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The Force Unleashed: Star Wars Legends (Star Wars: The Force Unleashed #1)

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  2,984 Ratings  ·  207 Reviews
“The Sith always betray one another. . . . I’m sure you’ll learn that soon enough.”

The overthrow of the Republic is complete. Absolute power now rests in the iron fist of Darth Sidious–the cunning Sith Lord better known as Emperor Palpatine. But more remains to be done. Pockets of resistance in the galaxy must still be defeated and missing Jedi accounted for . . . and deal
Paperback, 360 pages
Published August 25th 2009 by Del Rey (first published 2008)
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Sep 22, 2009 Joshua rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sean Williams' novel adaptation of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is a rather interesting window into a property I had originally experienced by video game; having played the XBox 360 version of Force Unleashed before reading the novel, I was already quite familiar with TFU's story. The fascincating point is in the discrepencies: variations on when events occur and, in a few limited cases, how Darth Vader's secret apprentice goes about achieving his objectives.

Galen Marek, son of two Jedi hiding
Sep 14, 2008 Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Wars Fans and Non-Star Wars fans alike
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is based on a video game of the same name. Most of the time, when I hear about a book based on a video game, I would cringe. Personally, I think that most of the time publishers are out to make an extra buck on a product. This is similar to Disney releasing multiple straight-to-video sequels of all of their popular movies; they don't care about the quality, because kids will beg their parents for it. Similarly, publishers know that hardcore fans of popular games wi ...more
El Galan
Nov 14, 2008 El Galan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Gina Lamm
Nov 02, 2008 Gina Lamm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1. Darth Vader's apprentice, Starkiller, travels the galaxy to find the remaining Jedi and kill them as ordered by Darth Vader. He badly injures General Kota, kills Shaak Ti and Kazdan Paratus, and proves himself worthy of helping Darth Vader to take down the Emperor. When he returned to Darth Vader, Starkiller gets stabbed by Darth Vader when the Emperor found out about Darth Vader having an apprentice, but Darth Vader healed Starkiller later on. Darth Vader told him to find allies so they can ...more
Jesse Booth
Oct 13, 2008 Jesse Booth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Wars Fans
Shelves: 2008
After seeing this book as a bestseller for a couple of weeks, I decided to read it. I typically don't read the Star Wars novels, but this was the second I decided to read.

I read Shadows of the Empire and came away with the taste that it was a great story written very badly. The Force Unleashed, however, was written very well. I was captivated the entire book, watching "Starkiller" change into Galen, his true self.

This book emphasizes changes that can be made within, no matter how dark or angry o
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Jul 08, 2009 Lanier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some really great action, here, for someone who has never played the game. Originally I bought this novel because my nephew was Demo-ing this game last August and I was blown away at the graphics, the skills he'd learned during one of these sessions and, did I mention the amazing graphics! Knowing many of of scholars love Sci-Fi, I felt it would have a duel purpose and when a female scholar raved about it, I was more pressed than ever to read it. The first half reads like a video game, where the ...more
Jan 05, 2010 Erika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I understand why I don’t like the Darth Bane books and why I didn’t like The Force Unleashed as much as I could have. Both have Sith as protagonists. Sith have massive egos. I don’t particularly like massive egos. I’m also tired of reading about the “best” pilot/apprentice/whatever who did everything phenomenally well in their careers, did it early, and are infinitely better than their peers, past and present. What happened to slightly above average, average, or even really below average ...more
Jeremy Stephens
Aug 15, 2010 Jeremy Stephens rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-of-2009
I'm such a geek that rather than just jumping in and play the awesome new game, "Star Wars: The Force Unleashed" I decided to read the book first.

What I liked:
*This book ends right before A New Hope (episode 4) begins. I like how well this tied the classic movies to the newer ones (episodes 1-3).

*The apprentice is a bad ass. He reminds me of myself in some ways- talented, eager to prove himself and yearning for power.

