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Showdown at Centerpoint (Star Wars: The Corellian Trilogy, Book 3) Paperback – September 1, 1995
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In this third and final volume of the Corellian trilogy, Han and Luke lead the Alliance in a mad scramble against the Selonian rebels for control of the planetary technology. ®, (TM) and © 1995 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.
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In this third and final volume of the Corellian trilogy, Han and Luke lead the Alliance in a mad scramble against the Selonian rebels for control of the planetary technology.
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Before we get into that, let's begin with a little bit of backstory. Um, Centerpoint Station is a big nuclear reactor or something and it's set to blow up a star. So the Bakuran Fleet is hanging out while Gaeriel, the cross-eyed chick, Lando, Luke, Artoo, Threepio, and the administrator for the station are checking out the station. Rather than blow the station sky high, they decide to use the planetary repulsor discovered on Drall to redirect the beam, or something? That's all well and good, and we get some good material with the kids doing some prodigious things, but where this novel falls short is...everything else. To his credit, Macbride Allen does put a hamper on the excruciatingly detailed segments where someone's flying a ship-OH WAIT NO HE DOESN'T. Good God, half of this book is people floating around space! We get it. It's Star Wars. There's space! I don't need to hear all about how Tendra went over to the console and checked her messages and how she'd been floating for months. Please, I beg of you, don't remind me of how she's been floating around for months because it feels like THIS BOOK HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR MONTHS! So Tendra's a throwaway character, let's just ignore her.
Mara Jade is...still there. Leia and Han are...still there...Oh, now I remember, they're being held in a fancy villa on Selonia for 2/3rds of the book! Oh, wow! Remember how awesome it was in "Planet of Twilight" when Leia was being held captive in a fancy villa, or in "Children of the Jedi" where Leia was being held captive in a fancy villa, or even in "Ambush at Corellia" where Leia was being held at a fancy villa? Woah! HOW MANY MORE STAR WARS BOOKS DO I HAVE TO DEAL WITH CHARACTERS BEING IMPRISONED. LET'S BREAK IT DOWN:
The Thrawn Trilogy: Luke is held on Myrkr for an entire book and a half.
The Callista Trilogy: Leia is held in various fancy villas for books at a time. Luke is stuck on a spaceship.
The Jedi Academy Trilogy: Han and crew are held in the spice mines of Kessel for ONE book AND IT WAS AWESOME.
The Black Fleet Crisis: Han is held captive by Nil Spaar. Leia is hanging around a board room. Luke floats around space.
The Crystal Star: The kids are held captive by creepy old guy on weird artificial planet. Leia floats around space.
The New Rebellion: Luke is held captive by Kueller. Leia is hanging around a board room.
The Corellian Trilogy: Leia is held at a fancy building, then everyone is at a fancy villa, then they all float around in space. Han is held captive by Thrackan Sal-Solo, then by the Selonians, then floats around in space, then at a fancy villa, then floats around in space.
Why is it that nearly every Star Wars book I've read in this post-Endor, chronological marathon involves characters getting captured and/or floating around aimlessly in space!? One trend that I'm noticing is, with a few exceptions, the KIDS get the best plotlines. Yeah, in this one they're held hostage, but they actually escape and fly the Falcon around and shoot a giant repulsor gun. Well, the way I see it, since those kids are only getting older and we're slowly approaching The New Jedi Order, HOPEFULLY this means good things to come.
Ugh. Anyways, the book also suffers because Thrackan is captured 80% of the way through the book and then we find out that the bad guys are some nameless, faceless "Triad" that wanted to blow up the stars for no reason at all and the rest is a crushingly underwhelming battle. Anyways, onwards and upwards.
The movers who built the planetary repulsors and positioned the Coreliian system are never revealed. The "showdown" itself is rather anticlimatic, as the New Republic forces smash the haphazard Saccorian forces easily. Some minor characters parish and really nothing major is lost.
Again, I think the plot of the repulsors and the positioning of the Corellian system is a really innovative concept, and their seizure by Sacorrian & Rebel forces is a great story--my large complaint is that the whole thing could have been told in one great book instead of stretched into a lumbering, slow trilogy.
Everything centers around the Solo children, especially Anakin, who plays a major role in the finale. We get to see how he works and why he works, his interactions with his siblings. If ever you wanted to see young Anakin Solo in action, here he is. Luke, Han, Leia, and Lando all do their part; but no matter what was happening, it all came back to the children.
Everything is kept in secrecy until the final moments in this series. I'm a little disappointed with "Source A," because I could guess who it was and had high expectations. When the big enemy was revealed, I wasn't too surprised. Perhaps the author meant for me to figure it out, but I was underwhelmed.
All that said, the final moments of battle were well done. Roger MacBride Allen moves deftly from scene to scene, keeping readers abreast of all the action. The tension was there. I spent the last part of the book glued to the pages. This was far more exciting than Assault at Selonia but not as interesting as Ambush at Corellia.