The Unifying Force: Star Wars Legends (The New Jedi Order) Mass Market Paperback – Aug 3 2004
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At long last, the "New York Times bestselling series that launched the "Star Wars saga into the next generation and into thrilling new territory reaches its spectacular finale. Side by side, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Leia Organa Solo, their children, and their comrades in the Galactic Alliance rally for their last stand against the enemy that threatens not only the galaxy, but the Force itself.
The Galactic Alliance's hard-won success in countering the Yuuzhan Vong onslaught has proven all too brief--and the tide has turned once more to the invaders' advantage. Having overcome the sabotage strategies of the Jedi and their allies, the marauding aliens have pushed deeper into the galaxy and subjugated more worlds in their ruthless quest for domination. Coruscant has been remade into a Yuuzhan Vong stronghold. The remnants of the resistance are struggling to form a united front. Luke, Mara, and Jacen are missing in action. Clearly the stage is set for endgame.
Now, as Han and Leia receive the chilling news that hundreds of high-ranking Galactic Alliance prisoners face slaughter in a sacrifice to the enemy's bloodthirsty gods, Luke and his team try desperately to convince the living world of Zonama Sekot to join the Jedi's final campaign against the Yuuzhan Vong. Yet even as they speak, a lone space station is all that stands between Alliance headquarters on Mon Calamari . . . and wave after wave of ferocious enemy forces waging their most decisive assault.
At the same time, the Jedi's alliances throughout the galaxy are being tested--and the chances of victory jeopardized--by rogue factions determined to deploy the lethal weapon that will exterminate the Yuuzhan Vong . . . andperhaps countless other species. And among the Yuuzhan Vong themselves, the threat of revolt has reached a boiling point--as the oppressed underclass and powerful officials alike fear their Supreme Overlord's mad actions will provoke the wrath of the gods.
Ultimately, for both the forces of invasion and resistance, too much has been sacrificed --and too much is at stake--to ever turn back. And now, nothing can stand in the way of seizing victory . . . or facing annihilation.
About the Author
James Luceno is the New York Times bestselling author of the Star Wars novels Millennium Falcon, Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader, Cloak of Deception, Labyrinth of Evil, as well as the New Jedi Order novels Agents of Chaos I: Hero’s Trial and Agents of Chaos II: Jedi Eclipse, The Unifying Force, and the eBook Darth Maul: Saboteur. He is also the author of the fantasy novel Hunt for the Mayan Looking-Glass, available as an eBook. He lives in Annapolis, Maryland, with his wife and youngest child.
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Fears that a lackluster story and cop-out developments would plague this story the way they have the Star Wars prequel movies have proven unfounded. Where the previous 18 novels did a grand job of setting up a dramatic finale, "The Unifying Force" does a spectacular job of realizing that finale.Read more ›
He makes Han Solo the easy favorite with dialogue matching what we loved from the films. C-3PO and R2-D2 are also written better than I have ever seen in any Star Wars book. In fact, this is the first time I have seen Threepio used the way we are used to in the films. Other authers seem to have a hard time using the droids at all - let alone make it fit into the story in a natural way.
But still, with all the good this book has in dialogue, I can't help but notice the pressure Luceno must have felt in completing the series.
A lot of time is wasted on repeating stuff we all know from previous novels. And some of the situations seem to be manufactured just to get some use out of certain popular characters (I'm not referring to the droids here).
Nom Anor was inconsistant. Harrar was too "good" to soon. Jaina wasn't used in a significant way (she felt like a third wheel). Boba Fett is kind to Han? (Where was he and his army in the rest of the series?)
I suppose everybody wants to know what happens, but I won't reveal that in a review. You'll have to read the book yourself.
Suffice it to say that there is closure - if somewhat rushed.
I would give it 3½ stars, but have to lower it because I simply expected more. Great dialogue isn't everything. :)
BTW, this is NOT the final post-ROTJ novel (as a few reviewers have claimed) because Walter Jon Williams of Destiney's Way fame has been contracted to write a follow-up "post-NJO" series to be released in 2005.
This is the best NJO novel of them all.
OK. Maybe I'm glad the NJO is finally over and I'm over-rating this book for that reason. But NO! This book manages to tie up many lose ends - not all of them tho like some have said - and deliver a coherent conclusion amidst tremendous action. A lot of your questions are answered here, but many interesting questions remain unanswered, leaving the door open for future books to followup.
This is a 5 star effort. Check me out. I seldom give 5 stars.
I will never let Lucas licensing suck me into a series again. They made me want to buy every book as a MUST HAVE for the series, but then they start killing off some of my favorite characters. I stopped after SBS for a long time buying the books, relying on the library or otherwise borrowing until recently. Having said that, I really DO like what is going on in the Pre-quel storylines.. mixing the books, comics and movies to tell a fuller story. I'll be sad when they kill Quinlan Vos, Windu and the others but we know it is their likely destiny.
I always felt that killing ANAKIN was mean and insensitive to long time star wars followers like myself.
So this is the bitter end of the bitter NJO. A sentient Planet? Lets see by a raise of hands, how many would have preferred Anakins help to that of a sentient planet?
I know a lot of people thought it was cool to kill heroes like Chewy and Anakin Solo. The compassionate among you urged us to GET OVER IT!! The Editors asked us to trust them. Mostly that trust was misplaced, though they did deliver a 4 star and 5 star book at the end as numbers 18 and 19. Still, I would have loved to see Anakin charge in after Shimmra with his siblings, Leia, Han, Uncle Luke and Aunt Mara.
That would have been the perfect end.
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In this book I didn't find it particularly great. It wasn't the worst of the books but I do think it could have been a lot better. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Sean Talbot
James Luceno's mastery of the Star Wars universe is hard to match, after The Unifying Force. In this novel, he successfully ties together nearly every mystery left from the... Read morePublished on June 14 2004
Unifying Force was the best conclusion to the New Jedi Order Series. Which is a must read series for any Star Wars fan. I think Mr. Luceno really did an amazing job with this book. Read morePublished on May 15 2004 by Tariq
All good things must come to and end. And this book has lots of good things and a masterful ending. Unifying Force is the climactic conclusion to the New Jedi Order story arc. Read morePublished on April 19 2004 by M. Nocerino
This was a tough book to put down. It was refreshing to see the Skywalker clan find solace and closure at last. Read morePublished on April 18 2004 by Rogue_5
As sad as this is to say, I am happy this series is over. It was a noble concept which did keep me longing for the next book in the series. Read morePublished on April 12 2004
This probably the best book I've read. From the space battles at Selvaris to the battles of Caluula. And to spice it up even more, the ending is extremely satisfying. Read morePublished on April 5 2004
I liked the book but felt it lacked in the way it dealt with the vong, with them going from this large group to all of them being placed on the living planet. Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2004 by Alan J Ennen
This novel is easily the most well written and entertaining in the series. However, they visit so many people and places that you really don't get any details on anyone. Read morePublished on Feb. 2 2004