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on November 22, 2009
This is not really a Star Wars book. It's only got a thin wrapper to make it appear so, for better sales.
Give me the text file and I can turn it into a Resident Evil book or an Alien book in 5 minutes with a few Replace commands in Notepad.

Yes, it features Han and Chewie, but they don't even appear until page 90 of 234, and they don't do anything special that anybody else couldn't have done. No character development whatsoever. Absolutely no contribution at all to the Expanded Universe. That is, with or without this book, there's no change that affects other books. This is not one of those memorable books like Zahn's Thrawn trilogy which introduced Mara Jade, or Matt Stover's Revenge of the Sith which really changed the galaxy.

No interesting aliens. No Jedi, no Sith, no space fights, no lightsabers. A few references to Darth Vader, but they could have said "Umbrella Corporation" or "The Initiative" or "US Government" instead and it would have worked just as well.

I hope Star Wars editors are not running out of material, and this is just an accident. I don't mind expanding the Universe in new directions, but this is the wrong way to do it. You can't just take a horror novel and make superficial changes to slap a Star Wars label on it. OK, you can, obviously, but it's going to annoy the fans.

Anyway, apart from that, it's not a bad book. That is, if you like zombie books. I own and have read 120+ Star Wars novels and I'd say this one is not the worst. That dubious honor stays with Barbara Hambly, of course. It's way below average, but still worth reading.

As far as zombie books go, it's about average IMO. Not as good as the Resident Evil books, but I've read plenty of worse stuff too.

A few silly things from the book:
- an X-Wing being thrown back by the recoil after it shoots its laser cannon. Gimme a break, lasers are made of light, there's no matter thrown about, so no recoil...
- some monsters shooting at a human from a few meters away, "with deadly accuracy". And yet they missed, again and again and again. Again, gimme a break, "with deadly accuracy" sounds good but it's stupid in this context.
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