by the Yuuzhan Vong and treated as criminals by the New Republic
the Jedi face a perilous time.
next volume after Conquest, and by the same author,
Rebirth continues the saga that is the Yuuzhan Vong invasion
of the New Republic. For some time, readers have been divided
into 'love it' or 'loath it' camps when it comes to opinion
on this series. There are those who are lapping it up and
are constantly eager for the next instalment. For the most
part, the series' detractors are also the most articulate
of critics and their arguments are certainly persuasive, maybe
enough to make someone new to the series think again about
buying the books. The backlash is vehement, incisive and informed,
whereas those in support too often display a superficial understanding
of literary Star Wars. Read into that what you will.
series is frequently violent and horrific, but despite this,
the books seem to be written for a younger audience. Those
who have read the Young Jedi Knight series will be
finding the New Jedi Order has developed a distinctly
familiar quality, the focus increasingly on the teenage characters
Jaina, Jacen and Anakin Solo. The original Star Wars
characters are being pushed into the background, which while
inevitable for a long running series, is no good if the characters
succeeding lack the attraction of their predecessors, which
is the problem here. Simply, what started as an impressive
new concept now feels like it has lost its edge.
is not a bad book and if you take it for what it is, it's
an enjoyable read, albeit a short one (292 pages in paperback).
There is plenty of action and the Yuuzhan Vong are as devilish
as ever, but if you're looking for more substance, then maybe
this isn't the novel for you.
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