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276 pages, Hardcover
First published June 2, 2020
The more she looked into it, the more she realized that ruling the planet would be more of a challenge than she thought. The galaxy was a big place . . .Even aside from the number of times “more” appears in that sentence, it was clear that I was in for a book that at best could only hope to be so bad it’s good.
Sabé’s face was starting to itch under the makeup. This was the longest she’d ever worn it. At the palace, they used the blend Yané had mixed up, but the stuff that had been stored on the royal ship was a generic brand, and Sabé didn’t like it as much. It was a ridiculous thing to be concerned about, she knew, but it was also her face, and so she couldn’t help it. Being the Queen was starting to get to her. (213–14)As Darth Maul prepares for the final duel with the Jedi, he thinks, “There were two Jedi, which meant that they had the advantage of attacking him from multiple directions at the same time” (228). (headdesk) A villain who actually has to consciously think that is most definitely going to lose.
Shmi Skywalker watched as her son’s podracer caught fire and crashed into a dune. She wanted to scream, to rage that Watto made him do it when it wasn’t safe. No other humans had ever competed in a podrace . . . (101)If you’re familiar with the film, then you can see exactly where these lines came from—and reading them here in the novel adds nothing to what we already know from the film.
“I guarantee you that most people will hear that many ehs in a row and literally never be able to remember how many of us there are, let alone who is who.”