Star Wars: Before the Awakening by Greg Rucka
A companion piece to the Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens character novels, Star Wars: Before the Awakening is an anthology book that focuses on the lives of Rey, Finn, and Poe before the events of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
FN-2187 (who becomes Finn) is a young Stormtrooper in training. He’s a natural leader, but a bit too sympathetic for his fellow colleagues. Rey is a scavenger who comes across a ship that could bring her quite a bit of profit. But she’s not sure she can trust an offer of help. And the third short story follows Poe along the direction of his life to become the most skilled pilot in the Resistance.
Before the Awakening is a fun and fascinating look at each of the new main characters. Finn and Rey’s stories are short and predictable, since we know where they came from and what happens to them in the future. But Poe’s is much longer and gives more background into the New Republic, the need for a Resistance, and how Poe gets recruited. The characters are vivid and engaging. And the stories are fast-paced and exciting. Fans of the Force Awakens will definitely want to check out this set of short stories for middle grade readers on up. I can’t get enough of these characters.