When it was revealed in the season one finale Of Star Wars: Rebels that Ahsoka Tano was the mysterious rebel agent known as “Fulcrum,” (spoiler alert) the audience wondered what she had been up to since she was last seen in The Clone Wars. “Ahsoka” by E.K. Johnston give us the answers to our questions. Well, some of them anyway. It’s always good to have a bit of mystery.
The story starts about one year after Revenge of the Sith, and Ahsoka is trying to stay off the Empire’s radar as best she can. She has a job as a mechanic at a shipping company, and she is staying with the family whose patriarch owns said firm. One day Ahsoka realizes that her presence is putting the family in danger. So she splits.
She sticks to the Outer Rim worlds because the Empire tends to leave them alone. That’s the good news. The bad news, as you may have guessed, is that the butt end of the galaxy is a haven for all kinds of criminal activity. But there are a few places that that even the Hutts and Black Sun have no use for. One of them is a moon called Raada.
What part of Raada that is flat is used to grow food. The inhabitants either farm the land or work in local shops for local people, since Raada isn’t a tourist destination. Unlike say, Harloff Minor.
It doesn’t take Ahsoka long to find a residence which doubles as a place to repair farm equipment. Life on Raada is quiet, peaceful, and more than a bit boring–just what Ahsoka is looking for. Then the Imperials show up. Those guys are such a buzzkill.
I liked the story, but if I had to nitpick anything about “Ahsoka,” it would be that the bad guys were given a bit of a short shrift. They come across as slight variations on any number of other Imperials we’ve seen over the years. It reminds me of how in the early seasons of The Clone Wars, the Jedi and clones would face off against a potentially interesting villain, then defeat them in under twenty-two minutes.
“Ahsoka” is a young adult novel, but grown ups can enjoy it too. One of my favorite Star Wars novels is Lost Stars, and it’s YA. Both Lost Stars and “Ahsoka” are personal stories, but the former has a much grander scale. “Ahsoka” may have a smaller scope, but so do some great episodes of The Clone Wars and Rebels.