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The first half crawled by for me with too many superfluous descriptions an I am quite torn on how to rate this book. The first half crawled by for me with too many superfluous descriptions and not enough meaty details on the characters.
Overall, I enjoyed the book and who knows, I might pick it up again in a few years. Sep 18, Jesse Booth rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Star Wars Fans.
After seeing this book as a bestseller for a couple of weeks, I decided to read it. I typically don't read the Star Wars novels, but this was the second I decided to read. I read Shadows of the Empire and came away with the taste that it was a great story written very badly.
The Force Unleashed, however, was written very well. I was captivated the entire book, watching "Starkiller" change into Galen, his true self.
This book emphasizes changes that can be made within, no matter how dark or angry o After seeing this book as a bestseller for a couple of weeks, I decided to read it. This book emphasizes changes that can be made within, no matter how dark or angry one can be. Betrayals, classic slicing and dicing of lightsabers, and outstanding force abilities tied with a great story line makes this book the best out of the Star Wars saga.
Feb 23, Jasmine rated it it was ok Shelves: I think I should start with my star wars history. When I was eleven my younger siblings rented the Original trilogy from the library, and settled in to watch these formative pieces of culture. I figured that anything inside was too frightening, which was possibly inspired by unwittingly walking in just in time to see Darth Vader strangle an angry guy in I think I should start with my star wars history.
I figured that anything inside was too frightening, which was possibly inspired by unwittingly walking in just in time to see Darth Vader strangle an angry guy in a grey uniform.
No sound. I'm so brave.
But then flash forward two years, and I have literally read every book in the library children's section that doesn't have a drooling bloody plant or similar horrific thing on the cover, or teenagers making out. This includes some truly unfortunate books which I'm still trying to forget, but that is not the story today. I figured it was time to wander into the adult section. But the Mysteries had a lot of blood on the covers, and other "adult books" had icky romances, and the nonfiction was boring and angry, I didn't like horror, and I had bad experiences with Westerns featuring torture.
This was honestly my rationale. I know, some of you are now laughing incredulously at me. But in my defence, the books either went WAY over my head- Yay metaphors! That was also where my Star Trek knowledge base sprung from, but that is not the topic at hand either.
I read the star wars books, found they were good, and put a standing order in with the librarian to order me every other star wars book in the system. The results were, mixed. But I was going through two or more books a day, so I just threw aside the painful ones and re-read the good ones.
Oh, Mara Jade and Thrawn, you never fail to make my heart soar. Also, I have never liked Luke Skywalker. And then at college I discovered Karen Traviss's Republic Commando and the New Trilogy movies, and many much lovely expansion in the universe, and even found people who knew more than me about Star Wars. So I've been known to elbow the boys aside to get at the star wars section, that's all I'm saying. Even if those stupid boys think I don't know the colour difference between a sith blade and a jedi saber.
Anyways, I did snatch this book away from a particularly snobby creature of the male persuasion, and carry it in triumph to the counter.
So there, boys, I can participate in your fandom just as much as you can. And the triumph over the download was the best part of the book. I think if I want to know a video game story in the future, I'll just watch or play the game. I get the sense that this would be awesome to play. To read, well. I gave it two stars out of five. I will now expunge the false history from my mind.
View all 5 comments. Jul 04, Colleen Mertens rated it really liked it. This book introduces an apprentice to Vader who does things one can't imagine. It starts to set the stage for the original movie and ponders whether or not Vader will be like other Sith apprentices before him.
It also presents the idea of how people who are raised to be evil deal with seeing people with other points of view. Jun 18, Lanier rated it really liked it. Some really great action, here, for someone who has never played the game.
Originally I bought this novel because my nephew was Demo-ing this game last August and I was blown away at the graphics, the skills he'd learned during one of these sessions and, did I mention the amazing graphics!
Knowing many of of scholars love Sci-Fi, I felt it would have a duel purpose and when a female scholar raved about it, I was more pressed than ever to read it. The first half reads like a video game, where the Some really great action, here, for someone who has never played the game. The first half reads like a video game, where the characters NEVER seem to need any recharging or rest of any kind.
The plot thickens, as they say, and the action was almost secondary to some of the other subplots, which kept it going. Though, truthfully, I often move when I've gotten to comfortable in one specific place. Complacency scares the shite, out of me.
Sure, once I find the just right place, I'll set down some roots, but until then The Sith always betray one another , she had said, just as every life-form had betrayed every other life-form, if left to their natural inclination. Peace and harmony were aberrations imposed from the outside, to be resisted at every juncture.
