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Some Good ... Some bad.,
This review is from: Remnant: Force Heretic I (Star Wars: The New Jedi Order) (Mass Market Paperback)
This book was a mixed bag.
The bad: Tahiri. Someone needs to tell Shelley Shapiro (the editor of the series) about the importance of foreshadowing. For Tahiri's mental problems to suddenly come out of the blue a year after Anakin's death makes no sense. In Enemy lines--the duology after Star By Star--she was fine, she was strong. Aned why must we be subjected to her when she no longer really has a role to play. Her function in this story was to serve as Anakin's girlfriend, but he's gone and she should also vanish from the page. Unfortunately, it appears we're stuck with the little basket-case.
This is why we're stuck with her: she's a kid. The uberkinden--superkid--triumverate was broken up with Anakin's death, but now it appears that the triumverate has been restored with the addition of Tahiri to join Jacen and Jaina. This series has concentrated on the uberkinden way, while all characters over the age of twenty are treated as cardboard cut-outs. Additionally, these "old" characters have had their brains sucked out of their craniums and they stumble through the series like morons.
The character who has been associated with the worst character assassination has been Luke Skywalker. Here is a man who has killed millions of humans in the name of political idealism all without thinking about the morality of doing so. Now the Vong come on the scene, and Luke is paralyzed by doubt and indeciciveness. But then Luke had to be paralyzed by doubt so that this series could drag on and on and on. At one point, a Del Rey marketing flunky said in an interview--which has since been removed from their SW site--that they initally wanted to release 8 books a year. This would have lead to quality control going right out the window, a casualty of corporate greed and would have lead to books being churned out of dubious quality.
The Nom Anor subplot was extremely boring. The only thing I want to read about is the Vong being utterly wiped out. I care not about their society.
The Good: The Empire. Williams and Dix captured Pellaeon's character perfectly, along with the moffs, most notably Moff Flemnic. "The Empire will always strike back." The only thing that disappointed me was seeing Chimaera sustain heavy damage.