There is a great disturbance in the Force. . . . From the sleek ships of the glimmering Coruscant skyscape to the lush gardens of pastoral Naboo, dissent is roiling. The Republic is failing, even under the leadership of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, elected ten years earlier to save the crumbling government. Separatists threaten war, and the Senate is hopelessly divided, unable to determine whether to raise an army for battle or keep the fragile peace. It is a stalemate that once broken, could lead to galactic chaos.
Mischievous and resolved, courageous to the point of recklessness, Anakin Skywalker has come of age in a time of great upheaval. The nineteen-year-old apprentice to Obi-Wan Kenobi is an enigma to the Jedi Council, and a challenge to his Jedi Master. Time has not dulled Anakin’s ambition, nor has his Jedi training tamed his independent streak. When an attempt on Senator Padmé Amidala’s life brings them together for the first time in ten years, it is clear that time also has not dulled Anakin’s intense feelings for the beautiful diplomat.
The attack on Senator Amidala just before a crucial vote thrusts the Republic even closer to the edge of disaster. Masters Yoda and Mace Windu sense enormous unease. The dark side is growing, clouding the Jedi’s perception of the events. Unbeknownst to the Jedi, a slow rumble is building into the roar of thousands of soldiers readying for battle. But even as the Republic falters around them, Anakin and Padmé find a connection so intense that all else begins to fall away. Anakin will lose himself—and his way—in emotions a Jedi, sworn to hold allegiance only to the Order, is forbidden to have.
Based on the story by George Lucas and the screenplay by George Lucas and Jonathan Hales, this intense and revealing novel by bestselling author R. A. Salvatore sheds new light on the legend of Star Wars—and skillfully illuminates one of our most beloved sagas.
Features a bonus section following the novel that includes a primer on the Star Wars expanded universe, and over half a dozen excerpts from some of the most popular Star Wars books of the last thirty years!
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Attack of the Clones succeeds in book form
Continuing the trend of novelizations of the prequel trilogy outshining their films, R. A. Salvatore's adaptation of Attack of the Clones is a must-read for any Star Wars fan. Salvatore's novelization adds much-needed depth to the main characters, both personally and in developing relationships. This book also adds some much needed pacing to the overall story. Like The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones benefits greatly from its novelization. For any Star Wars fan, this is a must-read.
Worth the read, the re-read, and the permanent spot on the bookshelf
So you think you don’t like Episode II? That’s ok. Read this book instead. Salvatore’s novelization is an extremely well-written, fully-realized take on the story of the 2002 film. As a movie, well, you can decide how you feel about it. But there’s not a shadow of a doubt that this is an enjoyable book – I couldn’t put it down.
Salvatore is able to weave the romance, action, political maneuvering, tragedy, and characterization together into a convincingly thrilling ride toward the collapse of the Old Republic. Reading, rather than watching, these events unfold is a much more satisfying journey because it allows the reader to enter the minds of the characters, to get glimpses beyond the scenes of the movie, and to invest more time attempting to comprehend the jam-packed plot.
As a huge fan of Star Wars literature, I am very glad that I finally got around to reading this one. I’ll place it as a top-tier Star Wars book. It was truly a page-turner and (mostly) made up for what I have always perceived to be the shortcomings of the film on which it is based.