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–Obi-Wan Kenobi

The Death Star’s name says it all, with bone-chilling accuracy. It is a virtual world unto itself–equipped with uncanny power for a singularly brutal purpose: to obliterate entire planets in the blink of an eye. Its annihilation of the planet Alderaan, at the merciless command of Grand Moff Tarkin, lives in infamy. And its own ultimate destr
Hardcover, First Edition, 363 pages
Published October 16th 2007 by Del Rey
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Nicholas Karpuk
Apr 28, 2009 Nicholas Karpuk rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like disappointment.
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Crystal Starr Light
Death Star or How I Learned to Fall Asleep and Leave the Empire
Normally, I do not bother buying the hardcover editions. They are rather expensive and hard to carry around. But when I saw this one signed by both authors, I figured why not. Ever since the movie, The Empire Strikes Back, I have adored the Empire. So, I leapt into this one as soon as I had the opportunity.

As Star Wars geeks know, the Death Star has been around in various stages since around the time of The Phantom Menace (as mention
Carl Alves
Jan 13, 2013 Carl Alves rated it really liked it
Death Star was an enjoyable tale that was sort of prequel, but also ran concurrently to Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. The novel centers around the construction of the original Death Star. Grand Moff Tarkin shares the stage along with Darth Vader as the main villains in the novel. Vader is involved periferally at first before taking the main stage.

The book starts with the introduction of an eclectic group of characters including the owner of a cantina, an escaped prisoner, and a fighter pilot
Phil Elmore
Aug 01, 2011 Phil Elmore rated it it was amazing
Death Star by Michael Reaves and Steve Perry is not a Star Wars novel that just happens to be written by Reaves and Perry -- it's a novel by Reaves and Perry that just happens to be set in the Star Wars universe. That's an important distinction, and may explain why fans of Perry and Reaves collaborations (or of Steve Perry and Michael Reaves individually) will enjoy the novel immensely, but Star Wars fanboys may be dissatisfied. The book is, in fact, an absorbing character study of a handful of ...more
This book finally sheds some light on the discussion from "Clerks". What about all the innocents on the Death Star? This book follows a selection of people who all end up on the Death Star - civilian contractors, prisoners, conscripted staff, soldiers, etc. - and follows them from the start of building right up to the climactic (but well known) finale.

It wasn't a bad book by any means but it was nothing illuminating either. It was interesting to see what was going on around scenes from "A New Ho
Feb 15, 2008 Angel rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Star Wars fans and readers
Shelves: science_fiction
Finally finished it. It is a pretty quick read. It is also pretty well written. The book is basically the story of the construction of the Death Star. It is divided in two parts: the construction and then the shakedown cruise, which leads to the events in the first Star Wars film most people have seen by now. I usually dislike books where I know the ending beforehand, but this book was actually interesting and engaging. The first part where the station is constructed and the characters are intro ...more
Oct 14, 2011 Donald rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: only die-hard Star Wars fans
Star Wars books have increasingly become more sci-fi than sci-fantasy, going into more detail about the technical aspects of the universe than focusing on the larger-than-life stories based on myths that they should have. Now we have a story about how a "technological terror" was constructed, which goes on an on about how big the Death Star is, how it was made, what parts weren't working, what needed to be changed, blah blah blah. There are some new characters that are introduced and whom we fol ...more
Moses Operandi
Nov 17, 2007 Moses Operandi rated it really liked it
Shelves: readandenjoyed
This book was fresh and enjoyable, with interesting characters and a nail-biter ending. At the beginning, it was rather hard to follow. The book was written in short sections, generally no more than three pages long and usually less, following the story of one character. This jumping from character to character was rather daunting, but I stuck to it, and it was worth it. Of course, the good thing about an ensemble-cast setup is that you get to watch each particular story develop until they all c ...more
Stephen Kibler
Mar 23, 2010 Stephen Kibler rated it did not like it
One expects that any Star Wars novel is going to be complete crap, and this one doesn't disappoint.

Yet, this is a book that I have wanted to exist since I was a kid. The scene in Star Wars where the Stormtroopers are standing around chatting gave us a glimpse into their everyday lives -- and I wanted more. This book delivers, as we delve into the lives of regular folk who work on the Death Star. These people have ancillary contact with the main characters as the events of the Star Wars movie unf
Apr 12, 2009 Jacen rated it did not like it
Here it is the nutshell: No real clear and tight plot until the last third. Far too much character set up for a one shot novel. I'd have understood this much character stuff if it were part of a series.

