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Star Wars: The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader Hardcover – December 7, 2007

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  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 1050 (What's this?)
  • Series: Star Wars
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; Slp edition (December 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439681324
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439681322
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #734,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Long time fan and I've read 99% of the StarWars books. This was the first novella type I've read and it covers the very beginning of Anakin as a little boy when he arrives on Tattoine with his mother to his final death. When I first received the book I was impressed with it's hardcover quality and wrapping but not sure if maybe I had made a mistake since it looked like it was more for young readers...which it does qualify as.

What I liked about the story line is that it presents everything from Anakin's POV and reveals how really "human" he was on the inside, constantly wrestling emotionally while his exterior was always distant, firm, and foreboding.

The book's ending provides a fantastic revelation that makes the story worth reading. I kept it in my kitchen and read a few pages each time I ate a meal alone...usually lunch or when I got home after my kids already ate. It's a quick read and worth it. Two thumbs up...read it!
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By scrub_704 on December 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I too was very disappointed by this book. Mostly, it's 200 pages of recycled Vader episodes we're all familiar with, and I might even suggest that the author did a poor job of that recycling. There is not much new or insightful here (with the exception of Luke's aunt & uncle, the only *plus* of this book, and I'm sure I could find it in another). The author does a poor job of relating events we all suspected were loosely related anyway, and there's no development here--of Anakin's virgin birth, realizing that his son brings balance to the force, the hand-chopping as relates to Vader's "life-support suit" [I guess that's what it's called], hand-chopping between father & son, etc. I was hoping for something that might creatively probe into Vader's psyche a little bit, but the author keeps him evil, never even shows he's conflicted with a morsel of good until the very end. (This was the same scene as in Return of the Jedi, and depending how you watch it, just isn't true.)

In short, whatever your hopes and dreams would be for a book about the rise and fall of Darth Vader, this is not it.

As another user said on this site, "I could write a better book than this"; I couldn't agree more. Apparently, $10.99 is not enough money to buy something that's imaginitive. My stomach churns when I think of how many Star Wars books this Windham guy has written. I hope that they are all not like this.

If I could have rated this book lower than a single star, I would have.
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By Andromeda on September 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader chronicals mostly from the movies. There are a little tibits of new information like Anakin arriving on Tatooine for the first time, how he found C3PO among other things. My favorite was the part where he's trying to figure out who Luke is. I would have loved for it to be longer of course but it was still really good.
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I have been waiting for years for a book relating episodes IV-VI from the perspective of the characters from Episodes I-III. Something along the line of Luke's power or Leia's resolve. I was also looking for development as to why they would use an untrained boy to fight Vader and his Emperor since the fight with Yoda at the end of Episode III was too intense to allow Luke to go off and fight them alone in Episode VI.

What I received in my reading was a retelling of the story with familiar lines, with limited thoughts from Vader about the situation. No compelling ideas that needed to be put into print, and little to no character development. Each part of the book that refers to a different episode is underdone and is not descriptive or interesting. Little about the fight on Bespin other then Vader being impressed with some of Luke's abilities.

There are many times in the book where the author has the opportunity to tell a new story, something about Anakin and Obi-Wan's relationship would have been helpful for making us believe the friendship claimed by Obi-Wan in Episode IV. More information should have been developed between Palpatine and Anakin around the episode III sections.I was also looking for more information about Vaders response to the Emperor about Luke existing since it was the Emperoor who told him that he killed his wife (and probably child). The only non episode story has to do with a confrontation between Vader and his children, and the story is short and to the point. Most of what Vader thinks is about what everyone would expect from him.

As to the title, the Rise would imply that a large portion of the book is based upon events between Episode III and IV, but there is surprising little here.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a story that focuses on Anakin's/ Vader's POV through different scenes. Unfortunately, every single one of those scenes is from the movies, past novels, and comics, and really isn't very new

It starts with Vader having a vision of himself on Vjun. It was awesome to read of that planet again, since I think it's only been in comics and novels. It's just before ROTJ and he sees him and Luke vs. the Emperor.

It segues into young Anakin with Shmi, both of whom I didn't realize until now (which is weird considering Anakin says it in TPM) weren't from Tatooine.
- We learn of Shmi's past and a lot more of Anakin's. But sometimes times change too fast.
- I was highly irritated that Anakin telling Padme he'd marry her was NOT included, despite the fact that many scenes were taken from the novels and not solely from the movies.
- I do like that, despite Anakin's frustrations with Obi-Wan, he loves him and truly considers him a father.
- We see the different times he lets anger take over.
- It's interesting that he has less trust in the Force after Geonosis. I think that's highly telling of who Anakin becomes. And then, after he gets his cybernetics, he realizes just how strong the Force is in comparison to technology.
- I cringed when learning he felt everything when receiving the cybernetics.
- we do learn more of the Purge which might be the only original piece of information.
- Some great "Legends" shout-outs: Noghri, Falleen, Shira Brie, the Kaiburr Crystal, and Prince Xizor. These were pretty much the redeeming qualities from a one-star rating.
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