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Ascension by Christie Golden
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Nov 19, 2011

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bookshelves: fiction, sci-fi, star-wars, fate-of-the-jedi
Read from November 10 to 18, 2011 — I own a copy

I think Golden may be my least favorite author in this series. Her books have seemed forced and not organic. In particular, the ending seemed rushed, to say the least.

In the course of maybe 10 pages we had a surprise coup, a jailbreak necessary to avoid writing Leia into a corner she couldn't escape from, and a Sith-turned-Jedi turning back to the Sith. All were necessary to set up the continuation of conflict into the next book...but they just exploded onto the page with no subtlety. No tension, no build-up....just a quick assassination, and then in a few paragraphs a new head of state is elected and makes the official policy of the government "death to the Jedi", culminating in, we are led to believe, an on-the-spot execution of a Jedi by the head of state's own hand in front of the entire media corps. The entire scenario just wasn't believable, especially that she could wield so much power and no one in the Senate would question her rather disturbing proclamations and actions.

The rest of the book was acceptable, but that ending....
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