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Ruin (Dark Tide, #2) (Star Wars: The New Jedi Order #3)

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The alien Yuuzhan Vong have launched an attack on the worlds of the Outer Rim.They are merciless, without regard for life - and they stand utterly outside the Force.Their ever-changing tactics stump the New Republic military.Even the Jedi, once the greatest guardians of peace in the galaxy, are rendered helpless by this impervious foe - and their solidarity has begun to un ...more
Paperback, 292 pages
Published June 15th 2000 by Random House (first published 2000)
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Alex
"Well, it is only Star Wars," I tell myself as I review my complaints with Dark Tide 1 & 2. Half of me views Star Wars as something extra-literary, a thing of high mythology, but also trivial as bubble gum. To that half, it makes no more sense to critique Star Wars than it does to critique Homer's Illiad or a Saturday morning cartoon. What would be the point? Somewhere between irrelevancy and pure silliness lies any serious critique of Star Wars.

But so what if it's "just" Star Wars? The othe
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William Ristau
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Crystal Starr Light
"It is only through functioning together that we can succeed"

The war against the Yuuzhan Vong continues. Leia attempts to bring Paelleon and the Imperial Remnant into the fight, while Luke and Mara try to keep the Jedi Order together. And Corran, Ganner, and Jacen go on an important fact-finding mission to Garqi.

NOTE: Based on audiobook and novel.

I went into Ruin with eager expectation, on a high after reading Onslaught, which was probably a bad thing. Not the reading order, just my unrealistic
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John
Another lights out book in the New Jedi Order series.The threat of the Yuuzhan Vong continues.All the storylines are compelling.Especially those that have to do with Jaina,Jacen,and Anakin Solo.So far its right up there with The Fate Of The Jedi series.
Tania
I was not crazy about this book, because I felt that it focused too much on the character of Corran Horn, a Jedi who is a minor character in the first book in this subseries ("Onslaught"), but who is featured almost as the main character in "Ruin." Horn is apparently a character that author Stackpole created in his previous book "I, Jedi." I felt that the focus on this character was done at the expense of the usual main characters. Han Solo, and even Leia Organa Solo, are almost completely absen ...more
Cian Beirdd
I don't know how far in advance the series was laid out, but I was impressed with the gradual reveal of the Yuuzhan Vong, a species that exists around a different philosophy than any other in the universe. Technology, promotion, honor, everything is different. This book introduces two flaws in them and manages to erase one in the destruction of an entire planet, but as far as overall series strategy I loved it. The conclusion made them nearly unbeatable and Sith cruel.

That said, the characters s
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Jim Corbiere
Finished reading: Star Wars, The New Jedi Order: Ruin. I have to say it was very good. I have read three of the rather large story arc for the New Jedi Order and I say it is very good. There are 19 books in the series. A lot of people give negative feedback on the series which I disagree with. It seems the people who don't like the series can't get past the idea of passing the torch to a new generation. Luke, Han, and Leia ( Chewie is dead now ) still play important parts but they take a back se ...more
Rick MacDonnell
The third book in the New Jedi Order series, Dark Tide II: Ruin picks up where Dark Tide I: Onslaught left off. 21 years after the destruction of Darth Vader and the Emperor, the Star Wars galaxy has been hit by a threat deadlier and more terrifying than anything that has gone before. In Vector Prime, invading aliens were routed at great cost to our heroes. Now, in this climate of mistrust, especially of the Jedi, Leia cannot convince the New Republic that the threat may not be over, even as the ...more
Daniel
Michael Stackpole does it again... his second entry into the New Jedi Order series (and the third book in the series) is, in my opinion, a perfect Star Wars mix. All the ingredients are there, and they're woven together surprisingly well, particularly considering Stackpole's earlier works.

The characters stand out, particularly Jacen and Anakin. Each has their own struggles, and they make the book well worth reading on their own. Elegos A'kla's interaction with the enemy is intriguing. Corran fin
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Mark
It's a little weird looking through the Wookieepedia for these release dates. Now I'm all used to waiting years between books for stuff like the Wheel of Time and A Song of Ice and Fire, and here's Ruin coming a few months after Onslaught. Then again, that's easier to manage for 300 page paperbacks, I suppose.

We pick up the action with the Vong in the Republic's galaxy, killing their men. It turns out there is some spore that ruins the Vong's crab armor or whatever, and so they decide to invade
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Erik
I'd originally rated this three stars, but after some more thought, I've bumped it up to four. The first half of the New Jedi Order had some problems with the overall story that weren't the responsibility of any one author, and I can't fault Stackpole for that.

Quite the contrary, up until NJO's halfway point, the Dark Tide books were the only ones I found memorable (in a positive way, at least). After a very mediocre Vector Prime, these two books upped the ante and raised the bar, and they gave
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Matthew Ashby
Apparently, this is Stackpole's last Star Wars book, so we get a novel mostly focused on Corran Horn. There has been lots of death, loss, and dark times in this galaxy, but Stackpole keeps it feeling like Star Wars, unlike Vector Prime. The scenes with the Imperial Remnant and the final duel were genuinely exciting. Other than that, we have the typical spouting crap about the Force, Borsk Fey'lya being a jerk to get his come-uppance at the end, and "look, the Vong are so edgy!!"
Adam
I would agree with many assessments of this book that it is better than Onslaught. Also, coming to NJO as late as I have, I have the benefit of reading these books back to back. Being able to experience these stories so close together makes the continuity of emotion much easier for me to maintain.