*The book describes more fomer Jedi who went into hiding after the Republic
Mar 02, 2010 Jasmine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, grown-up, del-ray
I think I should start with my star wars history. When I was eleven my (younger) siblings rented the Original trilogy from the library, and settled in to watch these formative pieces of culture. I, being the hysterically brave creature that I am, sat outside on the patio tormenting ants, and only watchingwhen the people were outside. I figured that anything inside was too frightening, which was possibly inspired by unwittingly walking in just in time to see Darth Vader strangle an angry guy in a ...more
Zack Marcinkiewicz
The Clone Wars are long gone and the Jedi all but extinct. Darth Vader has been tasked by the Emperor to root out and destroy the remaining Jedi but what the Emperor doesn’t know is that Vader has trained an apprentice of his own both for this task and for nefarious purposes of his own…
The Apprentice,we don’t find out his name until much later, must travel through a troubled galaxy killing on the command of his master. Although he is confident in his mastery of the Dark Side of the Force, the a
Ali M.
Jul 08, 2010 Ali M. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was kind of inevitable that I'd love this story - I'm a massive Vader fan and any glimpse into the Dark Times that's been shepherded by Lucas himself automatically has my attention. What I didn't expect was to be so compelled by Starkiller and Juno's respective fates; I mostly craved insight into Vader's mindset during this era and the push-pull power plays going on between him and Palpatine. I got that - but I also got much more.

Perhaps I should backtrack: I played the video game shortly aft
Crystal Starr Light
Even the bookstore wouldn't buy this one back!
Some two years back, a big deal was made of The Force Unleashed. There was to be a stunning new video game, a book, a comic...the whole shebang. So, I bought the game, tried it out. It was okay (I have a review of it for those interested), but I never had a desire to finish it. A while passes, and a friend of mine recently finished this book, declaring it the worst Star Wars novel ever. I've read some pretty bad Star Wars novels (Jedi Trial and the B
Andrew Nies
Nov 19, 2010 Andrew Nies rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Force Unleashed is a very interesting and quite shocking book. The Force Unleashed takes place in between the two films of Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope, which was a nineteen year gap. The Story takes place around a young man name Starkiller, who is found on a planet called Kaysak by the infamous Darth Vader. Darth Vader takes this young boy and trains him to be his secret apprentice. When Starkiller is with Vader, Vader gives his assignme ...more
Brad Wheeler
In the late nineties, Lucasfilm produced their first multimedia extravaganza with Shadows of the Empire. Steve Perry wrote the novel, and there was also a video game, a soundtrack, graphic novels, the whole works. It went pretty well. Now, twelve years later, Lucasfilm did it again with the Force Unleashed. This time, eh....

It's obvious that the video game was the leader of this whole project, because it's a video game story. The characters are broadly drawn, and a lot of the plot consists of th
A good book that is intended to be complimentary to the video game coming out in September, 2008. Despite being intended as a complimentary book, it could actually stand- though not always firmly- on its own as a good addition to the Star Wars saga. The story and the characters are compelling and story itself is fascinating. It makes me even more anxious to play the game. The only problem with the book is that the action sequences, in the beginning, feels very shackled at times, as though WIlli ...more
Jason Stalides
Apr 26, 2016 Jason Stalides rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have no choice but to reassess my initial, dismal thoughts on this book. Possibly the finest peice of literature produced in the 21st century. Don't let my one star throw you off. The one star is a white much mass crammed into something so small.

I have accepted the challenge of The General. Will she follow through on her end?
Jun 21, 2012 Patrick rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
The series based on the Republic Commando video games turned out to be fun action mixed with extremely thought-provoking questions about the morality and status of clones. This so far is not remotely the same quality.

The first few chapters are so obviously the video game levels described as a story that I laugh outloud and visualize graphics during each journey through the level to a silly "boss" such as a crazy Jedi constructing a Jedi temple out of trash on a junkyard planet. The Sith kid and
Jeff Cothern

“The Sith always betray one another. . . . I’m sure you’ll learn that soon enough.”The overthrow of the Republic is complete. The Separatist forces have been smashed, the Jedi Council nearly decimated, and the rest of the Order all but destroyed. Now absolute power rests in the iron fist of Darth Sidious–the cunning Sith lord better known as the former Senator, now Emperor, Palpatine. But more remains to be done. Pockets of resistance in the galaxy must still be defeated and missing Jedi account

John Gatti III
Nov 11, 2012 John Gatti III rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The novel, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, by Sean Williams, is a story of power, deception, betrayal, and redemption. This story is centered around a Sith assassin named Starkiller, who is sent by his master, Darth Vader, to hunt down the remaining Jedi Knights, an organization disbanded by Vader and his master over a decade earlier. Vader promises Starkiller that once he has eliminated these Jedi, they will together overthrow Vader’s own master, the Emperor. After assassinating 3 of these Jedi ...more
Nov 13, 2012 Joseph rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
Well there was nothing else at the library so I got this one and the Force II. I saw a pretty bad review from one of my friends, who I share a similiar opinion with on SW books. But I decided to read it and if it sucked after 50 or 100 pages then I would bag it.

