I've been a Star Wars fan ever since I remember, I've been reading all of the EU stories I get my hands on, and it pains me to say this, but I need to be honest with you guys. "A New Dawn" is a miss. Poorly written, needlessly stretched, whole chapters feel totally empty of content and only slow down the development of the story. I find it mediocre at best. I'm sorry to say that I forced myself to finish this novel, it just felt like a waste of my time. I also found utterly annoying the fact that John Jackson Miller uses way too many post-9/11 themes such as terrorism, bombings, and extreme video surveillance to establish the totalitarian feel of the Empire era. It was all very poorly integrated in the Star Wars galaxy, it was all like "OK, let's take a few things from the news and the recent political thrillers, slap them inside the novel and call them with Star Wars names". For me it did not fit the atmosphere of the universe established by George Lucas. It is uninspired and reads like something that just rolled out the Disney conveyor belt. I wouldn't say it deserves the Canon label. Talking about the new canon, I'd certainly stick to the young reader's book - I enjoyed "Ezra's Gamble" much more - it might have lacked depth, but it was true to the characters, fast-paced and fun to read.