Similar to some of Tom Clancy's novels that expose "There's far more money in war, than peace. Hated the ending, though realist, I wish it had a better battle. I also expected Captain Eclipse to have a far bigger role throughout the second half of the book. I know, probably not in line with the GAME, but it just seemed with all her experience, the author could've made her a much stronger character.
Nov 21, Jared Mayes rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is one of the more unique Star Wars novels on the market, as part of the intense marketing blitz surrounding the much-hyped video game from Filling a hole in both the Star Wars timeline and in the real-world Star Wars media, the Force Unleashed fit nicely as something we Star Wars fans were craving in its original context. Despite being extremely excited for the game and the story concept back around the time of its original release, I never had the opportunity to play the game for mo This is one of the more unique Star Wars novels on the market, as part of the intense marketing blitz surrounding the much-hyped video game from Despite being extremely excited for the game and the story concept back around the time of its original release, I never had the opportunity to play the game for more than an hour or so.
Years later, I finally grabbed a copy of the novel and was pleasantly surprised. This book is a perfect example of the enjoyable content the old Expanded Universe, now Legends, has to offer: If you like Star Wars at all, this is a fun read.
Jun 20, Patrick rated it did not like it Shelves: The series based on the Republic Commando video games turned out to be fun action mixed with extremely thought-provoking questions about the morality and status of clones. This so far is not remotely the same quality. The first few chapters are so obviously the video game levels described as a story that I laugh outloud and visualize graphics during each journey through the level to a silly "boss" such as a crazy Jedi constructing a Jedi temple out of trash on a junkyard planet.
The Sith kid and The series based on the Republic Commando video games turned out to be fun action mixed with extremely thought-provoking questions about the morality and status of clones. The Sith kid and Vader are not believably portrayed either.
But I'll finish it anyway. This ended up being a page turner, but it really is dumb. The kid is too powerful, ridiculously powerful. The video game levels and ever more powerful "bosses" were continually evident. The kid's betrayal and survival made no sense. The actions of Bail Organa and others made no sense. These deep, wise Rebel Alliance founders, completely paranoid of betrayal at every turn, joined up because a force user who won't tell them his name says they should?
I felt that the established Alliance people and minor Jedi all came off as feeble and dumb. The falling off the cliff and vanishing into the force made no sense. And dumbest, he beats up Darth Vader and the Emperor? And then doesn't try to kill them to show how non-Sith he's become? I liked the main character OK and his change of heart, but the story is not worth it and actually detracts from the overall Star Wars universe.
This not a nuanced, interesting add on to the established continuity like the Han Solo origin series; it's a cheap video game plot written up as a novel. It looks like it could be a fun game--bad book.
View 2 comments. Even the bookstore wouldn't download this one back! Some two years back, a big deal was made of The Force Unleashed. There was to be a stunning new video game, a book, a comic So, I bought the game, tried it out. It was okay I have a review of it for those interested , but I never had a desire to finish it. A while passes, and a friend of mine recently finished this book, declaring it the worst Star Wars novel ever.
Vader has a secret apprentice who is only known as codename Starkiller. But then the Emperor finds out about Starkiller I Liked: General Rohm Kota is a pretty interesting character, if highly underdeveloped and constantly compromised once he is blinded.
Juno Eclipse is probably one of the more sympathetic and relatable characters, and her insight and viewpoints are very necessary and a breath of fresh air, particularly in the beginning of the novel. And it's nice to hear what happened to Shaak Ti. Also, to be honest, the last quarter of the book gets pretty interesting, with Starkiller's inner struggles and his feelings to Juno.
I Didn't Like: From page 1, this book reads like a transcript of a video game in fact, I am pretty sure that some of the same lines of dialogue from the video game are in here. We have only barely been introduced to Starkiller then Vader sends him off to fight Kota.
He returns Which is finished 20 pages later. By the time we reach only page 66, Starkiller has been on three missions. As if this wasn't bad enough, then things get absurd. Starkiller is thrown out a window into the vacuum of space Juno is arrested by the Emperor Starkiller is ordered to kill everyone This point really bugs me. If Starkiller's existence is so secretive, why does he need a pilot in the first place?
Darth Maul didn't need a pilot. During the course of the story, Juno develops a crush on Starkiller. Starkiller mentions nothing about her When did these feelings appear? Why does he feel this way? At one point, Starkiller is trying to get to the mock Jedi Temple that Kazdan made honestly, what secret Jedi is going to announce their appearance this way?
