel is defiantly aimed at more younger readers, but if you do enjoy Star Wars and want a easy read then it is just as enjoyable!
Each of the three different section of the novel give 1) a different angle on what occurred during the movie and 2) some extra scenes that are not in the movie!! And, since this book IS CANON, that means that they ‘actually’ happened! These extra scenes are quite nice, and flesh out each of the main characters more.
‘The Princess’ takes place from just before the Star Destroyer Devastator captures the Tantive IV until the Death Star destroys Alderaan. Since it is only from Princess Leia’s perspective, we find out exactly what happens from between her capture, her torture and her watching her home planet be destroyed.
‘The Scoundrel’ starts in the Mos Eisley cantina and continues until Luke, Han, Chewie, C3P0, R2D2 and Princess Leia have just boarded the Falcon inside the Death Star. Bracken defiantly gave Han a lot more likeable characteristics, whilst also managing to keep him true to himself. Also, we get to see why Han is so skeptical about the force as we see Ben teaching Luke about the force through a non-force sensitives eyes and thoughts.
‘The Farm Boy’ picks up where ‘The Scoundrel’ left off up until the medal ceremony at the end of the movie. Bracken defiantly helped expand of Luke Skywalkers and Biggs Darklighters friendship that you can only find out about in deleted scenes.
To say that I enjoyed The Princess, The Scoundrel, And The Farm Boy is an understatement. Any Star Wars fan is sure to enjoy this book.
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