Sunday, May 6, 2012
Wild Space by Karen Miller REVIEW
After this book, there is only one book I haven't read yet in the Star Wars prequels, so I guess I know the style by now. The books ranged from five stars good to ten stars awesome (even though there is technically none), never below five stars. For me, this book is between the good and the awesome. A typical Star Wars novel, yet it is engaging and I felt like I knew Star Wars better reading this book. Karen Miller wrote this book well.
The two sides of the exploding Clone Wars are desperate to win, but there is a traitor at the heart of the Republic. When the sepratists launched a sneak attack on Coruscant, Obi-Wan was wounded. With the information he had he insisted for Skywalker and his Padawan Ahsoka Tano to go agains Greivous. Bail Organa reveals explosive intelligence that could turn the tide of war in the Republic’s favor, and Kenobi accompanies him to the far reaches of the galaxy to verify the facts. They don't relize that they are walking into a trap set by Palpatine... and escape may not be an option.
I really liked how Karen Miller does Yoda speeches. Some writers mixed up the object+subject+verb format, but she doesn't. I also loved to see the beginning of Bail and Obi-Wan's friendship- how Obi-Wan compared Bail to Anakin and said the Force was testing him. Some humor in the story just makes me like it. Also, her style of writing is appealing. It was clear, a little descriptive, and nicely written. The idea of wild bantha chase... I liked that too. In addition, I liked how it was set in Duel of the Droids and Downfall of a droid time period, and how there was a reference in that too.
It was different to see Obi-Wan how affected he was by the dark side. He was not a hero anymore, but a man struggling to survive with enormous willpower. In this case I'd rather be Bail, since he did not need to suffer through the dark side. I liked how Padme seemed to be just herself-not a former queen, senator, etc. Just a wife with friends. Possibly my favorite character, Ahsoka, is still pretty young here and I liked how she goes on to be something of deadly beauty and grace. Anakin's emotions are also done well.
Okay, now for the flaws. The story was a bit slow to start off with. It began with lots of characters and then drops them off until Obi-Wan and Bail is the only major character left. I find that weird. Though I really liked the beginning, it wasn't really necessary until it was skipped until months later. I don't wish that is deleted though, since it helped understand AOTC better. The cover art also has little to do with the story. But I don't really care, because the day I finished this book (May the fifth) is special to me and I'm not going to let anything ruin it. May the Fourth is Star Wars day, May the fifth is the day ROTS came out, and now today I'm typing this.
In conclusion, I liked the book. It has its bad side, but I feel it was worth reading. I can't wait to read Star Wars: No Prisoners next, and soon I will be celebrating my reading all the star wars prequel books finally.