This review is for the book and audiobook versions of Star Wars: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy published in 2015 by Disney Lucas Film Press. It is considered a Disney canon junior novel. It is written by Alexandra Bracken. Currently, it has 4.06 stars on Goodreads. I gave it 3.5 stars and 4 stars for the audiobook version.
The galaxy is at war.
Although the Rebel Alliance has won a few battles against the Empire, hope is fading. The Empire is about to unveil the greatest weapon the galaxy has ever seen–the Death Star. The Rebels’ only chance to defeat it now lies in the unlikely hands of a princess, a scoundrel, and a farm boy….
Published by Disney-Lucasfilm, this is a canon novelization of A New Hope. It is split into three sections: The Princess (Leia Organa), The Scoundrel (Han Solo and Chewbacca), and The Farm Boy (Luke Skywalker). Also features Obi-Wan Kenobi, C3PO and R2D2, as well as a hilarious version of Jabba the Hutt. .
I listened to the audiobook. I have to say, it is one of my fav audiobooks ever so far and got me back into listening to books! The voices are spot-on, and the sound effects / music set the atmosphere perfectly. Poor reviews I’ve noticed for this book complain that it is just a copy of the movie — well, yeah… but I think it’s ideal for anyone wanting to read, especially kids, and practice that skill (it is a junior novelization).
If you’ve seen the movie, you know the plot. Here and there, there are bits of added analysis that I thought were actually kind of insightful. The guided perspectives are interesting, but my fav is Han’s. I don’t think I need to do a summary, but I’ll add that the book’s rather short and you can finish the audiobook in a few hours. It covers the nitty gritty of things.
Who’s It Good For? — All readers, but especially middle grade – young readers. I suggest the audiobook more than the book alone. Both together would be adequate for a young reader, but for an adult might be a bit slow. I listened to the audiobook while doing things around the house, so that’s where I got my entertainment value.
Bottom Line: Highly recommended for kids/middle grade readers especially with the audio. I imagine this would be very good to help with encouraging reading.