Star Wars: Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure

Star Wars: Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure

‘STAR WARS: MOVING TARGET: A PRINCESS LEIA ADVENTURE’


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OPENING LINE:

I would absolutely read Leia Organa’s memoirs. I just hope January LaVoy is the Alderaanian Princess’ handpicked narrator.


PUBLISHER’S SUMMARY:

Princess Leia returns for an all-new adventure in this thrilling upper middle grade novel. Set between Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi, the story follows the warrior princess as she leads a ragtag group of rebels on a dangerous mission against the evil Galactic Empire. Hidden in the story are also hints and clues about the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, making this a must-listen for fans old and new!
©2015 Cecil Castellucci (P)2015 Listening Library


THE PLOT:

As is the case with both ‘Smuggler’s Run’ and ‘The Weapon of a Jedi’, ‘Moving Target’ opens with an original trilogy character telling someone a story. In this case, General Leia Organa is beginning work on her memoirs and is dictating to her droid PZ-4CO. The story is a lesson in doing your duty.
Set between the events of ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ and ‘Return of the Jedi’, Princess Leia is summoned to a meeting of the highest ranking officials in The Rebel Alliance. It is at this meeting that the top Rebellion leaders reveal their knowledge of the second Imperial Death Star being assembled over Endor. It is agreed that the Fleet should be mobilized to try and destroy it before it can be brought fully online. Leia proposes a decoy mission meant to distract The Empire and keep them from finding out where the fleet is gathering. This mission comes at a price, however. It will put the lives of many citizens and potential allies at risk, not to mention the life of Princess Leia herself.
A team is assembled to carry out the mission. Leia must work to handle all personality clashes between the crew, as well as keep them from finding out the true nature of the mission. As was the plan all along, The Empire is in pursuit of her little band from the outset. How will each member of the crew act when the true nature of their duty is learned? How far is Leia willing to go for the sake of completing a successful mission?
‘Moving Target’ features a number of characters that fall into well established stereotypes. There is the ultra-serious commando Lokmarcha, the wisecracking pilot Nien Numb, the not quite right explosives expert Antrot and the young naive communications expert Kidi Aleri. However, the story of ‘Moving Target’ is less about the characters and more about the dilemmas that can crop up when duty calls.
As is the case with the other previously mentioned novels, ‘Moving Target’ is less about how the story ends and more about what it took to get to that ending. The story directly ties into ‘Return of the Jedi’ in several ways, especially the coming together of the Rebel fleet. Also, keep an eye out for a mention of Poe Dameron in the epilogue.


THE AUTHOR:

Co-written with Jason Fry, ‘Moving Target’ is Cecil Castellucci’s first work within the Star Wars universe. Castellucci is known for her novel ‘Boy Proof,’ as well as the Tin Star series.


THE NARRATION:

January LaVoy holds the distinction of being the first female narrator for a Star Wars audiobook when she narrated ‘Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void’ back in 2013. It was a long time in coming and they picked a good one.
I found her vocal performance of the young, naive communications expert Kidi Aleri to be especially on point. Her voice was a little higher, a little faster and, at times, more manic than any of the others.


THE PRODUCTION:

As usual, everything sounds great. Music and sound effects are a constant presence throughout and become more emphasized during action scenes, but they never overwhelm the narration.


CONCLUSION:

Out of the three junior novels that are part of ‘Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, this one has the most direct impact on one of the films (‘Return of the Jedi’). I believe that ‘The Weapon of a Jedi’ has a greater impact on the saga as a whole but wouldn’t dismiss anyone arguing in favor of this book.
I’ve always felt that Princess Leia is the most under served member of the big three from the original trilogy, so any chance we have to get a story with her in the spotlight is a welcome one. Add to that the usual Star Wars audiobook production values and January LaVoy’s top-notch performance, and ‘Moving Target’ is definitely worth a listen.


QUICK FACTS:

Title Author Narrator Publisher Genre Release Date Running Time Stars
Star Wars: Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure Cecil Castellucci, Jason Fry January LaVoy Listening Library Science Fiction 09/04/2015 3 hours, 53 minutes 3.5/5

DISCLAIMER:

A copy of ‘STAR WARS: MOVING TARGET: A PRINCESS LEIA ADVENTURE’ was purchased from Audible for review.


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