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Attack of the Clones: Star Wars: Episode II [Kindle Edition]

R.A. Salvatore
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (240 customer reviews)

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There is a great disturbance in the Force. . . . From the sleek ships of the glimmering Coruscant skyscape to the lush gardens of pastoral Naboo, dissent is roiling. The Republic is failing, even under the leadership of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, elected ten years earlier to save the crumbling government. Separatists threaten war, and the Senate is hopelessly divided, unable to determine whether to raise an army for battle or keep the fragile peace. It is a stalemate that once broken, could lead to galactic chaos.

Mischievous and resolved, courageous to the point of recklessness, Anakin Skywalker has come of age in a time of great upheaval. The nineteen-year-old apprentice to Obi-Wan Kenobi is an enigma to the Jedi Council, and a challenge to his Jedi Master. Time has not dulled Anakin’s ambition, nor has his Jedi training tamed his independent streak. When an attempt on Senator Padmé Amidala’s life brings them together for the first time in ten years, it is clear that time also has not dulled Anakin’s intense feelings for the beautiful diplomat.

The attack on Senator Amidala just before a crucial vote thrusts the Republic even closer to the edge of disaster. Masters Yoda and Mace Windu sense enormous unease. The dark side is growing, clouding the Jedi’s perception of the events. Unbeknownst to the Jedi, a slow rumble is building into the roar of thousands of soldiers readying for battle. But even as the Republic falters around them, Anakin and Padmé find a connection so intense that all else begins to fall away. Anakin will lose himself—and his way—in emotions a Jedi, sworn to hold allegiance only to the Order, is forbidden to have.

Based on the story by George Lucas and the screenplay by George Lucas and Jonathan Hales, this intense and revealing novel by bestselling author R. A. Salvatore sheds new light on the legend of Star Wars—and skillfully illuminates one of our most beloved sagas.

Features a bonus section following the novel that includes a primer on the Star Wars expanded universe, and over half a dozen excerpts from some of the most popular Star Wars books of the last thirty years!


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From School Library Journal

Adult/High School-Salvatore has done a good job of fleshing out the story of the Star Wars II movie. The book introduces Anakin's mother; her husband; and her stepson, Owen, who will raise the future Luke Skywalker, and describes her capture and the failed attempt to rescue her. If that doesn't appeal, there is always the chapter describing Amidala's family on Naboo, whom viewers never even meet in the film. Perhaps more enticing, the book treats readers to the actual scene of Anakin's vengeful destruction of the Tusken Raider encampment, an action so pivotal to his future course in the Dark Side. Additionally, the audience can easily get confused as to the sequence of events during the movie-the book can clear that up. With its easy style and vocabulary, and hook of popular interest for young adults, this title may be just the needed spur for not-so-avid readers.
Carol DeAngelo, Kings Park Library, Burke, VA
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

