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Vision of the Future

(Star Wars: The Hand of Thrawn Duology #2)

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Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo are thrust into the middle of an impending civil war - and discover the shocking truth behind the rumored resurrection of the dead Admiral Thrawn. For a beleaguered Empire, desperate times call for desperate measures. Sowing discord among the fragile coalition of The New Republic, remnants of the once powerful Empire make one las ...more
Hardcover, 520 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by Bantam Spectra (first published 1997)
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Ashley
This definitely wasn’t as good as I remember it being, which is sad. But it was still good!

It’s just, I remember swooning pretty hard during the scene where (view spoiler). I remember it being epic, and significant (both in terms of importance and length). And reading that scene again, it didn’t feel either of those things. I guess I was bringing the swoon myself last time, which makes sense. I was very practiced at doing that in the
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Scott Rhee
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Superb. If I were to give Timothy Zahn’s novel “Vision of the Future” a one-word review, it would be “superb”.

But since I am chronically verbose, I can’t stop at just one word. So, those of you in the “less is more” camp will simply have to deal with it.

Zahn’s second book in his “Hand of Thrawn” duology is not only a satisfying conclusion to his Thrawn series, it is also an excellent conclusion to the entire “Star Wars” series started by George Lucas in 1977 with “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hop
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Kathryn
Dec 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Vision of the Future finishes off the Hand of Thrawn duology. Most of what I have to say about it would reiterate what I said about Specter of the Past; Zahn's strengths are characterization and plotting (though this particular book suffers a tiny bit from Loads and Loads of Characters and approaches a Thirty Xanatos Pileup toward the end).

The biggest weakness of this book is that Zahn is burdened with a lot of junk from other EU authors, making the book inaccessible to people who haven't read
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Crystal Starr Light
Jul 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-wars
"The more you tap into [the Force:] for raw power, the less you're able to hear its guidance over the noise of your own activity"
The New Republic is on the brink of collapse as members use the Camaas Document and the situation of the Bothans as an excuse to let loose on each other. Han and Lando make a desperate mission into the heart of the Empire; Luke goes to rescue Mara on a world in the Unknown regions; Leia receives word of the transmission from Admiral Paelleon--the first signal of peace
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Lee
Jun 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
3.5 Stars.

The second and final book in the Hand of Thrawn was everything it was supposed to be. Nothing more and nothing less. I must admit to enjoying the story, I think it was very well crafted by Zahn, told at a great pace and delivered masterly by the narrator. Certainly an enjoyable story. It has still left me on the fence with Star Wars books though, I can quite easily take em or leave em. I don't know what it is about them, that doesn't have me clamoring for more. Given that I enjoy scifi
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Ron
Dec 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
(rating relative to other Star Wars novels)

Excellent. Good plot twists, good suspense. Great character development.

This edition, BTW, had 694 pages, not the lesser number displayed by Good reads.

It must be hard to write a book in which none of the main characters can have much happen to them...like die. But Zahn did a great job, again, within the constraints of fan fiction.

Even though he was not credited for it, Drew Struzan's cover art was good, too.

If George Lucas hadn't already said that no
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Meggie
For 2020, I decided to reread (in publication order) all the Bantam-era Star Wars books that were released between 1991 and 1999; that shakes out to 38 adult novels and 5 anthologies of short stories & novellas.

This week’s focus: the conclusion to the Hand of Thrawn duology, Vision of the Future by Timothy Zahn.

SOME HISTORY:

There’s a common misconception about Vision of the Future: mainly, that it was the final Star Wars book released by Bantam. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. After the rele
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Kelly
May 07, 2009 rated it liked it
Here's the thing- I read this when I was 13. I don't remember much about it (a lot of action and general gripping thrillingness) except for one scene, but I remember that scene word for word. Probably because I am incredibly sappy. ...more
Amelie
This was excellent.

Somehow, Timothy Zahn stays perfectly true to the spirit of Star Wars and expertly weaves political intrigue, general intrigue, loveable characters, and A+ character arcs (especially Luke's and Mara's) into his Star Wars books.

I love this series even more than the Thrawn trilogy. If you are a Star Wars fan who loves the original movie trilogy and the Thrawn trilogy, the Hand of Thrawn duology is a must-read.

Content: violence, a cut-off s-word, two non-descriptive kisses. Lots
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Sophie
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Luke and Mara!!!!

Reading this book was such a fun time, I loved diving into this version of what had happened after the original trilogy and especially being reminded of what an amazing character Luke is. This book is almost 700 pages but it just flew by.
Krishna
Aug 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
After reading six Tim Zahn-Star Wars books, I feel like I've been beaten up by Sugar Ray Leonard. No mas. I'm done. ...more
Rachel Kelley
Dec 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
*chef's kiss* ...more
Tom
Sep 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
audiobook narrated by Marc Thompson

