Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Del Rey
Publication Date: 2006
From the publisher:
WITNESS THE BIRTH OF THE RESISTANCE
When the Rebellion defeated the Empire in the skies above Endor, Leia Organa believed it was the beginning to a lasting peace. But after decades of vicious infighting and partisan gridlock in the New Republic Senate, that hope seems like a distant memory.
Now a respected senator, Leia must grapple with the dangers that threaten to cripple the fledgling democracy—from both within and without. Underworld kingpins, treacherous politicians, and Imperial loyalists are sowing chaos in the galaxy. Desperate to take action, senators are calling for the election of a First Senator. It is their hope that this influential post will bring strong leadership to a divided galaxy.
As the daughter of Darth Vader, Leia faces with distrust the prospect of any one person holding such a powerful position—even when supporters suggest Leia herself for the job. But a new enemy may make this path Leia’s only option. For at the edges of the galaxy, a mysterious threat is growing. . . .
I am a huge fan of the Star Wars movies. Except for The Phantom Menace. We shall not speak of The Phantom Menace. I actually don’t read that much science fiction. I heard about this book earlier this year and the premise interested me enough to get on the waiting list at the library.
The fact that it focused on Leia was a major reason I wanted to read it. I also liked that it was set in the time period between The Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.
This story takes place about six years before the events of The Force Awakens. Leia is a bit disillusioned about the government of the New Republic and her role in it. Ready for a break she becomes involved in an investigation of some suspicious gangsters. At the same time she’s recruited to run for the new office of First Senator.
I enjoyed this book a lot. It was fun to see familiar characters and to get to know some new ones. The story is about the beginning of the troubles in the New Republic and the early beginnings of the First Order which will grow into the enemy in The Force Awakens.