As far as Stackpole is concerned there are things I like and don't like about his writing style. I love how he writes action, he engages you in the moment and does as good of a job as I've encountered i
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William
I need to start by saying that anyone who has said that this series lacked excitement and a feverish pace did not read the first three books. All three possessed these qualities in spades.
Dark Tide II picks up where the first novel left off, and while it strayed away from the main storyline (the YV invasion of Ithor) it continued to give us more insight into the Yuuzhan Vong culture. It also introduced us to Warmaster Tsavong Lah who, I know, plays a bigger role in later books, and doesn't seem
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Tiana
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Jeff
Ruin seemed better than Onslaught. Maybe it was just me, but I felt that towards the end, Onslaught seemed a little more confusing, and thought that Ruin on the other hand kept me more involved as things moved along. Regardless, of all of the authors that write Star Wars, Stackpole is one of, if not the best of all of them.

One thing that I though was interesting in this book specifically was that they went a little deeper into the culture of . . . a certain planet that most Star Wars nerds are
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Jerry
Matters get a bit more intense in this third book of the New Jedi Order series, but the fuse is still a bit long. Like Left Behind, I think this series could have been much shorter.
Yves
L'invasion des Yuuzhan Vongs se poursuit sans trop faire de bruit car elle touche surtout des petites planètes sans importances. Seuls les Jedi et quelques chefs militaires régionaux se posent comme rempart face à cette menace. Les choses commencent à devenir plus sérieuse lorsqu'un des cible est la planète-jardin d'Ithor.

Ce livre tourne beaucoup sur le Jedi Corran Horn qui a une influence capitale sur ce qui va se produire sur Ithor. Sans être un excellent livre, Naufrage est quand même bien et
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Revan97
Star Wars The New Jedi Order Dark Tide II: Ruin is much the same as Dark Tide 1. Again, the author delivers a pretty good Star Wars tale with plenty of action (including good X-wing action as in his X-wing novels), but all in all the story feels a little too much like the first Dark Tide. Things move slow, and though there is a decent finale, it's not like the last duel between Corran Horn and the Yuuzhan Vong in the previous volume, which I found to be quite exciting after the otherwise slow m ...more
Bernard Campbell
Good read and a book that sets the scene for more action and political movements for the New Jedi Order.
Shane Amazon
Dark Tide Ruin: Expanding on the storyline from Onslaught the reader follows the continuing tale of the fight against the Yuuzhan Vong. After the Jedi hand the Vong a series of set backs the Vong decided to take on a more aggressive and dark strategy to combat the forces of the Republic. The graphic introduction of the "Embrace of Pain" will leave the reader slack-jawed as the Vong show just how terrible they really are. A gruesome political assassination will shock the New Republic as a whole, ...more
Tyler
This book redeemed a portion of this duology for me, as it was a more cohesive, directed story, while Onslaught felt like so many pieces thrown haphazardly about on a table that there wasn't anything holding it together.

Ruin really cut to the heart of the conflict, cementing the near inability of a peaceful resolution, at least for awhile.

My primary objection is the utter lack of Han Solo. James Luceno's duology will cover some of this ground, but it doesn't make up for Stackpole's insertion o
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Jesse
The new Jedi order completely outpaces anything in the Starwars genre. This series was Dark, exciting, fast paced, and inspired. The writing was fantastic and the level of philosophy and force history was unparalleled. If your a fan at any level of the Starwars Universe than this series is a must read. It is on my top 5 of all time for a series and I treasured every moment I spent in that time. But beware, this isn't your typical Starwars book, be ready for a level of intensity that you've never ...more
Jim C
A book in the series where the dreaded Vong is attacking the galaxy that is far,far away. The reader needs to read the other books in this series to understand what is going on. This was a nice, quick read in the expanded universe. Nothing spectacular and this is not the finale of the series. It does what it is intended to do. Moves the story along to the next book in the series. I did enjoy the scenes where the Imperial Remnant where involved. It was nice to see them involved in the galaxy's pr ...more
Aric
Sometimes when you read a series that is 20 books long it is hard to have the feeling of a conclusion after reading the 3rd installment. This book was flawed in a way by that fact, but managed to remain a worthwhile and interesting read all the same. Mostly because it highlighted the struggle of one particular Jedi to stay on the path of the light side despite numerous obstacles the thirst to avenge a lost friend. I also enjoyed this book because of the continued development of Anakin Solo's cha ...more
Jim
This book was good and I enjoyed getting into the development of the Vong. It also makes the introduction of Jagged Fel. Its been awhile since I've read the NJO so it is enjoyable to be refreshed at how the characters were and how they've become. I'm a little irritated that there is no consistency in the villains yet in this series. Its one character in the first book, then a completely different group of leadership for books 2-3, and then someone else in book 4.
Ren the Unclean
Aug 19, 2007 Ren the Unclean rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Wars fans
Shelves: sci-fi
This book has a bit more action than the previous one, and does a really good job of showing you more about how certain factions of the Yuuzhan Vong think and act. I really like Stackpole's technique of telling you the story simultaneously from the enemies point of view. He does this really well and really convincingly, though I am not sure if this is his creation or some term of his contract with the Star Wars Liscense, since it happens in most of the NJO books.
Babuir
Again, another winner from Stackpole. It seamlessly gaps right from the previous book into this continuing story without decay and by now, we know the roles that everyone plays: The New Republic, The Imperial Remnant (almost sounds disrespectful to the Sith, no?), and the Yuuzhan Vong, who we may consider the civilized version of "The Borg" in the Star Wars Universe. One thing that hasn't been hinted at yet.....the sith. I await with baited breath.
Eric
This isn't bad for a Star Wars story. There's a good character development with Jedi Corran Horn, Luke, Leia, and Han don't play much of a role in events which is actually a good thing. I enjoy stories where it's not necessarily up to the core characters of a franchise(i.e. Star Wars, Star Trek, BSG, etc.) to save the day.

There are are few clerical errors, but don't let this take away from this middle-of-the-storyline adventure.
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