Serenity: Leaves on the Wind by Zack Whedon and Georges Jeanty

Serenity- Leaves on the Wind by Zack WhedonThis is the first story published that takes place after the movie. We get to see some of the repercussion of those events and how the human race is dealing with the information that Malcolm Reynolds and his crew released to the ‘Verse.

More importantly we get to see how the crew is dealing with the loss and trauma that they survived.

I have mixed feelings about this book.

On one hand, I always want to know what else is going on with this crew. Zack Whedon captures their voices spectacularly — not an easy thing as they have a very peculiar way of speaking — and sets them on a course that fits very well into the universe established in the show. This is a brilliant examination of dealing with loss and trauma and trying to remain hidden while needing things to get better.

On the other hand I’m of the opinion that Firefly is better because it is so sparse. The show was cancelled after only half of one season. A couple of years later they made a movie. The show, exempting a couple episodes, is great. The movie is one of the most powerfully written movies in many decades. Every time more material is created it adds the opportunity for that material to not be good. Most television shows gain a following then run until they get so stupid that people quit watching. Firefly has the unusual ability to always be good. There is no more for writers or producers or directors to mess up. They got it write in the beginning and then it ended.

So while this book would have fit into the show pretty well and does pick up the story form the end of the movie well it is just an episode. It leaves little resolved and a lot open and fills me with trepidation. If there is going to be more I want it to be great, not just good.

I’m probably in the minority when I say, I would rather have no more Firefly/ Serenity than take the chance that it might not be worth it.

This book seems to me to be the first of a batch of books that could lead down paths that will be unfortunate. However, sometimes an ill-advised sequel turns out to be even better than the first.

Only time will tell.

Fans of Firefly have probably already read this, or intend to. It won’t make much sense if you haven’t seen the movie at least.

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