It all came together in the last third. It's a fun, exiting and emotional ending actually but not worth the hard earned time getting there. There are so many better EU novels than this one. *waves hand* This isn't the book you're looking for. Move along.;)
Aug 08, 2011 Iset rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
This book really exceeded my expectations. Being a Star Wars book, I was interested enough to pick it up, but given that it appeared to focus on the story of an inanimate battle station, and a story which has been covered before by A New Hope, I approached it with the expectation that it would not be up there with the best books of the Star Wars saga. In addition, critics had condemned it as boring, slow and too long. Assuredly, it did take a couple of chapters to get into. The protagonists, our ...more
Feb 24, 2011 William rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars, hardcover
Like James Cameron's movie "Titanic", you know how this book is going to end even before you begin reading, but that doesn't completely ruin the story as it moves towards that inevitable climax.
In fact, I liked learning what the triggerman on Alderaan's death thought as he edged closer to the secret Rebel base and another million deaths on top of his conscience. Then there is the stormtrooper who chases Solo and Chewbacca through the bowels of the Death Star and his "error" in letting them escap
Brandon Rooney
Aug 08, 2011 Brandon Rooney rated it it was amazing
This book answers the long running question of whether or not Luke murdered millions of innocents when he launched that proton torpedo...

The novel follows the story lines of at least five different individuals, ranging from Imperial military staff to imprisoned criminals to regular citizens aboard the Death Star. The reader goes inside the minds of these characters, including the drive behind Grand Moff Tarkin's desire to make it the ultimate power in the universe.

The characters are well develop
May 08, 2010 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's an extent to which I enjoyed the extended galaxy literature of Star Wars more when I was young. That was possibly because I just loved Star Wars, and wasn't as much concerned with a good story or good writing. Now older, and a bit more cynical, I entered this book with hesitation, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Despite my enjoyment of the book, there were two primary problems I found as I read it. At first as I was reading it, I wished there was more focus on Tarkin and Vader as they see
Adam Bourke
Sep 24, 2011 Adam Bourke rated it really liked it
This is unusual for a Star Wars book, or any book really, in that all of the characters are on the bad guys side. This is a book about people who work for the empire, and it gives us a unique insight into "the other side of the story".

For a start, nearly all of the main characters are pretty good guys. One or two do a couple of illegal things, but then so did Han Solo. But apart from Grand Moff Tarkin and Darth Vader, all of the viewpoint characters are likeable. None of them really want to kill
Jeremy Schoolfield
Apr 09, 2010 Jeremy Schoolfield rated it did not like it
Steve Perry wrote "Shadows of the Empire," the first Star Wars novel I ever read. It was so good, since then I've torn through about 60 SW-related books. If this had been the first SW novel I read, instead, I may never have picked up another one.

It essentially answers the question from "Clerks": What about all those regular people on the Death Star. But it doesn't do so very well. Most of the time I wondered why I was even reading it, and that didn't change by the end.

The best scenes are actual
Ryan Groesbeck
Jun 02, 2009 Ryan Groesbeck rated it did not like it
Did NOT live up to the hype that surrounded it. I was expecting...I don't find out why the death star took 17 YEARS to build, maybe? Tales of sabotage and rebel-hunting, etc. No such luck, this one basically cuts straight to a few days (months? memory's hazy) before it goes live, covering the lives of a number of different inhabitants of the station. I would say the only coolness factor about this book was that it occasionally crops up in Episode IV in ways you hadn't thought of -- I r ...more
Darryl Dobbs
Apr 21, 2016 Darryl Dobbs rated it it was amazing
I was starting to believe that I may never read a good Star Wars book again. The Clone Wars novels were so enjoyable that they are a tough act to follow. The Old Republic books were also very good. So do the books involving the original Star Wars characters all suck?

Death Star brought me back on board.

