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Vision of the Future

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

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  15,339 ratings  ·  283 reviews
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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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 Luke and Mara Jade finally confess their love. 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 late 90’s/early 2000’s. (I defi
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
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
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
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
Dec 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Ron by: Wendell Andrea
(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 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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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!
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.
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars, series
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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
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.
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
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
Wade Schacht
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Interesting, no gaping holes.
Apr 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
In some ways this is the MOST IMPORTANT book in the old Expanded Universe. It's the one where (to avoid spoilers) a certain large-scale conflict is finally brought to an end, and a certain protagonist finally gets married.

It's good, light entertainment like a Star Wars book should be. I was interested by Mara Jade's assertion that Luke had been under some kind of Dark Side influence since his encounter with the reborn Emperor Palpatine ten years earlier. It made me want to reread the Dark Empir
The second - and final - book in Timothy Zahn's Hand of Thrawn duology, Vision of the Future thus follows on from Specter of the Past.

In this, Luke is off to rescue Mara, while the New Republic itself moves closer and closer to internal war over the involvement of a group of Bothans in the destruction of Caamas, all of which is due to the (unknown to the Republic) machinations of a trio of Imperials, one of whom is impersonating Grand Admiral Thrawn.

Looking back on this, it's also interesting t
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
Nov 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
There are some books that you know are a bad idea. I got this around a third of the way through, but kept going hoping it'll get better. Past the halfway mark it was beyond redemption, and I just wanted to get it done. When I got it done, it was even worse than I expected.
A story weighed down by not one, not two, but more than a dozen millstones in the form of extremely complex, unwieldy, and verbose story arcs attached to both old and newly introduced characters, all of whom are on their own l
Feb 03, 2016 rated it liked it
A solid entry in the Zahn bloc of Star Wars novels, one that marked the end of an era (it was released in 1998 or 99 just before the Prequels, and plotwise is a end point to the New Republic-empire conflict that drove most of the EU books up to that point. Ironically, it has aged well because it seems to fit into the new TFA timeline (Imperial remnants out in the unexplored parts of the galaxy, an extragalactic menace, a weak and divided republic). If you cross your eyes enough the Zahn books ar ...more
Jul 09, 2013 rated it liked it
A Quickie Review

Though George Lucas' space opera is made up of many parts--romance, tragedy, triumph, humor, etc.--the main attractor of Star Wars for most fans is the action. Unfortunately, this last volume of a tie-in duology proved to be a bit light in that department. It still made for somewhat enjoyable reading, but it's not the lightsaber-dueling, interstellar dogfighting adventure that we got on the big screen.

Content Concerns: There isn't all that much violence, but one scene does featur
Lynne Stringer
Oct 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I have enjoyed Timothy Zahn's Star Wars novels, and I enjoyed this one. My only contention with it is that Zahn is unable to write romance. The 'romantic' scenes between Luke and Mara are stiff and awkward, which is a shame, because I think Luke finally getting a girl deserved a bit more than that. Maybe that's just because I am a girl, and one who likes romance, but still ...
I have enjoyed Mara's character from the first and I was happy to see her evolution as a character in this. Luke's charac
Eirik Hafskjold
May 29, 2014 rated it liked it
It has it's share of good and really good moments, but all of those moments happen on no more than a 100 pages. That leaves 500 pages that were not that entertaining. It has all the guys from the Thrawn-trilogy (and more), but the main story-arc didnt really do it for me. Of all the little story-lines I found that I enjoyed Admiral Palleon's the most. Its an ok read, but I expected more. Too long I guess.
Jan 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: obtained
what is it with creators in the star wars universe and their absolute inability to write romantic relationships between two people that aren't rooted primarily in being independent snarky dicks. i cannot help but deem this a homage to lucas' own anakin/padme 'romance', as it was that level of just why. sighhhh!!!!
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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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