Vision of the Future is 2nd book of The Hand of Thrawn duology. Zahn always does a great job with Star Wars and does not disappoint here. Is the New Republic going to enter a civil war over the atrocities some Bothans helped commit? How is the New Republic going to react to these rumors that Grand Admiral Thrawn is back from the dead? Will Luke manage to save Mara and discover the secrets behind these strange craft being spotted? What or who is The Hand of Thra
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Travis Duke
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic ending to a killer 5 book series from Zahn. The layers of storytelling with the Empire and Republic perspectives along with the individual character stories for Luke with Mara, Talon and Shada, and Han and Leia is simply masterful. He weaves so much into one final book its amazing and all boils down to the Camass document and the Bothan planet. Luke goes after Mara who is on a distant planet in search of clues to the "hand of Thrawn". Han goes in search of the Camass document and Leia ...more
Darryl Dobbs
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is one time where I actually wished the series was stretched out by a book instead of shrunk down by a book or two. This is a duology and it could have been a trilogy. Leia is still fighting to keep the New Republic together, the Empire under Thrawn are still causing havoc and Pellaeon is finally starting to hear rumors about Thrawn being alive - and it's thwarting his plans for peace. Meanwhile, Han and Lando are off to the heart of the Empire to find the list of names of the Bothans respo ...more
James
Apr 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
Disappointing. I loved Zahn's original Star Wars trilogy and had high hopes for this book. It's an okay story, but it has too many threads, drags on, and the ending feels very much like "happily ever after." i think part of the problem comes from tying into too many other stories from the larger Star Wars universe. I haven't read any SW books other than Zahn's and there are times when the backstory looms very large. I frequently felt like I lacked the background to understand all the nuances of ...more
Tony Evans
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great book. Surprising, I though the more interesting parts of the book were about Disra, Flim and Tierce. And the parts about Luke and Mara stuck in the Hand of Thrawn were kind of tedious. But the ending really saved the book and Admiral Palleon is my new favorite Star Wars character.
Michael Fox
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been geek'n out . . . Been looking forward to the new Star Wars movie, so I've just read my way through Timothy Zahn's "Thrawn" series (5 books in 2 series). This one, Vision of the Future, was the grand finale. I've really enjoyed these series. Am now hungry for more! ...more
Andrew Obrigewitsch
Jan 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi
This was a decent read, a little bit too long I think.
Helix
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, star-wars
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Logan Russell
Feb 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
This review encompasses both books; I consider the first one incomplete without this, so they are now one (in my mind).
 
This did have the added bonus of being listened to: audiobook-style. Moreover, it was narrated by Marc Thompson. That voice plus the special effects take Star Wars stories to the next level. The way different species have different accents/squeaks/squawks is priceless.
 
For the story itself, it was rather good. As part of a duology that spans over 30hrs, you can imagine there is
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Diba Tano
May 11, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-wars
This one got kinda long and a bit too much about the details, as opposed to being about the overall theme or the politics, for my taste. Mara and Luke's journey through the caves and all that was going on on Bothawui, particularly, were a strain to read sometimes. Also Luke and Mara's developed relationship in the end just felt... off? I really enjoyed their pining but... okay this might be a bit nitpick-y because I'm not even really sure what I expected, but, yeah a little weird for me.
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Michael
Jan 21, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vision of the Future by Timothy Zahn is the second book in "The Hand of Thrawn" duology. In this one, the rumors of Grant Admiral Thrawn's return abound in the Republic as well as the Empire. The Republic is already on the verge of civil war and many in the Empire are trying to take advantage of this in any way they can. Meanwhile Luke and Mara Jade are on a mission to check out an unknown alien planet with possible ties to the Empire and Thrawn. Han and Lando are also on a mission to try and fi ...more
Brayden Raymond
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-wars
At first I was unsure if it was worth 5 stars. By the end I knew for a fact. Zahn easily managed the multiple storylines that are strung throughout this book. Bringing them all into an exciting climax a galaxy wide. I will definitely have to finish off the other few legends books still out there by Zahn but one thing is for sure; A good friend of mine told me that if we were to forget the novels that come after this, the signing of the treaty between New Republic and Imperial Remnant is the perf ...more
Amanda
May 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I really enjoyed listening to this on audiobook! The plot was too complicated for my taste and Luke was extra derpy, but it was fun. I'd love to read whatever book comes next chronologically. I don't think I would have enjoyed this nearly as much if I had read a physical copy. ...more
Felipe Taylor
I don't think I can ever have enough of Star Wars stuff. This one I had to get too. But a warning, you have to read a few others to get to this book. Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo are thrust into the middle of an impending civil war - and discover the shocking truth behind the rumored resurrection of the dead Admiral Thrawn. For a beleaguered Empire, desperate times call for desperate measures. Sowing discord among the fragile coalition of The New Republic, remnants of the once pow ...more
DiscoSpacePanther
(Okay - I can now confirm that having a baby can interfere with even the most dedicated Star Wars Classic EU fan's re-read schedule.)

1998's Vision of the Future is the last Timothy Zahn book published before The Phantom Menace was released in cinemas, coming to bookshops around eight months before the first Star Wars prequel movie came out and changed our understanding of the Galaxy Far, Far Away forever. As such, Vision of the Future is something of a capstone to the set of fan beliefs about t
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Addison Etnier
May 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
In the sequel to Specter of the Past and the finale to the Thrawn Duology, Luke Skywalker is searching for Mara Jade after she disappeared on a planet, while his friends Han Solo and Leia Organa Solo work to keep a civil war within the New Republic from erupting, as well as dealing with an old enemy who has recently returned.
This book was very exciting, and it had great character development for new characters, older Zahn characters, and even Luke. The hints of war within the New Republic was
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Dee Mort
Mar 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Jess Neuner
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
I think this is my favourite so far of Timothy Zahn's Star Wars books, and considering how much I enjoyed the others, that's saying a lot. We get a little bit of everything in this book - adventure, romance, exploration of new areas of the galaxy, new characters and species, and everything introduced in the last book wrapped up nicely.

I'm a big fan of Shada D'Ukal, insanely competent fighter who decides to join the New Republic only to find herself not needed, instead joining smuggler Talon Kar
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Timothy Zahn attended Michigan State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in physics in 1973. He then moved to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and achieved an M.S. degree in physics in 1975. While he was pursuing a doctorate in physics, his adviser became ill and died. Zahn never completed the doctorate. In 1975 he had begun writing science fiction as a hobby, and he bec ...more

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