It’s me again, with another Star Wars Read-A-Thon post! This time, I’m digging into the prequel novelizations–Episodes I, II, and III of the original cinematic canon. If you’re not familiar, this is basically the story of how Anakin Skywalker, the most talented Jedi Knight the galaxy had ever seen, became Darth Vader, most feared entity in the cosmos. There’s more to it than that, of course–the slow demise of the Republic and the subtle takeover of Emperor Palpatine, the character growth of Obi-Wan Kenobi from idealistic student to wise but wearied master; and the introduction of completely new characters like Mace Windu and Padme Amidala.
Like most of my fellow Star Wars purists, I am not a huge fan of the prequel trilogy. As such, I didn’t expect much from the novelizations. So imagine my surprise when I came to love these books more than any other single Star Wars novel I have read to date. Literature is a very different medium from film, and some stories just work better written than on-screen. That’s certainly the case with the Star Wars prequels, even though the written versions of these stories came later.
In this review:
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, by Terry Brooks
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, by R. A. Salvatore
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, by Matthew Stover