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Star by Star (Star Wars: The New Jedi Order, Book 9) Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 2002
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"Neverworld Wake" by Marisha Pessl
Read the absorbing new psychological suspense thriller from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Marisha Pessl. Learn more
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"The New York Times bestselling Star Wars series The New Jedi Order enthralls readers with its epic drama and thrilling adventure. Now readers will pierce the very heart of darkness. . . .
It is a solemn time for the New Republic, as the merciless Yuuzhan Vong continue their campaign of destruction. The brutal enemy has unleashed a savage creature capable of finding--and killing--Jedi Knights. And now Leia Organa Solo faces a terrible ultimatum. If the location of the secret Jedi base is not revealed within one week, the Yuuzhan Vong will blast millions of refugee ships into oblivion.
As the battered but still unbroken Jedi scramble to deal with the newest onslaught, Leia's son Anakin lays out a daring plan. He will lead a Jedi strike force into the heart of enemy territory in order to sabotage the Yuuzhan Vong's deadliest weapons. There, with his brother and sister at his side, he will come face-to-face with his destiny--as the New Republic, still fighting the good fight, will come face-to-face with theirs. . . .
About the Author
Troy Denning is the author of the New York Times bestseller Waterdeep (under the pseudonym Richard Awlinson) and nineteen other novels, including Pages of Pain, Beyond the High Road, and, most recently, The Summoning. He lives in southern Wisconsin with his wife, Andria.
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1 Great Game. Like I said, the game was amazing, the story was good.
2 Starkiller. I love Galen Merik, hes the dark jedi who needs redemption i have been waiting for.
3 Darth Vader. We really get to see some of how twisted Vader has become.
4 Great gap filling. This story really fills some of the void left between episode 3 and 4
1 Poorly adapted. As was already stated in other reviews the book does tend to read like a summery rather then a novel.
2 Confusing flashbacks and out of place events. There was allot of this especially with Starkiller and Juno Eclipse.
3 Really poorly written fight scenes.
4 Starkiller is a bit too powerful.
5 Because the author writes things more like a summery especially the fight sequences things pass way to fast and you can easily find yourself lost or saying, wait what did i miss?
Overall I would recommend it as a good bridge and a good story outline, but as for a well written novelization i would say it falls short of being great. Still if you love the video game this is a great companion or if you like me are a completest then this is a must for your collection.
For an example of how bad the latter half is, here's an example from the ceremony which promotes the younger Jedi to Jedi Knights: Luke says to Tahiri: "Life has torn much from you that you loved, but your courage has been equal to everything. Never forget that the Jedi will always be here for you. Never forget that the Force begets life as well as death." He touched her cheek. "And never forget that here you are loved. Go to Kashyyyk, join your mind to that of others, and heal." Tahiri's chin trembled, and she swallowed tears...
Luke made Tahiri cry! In a ceremony that's supposed to be inspirational! Is the whole purpose of this scene "Luke Skywalker needs a scriptwriter and should not under any circumstances be allowed to make up ceremonies off the top of his head?" The mini-speeches he makes to the other young Jedi are all equally screwy. At least what he says to Jaina was SUPPOSED to be weird.
But the first half of the novel is okay, which leads me to believe that the author could have done a better job, if he had more time.
Having never played the game, it is difficult to disentangle the flaws of the game's storyline and the novel. Sean Williams seems to have written a fairly straightforward adaptation of the game. Starkiller faces down Jedi after Jedi, all of which are potentially intriguing characters...but we never see the battles from their perspective. It would be interesting to know, for example, what madness caused Kazdan Paratus to construct an entire Jedi Temple out of junk and populate it with Jedi droid doppelgangers...but this bizarre eccentricity is quickly dismissed as Starkiller moves on to yet another mission.
Williams does a better job with the main characters: Starkiller, his pilot Juno Eclipse, and PROXY the training droid. Eclipse had seemed like a rather superfluous character to me (Darth Maul didn't need a pilot, after all...) but Williams provided enough background and depth to make her genuinely interesting. The relationship between Starkiller and Eclipse seemed rushed and forced, however--it was never entirely clear to me what attracted them to each other.
Starkiller is just a challenging character to relate to. Williams does his best to explore his thoughts and feelings, but the Secret Apprentice is no Kyle Katarn or Darth Revan. I'm not sure if the problem is that he's too much of a blank slate, or that his slate isn't blank enough. He has a definite name and identity, but no real character traits. His past is revealed, but it is essentially irrelevant to the plot--in fact, Starkiller doesn't get the chance to discover much about his past at all. And because Starkiller is so powerful to begin with, he has little to learn. His character doesn't develop so much as shift allegiances.