The Return of the Rebel AllianceThe New Republic forces have taken Borleias as a staging area for the evacuation of the Inner Core Self appointed Chief of State, Pwoe, orders Wedge Antilles and gang to set up a defense for evacuees But Wedge, Luke, and Mara have other plansthe plans for a new way of fighting Meanwhile, Jaina the Trickster Goddess explodes onto the scene with the help of some old Wraiths.NOTE Based on audiobook and novel.If I had to mark a book that began the turning of the tide for the Good Guys Hint Hint Note how I didn t say New Republic , it is this book Aaron Allston s return to Star Wars marks a few things 1 a veteran Star Wars writer returning, the first since Tyers Stackpole, 2 a shift in the battle, and 3 a shift in tone Allston had written many of the X Wing books, so he was familiar with the landscape, and from his writing, it s obvious he is than capable of writing Wedge, Luke, Mara, and even Jaina Also, he is allowed to write the Good Guys kicking Yuuzhan Vong tail and this change makes the book far less dark than its predecessors.Allston has a great grasp on characters Wedge, Luke, Mara, and Jaina are all brilliantly written I loved the reunion scene with Wedge and his family watch out You might get teary eyed Luke and Mara were decently done they seem to be a tough pair for some authors to get , but Jaina, in my opinion, really shines I thought Allston wrote her much better than even Cunningham impressive, as she is a woman As for new characters, there aren t many, but Tsavong Lah s father sorry, I don t know how to spell his name was very interesting and well done And kudos to Allston for the touching father son scene between the Yuuzhan Vong It s nice to see they aren t mindless, uncaring killing machines.A lot of the events in this book are definitely setup for the next book, Rebel Stand There is not much, if any, resolution in this book But while that could be annoying, I liked it It truly felt like a spanning novel, not a one shot that happened to be tucked into the NJO not that all the other NJO books have felt awkward or bad because they resolve their primary conflict by the end of the novel I liked seeing the further devolution of the New Republic, a realigning of who is bad and who is good and who is just plain making matters worse.The exploits of the Trickster Goddess finally make an appearance here, which I am glad though it would have been so much interesting to have Dark Jaina play all these pranks I couldn t believe a teenager or barely out of her teens would get command of her own squadron, even if it were part of the ploy why couldn t they do like Anakin Ganner from Star by Star Jaina acts as the leader, but someone experienced is the leader However, I did like how Kyp, Jag, and the Wraiths Piggy and one guy I forgot did support her and not all of the trickery was from her own mind.The Coruscant mission seems to be starting great, though I am still perturbed that our heroes don t care about dumping their child on the nearest nanny droid The Borleias campaign is also one of the most memorable campaigns for me, and I remember fondly drawing pictures of the space battle I didn t even do that for the movies If there was one plotline that did make me groan, it was the Viqi Shesh Tam Danni Quee story While I love the idea of a plant a spy, I get tired of all these guys who are oh, so honest that are coerced into spying I would have thought Viqi Shesh time as Bad Guy would have been over And for once, I d love to see something like the following Danni sees that Tam is all awkward around her and she thinks he is hitting on her, though terribly, when in fact, he is plagued by his coersion spying And while that does somewhat crop up, Danni is way too easy to penetrate through Tam s facade, even though she doesn t know him from Bail.After the tepid Dark Journey and the tearjerker, Star by Star , Rebel Dream returns us to a Star Wars that many of us who read through the Bantam books are familiar with There is humor there are characters we love and enjoy there are big events beginning My biggest complaints are the obvious setup for the sequel, some shaky characterization, a regurgitation of plot points we ve Been there and done that , and just not having that mind blown feeling when I finished Otherwise, it s fun reading and definitely one of the better books of the NJO. As The Yuuzhan Vong S Spectacular Conquests Continue Unchecked, Luke Skywalker, Han And Leia Solo , And Wedge Antilles Are Forced To Destroy What They Have Risked Their Lives To CreateScattering Like Rats Before The Yuuzhan Vong S Invasion Of Coruscant, The Panic Stricken Members Of The New Republic Advisory S Council Pause Just Long Enough To Set Up A Mock Defense On Nearby Borleias A Transparent Attempt To Buy Time That Fools No One, Least Of All The JediLeia And Han Solo Trek From World To World To Foment Rebellion Against The New Republic S Disastrous Appeasement Policies But Luke Skywalker Has Chosen The Most Dangerous Assignment Of All To Sneak Into The Yuuzhan Vong S Stronghold On Coruscant His Outrageous Scheme To Gain Entry Is Either Brilliant Or Suicidal, Depending On The Outcome And Bearing Down Swiftly On Borleias Is A Vong Invasion Fleet, Determined To Destroy The Galaxy S Remaining Defenders The aftermath of the Yuuzhan Vongs invasion of Coruscant Luke Skywalker chooses a dangerous mission to try and change the tides of the ongoing war. The mock defense of Borleias is an interesting storyline that I love Pwoe s declaration as Chief of State is so absurd I almost laughed, but hey, who knows, maybe the Star Wars galaxy is a lot like America than we think I had not read anything by Aaron Allston prior to this book, and I have to say that I think that I have a new favorite in the Star Wars Galaxy