Book review: The Force Oversleeps, by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Krosoczka, Jarrett J. The Force Oversleeps. (Star Wars: Jedi Academy). Scholastic, 2017. $12.99. 174p. ISBN 978-0-545-87574-5. Ages 8-12. P7Q7

In the fifth book of this series, Victor heads back to his second year at boarding school after The New Class with high hopes that he’ll be happier because he has made friends, but Zavyer, a new student, makes him feel less popular, and his older sister, Christine, is accused of being a spy for the dark force Sith. The first three books of the series had a different author and different characters.

Verdict: Younger readers may be disappointed with the black-and-white format and the extensive text (for a graphic novel) from journal entries and pages from the school newspaper. Some of the conflicts are too easily resolved, for example the competition between Victor and Zavyer as well as Christine’s coldness toward him. Victor is also far too self-absorbed and selfish to be a likable protagonist. Yet the science fiction plot draws in the reader, and Victor grows up—sort of. The clearly distinct characters are diverse in color and shape, and the plot is easy to follow.

December 2017 review by Nel Ward

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