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The Force Unleashed II (Star Wars: The Force Unleashed #2)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  2,307 Ratings  ·  111 Reviews
As ruthless apprentice to Darth Vader, Starkiller was mercilessly schooled in the ways of the dark side, commanded to exterminate the last of the purged Jedi Order, and groomed for the ultimate Sith power play: assassination of the Emperor. He served without question, killed without remorse, and lost his heart without warning to beautiful Imperial fighter pilot Juno Eclips ...more
Hardcover, 295 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by LucasBooks
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Oct 17, 2010 Jacen rated it did not like it
2010 has seen my two least favorite SW novels in...ever. TFU II being one of those books.

This novel is relentless game-play cut with a psychopathic love story. It's Force Lighting peppered with an odd and constantly repetitive shallow philosophical rhetoric. Starkiller spends the whole of the novel hunting for Juno. That's fine and well. He kills relentlessly to get to her. That's fine too I guess. What was really painful was his inner dialogue. It went on and on and on with the same questions.
BAM The Bibliomaniac
I kept waiting for A Flock of Seagulls' Space Age Love Song to break out.
Jan 24, 2011 Bradley rated it it was ok
A frustrating read. Starkiller returns from the dead as a clone, thanks to Darth Vader, breaks away from Vader's clutches (again) and the rest of the book concerns Starkillers hunt for his old pilot and 3 second lover Juno. The romance/obsession between Juno and Starkiller makes little sense considering they barely explored this in the first book and so making it the main plot in the second really stretches creditability. This recon stuff about Starkiller as the main one responsible for the star ...more
Nov 13, 2012 Joseph rated it did not like it
Shelves: star-wars
I said this at the end of my review for The Force Unleashed II. There was no reason for a second book. The guy dead, but no we had to have a sequal and there has to be a 3rd actually. There is no way around it if you read the ending, which is bad...

Spoilers below.

This book has Starkiller being cloned to come back under Vadar. Ok, fine. Vadar tries to sell him in leaving the lab, gain an army (rebels) and have them come out of hiding so Vadar and the Emperor can squash them. Ok, fine. Starkiller
Jeremy Stephens
Apr 02, 2011 Jeremy Stephens rated it liked it
Shelves: books-of-2011
The first Force Unleashed book was pretty creative. It did a good job of explaining the origins of the rebellion and presented Darth Vader's Character in a light that made him seem more like an actual Sith Lord and less like a sulky old man as he often appears in other books. I also loved Starkiller's character- he was insanely powerful for being so young and his internal conflict made him easy to sympathize with.

It's too bad I can't say the same for this pile of disappointment. A game review
G.D. Vidrine
Oct 17, 2010 G.D. Vidrine rated it really liked it
I was very much impressed by this one! With novels based on a game, I try to be a little lenient, because I know that the author is confined to what was done in the game. The first Force Unleashed novel was fine; it wasn't stellar, but then the game was a little linear and because of that, so was the book. But it wasn't horrible and it moved well. His next video game book, however, was awful. Fatal Alliance was choppy, badly written, and boring. So I was a little concerned about the Force Unleas ...more
Feb 17, 2013 Daevid rated it it was amazing
This deeply subversive novel is the perhaps the most scathing satire of Star Wars and modern science fiction ever written. Sean Williams has a keen eye for the tropes that have dragged the genre into the gutter, and he uses this work to force them into the light. As his characters inexplicably move from plot-point to plot-point, Williams deftly reinforces the irony with robotic dialog broken in every scene by a hyphen and a cut to the battle sequences. He parodies his contemporaries with ruthles ...more
Feb 15, 2013 Maythavee rated it it was amazing
The Force Unleashed II was way better than the first book! I really enjoyed it!

