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Vector Prime (Star Wars: The New Jedi Order, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – July 5, 2000
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Twenty-one years have passed since the heroes of the Rebel Alliance destroyed the Death Star, breaking the power of the Emperor. Since then, the New Republic has valiantly struggled to maintain peace and prosperity among the peoples of the galaxy. But unrest has begun to spread and threatens to destroy the Republic's tenuous reign.
Into this volatile atmosphere comes Nom Anor, a charismatic firebrand who heats passions to the boiling point, sowing seeds of dissent for his own dark motives. And as the Jedi and the Republic focus on internal struggles, a new threat surfaces from beyond the farthest reaches of the Outer Rim--an enemy bearing weapons and technology unlike anything New Republic scientists have ever seen.
Suddenly, Luke Skywalker; his wife, Mara; Han Solo; Leia Organa Solo; and Chewbacca--along with the Solo children--are thrust again into battle, to defend the freedom so many have fought and died for. But this time, the power of the Force itself may not be enough . . .
About the Author
R. A. Salvatore was born in Massachusetts in 1959. His first published novel was The Crystal Shard. He has since published more than a dozen novels, including The Demon Awakens, The Demon Spirit, The Demon Apostle, The Halfling's Gem, Sojourn, The Legacy, Starless Night, and his newest hardcover: Mortalis. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Diane, and their three children.
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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.