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The Clone Wars

(Star Wars: Novelizations #2.1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  2,910 ratings  ·  169 reviews
Across the galaxy, the Clone Wars are raging. The Separatists, led by Count Dooku, the onetime Jedi and now secret Sith Lord, continue to press forward, and more and more worlds are either falling, or seceding and joining the cause. Under the leadership of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, the Republic heroically battles on, championed by its huge army of cloned soldiers and ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published July 26th 2008 by LucasBooks
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Dec 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Its funny how the cool and professionally competent original clone troopers were succeeded a few years later by hapless, small-minded extras with markedly poor marksmanship.

Maybe it was the change in helmet design.

Clone Wars, the 2008 novelization of The Clone Wars animated series that takes place in the Star Wars universe just before The Revenge of the Sith (year 22 BBY Before the Battle of Yavin) allows writer Karen Traviss to further develop characters like Jabba the Hut, Anakin Skywalker,
Crystal Starr Light
Jul 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
"If we get chummy with organized crime, and turn a blind eye to our allies...what exactly are we fighting for?"
Jabba's son, Rotta, has been kidnapped. The Jedi Council sends Anakin and his new Padawan, Ahsoka Tano, to retrieve him, in hopes Jabba will open the Outer Rim hyperspace lanes to the Republic. But the rescue mission smells worse than the baby Hutt...

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I wasn't that fond of the movie and really wasn't looking forward to reading this book. Karen Traviss is a good author, no doubts
This novel is tricky to review. As an adaptation of a movie, it is constrained by the plot developed by the movie's creators, and so it is reliant on the quality of that story. Unfortunately, The Clone Wars is based on a movie that was critically panned when it was released, so my expectations were low.
That being said, the movie it was adapted from was the first part of a series that became a very well-made and compelling part of Star Wars lore, and this story introduced two characters who have
Chris Greensmith
Your past can ruin your future if you allow it. But you forget it was master Skywalker who said: I dont want to talk about my past. ...more
Lance Shadow
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Star Wars: The Clone Wars is the first animated feature film with the Star Wars name to be released in theaters. It is also the first theatrically released non-episodic Star Wars movie, as much as people like to think that that distinction goes to Rogue One.
Polarizing Star Wars author Karen Traviss was selected to pen the movie's novelization, and I have to say, it was a great choice. Her attempt to turn what was essentially a pilot to what would eventually become a much better TV show into a
Nov 24, 2010 rated it liked it
The Clone Wars, of course, replows the soil already turned by the movie of the same name. Don't expect any galactic revelations.

Karen Traviss takes us into the minds of her characters. In The Clone Wars that's best done with members of the 501st, especially Captain Rex. It works least well with Anakin Skywalker. (She doesn't even try with icons like Obiwan Kenobi and Yoda.) However, the Anakin she portrays is slightly out of sync with the wounded spirit who becomes Frankenstein's monster.

Jun 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I have only read 3 Star Wars books and I think this one is my least favorite. It was basically one big flight/battle. It was just a bunch of the same. I did like Jabba though. He is fun.

Anakin was constantly whining, nothing new there. I wish there had been more chemistry between the characters. I couldn't feel anything between them. So 3 stars.
Robert Lucas
Mar 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed, star-wars
Surprisingly good. I was expecting it to be a little wishy-washy, like some film to book adaptions tend to be.
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Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Christian Smith
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Story: 7/10

Pro: it gives life to a childish movie. Delving deep into the 501st and Anakin too

Con: it seemed some of the cool action was cut out and washed away from the movie.

Jabbas plea saved time in the plan to take one more potential ally away from the Jedi, once they were suitably incriminated, of course. In the longer run, it was also one of the finely balanced thrusts and counterthrusts that would keep the war in an uneasy balance until everything was in position, until the Jedi were in
McKenzie Dean
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As an avid Star Wars fan, I fell in love with this adaption of The Clone Wars animated film. Traviss did a wonderful job of adding scenes and dialogue, each addition lending more depth and emotion to the story. I especially enjoyed reading from Captain Rexs point of view. His scenes and dialogue were some of the best! The writing is true to the characters and the Star Wars universe, and I cant wait to read the remainder of the books she wrote for The Clone Wars. ...more
Mar 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
To start off, I loved the book. It is a perfect book for kids. It has action, adventure, mystery, and everything you can get from a story. In addition, it has only a mention of romance. The plot line like the movie, which isnt the best ever but its good enough to impress me. It's all about the rocky start of Ahsoka and Anakin's relationship as well as a battle to turn the tide of the war. Both sides want to get Jabba the Hutt as their ally... but the situation stinks worse the the Hutts.

Apr 21, 2019 rated it liked it
I listened to this as an audiobook.

