Wanted to make a thread for these a while ago, but the announcement of the cover art provides perfect opportunity. These three novelists are writing young reader adaptations of the OT, supposedly to help younger readers understand the classic era better as we approach TFA. The authors were given liberty to explore how to reach young audiences in their own way, so as a result each of the three adaptations is vastly different. In each case though, they're not merely re-gurgitating the action on screen. Since we're presumably not going to get a rewrite of the OT novelizations -- and why would we want those quirky things altered -- these adaptations are the next closest thing to having OT novels that take events of the PT into account. I've been a great fan of the middle grade novels in the new canon so far. I never really read much SW young lit before, but Jason Fry and Michael Kogge have written some of the best works in the new canon. I think that these novelists may well end up adding to that trend. Here's a sampler containing parts of all three adaptations: http://a.dilcdn.com/bl/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2015/06/Star-Wars-Chapter-Sampler-FINAL.pdf Release date for all three is Sept 22. First up, the ANH adaptation: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy by Alexandra Bracken. I love everything about this one. The cover is fantastic, and I really dig Bracken's writing style. The intro to the book has the requisite mythic grandeur that is my deepest association with Star Wars, and the sample chapters covering Leia's POV have some of the best Leia characterization I've ever seen. Bracken said her goal was to present ANH as a story of characters and really get into their heads, and if her Leia is any indication this is going to be a wonderful read. Folks here will be especially interested to know that Bracken is a longtime EU fan and drew from disparate sources including the radio drama in writing this adaptation. Needless to say, I can't wait. This is easily my favorite of the three and might well become one of my favorite SW books in general. Read the except and you'll see why. Next we have Adam Gidwitz's ESB adaptation: So You Want to Be a Jedi? This is the controversial one. The book is sort of an odd first/second person blend, partly a guide to being a Jedi and partly a story that you imagine the narrator's sitting down to tell you. The language is colloquial and modern, down to describing Threepio as sounding like a "British butler." I... can understand the annoyance. There are space words and there are terrestrial words, but proper nouns (unless they're something like "spartan furnishings") don't belong. I saw a lot of folks in the Disney Wars thread lambasting these. But I don't think it's fair to characterize it as bad writing, because Gidwitz almost certainly did it on purpose. I don't think it's something that slipped during the editorial process. The narration is intended to be OOU, because this is the approach he took to relating the story. Maybe it doesn't work for everyone. But I like that he made the bold choice and tried it. I think the annoyance is magnified because this is ESB and it's the only ESB novelization we'll be getting but... remember, it's for young audiences. The benefit to us is incidental. It may not have the lore to it that Bracken's book does, but it's cute. And after thinking it over for a night, I think it works. We in Lit can be overserious about our SW books sometimes. Lastly and not least, we have Tom Angleburger's ROTJ adaptation: Beware the Power of the Dark Side! This book has more of a comedic gloss. It's third person like we might except, but the guy uses footnotes as humorous asides. He also has a lot of fun transcribing Huttese. This excerpt felt shorter than the others, but it may also have passed by quickly. It has a sense of zany fun to it, and that's really sort of part of ROTJ's DNA (along with the emotional drama and heft at the end). I'm eager to see how the book's tone holds up throughout but it starts off really strong. Folks who are interested in continuity should note that Angleburger also employs old continuity, describing Jabba's Palace as a former monastery. Personally, I think these books are showing a lot of potential and look forward to them a lot. I also know that Lit has less patience with these kind of books. I'm glad they're doing something different. The Princess, The Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy is easily my favorite but if all three were written with the same tone I don't know if the project would be as interesting.