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Force Heretic II: Refugee (Star Wars: The New Jedi Order, Book 16) Paperback – April 29, 2003
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"Swift and deadly, the Yuuzhan Vong have blasted their way across the galaxy--and now stand on the threshold of total victory. Yet a courageous few still dare to oppose them. . . .
Rife with hostile cultures and outright enemies, the Unknown Regions holds many perils for Luke Skywalker and the Jedi, searching for Zonama Sekot, the living planet that may hold the key to dealing once and for all with the Yuuzhan Vong.
Meanwhile, on the edge of the galaxy and in the heart of a trusted ally, old enemies are stirring. The Yuuzhan Vong have inflamed long-forgotten vendettas that are even now building up to crisis point. And as Han and Leia journey on their quest to knit the unraveling galaxy back together, betrayal and deception await them. . . .
About the Author
Sean Williams and Shane Dix are the bestselling and award-winning coauthors of the Evergence series. Their last novels were Echoes of Earth and its sequel Orphans of Earth. Individually, both have numerous short story credits, and Williams is a successful author in his own right. His novels include Metal Fatigue and The Resurrected Man. His fantasy series, The Books of the Change, concluded in December 2002.
Williams and Dix both live in Adelaide, South Australia, a city Salman Rushdie once described as the ideal setting for a horror story. Dix lives with his wife, Nydia, and has two children from a previous relationship. Williams lives with writer Kirsty Brooks and DJs in his spare time.
For more information, please visit www.seanwilliams.com.au.
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In Refugee the story goes slowly. We continually break away from the interesting quest to find the sentient planet Zonoma Sekot to read about other side quests that are going on. We also spend a huge amount of time reading about Nom Anor’s progression into his new role as the prophet Yu’shaa. To add to the book’s lassitude it has no chapter breaks. It just keeps plodding along.
The three Force Heretic storylines continue here. Luke Skywalker along with Mara Jade Skywalker and Jacen Solo continue their search for Zonoma Sekot. The particularly interesting factor now is that they have entered Chiss space. However, don’t get your hopes up for a huge amount of action. Much of their time is spent doing research at a library.
The second storyline is Han and Leia’s efforts to restore communications and diplomatic relations throughout the space that used to be the New Republic with their efforts focused here on Bakura. The third storyline is Nom Anor of the Yuuzhan Vong. We keep reading about him so he must play an important role somewhere down the line.
I will keep reading. Surely at some point soon the good guys will find a way to deal with the Yuuzhan Vong aliens. One can hope.
The Chiss subplot was a little slow at first, as you might imagine a long search through dead tree books in a library might be. But then Wyn, Jag's little sister, is introduced. Things take off.
On Bakura, we meet Melinza, Gaeriel's daughter. The two new characters, Wyn and Melinza, are what keep this story afloat, all things considered.
The Bakura subplot has got to be the most convoluted political tale in the history of the galaxy. Our friends land in the middle of turmoil. The Ssi-ruuk are about to consecrate Bakura and become their allies. The P'w'eck are friends/foes/friends/foes. I'm not sure about the Ryn suddenly popping into the picture and why everyone trusts them right off the bat. Who's on what side is hard to keep straight until the end, when things fall apart. The author had to devote an entire (very long) epilogue to have the characters explain what happened to each other -- ahem, us.
This book is the middle of a trilogy, and it reads like one. I'm hoping it sets up for an exciting conclusion.
My problem with "Remnant" (part I of the Force Heretic series) was that it was totally predictable. This is even worse. Refugee is so forced its only purpose seems to be to tie up lose ends and set up the last two books of the NJO.
The worse subplot is the Han/Leia/Jaina/Jag one. Picking up where they left off in Remnant, they reach Bakura where they fumble around like clueless bystanders for a couple of hundred pages, completely fail to accomplish anything useful and in the end are actually defeated by the "bad guys". Then, suddenly, the situation reverses and resolves itself. Han Solo has no role whatsoever, Leia is limited to making clever diplomatic observations, Jaina runs around picking fights that lead nowhere and Jag Fel flies like your average space-jock. A total waste of ink.
The Luke/Mara/Jacen group fares a bit better. At least they get into a couple of scraps in the Unknown Regions and use their Jedi skills to prevail. Also a couple of old favorites make cameos, even though the long-awaited tour of the Chiss domain is a complete letdown. In the end, right as the book ends, Jacen has a flash of inspiration and the story is magically back on track.
The only half interesting storyline is the one involving Nom Anor. I found his incroporation of the Force and the Jeedi into his newly conceived Vong herecy quite interesting - creative even. Also, from the Yuuzhan Vong we get at leat a small glimse of how the war is going and what the rest of the Galaxy is up to.
That's it. This book needed not have been written. It would have fit nicely as a couple of extra chapters in the other two books of the trilogy.