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Outcast (Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi, Book 1) Hardcover – March 24, 2009
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Luke pleads guilty because he knows the charges are true; he is excommunicated from every Jedi Temple and Coruscant for ten years. He will be pardoned if he can learn what turned Jacen. Jedi Knight Valin Horn has a psychic break that makes him believe everyone he knows is an imposter. The media captures his rampage and the public turns against the Jedi Order leading to restrictions on them. Han Solo, his wife Leia and their granddaughter go to the dying planet Kessel to find out why earthquakes are out of control; they find an underground tunnel complex filled with machines and energy forces that could destroy the orb. Luke and his son Jedi Knight Ben go to Dorin where Jacen studied the native use of the Force hoping to find a clue.
This is the opening act of a nine book saga in which the Jedi have fallen into disgrace as the government and the public believe they are not held accountable for their actions. There is plenty of action and the known characters stay true to their film personalities. Perhaps the only negative is eight books to go in this arc, but if they are anything like the first this will be one of the better Star War entries.
After his banishment Luke and his son, Ben, decide to uncover the truth behind Jacen's turn to the dark side and their search leads them to Dorin, home world of the mysterious Kel Dors. While there they uncover some startling revelations that bring a whole new set of problems. Meanwhile, back on Coruscant, the Jedi continue to struggle under the watchful eye of the government and the media. When a rogue Jedi appears suffering from Valin Horn's same condition, the Jedi must find a way to capture him and get the answers they need. All the while they must outwit the government forces that have turned against them.
Outcast was a mixed bag for me because even though I flew through the pages, there were certain elements that didn't work. One thing that works well throughout is Aaron Allston's top notch writing. This story flows easily and Allston does a wondrous job of plopping us right into the middle of the civil conflict brewing around the Jedi. Throughout the story we are treated with a nice balance of action and character development that make this an effortless read. I especially enjoyed the fresh insights into the Kel Dors and it was fun to see grandparents Han and Leia up to their old tricks.
What didn't work for me was how little actually happens in this story.Read more ›
Plot drags along interminably and by the end of the novel, no plot line had been developed enough to keep my interest enough to buy a sequel. No original character development - author relied solely on typecasts from the movies. Poor imagery.
To make it vaguely Star Wars-like the author seemed to have taken a quota of the words "Jedi", "force", and "light saber" and scattered it around the book. Except for these token preferences, all you have is a bunch of guys running around doing magic, and not even in an interesting or creative way.
I guess you can take this book for what is is, but don't get your hopes up. As an adventure story it disappoints, as a fantasy it is boring, as a Jedi novel it is mostly just annoying, and as a work of science fiction it just isn't there.
Luke knows the charges are somewhat true and bargins with Chief of State Daala to avoid going to prison. Luke accepts exile for 10 years from Coursant and the Jedi Order. The only chance Luke has of returning before the completion of the 10 years is to discover what caused Jacen to turn to the Dark Side. Luke and his son, Ben (also a Jedi) begin traveling the galaxy to find where all Jacen went during his five year travels to visit different Force-users, trying to learn what caused Jacen to go to the Dark Side. They begin with visiting the planet Dorin, the home of the Kel Dors, the people Jedi Master Plo Koon belonged to. There, Luke begins his quest to determine what all Jacen learned during his travels.
Han and Leia, with their granddaughter Alanna (also known as Amelia) travel to Kesssl to help Lando save his mining enterprise for dangerous groundquakes that are threatening to tear the planet apart.
The Jedi are all assigned government observers to follow their movements and restrict their usefullness.
Jag Fel and Jaina Solo have fallen in love and are having secret meetings. This story line is going to be very, very interesting.
I currently have the audiobook version of Outcast, I am waiting for my book to arrive in the mail.Read more ›
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This is the first SW book in a long while that I've given 5 stars. Not because every other one is bad, but its always the same old song. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book was the beginning of the end for me. I'd been reading every Star Wars book I could get my hands on ever since I first picked up Heir to the Empire over 20 years ago. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Damon Mosier
Read by Marc Thompson the most awesome voice actor ever. Doing a spot on Lando, Luke, and Han. Amazingly read, you quickly forget you are only listening to one man as he does 10s... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tory G Marcon
It started out a tad weak, picked up fairly well, but then it slowed down. Three or four major crisis' but two were delved into very well but got resolved too quickly. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Duane
I have read probably 50 Star Wars books, and this one was okay.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Overall, I felt that Outcast set up the rest of the series to be interesting, and still retained its value as an individual book. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sepyle