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Book Review: ‘Star Wars : Force Collector’ by Kevin Schinick

Book Review: ‘Star Wars : Force Collector’ by Kevin Schinick

Hello all fellow Coffee With Kenobi fans. This is my first attempt at a book review and it will contain some spoilers. This review will be mainly my personal thoughts about the book.

2019 was a huge year for Star Wars. Starting with Star Wars Celebration, Galaxy’s Edge, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, The Mandalorian and finally Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker, the conclusion to the Skywalker saga. I would not have expected the young adult novel Star Wars: Force Collector by Kevin Schinick to be on the top of my list for 2019.

Synopsis:

Karr is a teenage boy like many others in the galaxy. He goes to school, helps his parents with the family business, likes speeders and droids. But Karr also has a secret: when he touches certain objects, he gets searing headaches and blacks out. And along with the pain sometimes come visions of people he doesn't know and places he's never been.

Karr's parents worry that he's sick; his grandmother is convinced the visions come from the Force. But it's been years since anyone has heard from the last of the Jedi-Luke Skywalker. Are there any Jedi left to guide Karr in the use of his abilities? Is anyone even willing to talk about the Jedi and what happened to them, as their memory continues to fade and the First Order rises? Stuck on his isolated home planet, Karr becomes a collector of historical artifacts, hoping to one day find an object that will give him a vision about the secrets of the Jedi.

When his grandmother dies and his parents announce they're sending him away to a school on the other side of the planet, Karr reaches his breaking point. He needs to know what his destiny holds, and whether the Jedi are involved. Accompanied by Maize, the blunt, unpredictable new girl at school with ties to the First Order, and RZ-7, Karr's solicitous droid companion, he sets off into the larger galaxy to find the truth. His adventures will take him from Utapau to Jakku to Takodana and beyond as he learns more about the Jedi than he could have expected? And about his own place in the Force.

Review:

The book focuses on Karr, a teenage boy who is discovering his connection with the Force and his ability to touch an object and see into the past. As the story progresses he meets a girl name Maize at his school who is skeptical about his claims of being a Jedi, but befriends him anyway. After hearing the news that he will be sent away to a tailor trade school, he decides to take off and explore the galaxy looking for artifacts of the Jedi in hopes that they will help him to know how to become a Jedi. With his trusted droid RZ-7 and Maize, they take her father's First Order ship and head into the stars.

My first thoughts after I finished reading this book were that it's an awesome love letter to fans, and how surprisingly in-depth it is. Force Collector visits planets that are from all the films and in The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels shows. As Karr is using his abilities to help him unlock the history of an object we are taken back in time to different parts of the Skywalker saga. Your excitement heightens with each discovery that he makes. You find yourself saying out loud, “That’s from A New Hope!” or “That’s from Rebels!” This book truly touches different aspects of everything in the Star Wars universe, even BATUU! The Star Wars theme park at Disneyland and Hollywood Studios, which to me is extra exciting because I can say that Karr and I have both visited Dok Ondar's Den Of Antiquities. Without giving too much away, there is a scene where he visits Maz Kanata and she gives him an object that reveals the whole Skywalker story to him in a vision. When he discovers this story he is overwhelmed with emotion, and it makes you remember the emotions you experienced when you first watched Star Wars.

Force Collector has good messages for teens/young adults, and for adults as well, like the import of family, friendship, being honest, keeping promises and always believing in yourself. It’s an overall great book for any Star Wars fan. The book is not heavy with action but it keeps you on the edge of your seat, makes you want to keep reading and makes you care about the main character’s journey. The last sentence of the book is what connects us all to the films when we hear it, and it is so satisfying and fitting for when it is used in the book. You will want to re-read it to catch any details you might have missed reading it through the first time.

I hope I gave you a good review to make you want to go and read the book yourself. I hope you enjoy reading it has much as I did. Thank you and may the Force be with you!

–Alex Procaccio

You can purchase Star Wars: Force Collector by Kevin Schinick now from Amazon.

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