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Star Wars: The Fallen Star (The High Republic) (Star Wars: The High Republic) By Claudia Gray

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this gripping sequel to Star Wars: The Rising Storm, the light of the Jedi faces its darkest hour.Time and again, the vicious raiders known as the Nihil have sought to bring the golden age of the High Republic to a fiery end. Time and again, the High Republic has emerged battered and weary but victorious thanks to its Jedi protectors—and there is no monument to their cause grander than the Starlight Beacon.Hanging like a jewel in the Outer Rim, the Beacon embodies the High Republic at the apex of its aspirations: a hub of culture and knowledge, a bright torch against the darkness of the unknown, and an extended hand of welcome to the farthest reaches of the galaxy. As survivors and refugees flee the Nihil’s attacks, the Beacon and its crew stand ready to shelter and heal. The grateful Knights and Padawans of the Jedi Order stationed there finally have a chance to recover—from the pain of their injuries and the grief of their losses. But the storm they thought had passed still rages; they are simply caught in its eye. Marchion Ro, the true mastermind of the Nihil, is preparing his most daring attack yet—one designed to snuff out the light of the Jedi.
These books series have been pretty bad. If you want American social issues and barely teenage writing in your adult Star Wars books, here you go. The Twilight series is more adult than these three authors trying to write a cohesive and interesting mature story for this High Republic series. I forced myself to read the second book but I can’t even make it halfway through the third book.
Listening to this on Audible and I’m not finished, but I’m extremely frustrated with this book. I know this is one book in a massive series that spread across various novels, comic books and mangas. I been following the novels and the comics to make sure I can get an as complete a picture as possible (I know some of the shorter stories of the high republic are published in the Star Wars magazine and that I’m missing on). But still, most people that don’t read all the other materials and just follow the novels (the adult ones, not the YA ones, which I do read, but they’re on different tracks) expect the story to follow, but it really doesn’t feel like it. What it feels like is as I described in the title happened between Episode VIII and IX in the movies, two different visions of the same story. Literally, the characters in “The Rising Storm” forgot what happened to them. Or at best, vaguely refers to what happened to them. It feels like they happened to someone else. One of the character (w/o spoiling more), was in pretty bad shape at the end of “The Rising Storm”. There’s no explanation of how this person recovered in this book. That dropped the book a star (I start at a 4, so it’s now at 3). But then it makes another error in storytelling that I really hate. Smart people making dumb decisions through out. I know there’s a story telling part that you can kind of use to explain why they become so dumb. But it’s dumb to the point where when they finally made one good decision (call for help), they don’t go make another good one so that they can fix the problem they’re facing with more nearby help. So I drop it down to a 2. I doubt I will drop it further but I also doubt there’s anything left in it that will make me raise my rating.
Wow! Just finished reading The Fallen Star. This book just cemented the High Republic novels as my favorite Star Wars books. Without wishing to spoil anything, all I can say is that this last one was so dark and so impactful that I am still reeling from the final chapters. Claudia Gray is awesome!
“They’d never meant to become attached. Padawans often fooled around together on the sly. Adolescence, a phase in virtually every sentient species, demanded its due. Instructors and masters pretended not to notice as long as nobody went too far.” “An hour or two in the void of space would do a Vintian no harm. What could harm them, however, was gravity. If Geode fell into Eiram’s atmosphere and then to its surface, he would die as surely as any human who plummeted from such a height.”
The Fallen Star was the same type of a story as the book before. This story needs to continue and progress vs having an extremely long book to only prolong the inevitable. Disappointed.
I loved the second book and could hardly wait to read the conclusion of the story. This isn’t it. Major disappointment in the lack of explanation, lack of everything you were hoping for and expecting after the second book. Huge miss. I should’ve stopped after 2. It’s entertaining and not terribly written, aside from the use of parentheticals, and I still like the characters – complex and interesting, but it’s a disappointment and a waste of a whole lot of ingredients that I was excited to see the pay off from. No pay off to be found.

 

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