Before the Awakening by Greg Rucka
For three years, I anticipated the release of Star Wars Episode VII (Star Wars: The Force Awakens).
I read blogs and articles, devised theories, and took my kids to buy toys on Force Friday (okay I bought some toys too). When the movie came out, my wife told me that I had to see the movie before we decided if our six year old son could see the movie being that it was rated PG-13. So, I had to take one for the team and see the movie on opening night. My cousin and I were among the first hundred or so to line-up around 5:45pm for the 7:00pm midgnight show (go figure).
I loved the movie. I loved the new characters. I loved catching up with the old characters. I loved the experience.
A few days later, I took our son and enjoyed watching him enjoy it. So when I found this little book at Wal-mart stashed among half a million or so Star Wars coloring books, Little Golden Books, I-Can-Read Books, special anthology, Star Wars Art books, Star WArs cookbooks (ok i am kidding about the cook books, but I bet they are out their somewhere), I picked it up. The three new characters Rey, Finn, and Poe were great, so naturally I wanted to know what was happening with them before the events of the movie.
This book is broken up into three sections with each character taking the lead in a section. The story snippets take place days, weeks, and even years before the actual events of the movie. While the stories may not go into great depth, I do know a little more about the characters than before. Although these tidbits of information may not be able to tide me over until Episode VIII, they will help.