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Balance Point (Star Wars: The New Jedi Order #6)

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In the aftermath of one tragedy,
will a young Jedi’s search for redemption
lead to yet another?


There is no place else to channel the flood of refugees fleeing the murderous Yuuzhan Vong but the overcrowded planet Duro, poisoned by centuries of technological excess. Fortunately a deal is struck: In exchange for a new home, the refugees will work to restore the planet to hea
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Paperback, 359 pages
Published July 3rd 2001 by Del Rey (first published October 31st 2000)
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Scott Rhee
So, in this episode of "All Leia's Children" or "The Yuuzhan Vong and the Restless":

Leia and Han are still having marital problems, but it's nothing that a former-smuggler-turned-hero-of-the-Rebellion and an Alderaanian princess can't handle.

Jaina Solo is injured when her X-wing is shot down by a Yuuzhan Vong fleet, and she is temporarily grounded. She reluctantly goes off to help her mother deal with the refugee problem on planet Duro. Things aren't great between her and her mom: the usual teen
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Crystal Starr Light
"If one pivotal person fell to the dark side...then this time, everything they knew might slide into stifling darkness"

Balance Point takes us about 10 months after Vector Prime. Han is on Duro, acting as an emissary of sorts for the Ryn. His son, Jacen, is with him, attempting to figure out his place in the Force. Jaina is injured and is sent to be with Han and Jacen; Leia eventually makes her way to Duro and reunites with Han. Mara makes a stunning discovery and slowly, a new plot of the Yuuzha
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Chris
Sep 19, 2013 Chris rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hoo boy, where to begin. Trigger warning: there's a lot of nerd nitpicking going on below, it's best to skip it unless you Really Care.

This book was pretty painful to work through. I'm struggling to think of something - anything - that happened in the first 75% of the book to interest the reader that wasn't pure, boring exposition. The book is honestly as grey and lifeless as its main setting, the ruined planet of Duro.

The one think Balance Point did do effectively (though this is not necessaril
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M Hamed
Aug 12, 2015 M Hamed rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, star-wars
i can't even , literally can't even right now
William Ristau
May 06, 2015 William Ristau rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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John
Feb 28, 2015 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
This book really showcased all three of the Solo kids.Jaina,Jacen,and Anakin are all given prominent roles in this book.The threat of the Yuhzan Vong continues and Luke Skywalker along With his wife Mara Jade and Han and Leia battle the alien invaders at every turn.Jacen Solo really battles with achieving balance with the force in this one.A real good read.
Erik Akre
Mar 09, 2016 Erik Akre rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: star wars nerds
Shelves: science-fiction
I confess that my reading of these Star Wars novels is a shameless attempt at returning to my childhood, which was so touched by the whole ethos. The nice thing is, it is a successful return each time I get into one of them. This one took a bit of dedication through the first 3/4 of its total pages, but things greatly accelerated towards the end, into a suspenseful finish.

The formula for these stories becomes obvious after a while, but for nerds like me it has worked every time so far. It's a co
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Chazzbot
Jun 19, 2014 Chazzbot rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The sixth entry in this interminable series follows the pattern well established by the previous "novels": lengthy, repetitive exposition; a checklist of character and species names, designed to reward the fan's memory; and a quick climax just exciting enough to persuade the reader that it would be perhaps OK to read just ONE MORE book before abandoning the franchise entirely.

Tyers--who wrote an earlier, better Star Wars novel--rarely gets bogged down with a paragraph over five lines or provides
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Bernard
Oct 06, 2014 Bernard rated it really liked it
Shelves: wookieerrific
Knowing what I know about Jacen Solo's journey after the NJO (unfortunately spoiled to me, but I can hardly complain, admitting that I'm 14 years behind in my tour of the EU), this book takes on greater significance I think than it might have if I knew nothing beyond this book, much less the NJO series. But as it is, I enjoyed this psychological space journey through Jacen's mind as he struggles to find his place in the Force. I also appreciated Tyers' exposition of the big pregnancy reveal. Thi ...more
Jeff
May 21, 2010 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
I'll be honest. I found it a little hard to read this, because the Duros were hard to deal with. It was tense, and it gave us good insight into Jacen and his attitudes towards the force, and what is defined as aggression.
Jess Neuner
I haven't much cared for Jacen in this series. His character in the NJO has been quite a departure from the Young Jedi Knights series, where he was always cracking jokes. The first we see of him in Vector Prime, he's picking a fight with Anakin over what the nature of the Force is, and debating the role of the Jedi with his uncle. I kept waiting for him to get his shit together and was hoping that this book, since it focuses more on him, would finally see him do that.