More on Anakin Skywalker before he became Darth Vader; from the screenplay of Star Wars: Episode II.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 9543 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B009I6OPI0
  • Publisher: LucasBooks; 1st edition (June 28, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00513F9CK
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fills in gaps that were not in the movie. July 9, 2002
Format:Hardcover
R.A. Salvatore is pretty much accredited to re-launching the stagnant Star Wars novels with Vector Prime (the first novel in the continuing New Jedi Order series) and killing off Chewbacca. With his style of writing, and previous work within the Star Wars universe, it was probably pretty easy for Lucasfilm to get Salvatore to pen the second movie.
I won't bore you with what you already seen in the movie, but I do believe that the novel of Attack of the Clones is required reading for all Star Wars fans, as it fills in many blanks that seemed to be missing from the movie. It also ties the spanning years between Phantom Menace and AOTC. Actually the reader won't even recognize the start of the movie until he is in chapter 5.
The first four chapters explains where Obi Wan Kenobi and a 10 year older Anakin Skywalker have been up to. We are also introduced to Padme Amidala's family back on Naboo and learn much more on how she became a queen. The detailed conversation between Padme and her sister (never seen in the movie) are a great set up on how she eventually falls for Anakin.
Also we learn how Shmi Skywalker was abducted by the Tusken Raiders, and much more origin information is given on Beru and Owen Lars (Luke's eventual uncle on Tantooine) and the dynamics of the Lars/Skywalker connection.
Throughout the remaining novel the reader is treated to more bonus material (much of which was indeed filmed, but hit the cutting room floor before release) that seems to open your eyes to the bigger political picture of that famous galaxy far, far away. Questions such as: Who were the lost 20 Jedi? How did Dooku ascend to power? Why Jango had Boba created, and how was young Fett trained? How did the Separatist factions begin?
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific June 1, 2002
Format:Hardcover
I bought this book after seeing the movie twice. I have only recently become a Star Wars fanatic, but despite this condition, my opinion on the quality of the movie and book is totally unbiased. :)
The movie was very good, but some parts felt missing--in many parts of Episode II, Attack of the Clones, it felt as if scenes had been truncated, or as if they could have been extended. I also didn't quite grasp the plot completely after the first viewing.
But the novel fills in the gaps admirably; it was a terrific read, and I absolutely could not put it down. Salvatore's style is extremely engaging, and he goes far deeper with Shmi Skywalker, Padme Amidala, Anakin, and many of the other characters than the movie could ever hope to. It accomplishes what a cinematic feature never could--a full-length tale complete with twists and turns and intrigue of every sort. The movie also makes more sense--the characters become deeper, more complex, and the manner in which Salvatore presents them is very intimate and warm. With the book, we dive deeper into Padme's conflicting emotions concerning the budding romance between her and Anakin, and we also get a chance to experience some of her family life. We get a closer look at Shmi Skywalker, Anakin's mother, and see how profoundly she loves her son, and how much she misses her once little, but now grown Anakin. We also experience Anakin on a deeper level; Anakin's metamorphisis from boy to young man is clearly shown, as is the massive grief that he experiences because of the separation from his mother; his frustration at Obi-Wan, yet also his deep love for his Jedi Master, are thoughtfully and expertly written as well.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Salvatore adds depth to edited performaces May 29, 2002
Format:Hardcover
Don't get me wrong; I really enjoyed the movie. I just thought a lot ended up on the cutting room floor considering George finaced the movie himself. From what I have read in the novel version of AOTC, much of it would have added depth to both the story and the characters.
Salvatore's novelization of the film beings before the movie, showing us more of the Star Wars universe and giving us far more insight to the characters.
Also, his novel was based on the unedited version of the film (the shooting script) and gives the fans much more of Episode II. It also allows fans to decide whether the edited film was better served by removing the scenes. In particular <SPOILER> the scene in the garage on Tatooine between Amidala and Anakin post slaughter for the Tuskens </SPOILER> left me questioning George's script writing abilities. In the book the scene makes much more sense as it shows Anakin experiencing remorse for his loss of control. On the other hand there are scenes deletions that I thought did serve the story's pace (but I still would have rather seen them stay).
While the book is not a replacement for the movie, it is an enjoyable treat for die-hard fans. Star Wars by nature is a big screen experience and loses its grandeur when translated to other formats. I can't imagine Salvatore doing much better at converting the movie than he did. I would have found the action sequences between Jango and Obi-wan difficult to imagine without having seen the movie, I can't image anyone writing it any better than he has done.
The book does a much better job at potraying Jango and Boba. It also helps traverse the murky romance between Anakin and Amidala.
If you love the movie you should treat yourself to this book!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you R.A. Salvatore
Apart from Zahn's trilogy this is probably my favorite Star Wars novel. Instead of trying to simply flesh out the scenes of the movie with details of color and sound (as is done... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cian Beirdd
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good Book!
Covers everything from the movie and some more too. The lightsaber duels are descriptive and everything is descriptive. R.A. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carsten
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read!
The details in this book are absolutely amazing, allowing you to really connect to tr characters, even as everything they know fails and falls away.
Published 2 months ago by Preston Burch
5.0 out of 5 stars my collection
Have seen the movie but the book is better. There are some important details that were left out of the movies collectively.
Published 2 months ago by Mike
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth it for the extras
This novelization proved to be a bit difficult for me to rate because although the story written by Lucas is rather average, at best, many areas this author adds/expands improves... Read more
Published 8 months ago by A. White
4.0 out of 5 stars Miles ahead of the movie and the Episode I novelization
Where the novelization of The Phantom Menace was little more than a transcription of the film's script, Attack of the Clones is so much more fleshed out and enhances the story we... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Stormraven24
5.0 out of 5 stars If you have seen the movie, you must read the book
The novel "Attack of the Clones" gives so much more detail. It has some scenes not in the movie, and explanations you can't find in the movie. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Zxielle
2.0 out of 5 stars Should have learned my lesson from The Phantom Menace
Better than The Phantom Menace though not anywhere near the caliber of the originals. The novels of episodes I, II and III read like above-average fan fiction, and I deplore that... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Daniel Estes
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
This book is so good. Like the clones fighting and Anakin's relationship with Padmé. This is a good start for Star Wars. Keep it up!
Published 22 months ago by Edmond Chui
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read!
What a smash! A great read and thorough insight into the characters. Very personal and exciting all the way to the high-octane conclusion! Read more
Published on March 5, 2012 by D.I. Telbat, Christian Fiction Author
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