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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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Scott Rhee
Oct 13, 2015 Scott Rhee rated it really liked it
Michael A. Stackpole concludes his exciting Dark Tide duology in “Dark Tide II: Ruin”, which pits New Republic forces, with the help of the Imperial Fleet led by Admiral Pellaeon, against the Yuuzhan Vong.

Within the Galactic Senate, resentment and fear of the Jedi continue to grow, based primarily on a misguided belief that the Jedi, if given more political power, would usurp the Senate and declare galactic martial law.

Growing reports of Yuuzhan Vong attacks throughout the Outer Rim are making
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Alex
Jun 18, 2009 Alex rated it liked it
"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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Crystal Starr Light
Apr 14, 2011 Crystal Starr Light rated it really liked it
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"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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William Ristau
Jan 15, 2015 William Ristau rated it it was amazing
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John
Dec 30, 2014 John rated it it was amazing
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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.
Seth
Oct 14, 2015 Seth rated it really liked it
It's getting dark up in here.
Pam (The Girl Who Cried Books)
Dec 31, 2016 Pam (The Girl Who Cried Books) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Star Wars geeks!
Actual rating: 4.5 stars

I regret to have been putting off this book for so long. Who can blame me when there are hundreds and thousands of books to distract me every day? Haha! I'm just so glad that I saw a physical copy of the book in our school library too since this is the type of book that I would prefer reading the physical copy of. (Is it just me or your reading speed varies depending on the "copy" of the book, whether physical, e-book or audiobook, and what genre of the book is? For exa
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Lucy
Nov 05, 2016 Lucy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this one over a too long period of time and lost a lot of the plot in the process, which is my own fault. Big Things are starting to happen though, so that's interesting.
Jess Neuner
Feb 15, 2016 Jess Neuner rated it really liked it
It's a bit difficult to be a guardian of peace and justice in the galaxy when practically the entire galaxy thinks you're responsible for everything terrible that happens. The major theme of this series seems to be that people are terrible and that democracy doesn't work. It's rather depressing, really. The New Republic still won't do anything about the Yuuzhan Vong invasion, leaving the Jedi to take care of all of it, except when they do, they get blamed for the problem in the first place. Peop ...more
Rick (from Another Book Blog)
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
Aug 05, 2013 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Justin
Nov 25, 2016 Justin rated it really liked it
Ruin is the closing chapter in Michael Stackpole's Dark Tide duology, and the third book overall in the New Jedi Order saga. After making some gains against the Yuuzhan Vong's invasion of the galaxy, the Jedi Knights and New Republic military, assisted by the armed forces of the Imperial Remnant, gather for a grand confrontation over the fate of the planet Ithor.

While Dark Tide I: Onslaught (Star Wars: The New Jedi Order, Book 2) spread the spotlight on various Jedi and Rogue Squadron characters
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Star Wars-The New Jedi Order
Ruin by Michael A. Stackpole

In this edition of the New Jedi order series the terrifying and brutal invaders called the Yuuzhan Vong continue their merciless assault on the outer rim of the galaxy utterly crushing any New Republic forces they meet along the way. Their tactics and spacecraft are unlike anything seen before and no one has any idea on how to stop them. Even the Jedi under Master Luke Skywalker have fallen into chaos insight of the oncoming new foes. H
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Erik
Nov 26, 2011 Erik rated it really liked it
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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Tania
Nov 29, 2014 Tania rated it liked it
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
Adam
Mar 26, 2013 Adam rated it really liked it
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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Jonathan Scotese
Much better than the first in the series. If this nostalgia for unread EU books continues, then I will probably read all his books next before continuing to the Darth Caedus stuff.

It seems bit right wing. The democracy of the republic is corrupt and full of self-serving politicians who fit the an internet trolls idea of a "social justice warrior" while the empire remnants are filled with people of honor who disagreed with the Empires harsh and racist policies but believe in discipline and unity
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Cian Beirdd
Apr 09, 2014 Cian Beirdd rated it liked it
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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William
Feb 24, 2011 William rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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Jeff
Mar 31, 2010 Jeff rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, star-wars
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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David Orphal
Mar 02, 2016 David Orphal rated it liked it
Stackpole does a very nice job with this pair of novels. With some series, authors can fall into a trap:

Book 1: This villain is awful!
Book 2: Wow! We thought the last villain was bad!
Book 3: This is the worst villain ever!
Book 4: Wait! THIS is the worst villain ever!
Book 5: WAIT! THIS, THIS IS THE ...

It can grow tiring. With the Empire fully defeated, several dark Jedi vanquished, Stackpole pulls the worst villain ever from beyond the edge of the Star Wars universe. This new threat is so differe
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Jim Corbiere
Oct 25, 2014 Jim Corbiere rated it really liked it
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
Yves
Aug 23, 2012 Yves rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars, sf
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
Jul 22, 2016 Revan97 rated it really liked it
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
Shane Amazon
Sep 05, 2013 Shane Amazon rated it really liked it
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
Jesse
Feb 14, 2009 Jesse rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, starwars
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
Tyler
Jun 17, 2013 Tyler rated it liked it
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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Aric
Oct 14, 2013 Aric rated it liked it
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 C
Jan 04, 2013 Jim C rated it liked it
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
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