Book Review: From a Certain Point of View (Star Wars)

FromACertainPointOfViewFrom a Certain Point of View: A Star Wars Anthology

Published by Del Rey on October 3, 2017

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Science Fiction, Short Stories

Pages: 477 Format: Hardcover Source: Library

4/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Experience Star Wars: A New Hope from a whole new point of view.

On May 25, 1977, the world was introduced to Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, C-3PO, R2-D2, Chewbacca, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader, and a galaxy full of possibilities. In honor of the 40th anniversary, more than 40 contributors lend their vision to this retelling of Star Wars. Each of the 40 short stories reimagines a moment from the original film, but through the eyes of a supporting character. From a Certain Point of View features contributions by best-selling authors, trendsetting artists, and treasured voices from the literary history of Star Wars.

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Star Wars: A New Hope, From a Certain Point of View was written by Ben Acker, Renée Ahdieh, Tom Angleberger, Ben Blacker, Jeffrey Brown, Pierce Brown, Meg Cabot, Rae Carson, Adam Christopher, Zoraida Córdova, Delilah S. Dawson, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Paul Dini, Ian Doescher, Ashley Eckstein, Matt Fraction, Alexander Freed, Jason Fry, Kieron Gillen, Christie Golden, Claudia Gray, Pablo Hidalgo, E. K. Johnston, Paul S. Kemp, Mur Lafferty, Ken Liu, Griffin McElroy, John Jackson Miller, Nnedi Okorofor, Daniel José Older, Mallory Ortberg, Beth Revis, Madeleine Roux, Greg Rucka, Gary D. Schmidt, Cavan Scott, Charles Soule, Sabaa Tahir, Elizabeth Wein, Glen Weldon, Chuck Wendig, Wil Wheaton, Gary Whitta.

This group of talented writers came together to craft a massive anthology of short stories focusing on the supporting characters of Episode IV as they saw the events in A New Hope. With this kind of premise I knew this book would be a must read, especially with some of my fave authors taking part in this collaboration. I immediately grabbed it when the book first arrived at my library and I am super happy to say it was quite the enjoyable read.

Like with most anthologies I struggle to get as fully invested as I do with regular novels so this was a much slower read for me. Every story is a little bit different, some funny, some emotional, but the flow can be a bit jarring. I did absolutely love the myriad of perspectives the authors delivered, seeing old and new faces alike. Plus it adds content and expands the galaxy even further getting into more detail than ever before.

Here were some of my favorites:

  • Master and Apprentice by Claudia Gray
  • Stories in the Sand by Griffin McElroy
  • Reirin by Sabaa Tahir
  • The Trigger by Kieron Gillen
  • Time of Death Cavan Scott
  • There is Another by Gary D. Schmidt
  • Duty Roster by Jason Fry
  • By Whatever Sun by E.K. Johnston

Overall From a Certain Point of View was an excellent addition to the Star Wars canon that gives the reader plenty of twists on a much loved story. Each writer brought their own style and savvy to the stories and the compilation really worked well together. While anthologies will never fully be my thing I’d definitely recommend this one to all the Star Wars fans out there.

Have you read From a Certain Point of View? Can you believe 2017 is the 40th anniversary?

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