First and foremost, I want to make it clear that I am writing this from the perspective of a fan, who has been enamored of the SW universe from day one. I am discussing storytelling, and canon, not technique.
David did an outstanding job of "re-envisioning" the characters incidents that led up to our 1977 introduction to "a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away." I won't be a buzzkill and give the story away, but I will say the following:
In "Star Wars: Awakening," we find characters with depth, substance and a genuine place in the history of the saga. There are no "walk-on" characters who drop in, serve no real purpose, and disappear without furthering the plot.
The story MOVES, and I was reluctant to put it down, and always eager to pick it back up again. The characters made sense, the story made sense, and there is none of the disappointing lack of continuity so prevalent throughout the film versions of Episodes 1-3. And nary a mention of the ridiculous 'midi-whatchamacallits." Thank the Maker!
I mentioned technique earlier. David is a great storyteller with a vivid and consistent imagination. As with any work of this length and scope, a 'second pair of eyes' is ALWAYS a good thing. There were very few typos, no incorrect grammar, but a few passages that might have benefitted from a sharp-eyed, like-minded editor.
Having said all of that, here is the conclusion: I am eagerly awaiting the next installment...and I think that says all that needs to be said.
Well done, David, and MTFBWY!