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Jedi Search (Star Wars: The Jedi Academy Trilogy, Vol. 1) Mass Market Paperback – Abridged, February 1, 1994
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Princess Leia and Han Solo have three kids and live as a respectable political couple in the capital of the New Republic. Luke Skywalker has returned to the Jedi fold after having given in to the dark side of the Force. C3P0 and R2D2 remain faithful droid sidekicks in a universe now freeing itself from the bondage of the evil Empire. These familiar characters inhabit some new places and situations in Anderson's ( Star Wars: Jedi Search ) sequel to the Star Wars movies. Luke has decided to rebuild the once powerful Jedi Knights in hope of providing stability in the New Republic. He finds himself in precarious circumstances as he searches for descendants of the mostly exterminated Jedis. Meanwhile, Han finds himself trapped in an Empire base located in a black hole under the command of a ruthless woman who has not yet heard of the Emperor's defeat and demise. Leia sends Luke and Lando Calrissian to find her missing husband. Han's escape from the black hole with a weapon more destructive than the Empire's Death Stars, and Luke and Lando's rush to his rescue, close out this predictable, tiring tale. Even big fans of the movies will have a hard time staying with this one.
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As the war between the Republic and the scattered remnants of the Empire continues, two children--the Jedi twins--will come into their powers in a universe on the brink of vast changes and challenges. In this time of turmoil and discovery, an extraordinary new Star Wars saga begins....
While Luke Skywalker takes the first step toward setting up an academy to train a new order of Jedi Knights, Han Solo and Chewbacca are taken prisoner on the planet Kessel and forced to work in the fathomless depths of a spice mine. But when Hans and Chewie break away, they flee desperately to a secret imperial research laboratory surrounded by a cluster of black holes--and go from one danger to a far greater one....
On Kessel, Luke picks up the trail of his two friends, only to come face to face with a weapon so awesome, it can wipe out an entire solar system. It is a death ship called the Sun Crusher, invented by a reclusive genius and piloted by none other than Han himself... ®, (TM) and © 1995 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.
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I loved "Jedi Search." I've been reading stories that take place after "Jedi Academy" and missed out on some of the references. This book (and I'm sure the rest of the trilogy) really filled me in. It introduces Kyp Durron, who is referenced so many times in future stories. I can see why, because he's a great character. Luke, Leia and Han all have interesting roles. We get to see the twins' reintroduction into Han and Leia's lives. What realism there is in the interactions of all the family members, including Luke's role as uncle and Leia's being mom. The kids really act as kids would. How cute!
I sense that Luke, with all he's been through, is still and maybe always will be a little naive -- always believing in the good in people. Although I haven't read the rest of the trilogy, there is foreboding, and I'm glad that Kevin Anderson has kept with the character, as I think that is how it should be for Luke.
I know there is great concern about the storyline with another weapon of mass destruction, but I much prefer that over metalmastiff and entechment. The rest of the story was wonderfully written. I finally get to see what the deal over the spice mines of Kessel was. What an interesting story we get from that. And the Maw. That pops up over and over again in other books and now I know why. Wow.
Of all the Star Wars authors, I think Kevin Anderson excels best at action sequences and battle scenes. Whereas my eyes normally glaze over and I file those sections under "battle scene" and move on, I can actually visualize every detail of what's happening in "Jedi Search" with ease. I don't think I've ever read scenes like those with such clarity. I was so fully immersed, it was real, I could feel everything. What a moving experience. If you like action sequences, there's plenty here that's done well.
If you are working your way through the Star Wars universe, this is a definite must read book. So much of it is referenced in other books. I didn't know how much I was missing until I read it. But read not just for "historical" content, read it because it is a genuinely good book.
The story itself is rather interesting, particularly Han and Chewie's predicament on Kessel, and fans who want to continue the story of Star Wars past "Return of the Jedi" and Timothy Zahn's "Last Command" should enjoy this. However the book suffers from several flaws. First, the writing itself is somewhat lackluster. Anderson's descriptions of the Star Wars universe are filled with metaphors and similes that don't always quite fit, and he is seldom able conjure up a meaningful image of whatever he is describing. He also seems to be stuck on using the word "metallic" in his descriptions (everything looks metallic, feels metallic, smells metallic, tastes metallic, etc.). While his recreation of the stock characters is faithful, it is also somewhat bland. Han Solo seemed to be the only character with any real life, but even that only comes from his sarcastic banter with the characters on Kessel. You could tell that Anderson wanted to explore different parts of the character's lives (such as Leia's new role as a mother and Luke making the transition from student to teacher), but this was done more through internal exposition and "naval gazing" than real character development. Sometimes these "character moments" were stuck into the middle of a dialogue or action scene, and really disrupted the pacing. So the characters came off as rather stale and monotone.
While reading this, I also felt that Anderson constantly had to remind his readers that this was a Star Wars book. Almost every other page had some reference to previous events in the films or the books/comics. While some of these references were necessary to establish the background for new readers, the information was then repeated at some other point later in the story, and then again, and then again! At several points I found myself saying "Yes, you told me about the relationship between these characters already, I get it. Let's move on!" I didn't mind the referrences themselves, but there was no need to repeat them so many times. Also there were times when the descriptions became obvious attempts to remind the reader that this is a Star Wars book. For instance, Luke Skywalker doesn't wear a robe. He wears a "Jedi robe"; and every time Anderson refers to it, he has to call it a "Jedi robe", whether it fits with the narrative flow or not. Yes, thank you, I know Luke Skywalker is a Jedi Master. You don't need to remind me every time he appears in the narrative. It just seemed that Anderson tried to hard to make this a Star Wars book to the point that the writing and plot suffered. As if the readers somehow missed the big Star Wars logo on the cover/title page. Oh, and don't even get me started on the blob races on Umgal! I don't ever want to hear another complaint about the pod race in Phantom Menace again!
One more thing that I want to point out is the introduction of the twins, Jacen and Jaina. This is the first time that Leia is actually able to spend time with her two children, and there have been a lot of allusions to the fact that these two have great potential to be Jedi Knights. They would later play very important roles in the Star Wars universe. And in this book, which should begin building the fans' relationship with these characters and help us to care about them... they are written like two whiny two year olds from a bad sitcom. Yes I know toddlers can be a handful, but there wasn't anything about either of these two kids that was endearing or showed any kind of personality. Real children cry, but they also learn, explore, interact, and show affection, all the while building character and personality (believe me, I have a one year old daughter; there is personality and character at that age). This is all stuff that we SHOULD have seen but didn't. Instead we see Leia passing the kids off to C3P-0 so that she can go organize more political events, leading to Saturday-morning-Disney-channel-like capers for the twins and the prissy droid. I was so ready to smack Leia in the face and tell her "Take a leave of absence. The galaxy will still be there when you get back. Your kids won't!" If something had happened where Leia was actually able to spend time with her children and we could see the relationship develop, that would have been interesting. Instead, Anderson felt the need to continue putting Leia in the political arena and have her angst about not getting to spend time with her children, limiting her interaction with them to listening to them cry and then passing them off to C3P-0. What a waste.
All in all, this is a mediocre read, and fans will enjoy the progression of the story more than the experience of reading the book itself. A valiant effort, but also the result of trying too hard.
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Good book. Read February 11 2017 as eBook from library. Now on to next on