Star Wars

Star Wars

Episode 1, The Phantom Menace

Book - 1999
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In barren desert lands and seedy spaceports . . . in vast underwater cities and in the blackest depths of space . . . unfolds a tale of good and evil, of myth and magic, of innocence and power. At last the saga that captured the imagination of millions turns back in time to reveal its cloaked origins--the start of a legend--the story of STAR WARS. Based on the screenplay by George Lucas, this novel by master storyteller Terry Brooks probes the depths of one of the greatest tales of our time, providing rich detail and insight into the minds and motives of the characters--and shedding bold new light on Lucas' brilliant creation.   A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, an evil legacy long believed dead is stirring. Even the Jedi are caught by surprise, their attentions focused on the political unrest between the Trade Federation and the Republic. Now the dark side of the Force threatens to overwhelm the light, and only an ancient Jedi prophecy stands between hope and doom for the entire galaxy.  On the desert world of Tatooine, far from the concerns of the Republic, a slave boy works by day and dreams by night--of being a Jedi Knight and one day traveling the stars to worlds he's only heard of in stories . . . of finding a way to win freedom from enslavement for himself and his beloved mother. His only hope lies in his extraordinary instincts and his strange gift for understanding the "rightness" of things, talents that allow him to be one of the best pod racers on the planet.   In another part of the galaxy, the Jedi Knight Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice, young Obi-Wan Kenobi, are charged with the protection of Amidala, the young Queen of Naboo, as she seeks to end the siege of her planet by Trade Federation warships. It is this quest that brings Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, and the Queen's beautiful young handmaiden to the sand-swept streets of Tatooine and the shop where the slave boy Anakin Skywalker toils and dreams. And it is this unexpected meeting that marks the beginning of the drama that will become legend . . . An incredible audio production complete with original Star Wars music and sound effects.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Ballantine : 1999
ISBN: 9780345427656
Branch Call Number: ScF Broo
Characteristics: 324p
Additional Contributors: Lucas, George 1944-
Alternative Title: Phantom menace


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May 03, 2017

The Phantom Menace novelization by Terry Brooks was an enjoyable read. The book's plot circles around Anakin Skywalker, a slave who is freed by the Jedi, joining the adventure of freeing the planet Naboo from an oppressive blockade. Terry Brooks is a talented writer who brings the world of Star Wars to life; this book really surprised me. It was enjoyable, fun, and full of additional, interesting scenes cut out of the film. The relationships between the characters, especially that of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Shmi Skywalker, Anakin, and Qui-Gon Jinn, are developed more solidly than in the film. If you aren't the biggest fan of the film, I will probably say this book isn't for you. But if you want an interesting sci-fi adventure, then give it a read. I'll give it a 4/5. It is an entertaining and enjoyable book.
- @papertiger of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Mar 19, 2011

This book is absolutely amazing! I couldn't put it down!

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