A starship lies in his path, delaying his route by hours, according to him. His solution? Get inside the ship, use Force Lightning to start the engine not sure how this happens since lightning is static electricity, not the same used in powering equipment , and "move the ship out of the path".
Only problem is, since Starkiller is in the ship, he is now hours out of the path he was previously in AND has let everyone know he is on the planet. What has this accomplished? Starkiller is ordered to destroy the skyhook's moorings. But why must he destroy all six? Wouldn't destroying one or two have sufficed and torn the rest of the structure to shreds?
Maybe I would understand this better had there been more detail on the skyhook and less on Starkiller killing everything. Starkiller goes to find General Kota on Cloud City. He does, but Kota is blind. When Imperials come to get Kota, Starkiller and Kota leave, Starkiller telling Kota to follow the sound of his lightsaber. Only, how is blind Kota supposed to meet Starkiller at the drop site? Does Kota follow Starkiller's lightsaber as Starkiller hacks at the Emperor's guards?
How is Kota not being within visual range of Starkiller a signal to the secret apprentice that he can use the Dark Side? Kota is a Jedi Master The Jedi Temple was filled with blind Jedi. What is one of the first lessons Ben gives Luke? Don't trust them. Tough luck. Off to the Agricorps for you! No one is perfect, and I understand that. But I certainly don't expect a whole grocery list of "WTF happened here?
Maybe if the story had been better The characters themselves are some of the most bland that I've seen in the Star Wars Universe.
Starkiller is without a doubt a Marty Stu. He can wield the Dark Side in a way that makes Darth Bane at his peak look like breast-feeding baby, Darth Vader a child, and the Emperor an apprentice. Starkiller can duel multiple enemies, Force Lightning them, throw things at their bodies, and still win without breaking a sweat. What happened to the strain of the Force? No Sith has been shown to duel like Starkiller and come out so miraculously on top sure, he breaks a sweat with the Star Destroyer And if I have to read one more varient of "None could stand up to him and survive", I think I'll go Wookiee!
Juno Eclispe wouldn't be such a bad character if she would stop harping on Callos every time we get her point of view, she has to throw in a million references to that mission , didn't end up being the stereotypical disillusioned Imperial that apparently populate the entire Empire I have no idea why the Rebel Alliance even needed to form, just give these Imperials a little time and they would have all left the Empire anyway!
PROXY is an interesting concept, but never really leaps off the pages. Vader feels completely wrong, as does the Emperor. General Rohm Kota is kinda cool and my favorite character but lacking especially with his blind Jedi old man-ness that keeps him from being Kazdan Paratus is so stereotypical it's embarrassing.
Shaak Ti appeared only to be promptly killed. Leia Organa appears in a manner that reminds me of those people in video games who approach you and tell you what your next objective is. None, but the dialogue is so nasty, it ought to be censored. In the videogame, Juno Eclipse has a wardrobe malfunction and gets out of the high necked uniform that every other Imperial captain wears. However, this is not mentioned in the book.
Starkiller kills a lot of people. A lot. Decapitations, electric shock, dismemberment, burning out someone's eyes, stabbings, blowing up a rancor from the inside, you name it, Starkiller does it. In quadruplicate. This book was painful to read. I was kinda excited about reading it, to learn more about this secret apprentice which is kinda weird, but ah, well, it's Star Wars, they are always doing something like this , and to enjoy myself. But I really don't enjoy reading something that sounds directly written from a video game.
I also like a little depth to my characters and at least some thought put into the writing. I didn't see much of that here. And while I wouldn't categorize this as the worst there is still Jedi Trial after all , but this is probably one of my top ten worst Star Wars Expanded Universe novels.
As a sidenote, after finishing, I tried to sell it back. The used bookstore wouldn't take it. View all 24 comments.
Apr 08, Zack Marcinkiewicz rated it it was amazing. The Clone Wars are long gone and the Jedi all but extinct. Although he is confident in his mastery of the Dark Side of the Force, the a The Clone Wars are long gone and the Jedi all but extinct. Although he is confident in his mastery of the Dark Side of the Force, the apprentice is going to find that the galaxy is still capable of throwing surprises at him, especially surprises that hint at his own hidden origins… This book is was also made into a video game, which I have and is great by the way.