Jaina is injured in combat,
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(Jen) The Artist Librarian
Dec 20, 2013 (Jen) The Artist Librarian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Wars Fans
Shelves: my-books, star-wars
12/19/13

My first "New Jedi Order" [NJO] book . . . I loved that the Solo kids were fairly prominent in it, but it was a switch from the "Young Jedi Knights" [YJK] and the other "Bantam Publishing era" Star Wars books. =) First impressions of the Yuuzhan Vong were that they kind of reminded me of the Wraith from "Stargate: Atlantis" [SGA] tv show which I was watching at the time. However, it'd be more accurate to say that the Wraith remind me of Yuuzhan Vong since the NJO series began in 2000, se
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Daniel
Aug 19, 2013 Daniel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kathy Tyers's addition to the New Jedi Order series starts off a bit shaky. The pacing isn't all my favorite; I just couldn't figure out why any of it really mattered. Looking back on it, sure, I can see where the story was headed and why this was happening or why we were spending time on that character. But in the midst of it I was a little bored.

The story picks up, however, and ends fantastically, making a great kick-off point for the rest of the series. Jacen's struggle with his place in the
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Alec Harrison
This book focused on the attempted defense by the Solo/Skywalker family, and mainly on Mara Skywalker and Jacen Solo. Mara is going through the recovery from a sickness and finding out that she is pregnant. Jacen is having trouble figuring out if you use of the force in any capacity is alright.
My text to text is that when i read this i kind of think of stand by me by Ottis redding because even though mara is pregnant and sick the people that love her still stay by her side. Also because Jacen
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Cody
Once I was unexpectedly informed that new Star Wars films would be coming out when Disney purchased Lucas Film, the desire to finish this book had left me instantly. To me, the expanded universe became a sort of lame duck anthology when it was known that the new films might contradict EVERYTHING that ever happened in the novel series.

But in any case, I'm no quitter and I muscled through this book and to be quite honest, I really enjoyed it once I put my nose to the grindstone.

The characters in t
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Ren the Unclean
Dec 14, 2007 Ren the Unclean rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Wars fans
Shelves: sci-fi
This book focuses on the attempted defense by the Solo/Skywalker clan of the planet Duro, and mainly on Mara Skywalker and Jacen Solo. Mara is going through the recovery from her sickness and finding out that she is pregnant. Jacen is having trouble figuring out if use of the force in any capacity is alright. The author does an alright job with these issues, but sort of goes overboard with the tough, independant woman part of Mara's personality, in my opinion. Every scene with her is really abou ...more
Randy Patton
This Star Wars: New Jedi Order novel had its ups and downs. The Yuuzhan Vong invasion has caused many of the New Republic citizens to become refugees. One of the planets housing the refugees is called Duro. Its resources have become exhausted and the threat of the Vong is a continued presence. The positives of this books are that it did give more insight into the Solo family. The downside is the slow pace of the book. It was inconsistent with both interesting and drawn out parts of the novel. St ...more
Nima Foladi
Some what boring, hard to digest. On top of that, by a stupid misstake I read a post that spoiled and ruined this entire series for me. Now I feel like I'm hanging in mid air, don't know what to do. I hate leaving things unfinished, so the stubborn-me wants me to go on and continue reading. On the other hand my common sense tells me to spend my reading time on books I don't know the ending. But honestly, from the spoilers I read, I think the following books would be a pain to read. Also, stay aw ...more
Cian Beirdd
Not at all impressed. The first few books have set this one up beautifully. There is the threat, the heroes have been spread throughout the galaxy, and now most of them are just getting back together on Duro as the Yuuzhan Vong come. There are some interesting scenes, such as Leia's capture, but the story itself is badly conceived. For understanding the rest of the series this book is useful (not necessary mind you), but that is about its only selling point.
Yves
Aug 24, 2012 Yves rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars, sf
Rien ne semble arrêter les Yuuzhan Vong dans leur invasion de la galaxie. En plus de faire des conquête, ceux-ci s'attaquent aux réfugiés et aux planètes qui les hébergent. Les combats semblent maintenant se porter vers un planète majeure : Duros. C'est dans ce livre qu'on apprend que Mara Jade est enceinte. Cependant, sa grossesse est incertaine dû à la maladie qui la ronge depuis le début de la série.