Wow, Starkiller’s hard to kill isn’t he? He just keeps on coming back to life. Just when I thought that it was the end of Starkiller… Anyway, everything about this book was better than the first. Starkiller’s character was fantastic! I loved the new problems that he had with himself. It made his character so much more interesting. I also loved the ‘is-he-a-clone’ argument. My opinion is that it depends on how we look
Sean E.
Oct 01, 2010 Sean E. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 is a book about a dark assassin trained to hunt down the enemies of the empire. the first time he served his purpose and was destroyed, the second time he Rebelled and escaped the dark clutches of his former master. He escapes and looks for the one thing that seems important from his old memory, Juno. He follows leads and attempts to track the love that was stolen from him across the galaxy. When he finally finds her she is stolen from him by a cruel twist of fat ...more
Ben Arispe
Nov 01, 2011 Ben Arispe rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this one immensely! Although again, Sean Williams suffers a bit from lack of detail in the story, particularly around the action sequences. And again, I'm assuming he was told to write the book from the perspective and expectation that the readers will most likely have played the game prior to or during the reading of said story. I for one have only played a couple of hours into the game itself before I lost intrest and moved on to something else.
I enjoyed seeing the emotion in Starki
May 28, 2014 K rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars
Okay follow up to the first book. The story is clearly better than the video game, as well as making the game’s plot make more sense now that I read the book; however, it didn't unfortunately make the story/plot any more likeable. Like a lot of sequels, the story seemed rushed and not as well thought out as the original. Almost as the folks in charge were more concerned with a deadline and making money rather than making a coherent/well thought out story (like the first book, KOTOR, etc.) Also, ...more
Oct 05, 2012 Michael rated it really liked it
I liked "The Force Unleashed II." There is nearly non-stop action from beginning to end, there are several appearances by major Star Wars' characters, Darth Vader acted like someone who actually could give the Emperor a run for his money and it covered some Star Wars back-stories of how things ended up the way they did. The book is not exactly a cliff-hanger, it just did not conclude in a way that would not completely change Star Wars history if things are left the way they are so the completely ...more
Oct 31, 2010 Andrew rated it liked it
Star wars Force Unleashed 2 is an interesting story with lots of action and has very good science fiction moments. It also has very discriptive details that helped you visualize what is going on in the story. I like the fact that it feels like the story is on its own story and that it is not a story that continues where the movie left off. The story is about a clone of Darth Vader's first apprentice, which died to save the people that started the rebellion. He is haunted by the memories of his p ...more
Carlos Chavez
Apr 05, 2011 Carlos Chavez rated it liked it
Shelves: star-wars
not bad, but definatly not good either. The story at some points seem s like the auther was rushed to write a book thatwould tell t story of the game without fattening it up with little tid bits here and there.
Feb 19, 2011 Taylor rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010, star-wars, favorites
Everything that the game should have been but wasn't. Action filed, good plots. Answers the question of how could Starkiller be alive?

It even answers how Jedi can be cloned, when it was always thought impossible.
Oct 08, 2010 Myk rated it liked it
Shelves: star-wars
This story was completely unnecessary. The first book was so good I had to read it twice in a row, this one was just okay. I hope the game is better.
Jan 25, 2011 Luke rated it liked it
Decent, escapist fiction set in the Star Wars universe. The action is fairly intense and the ending caught me by surprise.
Sep 02, 2013 Neil rated it liked it
Books based on video games are always tough propositions to read [which, I assume, makes them tough to write as well]. They tend to be like movie novelizations. They will be either very good or very bad [and I think mediocre falls into the very bad category]. The better novelizations do not necessarily blindly follow a movie or a game, but they will add additional details that one cannot find out from the movie or game. Or good novelizations will build upon the information given and even extrapo ...more
Mark Baller
fun read typical star wars stuff with good unique plot.
Micah Sims
Mar 08, 2017 Micah Sims rated it it was amazing
loved it was so good.who doesn't like star wars. the main character.
Grady Brown
Mar 06, 2017 Grady Brown rated it it was amazing
Darth Vader's secret apprentice is back with a vengeance as he goes on a quest to rediscover his identity. A great story that has twists and turns around every corner. See Yoda and Boba Fett like you've never seen them before as they play a significant role in Starkiller's quest. Vader even more mysterious in this book than he was in the first one. It is a classic combination between The Fugitive, The 6th Day, and The Empire Strikes Back. A highly recommended story to anyone who enjoyed the firs ...more
Shane Amazon
Oct 02, 2013 Shane Amazon rated it it was amazing
After reading the Force Unleashed and the Fatal Alliance, both books I found average at best, I was a little worried about reading this second installment. I was picturing our fearless and recently dead Jedi/Sith to once again go force crazy as he fought a "boss level" every third chapter, a storyline that was done to death in the first book. To my surprise and gratitude I was wrong. Sean Williams has out done himself with this one. He has woven a complex and intricate web of emotion and suspens ...more
Eric Sullenberger
Dec 22, 2015 Eric Sullenberger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Normally I review series together, but I chose to do these separate because the books differ significantly in quality. The first book followed the video game so closely that it felt formulaic and robotic and was very stifled by the repetitive environments.
This book on the other hand was helped by a video game that was more linear and streamlined in its flow. The book does nothing to settle the mystery of whether the main character, Starkiller, is a clone or the original man brought back to life.
Ernest Solar
Feb 09, 2017 Ernest Solar rated it it was ok
** Spoiler Alert **

