I love how Ahsoka has come into her own in this novel. She’s always had a strong tactical mind and sense of empathy, traits that she has had to sharpen without the guidance of Anakin or Obi-Wan. However, she seems to have achieved a balance and control that Anakin never could. Ahsoka keeps her emotions in check when she is strategizing for her survival or for a mission, but she allows her loyalty and emotional ties to her friends motivate her to save them despite personal risk. She’s taken the best of Anakin’s heart and Obi-Wan’s mind to become a tempered, quick-thinking, and compassionate fighter under pressure. It hurts to see how much she misses them. But if nothing else, they trained her well.
|Ahsoka leaves the Jedi Order|
During The Clone Wars, Anakin and Obi-Wan were like Ahsoka’s bickering adopted dads. If you don’t believe me, check the Tumblr memes. If you don’t believe the memes, check the scene where Kaeden's sister asks Ahsoka if her “adopted parents” ever fought and tell me if Ahsoka’s smile doesn’t crush your heart into itty bitty pieces. The Jedi could talk all they wanted about no attachments, but when you’re Anakin Skywalker’s Padawan, there’s no avoiding them. Ahsoka’s feelings about the ones she left behind paint the novel with a tender grief that heightens the tragedy in her life as well as Anakin’s and Obi-Wan’s lives. Now, I don’t want to imply that Ahsoka merely serves as a boost for their story, because that would reduce her character to a prop, and anyone who’s familiar with her character will now that’s not who she is. But their stories have always been and always will be intertwined. Ahsoka allowed us to see the prequel trilogy's universe in a different light. Hopefully, her presence in Star Wars Rebels and other Star Wars installments can help us see the original trilogy’s universe in a different light, too.
The best part of this book is that even after finishing it, I know Ahsoka’s story is not finished. She’s not a Jedi. She’s still figuring out what she will be instead. And if anyone can relate to that, it’s a recent college graduate who has no job and no idea what she’s going to do with her life now that she’s not a student. (Hint: that’s me.) I think a lot of people can relate to her storyline, whether they’re having a mid-life crisis, a quarter-life crisis, or any other identity crisis. Ahsoka shows us that even when you’re forging your own path, it’s okay to acknowledge what the past has done for you, and it’s okay to let go of that past. One day at a time.