Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Republic/Imperial Commando Series by Karen Traviss REVIEW

Okay, so I've finally finished every novel in the Star Wars prequels! Yay! I'm going to review the last series I read here, and now I'm moving on to reading Lord of the Rings for the second time. Hopefully this one will be more successful than the last time- since the last time I didn't understand anything much. I was younger then, but so far I've made great progress.

Back to the point. I'll review this as the whole series.

The good: There was great use of language. The book features a new set of characters, not just the old Jedi style. They are like real people, not heroes in movies/holovids that take handsome people and they end up with a few scratches, but victorious. Etain's troubles were written very well. The clones are written even better- they were similar yet different. They have different personalities- and I want to applaud Darman's most, who seemed balanced between a soft child and a touch warrior. The cast was small enough to remember in the first book. It also shows Mandalorian culture, which hardly has been revealed before. It does not show too much or too little, and it allows us time to grow on the characters a bit. The action was Star Wars style typically, which is awesome. I also love the fact that she slipped the titles into the books, which is hard to be done sometimes. Everything overall gives me a message of how messy life is, and there's always two sides.
The bad: When I read the books, I wasn't in much of a mood for reading so it did not appeal to me that much. Traviss ponders to much on the humanity of the clones. I agree with her but she does not need to rant on and on about it. Like the anti-jedi stuff. Some of it is sensible, most not. I felt like slamming the books down sometimes. Some characters are minor and makes in hard to remember in the second book onward. Etain was really annoying. There seems to be a need for romance between clones and other people everywhere. Characters that would have interesting feelings are ignored sometimes. Some things left me really off, and I need explaining. "Let's get everyone a girlfriend and married" is really bothering me. Some too much yelling and emotions, especially from Skirata.  Things are repeated many times.
Blah, Blah, Blah. Really. Some books are better than others, but some stuff are really bad. But as I mentioned, I wasn't in much of a mood for reading then.

Overall, on a normal book scale, I'd give it five stars for having Star Wars on the cover. But on a Star Wars scale, it would be three.

That's it... May the Force be with you!


  1. Wow! That is a lot of Star Wars books! Congrats on reading them all. :) My favorite Star Wars book is Heir to the Empire. I am reading the LOTR too, excellent books. Probably my favorite right now.


    1. Thanks! :D I haven't read Heir to the Empire yet, but I will! :)

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