SYNOPSIS: A retelling of Return of the Jedi bringing together events of the movie as well as adding in aspects from the prequel trilogy and animated television show.
After being slightly disappointed in the Empire Strikes Back novelization, I was a little worried that I wouldn’t be satisfied with Angleberger’s Return of the Jedi, but my fears were unfounded because I thoroughly enjoyed it! I really loved the fact that he delved into Darth Vader’s head by bringing up memories from the prequel trilogy and to the animated television show. It really helped us to see Darth Vader’s return to Anakin Skywalker that you don’t get when you watch the movie. It also helps to remind you how sad of a life Anakin had and also makes you cry over Padmé all over again. I also loved the little sidebars delving into Ewok culture and backstory because it’s kind of hard to fully understand them since they never speak in English. I especially loved the emphasis that all the Ewoks were underestimated because they were cute! I also loved the narration style because rather than being a strict narration switching between the various characters, Angleberger acted as the main narrator and would provide fun commentary that really drew you in as a reader. It also vaguely reminded me of moments in Peter Pan when the narrator would comment on the action or comfort the reader promising that things aren’t as dire as they seem. I also loved the occasional footnotes that further explained backstory, intention, or just fun facts about a variety of things. Like The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy this book provides so much insight into a variety of characters that you don’t really get to experience just watching them on the screen. It’s what makes the reading worthwhile when you already know the story by heart. Reading this book brought a smile to my face and I hope it brings a smile to all the adults that know this story so well and to all the children that are just starting on their journey.