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Star Wars: Death Star (Star Wars Legends)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  3,224 Ratings  ·  239 Reviews
–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
ebook, 448 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Random House Publishing Group (first published October 16th 2007)
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Nicholas Karpuk
Mar 01, 2009 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
Phil Elmore
Aug 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Carl Alves
Jan 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
C.T. Phipps
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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My opinion on this book is... not neutral.

It's weird because this book shouldn't matter to me since it was part of the Legends universe and a minor tie-in. However, the very premise of the book really just gets my gourd as an author. It's a book which is born from the conversation between Dante and Randal in Clerks. It's about the wrong Death Star but the premise is the same: "What about all the dudes on the Death Star who didn't deserve to be blown up whe
Feb 10, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Moses Operandi
Nov 07, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Dec 06, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Stephen Kibler
Feb 05, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 11, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.;)
I'll give you two guesses at this book's subject, and that's only if you even need the second one. On the one hand, the book has a dull title that evokes nothing other than its subject; on the other hand, at least it's not as riduculous as The Starcave of ThonBoka. Even the one-word titles -- Kenobi, Tarkin, and Thrawn -- suggest more than this book's title does.

The book is better than its title suggests. Reaves and Perry create a wide, diverse cast of characters, all of whom are involved with t
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Adam Bourke
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
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the first half of the book, then it got a little too predictable for a while, then it got very exciting for the end. The characters were very likable (the ones that were supposed to be, anyway), and I loved the details behind the building of the Death Star, and all the various kinds of people that staffed it. It could have done with a little less re-telling of New Hope, but it had a new enough perspective to keep it interesting. Also, it was interesting to read it right after wa ...more
Darryl Dobbs
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 16, 2010 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
Brandon Rooney
Aug 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jeremy Schoolfield
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 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 21, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Vincent Darlage
Not what I expected or hoped for. Uninteresting characters who manage to unrealistically escape the explosion.
Nov 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was actually a decent story. It is hard to write a prequel-origin-type story when everyone already knows how it will end. That was one of the problems with Revenge of the Sith. You knew Anakin was going to join the Darkside and that Obi-Wan was going to kick in his teeth for doing so. All that needed to be done was tell [describe] how it happened and the movie did a crappy job of it [part of which might have had to do with the actor portraying the character as well as the direction provided ...more
Zane Bergen
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Online Book Review: Star Wars Death Star by Michael Reaves and Steve Perry

The book Star Wars Death Star by Michael Reaves and Steve Perry tells about the Death Star starting from its construction until its destruction. The construction of the Death Star was begun by Emperor Palpatine, the leader of the galactic empire. Emperor Palpatine had put Grand Moff Tarkin in charge of the construction of the Death Star. The Death Star is a massive space station that can destroy an entire planet in seconds
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
- I've always wanted to read a Star Wars book, but I never knew where to start, and I was a bit intimidated. Well, I finally picked one and read it!

- The beginning was very dry and very slow. I wasn't sure if I was going to finish the book, but I kept going, and slowly it became more and more interesting.

- There are a lot of characters, and it takes a long time to learn the characters and for them to start interacting with each other. Most of the book, I wondered why these characters were impo
Daniel Kukwa
May 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It's a breezy, entertaining read that ties together an almost improbable amount of pre-Disney/Legends era continuity. It's enjoyable for what it is, but I'm afraid it's been rather eclipsed by all the work done in the more recent continuity surrounding "Rogue One" -- especially in novels such as "Catalyst", "Tarkin" and "Thrawn". These are full course meals, compared to the light, confectionery delights found in "Death Star".
Oct 18, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Wars fans, science fiction fans, "Escape from" fans.
Recommended to Jason by: Phil Garrett
I don’t normally read Star Wars books. Years and years ago I read the originals by “George Lucas” (really Alan Dean Foster, Donald F. Glut, and James Kahn), Heir to the Empire and Dark Force Rising by Timothy Zahn, and Shadows of the Empire by Steve Perry. I think it was the Thrawn books that chased me away from Star Wars books (you’ll notice I never read the final book in that trilogy), and I’ve since felt like I’ve simply outgrown Star Wars.

However, I saw a friend of mine named Phil Garrett re
I B Broome
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay so Luke Skywalker blow up the Death Star end of story right.. However this is an insight in to its construction and how it operated. How did the little people end up on the Death Star and what they did and how they reacted to the destruction of Alderaan.
Ryan Thompson
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 6 of 6 read at Lake Powell.

A fun insight into a few of the million+ innocebt people who lost their lives when that rebel scum blew up the Death Star.
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