Great novel so far.
The novel starts with a dream sequence of an alternate timeline Luke.
A Luke that dragged the droids out of the farm to give them to The Empire and lives in happy/boredom with Camie.
Camie was in a deleted scene in A New Hope, she calls Luke ‘Wormie.’
[In real life she is played by Koo Stark, who became famous for dating Prince Andrew and nearly married into the Royal Family but for the press intrusion into her life.]
After the Galactic Civil War (Original Trilogy) some new states formed. The First Order absorbed much of the 'hermetic kingdoms in the Unknown Regions.’
The systems from the New Republic are protecting themselves are not unified against the First Order.
General Hux would rather get rid of the older Imperial Officer core remnants, they had their use in the past, but the First Order has grown past them. [ I hate this.] 👎🏻
TIEs are at the ready but are held back so Hux can show off his big gun.
Han made a Leia figure out of wood the night before the Battle of Endor. It is burned or used during a brief memorial for Han during the evacuation.
Hux has ambitions of one day taking the mantle of supreme leader and covets the command the Supremacy.
Hux ponders about the possibility of a dozen Star Killer Bases after his victory.
Hux has heard of Poe. Poe is known for destroying Star Killer Base.
Supreme Leader Snoke needs Hux for tech side of things.
Admiral Ackbar uses a 'holotank' (strategic battle holograms) instead of a viewport, because he is OLD and has trouble seeing and processing things. [Aww]
Finn's bactasuit is outdated compared to the First Order suits, which is funny since people were saying how we see new inventions this far in the timeline with specific mention of the suit.
While Rey is with Luke, Chewie is fixing ill-advised modifications by Unkar Plutt on the Falcon
R2 - D2 gave up after one step.
Kylo used The Force to protect himself from Chewie's bowcaster otherwise lethal bolt.
Rey is not worried about Luke:
Rey is good at two things. Salvaging broken things and waiting.
After The Force Awakens C-3PO has to reactivate his droid spy network.
Conscious, Princess Leia reaches out to the fleet and tries to reach Luke. She also feels people on worlds they pass by in hyperspace. She feels Poe's pride from the earlier fight.
Out of guilt, Luke abandoned Leia when Kylo turned. Leia was not happy about it. She lost a son and a brother.
Toddler Kylo often played with the dice or showed it around in adoration of his father. Kylo would break stuff around the house with The Force while growing up. Leia and Han would worry behind closed doors, which Kylo did not like.
Kylo hesitates and does not fire on Leia, because he feels she is not angry at him.
Rey's beacon is the light and symbol that pushes Leia to survive in space. The 'light in the darkness' theme comes from Breha Organa.
Kylo would have frozen the missile coming at Leia if he was not surprised in the moment!!!
Leia finds her way back to the ship via The Force signature of dying micro-organisms blown into space. 🙄
Rey asks how old the Temple is. Luke tells her to go away. While trailing after Luke, Rey asks whether this is the trope where the masters ignores the pupil while actually trying to teach lessons (they have not had their 'special about you' discussion, so Luke does not know she wants to be trained eventually, but then again, Luke is a 'Jedi Master')
Rey asks if Luke used The Force to fish. He says no. (This hurts the later segment where he is revealed to have been protecting himself from The Force's grasp. Although we already read Leia could not reach him, while she could always do it halfway across the Galaxy. The Force can only reach Luke when he dreams. )
Uneti tree mention.
Ancient Jedi texts, two are named
The Aionimica** and The Rammahgon.
Luke asks if Rey is from a Jedi lineage or royalty. The 'special' discussion. Concludes she is an orphan.
Hates the thought of numerous Chosen One orphans visiting him. 😂🤣
Luke clearly wants to burn the library and die. 😱
Rose devised cloaking technology for starfighter engines (not yet applied on bombers, but that's what she's up to after Paige's death). She had to trade in her beloved starfighter pilot suit for ground personnel uniform. She got the old Rebel ring from the now superfluous veteran bomber squad commander. Rose can't imagine life alone.
More to come later.
** Aion (male deity)
Aion (Greek: Αἰών) is a Hellenistic deity associated with time, the orb or circle encompassing the universe, and the zodiac. The "time" represented by Aion is unbounded, in contrast to Chronos as empirical time divided into past, present, and future. He is thus a god of eternity, associated with mystery religions concerned with the afterlife, such as the mysteries of Cybele, Dionysus, Orpheus, and Mithras. In Latin the concept of the deity may appear as Aevum or Saeculum.