This book was good, especially for the young readers it was intended for. Fans older than twelve or so may feel that this book was a bit below par, and I'd definitely say that the adult's novelization was better, but really, this one is worth picking up, die hard fans or not. The two books complement one another well, and if you have the spare time I'd recommend reading both. Anyway, in this one, the characters were well fleshed out, especially Padme/Amidala and Anakin. In the movie, I found it impossible to relate to Anakin even on a remote level, but here, seen through Padme's caring, protective eyes, he seems outright adorable, and through his own, I could see him as a real person, and made the story in general more enjoyable. So, if you've seen the movie, I definitely recomend either or both of the novelazations.