Star Wars

Star Wars

The Approaching Storm

Book - 2002
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In the years since the events ofStar Wars: The Phantom Menace, the Republic has continued to crumble, and more and more, the Jedi are needed to help the galactic government maintain order. AsStar Wars:Episode II opens, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker have just returned from a mission on a world called Ansion. Written by belovedStar Warsveteran Alan Dean Foster, and starring a new character from the upcoming movie,The Approaching Stormtells the story of that daring mission. The Republic is decaying, even under the leadership of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, who was elected to save the galaxy from collapsing under the forces of discontent. On the tiny but strategic planet of Ansion, a powerful faction is on the verge of joining the growing secessionist movement. The urban dwellers wish to expand into the prairies outside their cities--the ancestral territory of the fierce, independent Ansion nomads. If their demands are not met, they will secede--an act that could jump-start a chain reaction of withdrawal and rebellion by other worlds of the Republic. At the Chancellor's request, the Jedi Council sends two Jedi Knights, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luminara Unduli, to resolve the conflict and negotiate with the elusive nomads. Undaunted, Obi-Wan and Luminara, along with their Padawans Anakin Skywalker and Barriss Offee, set out across the wilderness. Many perils lie waiting to trap them. The Jedi will have to fulfill near-impossible tasks, befriend wary strangers, and influence two great armies to complete their quest, stalked all the while by an enemy sworn to see the negotiations collapse and the mission fail . . .
Publisher: New York, NY : Lucas Books : 2002
ISBN: 9780345443007
0345443004
Branch Call Number: ScF Fost
Characteristics: 344p
Alternative Title: Approaching storm

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Chinderixx
Sep 21, 2016

A nice prequel to Attack Of The Clones and the actual Clone Wars themselves, this book focused on the small but significant planet Ansion, (because of the many Alliances it was stuck in the middle of), whose citizens were unsure of either staying or leaving the Republic. Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luminara Unduli, Barriss Offee, and Anakin Skywalker are put to the task of trying to convince the Ansionians to stay in the Republic. Along the way, they run into trouble but also encounter new friends and allies in unexpected ways. Foster gets all of the four Jedi's character and personality spot on in this particular time frame but Luminara sometimes got a little annoying because it seemed as if every other character in this story revered her too much. Anakin was very self-centered but that's just part of his character. Foster was also very good at describing the landscape and animals. It was very easy to picture. Lastly, the book was very politic heavy, but it wasn't at all boring.

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Jamur1044
Jul 17, 2016

For being listed as a prequel to Attack of the Clones, the book barely ties into the main Star Wars story. The only real tie in is Anakin and Obi-Wan and the mission to persuade a heretofore unknown planet to remain in the Republic instead of joining the burgeoning secessionist movement. No tie-ins with Darth Sidious or even Count Dooku. Other than that it is still a fairly entertaining story that introduces more planets and species to the Star Wars EU.

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mexicanadiense
Jan 22, 2016

This book was worth reading, in the end, for the imaginative biology of the creatures and denizens of Ansion and some of Foster's clever writing. One could tell, however, that he had his hands tied to a certain degree not to make too many waves or reveal too much information that could have had an impact on the plot of the "Attack of the Clones" or "Revenge of the Sith" films.

I liked the characters of Luminara Unduli and Barriss Offee, but in the end I felt they were underutilized to give Obi-Wan more derring-do and Anakin more whining-do.

Making the Big Bad on the scene on Ansion a Hutt Lord just seemed lazy...Soergg basically was just Jabba redux.

Lastly, there was probably one or two too much sidebar scenes of plotting and chortling at the Republic's expense. The stakes were pretty much established in the first scene, there really was no pressing need to revisit these characters in my view.

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Sep 21, 2016

Chinderixx thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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