À ce point dans la série, tout semble tourner en rond. L'histoire avec les réfugiés commence à
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Michael
Sep 02, 2008 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars, own, 2008
Focused on the Organa-Solo family, Balance Point has one of the narrowest plots of all the New Jedi order books preceding it.

Dealing with the current refugee issues, both Han and Leia find themselves working toward the same goal, but not together as a team. This novel deals with their conflicts and seems that them may grow closer despite their trials.

In reflection of their parents, Jacen and Jania also have been separated in their efforts as their beliefs about the force and the war against the
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Marcelo
Jan 14, 2013 Marcelo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Wars fans
I think Kathy Tyers managed to write a Star Wars novel that's very dramatic, emotional, and full of action without going the heavy-handed way.

Actually, there's very little action in the whole book (except maybe for the end) but I hardly noticed. She's very economic both when writing fencing and dogfights, and also when inside the head of the several — and I mean *several* — characters. Some authors (cof- cof- R.A. Salvatore cof- cof-) will easily spend three and a half pages describing what goes
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William
Feb 27, 2011 William rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
This NJO series book starts off slow with a deliberate look at Han & Leia's struggling marriage, Jacen Solo's questions about the Force and the revelation that Mara Jade Skywalker is pregnant. While all of that was well and good, it was, at times, long winded. It seemed like every character close to Jacen had their moment with him discussing the pros and cons of using the Force for good/evil. It does explain the title, Balance Point, as the characters all found themselves at a decisive point ...more
Mark
The second of what was ultimately five NJO hardcovers. It's funny looking on the SW wikia at the page counts of these books. Since I read all these NJO books I regularly read like 800-1000 page hardcovers and it's weird imagining getting excited about ones that were 400 pages.

This time all roads lead to Duro, and otherwise there's not a lot to distinguish it from past tomes where the Republic fights their hardest and the Vong win and drive them back.

More interesting here for the aftermath, with
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Jamie Hicks
I've read other stories in the New Jedi Order series and I enjoy the Yuuzhan Vong as villians. "Vector Prime" was amazing, the "Edge of Victory" novels were also very enjoyable. This book however was disappointing. For me it took 300-something pages for this to get interesting. Somehow it didn't have the Star Wars "feel". I've read other Star Wars novels where, to quote one reviewer "you could almost hear the music of John Williams". This might make a great Science Fiction story but just not a S ...more
Blackraven
May 08, 2011 Blackraven rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, star-wars
All of the stories came to one place. To Duro. The refugees came there to find a place to live. But their leader has other plans. The Yuuzhan still trying to get more power to control the universe.
Jacen is unsure if he uses his power. He doesn't know if wants to use his force or not. He tries to find a balance between good/bad. Han and Leia are trying to get their marriage working.Han is trying to get over Chewies Death and with his new friend on his side. Mara is pregnant at first she doesn't
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Caroline
Aug 29, 2008 Caroline rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who read previous books in the series
This was the first book I read in the series, and I was kinda able to figure out what was going on, which was nice, but when I reread it it didn't spend twelve pages telling about what had already happened (a common failing among series; see the babysitters' club, the beacon street girls, WITCH, Alice, the Wee Free Men, etc.) but I suspect I would have liked it more had I read the first book first. The Solo twins are being themselves, only Jacen is having scary, cryptic dreams. oh, no! And Jaina ...more
Iain Parkes
Nov 15, 2015 Iain Parkes marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Les Reynolds
I enjoyed the continuation of the Yuzaan Vong war, but didn't enjoy this book particularly. Might try the next one in the series, but I'm loosing patience.
Thomas Jr.
Jul 09, 2014 Thomas Jr. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun book. I listened to the abridged version which was not nearly as good. I recommend you read the real thing.
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Kathy attended Montana State University in Bozeman, where she received a degree in microbiology, married, performed widely on her flute, and then became certified as a K-12 classroom teacher. After teach
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“Don’t try to save the whole galaxy yourself. Believe me, it doesn’t work.”
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