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Rogue Planet by Greg Bear
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  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
This is a fast read that gives great insight into the development of Anakin. The storyline moves along quickly (although somewhat predictably). The only thing I struggled with was the inner turmoil in Obi Wan that made him seem weak and ineffectual. Other than that, I enjoyed it and found that the closer I got to the end the less I wanted to put it down. ( )
1 vote psalm134_2 | Apr 18, 2011 |
A bit of exposition of the apprenticeship of Anakin Skywalker, shoehorned between The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones. Bear does well within the constraints of the tale: giving a little insight into Anakin's development without making any changes that would necessarily show downstream, and slips in some foreshadowing of the Yuuzhan Vong invasion that takes place in the time of the New Republic. Ultimately, though, the constraints drag down the potential for storytelling, and the net result is like any episodic television show where long-term plot arcs never happen: the characters are much the same coming out as they were going in. ( )
  slothman | Sep 3, 2008 |
I really enjoyed this book. It takes place a few years after the events of the phantom menace. It had an interesting story through out. I liked the introduction of the character Charza Kwinn, their time adored his ship was interesting. I liked how the Master, Padawan relationship was portrayed and Anakins personal trouble and recklessness was done. If I had to list something that I didn't like it would be a particular part in the book that had obi-wan restraining himself from hitting Anakin which dose not seem very Obi-wanish, other than that the story and locations were great and I found it to be a good book all around. ( )
  Anduril85 | Sep 2, 2008 |
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Anakin Skywalker stood in a long, single-file line in an abandoned maintenance tunnel leading to the Wicko district garbage pit.
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The Force is strong in twelve-year-old Anakin Skywalker ... so strong that the Jedi Council, despite misgivings, entrusted young Obi-Wan Kenobi with the mission of training him to become a Jedi Knight. Obi-Wan--like his slain Master Qui-Gon--believes Anakin may be the chosen one, the Jedi destined to bring balance to the Force. But first Obi-Wan must help his undisciplined apprentice, who still bears the scars of slavery, find his own balance.

Dispatched to the mysterious planet of Zonama Sekot, source of the fastest ships in the galaxy, Obi-Wan and Anakin are swept up in a swirl of deadly intrigue and betrayal. They sense a disturbance in the Force unlike any they have encountered before. It seems there are more secrets on Zonama Sekot than meet the eye. But the search for those secrets will threaten the bond between Obi-Wan and Anakin ... and bring the troubled young apprentice face-to-face with his deepest fears--and his darkest destiny.
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It's an unexpected combination: Greg Bear, author of so many ambitiously complex SF novels, writing about the colorful simplicities of the Star Wars universe. But he carries it off well, with a mix of action-adventure and thoughtful world building that entertains while keeping to the spirit of Lucas's saga.

A few years after the events of The Phantom Menace, young Anakin Skywalker is getting restless--sneaking away from Jedi Temple training to gamble his life in a flying game that's much more bizarre and dangerous than the movie's podracing, even before an alien Blood Carver assassin intervenes. Anakin's character is taking shape now:

But above all, he loved winning.

To turn the boy's frustrated energy to useful ends, the Jedi Council has Obi-Wan Kenobi take Anakin to investigate the remote, enigmatic world Zonama Sekot, whose organic technologies produce magnificent spacecraft, and where a Jedi has vanished without a trace. Secretly pursuing them is a battle squadron captained by the weapons designer who has already blueprinted the Death Star and is being double-crossed by his employer Commander Tarkin.

Rogue Planet's action climaxes as the Jedis learn to grow their own spaceship, the Blood Carver strikes, and two heavily armed fleets converge on helpless-seeming Zonama Sekot. Every faction has secret cards up its sleeve--and Anakin's is a very dangerous wild card indeed. There's final victory and heartbreak, but also loose ends (including even stranger, deadlier aliens) that suggest sequels to follow. Bear does a solidly workmanlike job. --David Langford, Amazon.co.uk

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Following the events in "The Phantom Menace", Obi-Wan Kenobi is entrusted by the Jedi council to train Anakin Skywalker as a Jedi Knight. Obi-Wan, as did his slain Master Qui-Gon Jinn, believes Anakin is the Chosen One, destined to bring balance to the Force. But Obi-Wan must help his undisciplined apprentice find his own balance.… (more)

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