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Star Wars: Red Harvest Mass Market Paperback – February 28, 2012
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Joe Schreiber is the author of Star Wars: Death Troopers, Chasing the Dead, Eat the Dark, and No Doors, No Windows. He was born in Michigan but spent his formative years in Alaska, Wyoming, and Northern California. He lives in central Pennsylvania with his wife, two young children, and several original Star Wars action figures.
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Not only is this concept just utterly stupid, but the characters are just so bland and one-dimensional that you don't even care when they get killed. Heck, some of them aren't even dynamic enough to call them one-dimensional. Sometimes the only thing they have that sets them apart from other characters are their physical appearance. One guy has red hair, one guy is short, one is a girl, etc. When these characters got killed in the book I had to look back in the front at the Dramatis Personae just to check who they were. Even then I was scratching my head wondering just who the character was that died.
I mean it! There is NOTHING that makes these characters memorable! Also never once did I feel a sense of urgency or concern for the safety of these characters. Even the main character Hestizo Trace is just so dull that I didn't even care when she was being chased by zombies or when the room was on fire around her or when she was taken prisoner.
Now let's get onto the specific parts of the book that just irked me.
***SPOILERS*** ***SPOILERS*** ***SPOILERS***
Okay first of all, the members of the Agricultural Corps, are NOT Jedi. They are people who had Jedi training but weren't good enough to be chosen as an apprentice to a master. Okay, now that we got that out of the way, every time I saw someone calling the main character a Jedi, I was digging my nails into to the table or chair I was sitting at while I was reading.Read more ›
Also: one character is based on Liam Neeson's character from the film TAKEN. Its one thing to base it on a character, but another to rip it off. Its not a total ripoff, but its darn close and it kind of worries me that it was allowed. It didn't help that the character was one of the least fleshed, along with the villainous Sith Lord who should have been the focus of the story and instead was barely in it at all.
If you like Star Wars and mindless zombie horror though, there is plenty to love. I just wouldn't recommend buying it until it is available in paperback. The story and page count are not worth what you pay for the hardcover.
So, a Star Wars zombie book with our favorite bad guys. But is it any good? Yeah. It is a fun ride, and while I would be tempted to give it 4 stars, there are certain aspects to the Star Wars universe that are introduced that struck me as new and different. Some books are fun to read (like the first Thrawn) because they completely change everything you thought was cool about Star Wars. Other books are worth reading because the story is solid--but the real beauty is the implications the story leaves behind; the questions it raises. IMHO this book falls in the second category.
The plant life in this story is food for thought when you extrapolate that into the overarching SW universe and the Jedi order. Much room for growth, here there is! I like the main Jedi character. I think you will like her as well. She opens up the world of the Jedi past the hack and slash we see in the movies. It shows a much deeper understanding of the Force--something that would be interesting to see explored more deeply in future novels. I think that's what I really liked most about this book. It is less "Luke Skywalker/Han Solo Star Wars," and more "a day in the life of the supporting cast." It adds to the scope of the world of Star Wars but it feels like a behind the scenes story that shows us how things can go wrong in the very places that create heroes and villains, not just on Death Stars and in capitals like Coruscant.
Is it safe for kids? Hmmm...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I felt like the series could have done with the whole zombie apocalypse.Published 4 days ago by Mr. Allen
I like zombies. I like Star Wars. This marriage of the two fell flat for me. It was well written, and the author deserves credit for doing a good job telling his story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
My boyfriend and I have been making our way through the uncannon star wars books in order and a few years ago we read this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Elda
It is a true to universe story. I appreciated the diversity of Jedi talents. When I saw the title I had some preconceived notions, the title Red Harvest took on new meaning after I... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ruth Haynes
Smith zombies. Not very original. Thankfully it is well-written or it would have been impossible to finish. The worst star wars book I have readPublished 3 months ago by Aubrey Cruz
Kudos to the author for recognizing that the world was still waiting for the great teenage Sith zombie novel. But unfortunately this is not it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Steve
Zombie Sith students. Meh. Skip this one. A lot less exciting than it sounds. It's hard to enjoy an action packed storyline when you don't care about any of the characters or their... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jaime