- Hardcover: 345 pages
- Publisher: Spectra; First Edition edition (April 1, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553089307
- ISBN-13: 978-0553089301
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 168 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Star Wars: Children of the Jedi Hardcover – April 1, 1995
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From Publishers Weekly
This latest entry in Bantam's successful Star Wars series is a transitional novel. Its pace may be slow enough to disappoint some of series's many loyal readers, but Hambly's (Those Who Hunt the Night) retreading of familiar ground provides a more variegated perspective than usual on several major characters. She offers several solid, well-wrought adventures as well, but they never cohere into a whole worthy of its parts. The subplots are frequently more interesting than the main story line, in which the ruling houses of the recently fallen Empire attempt to revitalize their way of life with the aid of a new type of Jedi knight. A particularly compelling subplot concerns the effort to determine whether the now machine-based consciousness of Nichos, a Jedi Apprentice whose body has died, is still human. While Hambly creates some fascinating alien life forms and plot complications (fans of Luke Skywalker will be especially delighted by a couple of the plot twists here), what she finally offers is more a promise of things to come than a realization of them. Major ad/promo; audio rights sold to BDD Audio Cassette.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Rumors of a lost Jedi stronghold draw Han Solo and Princess Leia to the distant world of Belsavis, while Luke follows the pull of the Force towards a confrontation with a sentient, planet-destroying ship intent on carrying out the deadly orders given to it just before the fall of the Empire. Hambly's talent as a storyteller lies chiefly in her skill at discovering her characters' deepest motivations. In her hands, the heroes of the New Republic take on a maturity and credibility that enhance their already engaging personalities. This latest installment in the continuing series of novels based on the Star Wars universe will make an excellent addition to sf collections.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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For me, one of the big flaws of the Expanded Universe has been that many of the adventures seem like mere trivial episodes which don't have lasting implications, don't show us anything new about the characters, aren't truly thought-provoking, and just don't need to have happened. Children of the Jedi feels like a series of really significant events in the lives of the characters. I feel I know more about even C3PO and R2D2.
I'll close this review with a debate topic for Star Wars novel fans. Was it a good idea to link all the novels into one universe, so that each author was required to take into account the events of all the other books? While it's nice to have a continuity to follow and see new characters like Mara Jade pop up, it also seems to hamstring the authors, limiting what their imaginations can show us. No big changes can occur because the drawing board has to be left open for other writers. What if, instead, there had been no imposed continuity? Then each author would be beholden only to the movies, and could do whatever they wanted without fear of contradicting other authors or changing the universe to much for future authors. The the readers would truly not know what to expect- Luke could die, Vader could turn out to be alive, Earth could be discovered, and so on. Then when the book ended those ideas wouldn't ruin future novels.
Perhaps even if the large continuity was maintained, there could have been "imaginary" stories, the way the old DC comics used to do - stories where Superman and Lois got married or Batman died, that were outside the continuity.
I don't normally write such a snarky review, but this one is just meh.
I'll say this for it. It's traditional Star Wars, with the romanticized plot and no major charactors biting the dust in idiotic ways. On the whole the book is enjoyable if you can get past some of the more ridiculous plot devices, the repetitious Luke in mortal peril/falling in love(read getting horny), and the flowery prose. For explanations see below.
Plot devices: Think Deathstar prototype 000. They say men who build big ships ar compensating for something, and in Palpatine's case . . . I think it's the teensy tiny size of his grey matter, because Eye of Palpatine was at best a hare brained idea.
Then you've got Luke, who gets injured -- yet again, and falls in love with the female force sensitive protag -- yet again. Oh, did I mention his female protagoist is the literal "ghost in the machine"? Weird in the sense of Nightmare on Elm Street and Phantasm.
Then you've got Tuskins? And Gammoreans? And Jawas, oh my. A zoo of hapless and somewhat intelligent creatures in varying degrees of helpful, harmful, or just plain apathetic.
And lets not forget Leia and Han, who are absolutely clueless through most of the book, and the cameo appearance of Mara Jade. *eyerolls*
Writing Style: This is the part of the book that gets me the grumpiest. Hambly attempts a rather flowery poetic prose style that leaves me wondering half the time what she's trying to say, and the other half of the time trying to figure out if she was huffing permanent markers while writing. Then again, this was her first StarWars book, so I can't be too hard on her. She was fumbling in the dark, and made an attempt that at least resembled successful.