Force Unleashed II was hard for me to read and finish. I get that the story was based off a video game. However, the first Force Unleashed novelization at least made more sense in the continuum of the overall Star Wars timeline of events. Force Unleashed II had that potential, but I feel the Sean Williams struggled throughout the book to move the story forward. At the end of the book all that I really stuck out to me was how Starkiller was obsessed with his love for Juno, whi
Jared Mayes
Nov 29, 2015 Jared Mayes rated it really liked it
Shelves: star_wars
Thousands of hours of hard work went into the vast multimedia project that was the Force Unleashed. The outcome was an action-packed rampage through the Star Wars universe full of Force lightning, flailing stormtroopers, explosions, and believable characters. If not a great Star Wars novel, the Force Unleashed was a great Star Wars experience when all elements of the project are taken into account: the game, novel, comic, and even the toys. After all that work developing the story, characters, a ...more
Ronny Bereczki
Aug 02, 2011 Ronny Bereczki rated it it was ok
Für sich betrachtet ist der Roman relativ mittelmäßig. Der Wechsel zwischen "Handlung" und "Kampfszenen" ist meiner Meinung nach nicht wirklich gelungen, statt die Geschichte mehr in den Vordergrund zu stellen, ist zusehr auf kostenpflichtige Werbung für ein Viseospiel abgestellt worden.

Im Gesamtzusammenhang des Star Wars EU betrachtet ist der Roman eine Katastrophe (meine persönliche Meinung, das kann jeder sehen wie er will). Die Kräfte Starkillers sind absolut übertrieben dargestellt und steh
Jan 26, 2011 Patrick rated it liked it
About what I expected, about what I wanted and typical of the genre. As I think I noted in my review of the first book in this series, I'm reminded a bit more of the Deathstalker series than I am of anything that's come popping directly out of George Lucas' imagination.

But for all that a tolerable read, decent action and fight scenes, not much in the way of character development, nor when you boil it down a plot that holds together all that well. (But there are times when I agree with the "Driv
Patrick Hayes
Nov 21, 2011 Patrick Hayes rated it liked it
Never played the game, never read the graphic novel, never read the first book, but I bought this on sale and gave it try. Not bad, just not fabulous. I could picture all the action scenes being part of a videogame, but I found myself enjoying what the supporting characters were doing more than the lead character of Starkiller, a Jedi tutored by Vader to be a Sith that would help him kill the Emperor. Killed in the previous book, this Starkiller is a clone (or is he?) created by Vader to fill th ...more
Star Wars The Force Unleashed Two is the decent sequel to The Force Unleashed. Like the first, it's based on the video game with the same title. Starkiller returns to again challenge Darth Vader. But what plagues him throughout the book is the question: Am I me or am I only a clone, just a copy? After the events on the Death Star in the first book, Starkiller isn't sure that he didn't just die. What he does know, however, is that he is still in love with Juno Eclipse, who was his pilot in the or ...more

A good story about Starkiller and Juno, but the problem is that the story of Starkiller as the secret apprentice of Vader messes with continuity. In this novel, it would seem that both Juno and Starkiller play a huge role in the Rebellion, but of course no mention of them later on. I sense another game/novel in the future, and I just hope it has a plausible out for the two characters other than Vader or the Emperor kills them (that is frankly acceptable). That previous comment would al
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