Jedi Apprentice: The Rising Force

November 17, 2016 at 6:00 pm (Reads) (, , )

risingJedi Apprentice: The Rising Force by Dave Wolverton

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Kenobi, while an interesting read, was a bit of a let-down, since it was less about Obi-Wan and more about the town he helps during the story. What I had wanted was a more in-depth look at our famous Jedi, a closer look at his past and how he became who he was. Luckily, Jedi Apprentice gives us just that, taking us back to when Obi-Wan was going on thirteen, and was yet to be Qui-Gon’s Padawan.

The story itself is somewhat lackluster, with the main conflict taking place between two rival mining companies on their way to Bandomeer. One company is run by the Hutts, the other one populated by Arconans, a race which requires a certain element to survive. The Hutts steal the element, thus trying to force the Acronans to work for them in trade for their lives. Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon are on the ship, as well, and that conflict serves as the backdrop for developing the relationship between the older Jedi and the younger apprentice.

Wolverton plays with the reader’s expectations, in a good way. We know that Obi-Wan will become Qui-Gon’s Padawan, but he doesn’t let that lead his story. Instead, he focuses on the relationship between the two, and how it leads to their ultimate pairing. Going in, I figured the story would suffer for the reader knowing where the story would lead, but Wolverton made some wise choices about the story to keep the reader guessing. There are twenty volumes in this series, so there is a lot of time for us to keep guessing.

The Hutts are a little too cartoonish as villains, even spouting some cliched villainous remarks, but the protagonist here is Obi-Wan’s anger and fear. It’s what leads him to Bandomeer in shame, and it’s what drives an initial wedge between himself and Qui-Gon. Those are the enemies Obi-Wan must conquer in order to better himself and lead him on the path to Jedi Knighthood.

The story was better than I would have expected for a children’s book read by an adult. The style is simplistic without the story being so, and the book introduces us to what will be a longer, more satisfying story arc that appears will take place over several novels. Plus, we get to learn more about the history of two characters who haven’t received much attention in the Expanded Universe for adults. I’m in for the ride.

 

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1 Comment

  1. Bookstooge said,

    I enjoyed the SW books I read by Wolverton…

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