January has been a busy and slightly odd month for us and as suspected our Star Wars marathon has had to extend into February. We took our time watching Clone Wars, we celebrated Krista’s birthday, and in the last week of January I managed to get sick, have a doctor’s appointment, and slice my hand open making dinner. This sort of put a damper on some of our plans, but we are back in the swing of things. With all of this I haven’t really found time to listen to the audiobooks I was sent to review or watch some things I had on my to watch list. I thought I would share the things I am interested in, but haven’t had time to enjoy just yet in case you were curious about some of the new Star Wars: The High Republic things that have recently come out.
The first two things on this list are audiobooks that I was very nicely sent to review, but haven’t been able to really listen too. This is not for lack of trying, but I have been just a bit too busy to listen to anything as detailed as an audiobook. I can throw on a podcast pretty easily, but an audiobook is a bit harder to just put on without getting distracted or having to replay part of it. I have already heard some positive things about both High Republic audiobooks, but wanted to share a bit about them in case you were curious.
Star Wars: Light of the Jedi is the adult audiobook that released recently with a focus on The High Republic. In a golden age set even before the Prequel films, the Republic has worked to extend its reach throughout the galaxy and under the benevolent leadership of the Senate peace reigns through the help of the Jedi. This is the height of the Jedi Order and the citizens of the galaxy are confident in their ability to protect them and help ensure peace. A catastrophe takes place that causes a ship to be torn to peace and with shrapnel falling out of hyperspace the Jedi rush to try and save as many as they can. With their valiant battle against calamity they are unaware of something deadly growing just beyond the Republic’s boundaries. There is a hidden threat and a secret that no Jedi has even considered.
Star Wars The High Republic: A Test of Courage is a Young Adult/Young Readers audiobook that is set during the same time period as Star Wars: Light of the Jedi. Focusing on new Jedi Knight, sixteen year old Vernestra Rwoh the story follows her first big assignment. She must watch over a young aspiring inventory, Avon Starros, who is on a cruiser headed to the space station Starlight Beacon. When a bomb goes off aboard the shuttle, Vernestra finds herself in an escape pod with her young charge, his droid J-6, a Jedi Padawan, and an ambassador’s son. With no communication working and supplies low they choose to land on a nearby moon. Once they land though, danger seems to lurk in the forest that they didn’t anticipate.
The final High Republic related thing that I want to mention is on the official Star Wars YouTube channel, which is oddly something I have never checked out before. They debuted a Star Wars: The High Republic series hosted by Krystina Arielle which will examine this period of the Jedi. By the time this publishes my hope is to have watched the most recent episode, I just keep finding myself catching up on some other things, but it is on the list of get watched quickly. I have also heard positive things about it and I am looking forward to learning more about this part of the timeline.
As a quick tie up piece to this article I wanted to highlight a campaign going on right now called There Are More of Us. On GoFundMe, Sistas With Sabers and The Khetanna Cast has organized a fundraiser to benefit the Loveland Foundation Inc. The reason behind this campaign ties into the terrible backlash and ugliness that has risen up around the new High Republic show and previous similar dark moments that have appeared in regards to other women of color involved in Star Wars. To offset the actions of terrible people these two groups have come together to try and support a non-profit that offers access to therapy and mental health services to communities of color and particularly trans and cis Black women and girls. I have linked their page here for more information.