“I love books. I like that the moment you open one and sink into it you can escape from the world, into a story that’s way more interesting that yours will ever be.”
― Elizabeth Scott, Bloom
As our regular readers and listeners of Blabba The Hutt will be aware, one thing I speak very openly about it how much of a bookworm I was growing up and to this day I am still proud to be one. Growing up, books for me were a release. Numerous stories have been told from family to friends and vice versa about how, as a young boy I could sometimes read 3-4 books per week. This was an obsession, a way of creating my own imagery (imagining how a character looked or imagining the sound/tones of their voice).
There has never been a better time to be a Star Wars fan, with the release of The Force Awakens blowing most of, if not all our expectations set “A New Hope” (Sorry I had to) and wave of expectation and childlike excitement for what was to come. One thing I have been most impressed with is the release of a new wave of exciting literature that bridges the timeline between our old favourites and “The Force Awakens”.
As the members of Team Blabba are aware, “Lost Stars” written by Claudia Gray was my absolute favourite book of all the new literature which you can see below. The story of Thane Kyrell and Ciena Rae who bond over their love of flying, both enrolling in the imperial academy in an attempt to become fight pilots. This changes dramatically as Thane becomes disillusioned with the horrific tactics employed by the empire and goes off to join the fledgling rebellion. Now on opposite sides of war, will friends become foes? will love conquer all? or will duty tear them apart?. If you haven’y read Lost Stars I cant recommend it highly enough.
Now Claudia Gray is back with what I predict will be the best book to date and will challenge “Lost Stars” for the title of my favourite book. Star Wars: “Bloodline”. Scheduled for release on May 3rd 2016, the book takes place six years prior to “The Force Awakens”. “USA Today” interviewed Claudia Gray and we learned a couple of things that I feel really sets the tone for this book and it may finally answer some burning questions about new characters (Darkside I Hope)
The new novel Star Wars: Bloodline gives Leia Organa — once a princess, later a general — a story, a journey and an adventure all her own.
So what is her dad Darth Vader doing on the cover, too? Well, that’s a tricky question, according to author Claudia Gray.
“I find myself remembering the Episode I posters, where you see the boy Anakin with Vader’s shadow stretching out behind him,” she says. “In this book, we find out just how far Vader’s shadow falls.”
We learn that Leia is finally in a good place professionally and is now a senator and and leader for the peaceful New Republic decades after the fall of Darth Vader and the Emperor’s stranglehold on the galaxy. Gray tells us that that new generation do not recognise the wrongs of the Empire and do not remember the lessons of the rebellion. Leia begins to see cracks appearing in the foundation that could lead to a dangerous future of the galaxy.
Gray has also given us a deep insight into theming of the book itself as she told USA Today:
Family is a major theme overall in the Star Wars films and it plays a key role in one of the book’s most significant events, “one that has pretty far-reaching repercussions for several characters,” Gray says. “However, this novel isn’t fundamentally about Leia as a wife, sister or mom; this is about the role she’s created for herself since the fall of the Empire, and the one she takes up by the time of (The Force Awakens).”
Though we will see some appearances from recent characters in the movie, Gray has introduced a whole load of new and interesting ones. The most important new addition is the character “Ransolm Casterfo“ who is described by Gray as:
“an ambitious young senator who’s Leia’s political opposite in virtually every way. He even collects artifacts from the Empire, like pro-Palpatine banners, pieces of armor, and so on.”
Personally I am really excited to hear this new tale and delve further into the unknown realm of what has come before and the effect it will on what has yet to occur.
So there we have it MotherHutters, Do you have an theories on “Bloodline” or any burning questions you hope will be answered? Get in touch and share your thoughts with us.
Until next time,
May The Force Be With You.