The first few chapters in particular read like a computer game; make your way through to the end of the level, defeat the "end of level boss" renegade Jedi Masters and then go into the next stage. It just felt a little contrived to start off with, like the hero had to get through to the next levels otherwise the reader would never get to see what the game was like as well as it being a much shorter book with a radically different ending!
I think this is one area where gamers are going to get a lot more out of the book than I did. Reading "The Force Unleashed" also made me realize how much goes into a fight scene on the screen. The finale is suitably explosive and the book, as a whole, seems to fit fairly well into the overall Star Wars continuity.
Maybe the constraints of writing about a video game left him with no choice. This meant that cliff-hangers were suddenly cliff-hangers once again and the Star Wars universe felt a little fresher as I was discovering something new after what seemed like far too long. I believe that this book is a great extension of The Star Wars universe and explains a lot and I would like to see it be incorporated in further on screen installments.
Nov 24, DiscoSpacePanther rated it it was ok Shelves: I found this one to be a bit of a struggle to finish. There are many problems with this narrative, and I think that they mostly stem from the constraints inherent in it being a videogame adaptation.
Sure, he chan I found this one to be a bit of a struggle to finish. Sure, he changes, but it never feels natural, or a logical progression of the character. The narrative is split between short sections of introspection and angst, followed by long sections that are clearly just descriptions of videogame action. I found it got tedious pretty quickly. As for the other characters - Vader was nerfed, the Emperor was appropriatelt evil, the blind jedi sidekick was no Kanan Jarrus, and the love interest was telegraphed but oh so unconvincing.
The plot made a kind of sense, if you follow videogame reasoning. Only really suitable for the hardcore fan. Sep 25, Brad Wheeler rated it it was ok Shelves: In the late nineties, Lucasfilm produced their first multimedia extravaganza with Shadows of the Empire. Steve Perry wrote the novel, and there was also a video game, a soundtrack, graphic novels, the whole works.
It went pretty well. Now, twelve years later, Lucasfilm did it again with the Force Unleashed. This time, eh It's obvious that the video game was the leader of this whole project, because it's a video game story. The characters are broadly drawn, and a lot of the plot consists of th In the late nineties, Lucasfilm produced their first multimedia extravaganza with Shadows of the Empire.
The characters are broadly drawn, and a lot of the plot consists of the main character, Starkiller, running from place to place cutting people and things in half. That's fun on the screen, not so much on the page.
Worse, secondary characters who could fade into the background in the game are instead given page after page of viewpoint, but they don't get to do anything. After all, they didn't do anything in the game, right? Worst of all for a Star Wars fan like me, this book covers a few events that are really important to the saga--the construction of the Death Star, the foundation of the Rebel Alliance--but does so in ways that are far less interesting than the hints and tidbits we've gotten before.
It's just all so perfunctory. Part of that is Sean Williams' spare prose, but mostly, I think he just didn't have much to work with. Basically, don't read this novel. It's not good Star Wars, it's not good anything. May 29, Andrew rated it it was amazing. Absolutely brilliant! I was a huge fan of the game so when I saw this book I immediately snagged it. I don't do this often but, I couldn't put the book down, I read the entire thing from front to back in one sitting.
Great story. I didn't know much about Starkiller other than what was laid out in the game which wasn't a lot.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Star Wars. Mar 21, Ron rated it it was ok Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Lacks the rich texture expected of a good story The worst Star Wars story I've read to date. Not surprisingly, it reads like the "go path" of a video game--at the same time straining to include as many "hooks" into the Star Wars universe the six movies.
Spoiler Warning: What kind of "orthodox" Star Wars story allows it's hero to defeat and spare Darth Vader and the Emperor at the same time prior to Luke Skywalker's rise as a Jedi? Dec 15, Barb Shang-none yo business rated it liked it. This book was very interesting. I enjoyed reading it because it gave a different point of view in Star Wars but there were some things that I didn't like so I gave it only 3 stars.
Nov 03, Joseph rated it it was ok Shelves: Well there was nothing else at the library so I got this one and the Force II. I saw a pretty bad review from one of my friends, who I share a similiar opinion with on SW books. But I decided to read it and if it sucked after 50 or pages then I would bag it. The book is just that 2 stars and ok. It doesn't suck, but I didn't like it. It is really just ok It is set probably years before New Hope, I think. Remember the Revenge of the Sith is 19 years before that and when Leia and Luke were born.
