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Like a puzzle...
on November 13, 2012
I just finished this book, and overall I enjoyed it. I felt that the first part of the third act was a tad dull though, although it did ramp up quite nicely. I never really got the payoff that I was hoping for though.
I fully expected to see how exactly it was that Plagueis influenced the midi-chlorians to "create life". We didn't see that here, and it was a bit of a disappointment. When it was clear that he had no knowledge of Anakin's "birth", I then expected to see some sort of twist where Sidious was the one who performed the deed, making Sidious Anakin's "father" of sorts. But we don't get that payoff either. Although there is a little piece of dialogue in the very end that I'm not quite sure what to make of, that could point in that direction. I'm sure it is intentionally left open-ended.
It was cool to see Plagueis becoming more and more twisted and malformed over the course of the novel, as though the dark side was exerting its will over him, even though he thought he was the one in charge.
Luceno does a great job of weaving all the little threads together from Episode I and the Expanded Universe novels. I imagine if one hasn't read Cloak of Deception and Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter, they may be a little lost at some points. I intend to go back and reread those again now, just as a refresher.
I like Luceno's style a lot, and I think he did a good job with this one, but the answers provided in this novel are not necessarily to the questions you might hope to have answered. If you like the political stuff, like I do, then you should enjoy this book. If not, you might have a tough time with this one.