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Outcast (Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi, Book 1) Hardcover – March 24, 2009

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"As an opening salvo in the next chapter of the Star Wars saga, Outcast will do exactly what it was intended to: grab your attention and make you eager for more. Exceptional sci-fi writing, Allston has proved that the Star Wars franchise has plenty of life left in it, and Fate of the Jedi is a promising addition to the ever-growing Star Wars canon, improving on the quality of the excellent Legacy of the Force." civilian-reader.blogspot.com --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Aaron Allston is the New York Times bestselling author of the Star Wars: Legacy of the Force novels Betrayal, Exile, and Fury; the Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Enemy Lines adventures Rebel Dream and Rebel Stand; novels in the popular Star Wars X-Wing series; and the Doc Sidhe novels, which combine 1930s-style hero-pulps with Celtic myth. He is also a longtime game designer and was recently inducted into the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design (AAGAD) Hall of Fame. He lives in Central Texas.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: LucasBooks; First Edition edition (March 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345509064
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345509062
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #671,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Aaron Allston is the New York Times bestselling author of the Star Wars: Legacy of the Force novels Betrayal, Exile, and Fury; the Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Enemy Lines adventures Rebel Dream and Rebel Stand; novels in the popular Star Wars X-Wing series; and the Doc Sidhe novels, which combine 1930s-style hero-pulps with Celtic myth. He is also a longtime game designer and was recently inducted into the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design (AAGAD) Hall of Fame.

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By A Customer on March 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The politicians are meeting in a summit on the planet Coruscant to discuss bringing the Imperial Remnant into the Galactic Alliance. Luke Skywalker is arrested at the instigation of Chief of Sate Natasi Dalaa for dereliction of duties. His protégé Jacen Solo turned to the dark side of the force and caused the Second Galactic Civil War when he became Darth Caedus. Dalaa wants to prosecute Luke for his failure to recognize Jacen's turn to the dark because he believes Luke is accountable for the deaths caused by the war.

Luke pleads guilty because he knows the charges are true; he is excommunicated from every Jedi Temple and Coruscant for ten years. He will be pardoned if he can learn what turned Jacen. Jedi Knight Valin Horn has a psychic break that makes him believe everyone he knows is an imposter. The media captures his rampage and the public turns against the Jedi Order leading to restrictions on them. Han Solo, his wife Leia and their granddaughter go to the dying planet Kessel to find out why earthquakes are out of control; they find an underground tunnel complex filled with machines and energy forces that could destroy the orb. Luke and his son Jedi Knight Ben go to Dorin where Jacen studied the native use of the Force hoping to find a clue.

This is the opening act of a nine book saga in which the Jedi have fallen into disgrace as the government and the public believe they are not held accountable for their actions. There is plenty of action and the known characters stay true to their film personalities. Perhaps the only negative is eight books to go in this arc, but if they are anything like the first this will be one of the better Star War entries.

Harriet Klausner
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By Jake on March 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Darth Caedus is gone but the Galactic Alliance is suffering from the aftermath of his dark reign. The Jedi have been shouldered with the blame and Luke Skywalker has been banished from Coruscant because he was unable to stop Jacen Solo's turn to the dark side. To make matters worse, Jedi Knight Valin Horn is suffering from a psychotic break that brings even more unwanted attention on the Jedi. In a desperate move, the Galactic Alliance assigns official observers to every Jedi Knight to keep them in check.

After his banishment Luke and his son, Ben, decide to uncover the truth behind Jacen's turn to the dark side and their search leads them to Dorin, home world of the mysterious Kel Dors. While there they uncover some startling revelations that bring a whole new set of problems. Meanwhile, back on Coruscant, the Jedi continue to struggle under the watchful eye of the government and the media. When a rogue Jedi appears suffering from Valin Horn's same condition, the Jedi must find a way to capture him and get the answers they need. All the while they must outwit the government forces that have turned against them.

Outcast was a mixed bag for me because even though I flew through the pages, there were certain elements that didn't work. One thing that works well throughout is Aaron Allston's top notch writing. This story flows easily and Allston does a wondrous job of plopping us right into the middle of the civil conflict brewing around the Jedi. Throughout the story we are treated with a nice balance of action and character development that make this an effortless read. I especially enjoyed the fresh insights into the Kel Dors and it was fun to see grandparents Han and Leia up to their old tricks.

What didn't work for me was how little actually happens in this story.
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Format: Hardcover
The GA is holding a Unification summit, the Jedi are mistrusted and certain of them are suffering psychotic breaks, and Luke Skywalker is accused of dereliction of duty for failing to stop Jacen Solo before he became Darth Caedus, so he is being partially blamed for everything Jacen did during the Second Galactic Civil War. A stunning opening to what looks to be an amazing new series!

Luke knows the charges are somewhat true and bargins with Chief of State Daala to avoid going to prison. Luke accepts exile for 10 years from Coursant and the Jedi Order. The only chance Luke has of returning before the completion of the 10 years is to discover what caused Jacen to turn to the Dark Side. Luke and his son, Ben (also a Jedi) begin traveling the galaxy to find where all Jacen went during his five year travels to visit different Force-users, trying to learn what caused Jacen to go to the Dark Side. They begin with visiting the planet Dorin, the home of the Kel Dors, the people Jedi Master Plo Koon belonged to. There, Luke begins his quest to determine what all Jacen learned during his travels.

Han and Leia, with their granddaughter Alanna (also known as Amelia) travel to Kesssl to help Lando save his mining enterprise for dangerous groundquakes that are threatening to tear the planet apart.

The Jedi are all assigned government observers to follow their movements and restrict their usefullness.

Jag Fel and Jaina Solo have fallen in love and are having secret meetings. This story line is going to be very, very interesting.

I currently have the audiobook version of Outcast, I am waiting for my book to arrive in the mail.
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