The book is just that 2 stars and ok. It doesn't suck, but I didn't like it. It is really just ok... It is set probably 2-3 years before New Hope, I think. Remember the Revenge of the Sith is 19 years before that and when Leia and Luke we
Lisa Jones
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed by Sean Williams introduces Darth Vader’s secret Sith apprentice, who has been raised since before his memory by Darth Vader with no other name besides the Apprentice. Codenamed Starkiller, he is being trained to aid Darth Vader in overthrowing the Emperor and seizing control of the Empire. In preparation for that day, he is sent on missions by Darth Vader to destroy his many enemies—including those Jedi around the galaxy that have survived Order 66. As Starkiller ...more
Feb 26, 2014 Revan97 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Star Wars The Force Unleashed hits the ground running and doesn't stop. The action is continuous throughout the book and the plot is quite involving. Sean Williams did an excellent job adapting the video game from Lucasarts. Unlike the Playstation 2 game, the story fits in with the Star Wars movies. Darth Vader secretly takes an apprentice whom he trains in the ways of the dark side to do his bidding. But can anyone truly hide anything from the Emperor?

Filled with a constantly winding, twisting
Aaron Rojo
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Jul 04, 2015 Elizabeth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Oh boy.... This was a rough journey for me... I didn't HATE or DISLIKE the book, per se.... But it's definitely not one I can say that I liked. At all. It's bizarrely right in the middle for me (though usually, those kinds of books are either stupid middle-school reads or ones I never finished).

What's good about it? The story. Darth Vader having a secret apprentice is a fascinating premise, regardless of how it's executed. Also, the descriptions of the dark side's influence and the overall acti
Jody Ellis
Mar 22, 2015 Jody Ellis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Katrin von Martin
Jun 19, 2015 Katrin von Martin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jared Mayes
Dec 03, 2015 Jared Mayes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
This is one of the more unique Star Wars novels on the market, as part of the intense marketing blitz surrounding the much-hyped video game from 2008. Filling a hole in both the Star Wars timeline and in the real-world Star Wars media, the Force Unleashed fit nicely as something we Star Wars fans were craving in its original context. Despite being extremely excited for the game and the story concept back around the time of its original release, I never had the opportunity to play the game for mo ...more
Oct 04, 2016 Tarl rated it liked it
Shelves: star-wars
I've played the game and really enjoyed it, so I decided to read the book.

Williams did a good job translating the game to the novel for the most part. He added a certain level of depth to Galen and to the other characters that helps the reader to relate to them. But out of all of them, he did the best with Juno. She adds a beautiful counterpoint to Galen's stunted emotional growth as a character and out of everyone she shines the brightest. Some of the conversations are stilted, and as much as W
Athena Braun
I was intrigued at first by the idea of Vader having a secret apprentice and it was good for awhile..Then by the time he is killed (or not lol) that is when it started getting weird. I had heard from various places that Starkiller was the most powerful sith and well I disagree with this.. Maybe he could have been at one time, maybe the potential was there. In the end though he went to the light side so maybe He could have been the most powerful Jedi/ I don't know..He was more of a gray character ...more
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#1 New York Times bestselling Sean Williams lives with his family in Adelaide, South Australia. He’s written some books--forty-two at last count--including the Philip K. Dick-nominated Saturn Returns, several Star Wars novels and the Troubletwister series with Garth Nix. Twinmaker is a YA SF series that takes his love affair with the matter transmitter to a whole new level. You can find some relat ...more
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“With that, the hologram did dissolve and PROXY returned to his normal appearance and size.
"Ugh," the droid said with a shudder. "I hate being him."
The apprentice stood, deep in thought and nodded. "I think he does too.”
“You will never convince me to betray my master!-Starkiller” 5 likes
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