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Rogue Planet: Star Wars (Star Wars - Legends) Kindle Edition

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Length: 338 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Star Wars

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It's an unexpected combination: Greg Bear, author of so many ambitiously complex SF novels, writing about the colorful simplicities of the Star Wars universe. But he carries it off well, with a mix of action-adventure and thoughtful world building that entertains while keeping to the spirit of Lucas's saga.

A few years after the events of The Phantom Menace, young Anakin Skywalker is getting restless--sneaking away from Jedi Temple training to gamble his life in a flying game that's much more bizarre and dangerous than the movie's podracing, even before an alien Blood Carver assassin intervenes. Anakin's character is taking shape now:

But above all, he loved winning.

To turn the boy's frustrated energy to useful ends, the Jedi Council has Obi-Wan Kenobi take Anakin to investigate the remote, enigmatic world Zonama Sekot, whose organic technologies produce magnificent spacecraft, and where a Jedi has vanished without a trace. Secretly pursuing them is a battle squadron captained by the weapons designer who has already blueprinted the Death Star and is being double-crossed by his employer Commander Tarkin.

Rogue Planet's action climaxes as the Jedis learn to grow their own spaceship, the Blood Carver strikes, and two heavily armed fleets converge on helpless-seeming Zonama Sekot. Every faction has secret cards up its sleeve--and Anakin's is a very dangerous wild card indeed. There's final victory and heartbreak, but also loose ends (including even stranger, deadlier aliens) that suggest sequels to follow. Bear does a solidly workmanlike job. --David Langford,

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The young Obi-Wan Kenobi trains 12-year-old Anakin Skywalker to become a Jedi knight.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Greg Bear is the author of more than thirty books, spanning thrillers, science fiction, and fantasy, including Blood Music, Eon, The Forge of God, Darwin's Radio, City at the End of Time, and Hull Zero Three. His books have won numerous international prizes, have been translated into more than twenty-two languages, and have sold millions of copies worldwide. Over the last twenty-eight years, he has also served as a consultant for NASA, the U.S. Army, the State Department, the International Food Protection Association, and Homeland Security on matters ranging from privatizing space to food safety, the frontiers of microbiology and genetics, and biological security.

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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By taking a rest HALL OF FAME on May 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
It has been 1 year since the movie but 3 years have passed when this book's tale takes place.
The story and the writing are outstanding. This book reads with the same familiarity that the middle trilogy and the writings that surround those characters posses. I do not include the "Vector Prime" series, which has been jarring to say the least.
Mr. Bear is faithful to all that is appealing in this Universe of long ago, and he certainly has his own style. Unlike many other Authors he brings his talents to bear without trampling over the "feel" of Star Wars, he does not impose himself on the ongoing saga he relates it beautifully.
This adventure has to be read as it is filled with events that will need to be known before the next movie is released. Like Phantom Menace this story centers around Anakin, and expands on what we know about him from the movie. I was curious how they were going to fill a 10 year gap between the story of Episode 1 and 2, but this books demonstrates how, and even includes a slick Coda at the end that makes the reader wish there were an additional 341 pages.
A young man who we all know from the Deathstar is introduced, and other familiar characters we know from the middle trilogy appear here.
The book opens with a type of race that is every bit as good, or better than the Pod Race, Anakin's flying skills are tested with an incredible ship. And throughout it all, Obi-Wan keeps up. He knows like we do, that Anakin is not one to be competed with. "The Chosen One" and what he is and will become are beginning to show in this volume.
I hope Mr. Bear will write many more installments. I kid you not, he's that good!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I just finished the book, and it was wonderful! To those of you who disagree, let's get one thing straight: this book wasnt intended to outline a huge adventure and turning point in the star wars timeline--that's what episode 2 is for--it was written to further character personalities and relationships. And further this it did beautifully!
First, I really liked that we see the Jedi Masters, Mace especially, as people.
I enjoyed very much the look at Obi-Wan and Anakin's relationship as master/apprentice and friend/friend alike. I also loved the personal struggles that we see each one go through--it shows they're very alive and very real, such as Obi-Wan's love for Anakin and his lonliness for Qui-gon, and Anakin's battle with himself and the voice he hears and the dreams he dreams. It's also interesting to observe the great power that he cannot yet control.
The appearance of Tarkin was very interesting as well. It is nice to see him as a young man, but he is little changed from when we see him in A New Hope. I thought it ironic that he makes the same mistake of underestimating his enemy, only this time it did not lead him to death. I thought it was a little confusing in the book when it says he came up with the initial idea for the death star, but if you remember, so did the scientists in the maw installation.
This book also does some major foreshadowing and linking. It hints, or more like shouts, that the world of Zonama Sekot has been attacked by the Yuuzhan Vong. From this, and the second Dark Tide novel, we gather that the Vong have been planning to attack for decades...I wonder what would have happened if they had striked the Old Republic, or the Empire...
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Paul Katz on May 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I plowed through ROGUE PLANET fairly quickly.

Greg Bear's story has adventure of course, but for the most part is a fantastic character study of Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi individually and within their relationship. The set-up for certain events of Episode II (and beyond) is clearly here, so I assume Lucas had an outline for this part of the story, decided it could not be told in the films, and left it to an author to "flesh out."

Some ideas from THE PHANTOM MENACE (particularly the Terry Brooks novel version) are expanded upon in terms of Anakin's character. In Brooks' novel, as opposed to the movie, much more of Anakin's potential in the Force, as well as darkness, was explored. Here, at age 12, Anakin is beginning to show a few more signs of what will come later. I particularly enjoyed "inner thoughts" that Bear uses at one point which create a parallel between what happens on the 'rogue planet' and a crucial moment of Anakin's future.

Another terrific element is that which involves Tarkin (from A NEW HOPE) and Raith Seinar, the designer of the Empire's Star Destroyers, among other ships, according to various CD-ROM and book sources. The approaching future of the galaxy is laid out in generalities through the interactions of these two characters. I have a feeling Seinar is the role Christopher Walken will play in Episode II if rumors of his being cast turn out to be true.

Excellent and interesting writing. Anyone who finds themselves wanting to know more before 2002 will definitely get it.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By on May 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The books aim is to bridge the gap between Episode I and Episode II. The book is set 3 years since the Battle of Naboo (i.e. 3 years since Episode I) and focuses on Anakin's training by Obi-Wan Kenobi. Also it tells about the change that occurs since Palpatine was elected. Overall I would recommend anyone who is a star wars fan, or has seen Episode I. A well written book - 9/10
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