Michael Stackpole is good, and has some very engaging battles, but Allston has a conversational style More like he is telling you a story rather than writing a story I feel like this can make it so that you feel engaged in the narrative It also allows for idioms and humor The humor part is nice, because sometimes, I feel like an author tries to get out of our galaxy so much that the writing gets stale Idioms make the language interesting If you don t feel like you can use them, then adapt them The storyline itself is really interesting The characters continue to grow and develop, albeit with some little surprises One of the pleasant things that was introduced in this book was a little bit of humor Things like Han Solo asking jokingly if he can shoot C 3PO I don t blame him sometimes, but the way the conversation between Han and Leia at this point is very entertaining In the middle of this huge war, you have a little bit of happiness It doesn t distract, it just adds to the overall feeling of the book.When all is said and done, Rebel Dream is a great Star Wars book in a great series It takes the characters into new situations which forces them to grow, and the style of the writer makes it easier to engage and really, really, really enjoy the book. This is now part of the Legends story line and continues the war with the Vong In this one, the New Republic has lost Coruscant and this is their answer to that crushing defeat.This book surprised me as I wasn t expecting much It was good to see the whole gang together and I liked the inclusion of other characters from other books The highlight of this book was the characters and how this author portrayed them I was glad to see that not all characters were despondent and dramatic with their situations and this gave the reader some hope that our heroes do have a fighting chance This author should be commended for putting the character Jaina back on track She is dealing with her losses but in a realistic way And that is how I feel about this book It made sense in this story arc.This book has plenty of action and does give the reader that Star Wars feeling with a nice nod to an earlier period The only drawback is that this is part of a duology and this book is of a set up novel. So, after several books of them being scattered, we once again see all of the primary cast of the NJO get brought back together This allows for some good character moments, and also allows the action to stay somewhat focused around the events at hand.And action is definitely the word to keep at hand with this book It s fast paced, with a lot focus on the ship battles and space warfare than a lot of the other books in this series, which is fine for now, but could easily get boring if they steer the series in general in that direction The general theme of the book here was kind of Neitzschean, especially his warning of he who hunts monsters must ensure that, in the process, he does not become a monster The core of the former Rebel Alliance decides to take the battle to the Yuzhaan Vong in this volume, employing a variety of tactics that can only be described as Imperial and Dark Side in their nature It s all done for the greater good, naturally, but we can definitely see the path to the Sith being paved with those good intentions. As a fan of Aaron Allston going back to his earliest RPG designs for Car Wars and Champions in the 1980s, I liked this book but felt like his creativity was constrained by the plot requirements required of the 12th book in a 19 book series which I haven t read prior to this installment The novel follows the fall of Coruscant to the Yuuzhan Vong Starfighter squadrons and Jedi commanded by Wedge Antilles must take and hold the planet Borleias to help Coruscant refugees escape and regroup Luke, Leia, Han, Lando, Mara Jade Skywalker and Jaina Solo participate in dogfights and one covert mission to set up book 13 Most of the novel s appeal was seeing familiar faces engaged in expected derring do, but the Yuuzhan Vong are as appealingly weird a foe as The Borg in Star Trek They loathe tech and instead rely on pervasive and sadistic bioengineering My favorite scenes were told from their perspective Allston, who died in 2014 at age 53, was one of the best media tie in writers in SF F. An entertaining setup to Book 2, this story focuses on the New Republic retaking the planet Borleias almost as a lark and really just to give the people of the NR something positive in this war But when the surviving NR council members charge Wedge with holding the planet for as long as possible, he sees through their agenda lose the planet, negotiate surrender to the Vong and adopts old Rebellion tactics So we re left with some unorthodox and sneaky battle methods, including building Jaina Solo up as a Vong god Meanwhile, Wraith Squadron remember them go with Luke and Mara to the captured Coruscant and into enemy territory This book was a page turning, but not exactly riveting Though it was nice to get re acquainted with some characters we got to know a few dozen books ago I m reading these through the Legends timeline, in order. I have never read a Star Wars novel until now I ve only ever watched the movies, but after delving into this great read, I want so much The book takes you way beyond the movies Luke Skywalker is married to Mara Jade and has their infant, Ben Anakin Solo has been killed and Jacen Solo is missing Jaina has been found after her bout with the dark side and trying to get back her Jedi training The Jedi are trying to regain control of Coruscant from Yhuuzang Von before the planet is consumed.I thoroughly enjoyed this and continue to ask myself why hadn t I read any of these sooner, but I suppose it s better late than never.
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