What an awesome novel. Just…fantastic. I loved this story. It describes everything in and around the Death Star in the final stages of its creation. Every question you ever had about the Death Star
Ben Yandle
Aug 20, 2015 Ben Yandle rated it really liked it
I like this one a lot. It is a good companion book to the first movie. Episode 4 also kind of gives a very black in white view of the universe, which isn't all that surprising since it was the first movie of the franchise, it had a lot of behind the scenes issues, and was limited in timing and budget in what they could show. I like that it showed the wide variety of people that worked on the Death star because in the movie you get the impression is just full of troops, engineers and other milita ...more
Jun 20, 2015 Joshua rated it it was amazing
If you haven’t been living under a rock for thirty-eight years, you know the story of the Death Star very well. But that’s not entirely accurate. You just know *a* story of the Death Star. With a million people aboard it before they were all blown up by Luke Skywalker, there are many more stories to be had. Not everyone aboard that floating battle station was irredeemably evil. Some people simply sought to make the best of a bad situation. Death Star is the story of several people and aliens who ...more
Nov 20, 2014 Johnny rated it did not like it
Haven't reviewed a book in awhile, but I want to be able to remind myself why I hated this book so much. 400 pages. First 275 pages were pointless meandering around way too many characters as they make their way onto the Death Star. Didn't care about any of them: they didn't have any plot, motivation, depth, development, or storyline... they were just "constructed" for **two hundred and seventy five** pages. Awful. The little bits about Tarkin and Vader and even Daala were maybe a little interes ...more
Brent Vincent
To start, this is an excellent idea for a Star Wars novel. The story of the people who built the Death Star. And there are moments where it is great. Particularly the story of the man who fires the Death Stars main weapon. Other stories feel very... bland. It feels like things are brought up and then forgotten often, and the cases where it does come back, it is usually for one very specific reason and then forgotten. By far the most distracting things in the novel are its constant references to ...more
Simon Ford
A behind the scenes look at everyday ordinary folk building, working ,living & scheming aboard the Emperors new weapon of mass destruction.

A strange mix of characters & back stories, thrown together by chance, who rebel against the horror of the Death Star and what it's capable of inflicting on the galaxy.

The way the story in the second part was weaved around what we already knew from "A New Hope"
was well done.

Interesting to read about what went on prior to the attack by the rebels at Y
May 21, 2016 Barry374 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book it expanded alot of backstory about the deathstar and the empires building of it. Even though it is not canon it is still worth the read i shows such a new angle of things. While its quite often we get books from an imperial perspective most are imperial loyalists like ciena, Tarkin, or Thrawn. This book really opens up and shows imperials who are either forced to be there or realise the empire isnt so great. My personal favorite character was Villian dance. while t is a grea ...more
Jun 11, 2008 Anna rated it really liked it
A pretty interesting view of the beginning of the Star Wars saga. The narrative of the building of the death star gives credible insight and characterization of the citizens of the Empire coerced into creating the terrifying weapon.
The ending ties in nicely to the Star Wars movie.
Ian Robinson
Death Star takes a sometimes laborious route to the end point of the Death Star, the planet sized super-weapon, by following the stories of a handful of unconnected and disparate people whose destinies come together aboard the battle station. With any story where you know precisely the end result of the scenario, maintaining dramatic tension and interest can be a problem. this is stretched sometimes in this book, but once things pick up aboard the battle station, the drama is fine. It brings an ...more
Sep 18, 2014 Nicholas rated it liked it
Michael Reaves's scientific fiction novel, Death Star, discusses the time between when the Death Star was built to its final destruction in 34 bby. The book includes many of the Star Wars characters that most people are familiar with including Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, and Darth Sidious, also known as Emperor Palpetine. Not only is the constant galactic battle between the Rebellion and the Imperial Empire and between the light and dark side of the force discussed, but the politics and mindse ...more
Jul 17, 2014 Andrew rated it liked it
So I got sucked into reading another Star Wars universe book and once again, I ended up liking it. This one took the interesting perspective of telling the story of the Death Star from the perspective of about a dozen people who worked on it - an architect, a bartender, a security guard, a TIE fighter pilot, a librarian (who knew the Death Star had a library), a stowaway, etc. The time span covered from the early days of construction through the end of the first movie when it is blown up. The au ...more
James Trexler
Nov 19, 2014 James Trexler rated it it was amazing
Recommended to James by: Chris Bottomley
Shelves: star-wars, fiction
I've been advocating for a parody episode of "Modern Marvels" documenting the construction of the Death Star, and this is as close as I expect I'll get. I would've liked a technical manual companion book, but this was a fascinating read, particularly with the interweaving storylines of those on board the station, from the Imperials and engineers to the civilians and stowaways. Nods to the events of Episode IV weren't overblown or in your face, but nicely tied in. I only hope the folks at the Luc ...more
Vincent Darlage
Mar 09, 2010 Vincent Darlage rated it it was ok
Shelves: adventure
Not what I expected or hoped for. Uninteresting characters who manage to unrealistically escape the explosion.
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