“The Sith always betray one another. . . . I’m sure you’ll learn that soon enough.”
The overthrow of the Republic is complete. The Separatist forces have been smashed, the Jedi Council nearly decimated, and the rest of the Order all but destroyed. Now absolute power rests in the iron fist of Darth Sidious–the cunning Sith lord better known as the former Senator, now Emperor, Palpatine. But more remains to be done. Pockets of resistance in the galaxy must still be defeated and missing Jedi accounted for . . . and dealt with. These crucial tasks fall to the Emperor’s ruthless enforcer, Darth Vader. In turn, the Dark Lord has groomed a lethal apprentice entrusted with a top-secret mission: to comb the galaxy and dispatch the last of his masters’ enemies, thereby punctuating the dark side’s victory with the Jedi’s doom.
Since childhood, Vader’s nameless agent has known only the cold, mercenary creed of the Sith. His past is a void; his present, the carrying out of his deadly orders. But his future beckons like a glistening black jewel with the ultimate promise: to stand beside the only father he has ever known, with the galaxy at their feet. It is a destiny he can realize only by rising to the greatest challenge of his discipleship: destroying Emperor Palpatine.
The apprentice’s journeys will take him across the far reaches of the galaxy, from the Wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyk to the junkyard planet of Raxus Prime. On these missions, the young Sith acolyte will forge an unlikely alliance with a ruined Jedi Master seeking redemption and wrestle with forbidden feelings for his beautiful comrade, Juno Eclipse. And he will be tested as never before–by shattering revelations that strike at the very heart of all he believes and stir within him long-forgotten hopes of reclaiming his name . . . and changing his destiny.
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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It's a feast of Star Wars in all its nonsensical glory (a spoiler-free review)
This is one of the more unique Star Wars novels on the market, as part of the intense marketing blitz surrounding the much-hyped video game from 2008. Filling a hole in both the Star Wars timeline and in the real-world Star Wars media, the Force Unleashed fit nicely as something we Star Wars fans were craving in its original context. Despite being extremely excited for the game and the story concept back around the time of its original release, I never had the opportunity to play the game for more than an hour or so. Years later, I finally grabbed a copy of the novel and was pleasantly surprised.
The novelization of the Force Unleashed is by no means the most well-written Star Wars book I’ve ever digested. But for me, that didn’t matter. This book is a perfect example of the enjoyable content the old Expanded Universe, now Legends, has to offer: Darth Vader’s secret apprentice, a lovable droid hell-bent on assassinating its master and helping him train by transforming into many fan-favorite Jedi and Sith of old for the purpose of a good-old-fashioned lightsaber-fight, a fully fleshed-out starship, compelling companions, Sarlaac pits, lively planets, and nostalgia galore!
If you like Star Wars at all, this is a fun read. You don’t necessarily need to have a rich knowledge of the Expanded Universe to enjoy it, either. I have a fair share of criticisms with both the content and writing of this book, but found myself simply smiling, setting them aside, and saying, “sure, why not?” With that in mind, this was a book I’m glad I picked up, and hope to give the game a long-awaited play-through.
I've played the game, but I've never read the book.
If the story follows the game, then I will garanteed read it.
Star Wars The Force Unleashed hits the ground running and doesn't stop. The action is continuous throughout the book and the plot is quite involving. Sean Williams did an excellent job adapting the video game from Lucasarts. Unlike the Playstation 2 game, the story fits in with the Star Wars movies. Darth Vader secretly takes an apprentice whom he trains in the ways of the dark side to do his bidding. But can anyone truly hide anything from the Emperor? Filled with a constantly winding, twisting plot, lots of battles, secrets and betrayal, The Force Unleashed is one of the best Star Wars action adventures ever written.