Thanks to the folks at Disney for sending me a copy of Guardians of the Whills to review – that was quite nice of them! I have to say, this is one of the (if not “the”) youngest-skewed books I’ve read for a review so far. Up to this point, the books I’ve reviewed have been targeted no younger than middle grade readers (i.e., Weapon of a Jedi, Moving Target, Smuggler’s Run). This one is targeted to 8-11 year olds – in other words, right in Scorekeeper Declan’s wheelhouse. So if it’s good enough for Declan, it’s good enough for me.
It sets the stage for much of what we see of Jedha in Rogue One, plays up the odd-couple dynamic between Baze and Chirrut for great comic effect, and shows just how crazy Saw Gerrera can be. It’s light, and if you read it, you’ll read it in less than a day. And I dug it! It made me smile a bunch at Baze and Chirrut’s back-and-forth dialogue, had a couple of zingers tying into Rogue One and to Star Wars Rebels, and deepened the monomaniacal myth of Saw Gerrera.
I’d say it’s certainly worth your time, and over the course of the next few days, I’m going to dig into the new things we learn about Saw, Baze, and Chirrut, as well as what we learn about how Jedha got to be in the state it was when we were first introduced to it on screen in Rogue One.
Trivia Time!Test your knowledge of the Star Wars universe!
Yesterday’s answer: RAF Bovingdon
Today’s question: What country used for exterior location filming in the original Star Wars wasn’t used for Rogue One?