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

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“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

Hardcover, 319 pages
Published June 22nd 2009 (first published 2008)
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
Darryl Dobbs
Apr 21, 2016 Darryl Dobbs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was based on the video game and you know what? It read as such, too. The first few chapters literally read like levels of a video game. End of the level? Mission accomplished.

That being said, I did enjoy the book. Starkiller is a fantastic character and I wish there was more on him (later, I was pleasantly surprised to see that there was a sequel). However, Starkiller was too powerful. He seemed more powerful than Vader, which doesn’t make sense. Vader was the most powerful Jedi in his
Katrin von Martin
Jun 19, 2015 Katrin von Martin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 03, 2014 Matt rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is based on the novelization of a video game by the same name and you can tell. Sean Williams is the author for this adventure. The basic premise is that a SuperJedi becomes a Sith apprentice and wrecks havoc on the Rebellion. The question is, if the SuperJedi are only apprentices then how do the Sith ever lose to a punk like Luke Skywalker?

A good premise. At certain parts of the story the characters represent life like beings instead of killing machines. The other positive things are
Aaron Rojo
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Jody Ellis
Mar 22, 2015 Jody Ellis rated it really liked 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
Sep 05, 2014 Tarnus rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Absolutely no one
Terible, just terrible. Someone took the script of the videogame, filled out the scenes and published it as a book. And it's just that. You can almost see the loading screens between chapters, the descriptions are bad, the storyprogression is a joke.
The story itself is boring and yet another one of those "the most powerful character in the Star Wars Universe" is our main protagonist. Though character is a strong word for this one, I think there might be pieces of cardboard with more personality.
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?
Feb 20, 2016 Aaron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three things marked my childhood more than anything else: Mormons, baseball and Star Wars. So almost 40 years later I'm reading my first Star Wars book, my second book on Mormon history and the world champion Royals are back in Surprise Valley. However I'm finding some things are better left in the past. While I have tons of nostalgia for Star Wars, I'll never be able to relive those glory years of playing with my figures 8 hours per day with my best friend Jamie. And while going to the K is a g ...more
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
Mars Dorian
Never played the game, but saw the cutscenes on Youtube and thought the story was worth checking out.

The story was worth checking some extent. The idea of a Sith student turning Jedi accidentally while carrying out Vader's plan to destroy the emperor is interesting, the execution lacks.
I found the book too long, the dialogue too uninspired. After the half point, I glanced over the action scenes because they kept repeating themselves.

The story flowed well though, and some characters wer
Ben Yandle
Aug 08, 2015 Ben Yandle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't really like this game much but I thought the story had some potential. This is just as rushed as the game which is a shame. I had hoped that given the format of a book character motivations should be explored more. They were not. The first half of the book is pretty much a transcript of the game. Character goes here, one set piece from that level, way to fast battle with boss, return to base for redeploy. The writing style was okay and the descriptive but it was plainly hamstrung for it ...more
Jun 06, 2016 Jaime rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This read very much like a video game, which is fantastic. I've never played the game but I can easily visualize how it'd go.

Vader's trained a secret apprentice whose first real mission is to kill Jedi General Rahm Kota. He has a droid named PROXY whose main programming is to kill the apprentice - known only by "Starkiller." His new pilot for the ship Rogue Shadow is Juno Eclipse.

She learns that Vader wants to take down the Emperor with Starkiller, but stays at his side, even when he is given ad
May 26, 2016 Tarl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
For the most part this is actually quite a good Star Wars read, unfortunately you have to suffer through about 80 pages to get there. I haven't sat down and played the video game but it became quite clear the first part concentrated very tightly on the game, which sadly makes that section a chore to get through. Its not the first Star Wars story to make that mistake, the Kyle Katarn book series also suffered when dealing exclusively with game content. Its kinda strange because most authors, if t ...more
Ronny Bereczki
Ähnlich wie bei "Shadows of the Empire" 1997 kommt "Force Unleashed" 2008 als Multimediaprojekt daher. Es gibt ein Videospiel (leider nicht für PC), Comic, Buch und sonstigen Kram. Trotz des großen Geklappers, das um das Projekt gemacht wurde, ist das Buch wirklich lesenswert. Es erzählt die Geschichte von Vaders geheimen Schüler, der als Attentäter zur Jedijagt ausgebildet wurde. Manchmal wirkt der Schüler etwas zu mächtig, seine Fähigkeiten passen sich meiner Meinung nach nicht immer ganz in d ...more
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
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
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
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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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