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The Force Unleashed by Sean Williams
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Jun 30, 2010

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Read from June 30 to July 08, 2010

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 after its release in 2008, so I was already familiar with the characters and narrative going into this novel. I simply liked them so much I wanted more of them. The most valuable thing this book gave me that the game did not was Juno's point of view on matters; and of course, it traced Galen/Starkiller's journey from dark to light a lot more carefully than the game's cutscenes perhaps had time to themselves.

Sure, there's a lot of useless action described in this book that's pretty yawn-worthy, and the first few chapters feel frustratingly repetitive - but if you stick with it you're granted a fascinating window into an era we don't know much about, and, for my money at least, a compelling villain-to-hero story that sets the stage for the original trilogy's Rebellion. Starkiller strikes me as a halfway point between Anakin and Luke: he has the darkness and the brashness of the former but the stronger heart of the latter, and in the end is saved by his attachments instead of doomed by them. Lots of lovely halls and mirrors to be found here for any fan of the Skywalkers and the Rebels.

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Kris Irvin And now I wish I had stolen this one from you as well. Damn.

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