The story flow wasn't that bad and I know this is based off a video game, so I will excuse some of the wording, so it follows the video game and has maybe the same dialog. But it's basis that Vadar raised this child when he was like or something would still make him pretty young. Well in the book he seems like in his mid 20's. The timeline is off. Plus I don't see Vadar trying to be a dad while serving the Emperor and trying to rule the galaxy.
That story line was dumb. But Vadar has his "boy" Starkiller go out and hunt the last remaining Jedi's. After he does this which is quick in the book Vadar wants him to help him over throw the Emperor, or does he?
It is a little confusing there. Then there are more unbelievable spots, where Starkiller is vacuumed out in space, but still lives, he can't fly and needs a pilot lame , and his robot can only fight Starkiller in combat mode for training, but can't fight anyone else? The list continues in there is some kind of love conncetion with Starkiller and his new pilot Juno, which really came out of nowhere, the lack of character development of some of its people, how one of the Jedi Masters becomes totally useless when he is blind, etc.
The use of character of Vadar is also off. Some good things. Leia's character developed that leads up to New Hope. She is a mature teenager per se that everyone seems to take seriously. But at the same time you can say that the way they use her doesn't match up to the movie. Overall just ok, but close to being a 1 star. I will say there is no reason for a 2nd book. Jan 04, Elizabeth rated it liked it Shelves: Oh boy This was a rough journey for me But it's definitely not one I can say that I liked.
At all. It's bizarrely right in the middle for me though usually, those kinds of books are either stupid middle-school reads or ones I never finished. What's good about it? The story.
Darth Vader having a secret apprentice is a fascinating premise, regardless of how it's executed. Also, the descriptions of the dark side's influence and the overall acti Oh boy Also, the descriptions of the dark side's influence and the overall action sequences are vivid.
What's bad about it? The first third of the book is so blatantly set-up like a game one mission after another, with no thought whatsoever put into it , and it's really awkward for a novel setting.
To be fair, it's not easy to translate video games into books Also, flat characters, with the exception of Juno. Even Starkiller is spelled out to be a mindless killing machine until the last quarter or so, and shockingly, death and destruction does NOT guarantee the character's gonna be interesting.
If anything, the lack of conflict up until near the end made him extremely boring. A cardboard avatar character you'd use mindlessly in a video game huh I'm starting to see a pattern here What I liked: The last quarter. What I disliked: Way too much worshipping of the dark side with way too abrupt of a change of mind near the end. So, when all is said and done, it's not godawful but it's hardly awesome either.
I'm glad I read it, in hindsight, because I normally never branch out of the original trilogy's characters with reading Star Wars novels, so this was a change. A very very drawn-out, put on hiatus too often, change, but a change nonetheless! I haven't played the game, so this is what i would call an innocent perspective and review.
Aside from the distracting and loud header, the book was smoothly written. It was easy to move from page to page being able to focus on imagining the story rather than marvelling at intricate elegant words. Even though at first I was so angry there was romance I ranted a bit, I was actually really sad it didn't blossom more.
Like most books, the pinnacle was squashed into about 50 pages or less and I had I haven't played the game, so this is what i would call an innocent perspective and review. Like most books, the pinnacle was squashed into about 50 pages or less and I had wished there was more at the end. I couldn't fault the way it was so easily tied up answering almost all the questions and theories I toyed with throughout.
The book had me worried it would ruin everything because I was certain the apprentice would kill both Vader and Palpatine and then the Death Star. Then where would all the movies etc fit in!!!! It snuck around those obstacles with ease, and over all the book was in fine form throughout. I couldn't even find any spelling errors that threw me off guard and out of the story.
The only thing that seemed out of place was a description to give measure of how big something was. The author used 'a couple of blocks of offices' which just seemed so today and Earth like. It didn't fit a book about the future and Jedi, and of course I dwelled on it. Many criticised it for putting too much power in a sith apprentice because it meant much of Star Wars made no sense.
Give the book time and never forget, was Darth Vader not one such apprentice all that time ago as the little boy called Anny? There are exceptional people out there linked to the force!
Still, four stars is a great rating as far as I go! I recommend but based on other reviews of those who have played the game, I'd suggest go in with a open mind expecting little if you have played it.
If not, you should enjoy it! View 1 comment. Jan 25, Anja Braun rated it it was ok Shelves: I was intrigued at first by the idea of Vader having a secret apprentice and it was good for awhile.. And he will be tested as never before—by shattering revelations that strike at the very heart of all he believes and stir within him long-forgotten hopes of reclaiming his name.
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