It took me forever to finish this because I didn't like the narrator but as I got about 3/4 of the way in, I got used to him.

I think the clone wars are really interesting and I thought this book was well written. I just would like to learn more about the politics and why the jedi are constantly depicted as the "good guys" in the Star Wars universe.

3/3.5 stars.
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Though the movie was so-so, this book was one of the better SW novels, providing deeper insight to the characters and motivations behind the story. This is the first SW book that I've actually enjoyed in ages.
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
listened to the audiobook - I barely remember the movie since it has been a while since I've seen it, but the book was really good!
I recently watched The Clone Wars, the animated movie that falls between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. It's universally reviled, and for good reason: It's a pretty terrible movie. It has wooden characters, poor animation, annoying character traits, and a baby Hutt named "Stinky". I watched the movie after watching all of the Cartoon Network The Clone Wars shorts, and wondered why Lucasfilm didn't just take those two collections and make one movie out of them.

This book is the
Tom Ferratt
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"Star Wars: The Clone Wars" - Better Than Watching It

I often have wondered why people read the novelizations of movies they already saw. My experience with the novels for "The Phantom Menace" and "Attack of the Clones," though, showed me that much can be gained. Frankly, if the film "Attack of the Clones" had been made the way the book was written, it would have been a far better movie. So I set out reading "The Clone Wars" with this hope in mind. Having seen the movie several times, I hoped to
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Adventures of two new friends

In this book, Star Wars: The Clone Wars by Grosset and Dundrop, follows the Sci-fi story of Anakin Skywalker and his 501st legion. I like this book because it focuses on all the characters and is not always focusing on the war. The main characters do learn a lesson along the way, that having a friend is not always going to be a pain.

This book takes place during the Clones Wars, after the movie, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones. It starts on
Sep 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is based on the movie Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Even so, the book contains extra dialogue that makes it seem more realistic than the movie. It tells of Anakin and his new padawan, Ashoka as they journey to the planet Teth to rescue Rotta, son of Jabba the Hutt. Only by completing this mission will Jabba allow the Republic Forces to move their troops through his space lanes. Many troopers were lost in the fight, but through the efforts of the two Jedi, Rotta is finally reunited with hi ...more
I had hoped to finish the book when I started it on July 7th, but it didn't grab my interest right away, so I set it aside and read a few other books instead. This is essentially the novelization of the animated movie prequel to The Clone Wars series. Since I've watched that numerous times with my son, I was already familiar with the plot and most of the characters. What this gave me was a more in depth look at that story. I learned quite a few things about the Hutts that I hadn't known before, ...more
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4.5 as far as my excitement goes because I saw the animated film and it was child-oriented whereas this book is adult-oriented, so it was difficult to shrug off images from the film. 5 stars as an extremely solid space opera, as it has this old school vibe yet unlike the old school kind it is neither macho nor boring at all. A well written piece as a war/military novel without being extra because
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Karen Traviss has managed to take the story from a mediocre movie and turn it into a seriously excellent novelization.

She proves once again that she simply *gets* these characters. This novelization of The Clone Wars movie takes us into their minds and gives us the motivations behind their actions throughout the story. Anakin's struggle with his anger and confusion toward the Jedi Council's decisions are at the forefront for his parts in this novel. Obi-Wan as The Negotiator is always
Andrew Obrigewitsch
Dec 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This is one of the better Star Wars books I've read. The action was good, there was still a bit of cheesiness, and some things that just seemed incongruent with the movies. But over all it was entertaining.
Tony Evans
Aug 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another 4 star review. Mostly because I liked and watched the movie and I could picture everything that was being described. This book was slower than the last one and didn't really put focus where I would of liked, but still pretty good.
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars-books
This book is awesome it has battles suspense and a lot of risks!!!
Allan Fisher
Nov 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
A fun read and well written. Delves into the thoughta of the leading characters...
Aug 19, 2008 rated it did not like it
Sad to say but this was a waste of my time.
Abe Froman
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Eamonn Murphy
The Clone Wars are an integral part of the Star Wars saga as shown in the films. The cast of characters in this book is largely known to us already: Obi Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, Yoda, Chancellor Palpatine, Count Dooku, Jabba the Hutt and so forth. We know how it all turns out for them. In these circumstances, it is difficult for a writer to build any suspense or drama into the narrative but it can be done. One technique is to introduce new, minor characters whose fate is as yet undecided. ...more
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#1 New York Times best-selling novelist, scriptwriter and comics author Karen Traviss has received critical acclaim for her award-nominated Wess'har series, and her work on Halo, Gears of War, Batman, G.I. Joe, and other major franchises has earned her a broad range of fans. She's best known for military science fiction, but GOING GREY and BLACK RUN, the first books in her new techno-thriller ...more

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