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The Unifying Force (Star Wars: The New Jedi Order, Book 19) Mass Market Paperback – August 3, 2004
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At long last, the "New York Times bestselling series that launched the "Star Wars saga into the next generation and into thrilling new territory reaches its spectacular finale. Side by side, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Leia Organa Solo, their children, and their comrades in the Galactic Alliance rally for their last stand against the enemy that threatens not only the galaxy, but the Force itself.
The Galactic Alliance's hard-won success in countering the Yuuzhan Vong onslaught has proven all too brief--and the tide has turned once more to the invaders' advantage. Having overcome the sabotage strategies of the Jedi and their allies, the marauding aliens have pushed deeper into the galaxy and subjugated more worlds in their ruthless quest for domination. Coruscant has been remade into a Yuuzhan Vong stronghold. The remnants of the resistance are struggling to form a united front. Luke, Mara, and Jacen are missing in action. Clearly the stage is set for endgame.
Now, as Han and Leia receive the chilling news that hundreds of high-ranking Galactic Alliance prisoners face slaughter in a sacrifice to the enemy's bloodthirsty gods, Luke and his team try desperately to convince the living world of Zonama Sekot to join the Jedi's final campaign against the Yuuzhan Vong. Yet even as they speak, a lone space station is all that stands between Alliance headquarters on Mon Calamari . . . and wave after wave of ferocious enemy forces waging their most decisive assault.
At the same time, the Jedi's alliances throughout the galaxy are being tested--and the chances of victory jeopardized--by rogue factions determined to deploy the lethal weapon that will exterminate the Yuuzhan Vong . . . andperhaps countless other species. And among the Yuuzhan Vong themselves, the threat of revolt has reached a boiling point--as the oppressed underclass and powerful officials alike fear their Supreme Overlord's mad actions will provoke the wrath of the gods.
Ultimately, for both the forces of invasion and resistance, too much has been sacrificed --and too much is at stake--to ever turn back. And now, nothing can stand in the way of seizing victory . . . or facing annihilation.
About the Author
James Luceno is the New York Times bestselling author of the Star Wars novels Millennium Falcon, Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader, Cloak of Deception, Labyrinth of Evil, as well as the New Jedi Order novels Agents of Chaos I: Hero’s Trial and Agents of Chaos II: Jedi Eclipse, The Unifying Force, and the eBook Darth Maul: Saboteur. He is also the author of the fantasy novel Hunt for the Mayan Looking-Glass, available as an eBook. He lives in Annapolis, Maryland, with his wife and youngest child.
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As expected, the war with the Yuuzhan Vong ends with a huge battle. The sentient planet of Zonama Sekot has a major role as do the Shamed Ones, the oppressed members of the Yuuzhan Vong society. The Jedi reach a clearer understanding of the Force with the help of Vergere and Zonama Sekot. Everybody seems to work together until things begin to make sense.
A key player in all of this is the Vong's Supreme Overlord Shimmra. He is somewhat of a mysterious leader through the series, and his fortunes take an unexpected direction during the twists and turns at the end of the book. Just remember that everything is not as it seems. Keep a close eye on Nom Anor. The final battle is huge and very satisfying. Jacen Solo is a key contributor here.
I admit to being somewhat relieved that my journey through the New Jedi Order has finally come to an end. I felt bogged down many times. However, the overall journey was worth it. The Yuuzhan Vong were fascinating, mysterious aliens. The ability of the Republic and the Jedi to deal with them was in doubt many times. For the most part the various authors in the series wrote well and kept us as readers on our toes. The New Jedi Order and The Unifying Force are worthwhile parts of the Star Wars saga. In particular, I look forward to reading more of Mr. Luceno's books.
That said, there are a few issues. The first five chapters or so are about the escape of someone we've never met from a planet we don't care about. Well-written, don't get me wrong, but seeing this when I'm ready for the big finish to everything is kind of disappointing. There are so many other things I was excited to read about instead. He could have easily replaced the opening with a few lines of backstory and lost nothing.
The denouement takes forever! He's so careful to resolve every possible loose thread, that it just gets dull. At one point, there is a long paragraph that is nothing but a list of names of Jedi, most of whom are minor characters I don't care about.
Finally, the characters have this annoying habit of guessing their way to a possible answer, then just assuming that's the absolute truth. I can only accept Force-intuition to a certain extent, and this stretches it thin.
The Unifying Force brings the forces at work together in one final massive conflict. The storyline begun in Greg Keyes' Edge of Victory duology comes to a head as the Shamed Ones of Yuuzhan Vong society cast off their yoke of oppression and open new possibilities in the power dynamics of the culture. Zonama Sekot returns to the known galaxy in spectacular fashion but manages to remain enigmatic until the last few chapters. Various final solutions to the Vong invasion are put forward and addressed. Lastly, per the title, the disparate views of the Force posited throughout the New Jedi Order, in particular those put forward by Vergere and those surfaced by the absence of the Vong in the Force, are smashed together and forged to create a new vision of the future for the Jedi.
The opening of the book is surprising, as several chapters are set in a prison camp that reminded me strongly of scenes from The Bridge over the River Kwai and a few other war films. These serve to ease the reader into the larger story and set the stage for the Galactic Alliance's final push to retake Coruscant and stop the invasion. The prison chapters and the space conflict they eventually lead to are well-written and fundamental to the story, but I admit I was chafing to get back to two main plotlines: the return of Zonama Sekot to the galaxy and the churning evolution of Yuuzhan Vong society taking place on Coruscant.
Mr. Luceno deftly paints the crumbling foundations of Yuuzhan Vong culture and manages to spend significant time detailing Supreme Overlord Shimmra's actions and words without revealing too much of the underlying mystery of this character. Shimmra's desperation and confusion shines through clearly, as the Vong turn to more epic sacrifices and even to denying their gods in an effort to reconcile what went wrong with their invasion. Nom Anor provides a shadow storyline to that of Shimmra and to the end proves a wild-card character: the most memorable Vong of the entire series.
The final battle with Shimmra is quite satisfying and cinematic. Sprawling over many chapters as the Jedi and Galactic Alliance forces attempt to reach him, there's a desperate sense of urgency to the proceedings and some genuine fear for the fate of the heroes. A twist ending in this battle didn't come as a particular shock but it is an interesting new perspective on the true leadership of the Vong culture. There is a beautifully poignant moment for Jacen Solo, a character who has grown increasingly murky over the series, when he experiences something absolutely sublime and at the same moment knows he will spend the rest of his life attempting and failing to recapture it.
Looking over my reviews of the New Jedi Order, there are many individual books I gave high marks to. What intrigues me is my overall impression of the series is lower than the average of my ratings would suggest. There is no question that it overstays its welcome and that rotating so many authors through its doors did little good for the consistency of the story. That said, it's books like Matthew Stover's Traitor, Troy Denning's Star by Star, and The Unifying Force that save this series. They make it worthwhile reading for fans of the Star Wars Expanded Universe that have gotten to Timothy Zahn's Vision of the Future and wish there was more story to go. While I disagree with some of the foundational elements of the New Jedi Order, here Mr. Luceno deftly wraps up the whole thing in a beautiful shiny package: truly a job well done.