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what do you expect from a trilogy opener?
The cover of the book tells you that this is book one of the Corellian Trilogy. Therefore, anyone who has ever read a trilogy (much less one of the several Star Wars novel trilogies) should know exactly what to expect: lots of character development, a slowly building plot, and no resolution whatsoever. That having been said, this book actually does a great job of living up to those criteria.
Let's face it, the writing in this one is not that great. However, it's definitely worth reading. For one, Han is the central character, an automatic plus. Second, we get to see some scene's with Han and Leia's children (what a novel idea!) and some sense of the "Solo family." And we get a very in-depth look at Corellia, too, a planet often referred to but rarely, if ever, seen. All things said, it' a pretty neat book, just not a really great one.
The best thing about it is that it's not about the Empire. I get rather tired of the Comeback Kings surfacing over and over again. Sure, this trilogy may not be of the same sweeping scale as the films or even Zahn's trilogy, but that only serves to work in its favor. It's different, which is something the universe of Star Wars novels needs more of. (Frankly, I don't really see NJO as the saving grace everyone labels it as; the Yuzhan Vong are just the Empire in disguise if you ask me). Read this book folks. It ain't great, but it is fun. Besides, it's a necessary opening chapter to the trilogy, which does get better.
A solid Star Wars book.
I confess, this book was a bit slow moving at first, but I managed to get into it, and from then on I enjoyed it. Leia, now Chief of State of the New Republic, goes to Corellia for a trade summit. Han and their three children come along, so the trip will be something of a vacation for them. Exploring his home planet for the first time in years, Han is shocked at how much it's changed for the worst. Meanwhile, Mara Jade has recieved a strange message intended for Leia, and Luke has gone off with Lando, who is in search of a rich wife (that was the one distracting subplot - hope it starts to make more sense in one of the next two books). The kids wander off during a visit to an archaeological and discover a strange technology. As tensions on Corellia worsen, a new leader threatens to rise from the shadows - with possible explosive and deadly results. If you're new to the Star Wars books, this is probably not the best book to start off with. You're better off reading them in chronological order, which I haven't done, unfortunatley. But if you have enjoyed other Star Wars novels, I would reccomend this one.
A friend passed this one along to me and I took it up with some reservation. After reading it I'm now on board and looking to get the second and third in the series. This is not mind blowing by any stretch, but it was great to get back to and take a stroll through the Star Wars galaxy. The pace is fast and the action is well written. The author writes the characters well, treating them with respect but really not taking chances. With the exception with Lando, the choices made are nothing out of the ordinary.
Based on the cover and the title of the book, one think that this is a "Solo and Chewbacca" adventure and from the start of the book it looks that way. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was not.
It does however bring up aspects of Han Solo's secritive past and Allen gives just enough insight not to take away from mystery the character. The politics and the star system of Corellia is unique, straight forward and easy to follow and adds some great drama in the book.
My only real critizism is that the author needs to hang around some children. Anakin is by far the worst written. Picture that forcibly cute robot kid on the sitcom "Small Wonder" written into a book and your not far off. While there is some potential there as far as action with Anakin, the dialogue really needs brushing up. He does however manage to make the twins interesting, giving them distinct personalities and abilities. Example: Jacen can understand Chewie, like his father, but Jaina can't.
Also another thing that I loved was Han Solo's take on Indiana Jones profession. It too coincidental to be an accident!
A decent adventure that lacks the emotional pull that the movies and some of the books do. But a good distraction and worth checking out.
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