The Force Unleashed II
Epub, 295 Pages
a blase sequel. Starkiller is either resurrected or successfully cloned [even though it is stated, and shown in other novels, that Jedi clones never turn out ok.] Thankfully there was enough stuff happening that the stupid characters didn’t get in the way. Ends with Starkiller and his lady friend running off. It doesn’t make sense, so powerful a force user unsensed by the Emperor and not completely hunted down by Vader. The story was weak, Starkiller is an extremely 2d character and while there are cameos of future greats, they come across as the sops to fans that their appearance really is. Books like this are what will destroy the Star Wars line.
Star Wars: The Old Republic
DTB, 417 Pages
taking place 3650 BBY [before the Battle of Yavin,ie, New Hope], this story is about a rogue genius who creates a bunch of droids that could wipe out the galaxy. The Republic is at a standstill with the Sith Empire while Mandalore is recovering from the Great War. Representatives from each faction come together to fight this threat, all the while scheming to take advantage. Follows a Padawan on the verge of Knighthood, a sith apprentice, and a disgraced special ops trooper. They face the threat, and nobody gets an advantage. This was based on a game [like The Force Unleashed] and it showed. A better read than TFU, but how everything worked, it felt like reading the script. I just hope LucasArts moves away from this type of novel. I like the idea of exploring the Old Republic Era [even Darth Bane was only 1000-+ BBY], just not this way.
While a much better novel than The Force Unleashed [more engaging characters, livelier action, tighter plot and higher caliber writing:], this still suffers from Game-itis.
I really felt like I was just reading the script for the game. I liked the overall storyline and really like the Old Republic Era coming to novels [never played games or read comics, so this is all completely virgin territory for me:], but if LucasArts is going to keep trending with Books based on Games, they’ve definitely lost me as a fan…