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I’ve been a huge fan of the Forces of Destiny line since its inception—I love the idea of young kids reading about the women who helped shape the Star Wars galaxy. To quote the theme song of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, “females are strong as hell.”
When I saw this graphic novel on Amazon for a good price, I knew I had to snatch it up.
The different stories to a great job of capturing the essences of the different characters while putting them through challenging (if somewhat watered-down) situations. I didn’t realize it was targeted for a younger audience when I bought it—the less-complex storylines were slightly disappointing for me.
I think I would have enjoyed the plot lines more if I knew going into the novel that it was targeted for younger audiences. As I read through the different stories, I was entertained but I also felt a little let down. I had expected something a little more adult that showed these nuanced women navigating their ambitions and duties while also dealing with their own personal lives. While I did get that to some extent, it wasn’t exactly what I was hoping it would be.
That being said, I still really enjoyed all the stories. I felt the characters were really in character, and I loved how the stories showed women being strong while also having vulnerabilities and insecurities.
In other words, it showed women being real, layered people. And that’s a message I fully support young kids learning through these stories.