Star by Star

Star by Star

Book - 2001
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TheNew York TimesbestsellingStar WarsseriesThe New Jedi Orderenthralls readers with its epic drama and thrilling adventure. Now readers will pierce the very heart of darkness, as those fascinating figures in that galaxy far, far away--Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa Solo, as well as their children--spring to vivid life to battle their deadliest adversaries. It is a solemn time for the New Republic, as the merciless Yuuzhan Vong continue their ruthless campaign of terror and destruction. The brutal enemy has unleashed a savage creature capable of finding--and killing--Jedi Knights. And now Leia Organa Solo faces a terrible ultimatum from the mighty alien foe determined to conquer the galaxy. If the location of the secret Jedi base is not revealed within one week, the Yuuzhan Vong will blast millions of refugee ships into oblivion. As the battered but still unbroken Jedi scramble to deal with the newest onslaught, Leia's son Anakin lays out a daring plan. A Jedi strike force will allow itself to be "captured" by the Yuuzhan Vong and taken to their stronghold in the realm of darkness, where the Jedi will sabotage the evil empire's deadliest weapons. The leaders of the force are the three Solo siblings. The risks are tremendous. Can the Jedi fight a ruthless enemy without becoming ruthless themselves and falling victim to the dark side?
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Pub. Group, 2001
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345428486
034542848X
Branch Call Number: Science Fiction F Den

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Chinderixx
May 31, 2017

"Soon, the enemy will be on our rooftops, in our homes, roaming the dark underlayers of of our city. To those able to evacuate and to those trapped behind, I say the same thing I would tell my twins-were I able to reach them behind enemy lines: Keep fighting. This is not the end. Twice already, Jedi-led forces have decimated Yuuzhan Vong fleets, and we enter each battle with new weapons and better tactics. We have prevailed against ruthless enemies before, aginst Palpatine, against Thrawn, against the Ssi-ruuk. This is a war we know how to win. Keep fighting until you can fight no longer, then exhaust the enemy chaisng you, and turn and fight some more. Keep fighting. I promise you, we will prevail." -Leia.

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May 31, 2017

"A general is always a general, General." -General Ba'tra

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Chinderixx
May 31, 2017

JACEN: "The war is bringing out all that's selfish and wicked in the New Republic, corrupting the galaxy star by star. I see it pulling one Jedi after another to the dark side, making us fight to win instead of protect. But I can't push others down my path. Everyone needs to choose for themselves. Centerpoint taught me that much."
ANAKIN: "Fooled me."

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May 31, 2017

MARA: "Skywalker, sometimes I think I should just kick you in the head."
LUKE: "Really?"

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May 31, 2017

LEIA: "Wedge Antilles owes you a favor?"
HAN: "Everybody owes me a favor."

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May 31, 2017

Star By Star reminds me of The Swarm War. The way they were written seems similar to me. Something important happens in the beginning, middle, and end, and in between, are a whole bunch of space battles. In this particular book, there were also Senate meetings, and parts where the Yuuzahn Vong make evil plans.
That's not really a bad thing, because like I said in my Swarm War comment, Denning makes his space battles fun to read. I also think he made his Senate meetings parts entertaining as well. Something else that seems common among Troy Denning's wrtings are a lot of innuendos (hints of things I don't think really belong in a Star Wars book).
I find it annoying to see that most of his books have these 'hints.'
Star By Star felt too long; it should have been shorter. The last 100 pages definitely had the best parts of the book. Something else that I liked were some of the funny things the characters said to each other. In a book that's serious, it was nice to run across some comic relief.
As sort of a side note, I thought that Leia's cool ending speech was similar to Winston Churchill's "We shall fight on the beaches" speech.
Lastly, it's always nice when a book doesn't have any swear words and it was great that Star By Star had none.

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RightInTwo
Dec 02, 2010

One of the best, if not the best, books in the New Jedi Order series. Epic, shocking, intense, and thought provoking!

A must read for Star Wars fans. Best when read in chronological order.

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May 31, 2017

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May 31, 2017

Jedi sisters Alema and Numa Rar are attacked, aboard the Nebula Chaser, by the Yuuzhan Vong's newest creation, the voxyn, which can hunt down Jedi through their Force presences. Numa is killed by the voxyn, but Alema escapes.
The New Republic military begins to gain victories in Vong battles on planets outside of Coruscant's solar system, and Lando Calrissian creates Yuuzhan Vong Hunter battle droids that are designed to look similar to Vong warriors. These YVHs come equipped with weapons powerful enough to destroy the Vong's vonduun crab armor, making them a significant resource in the war against the invaders. Meanwhile, the Jedi learn of this new voxyn threat and, through research done by Cilghal, realize that the voxyn are clones of an original genetically modified beast native from Myrkr. In order to stop it, Anakin Solo suggests to send a Jedi strike team to Myrkr to destroy the voxyn cloning lab. The idea faced some resistance, mainly from Han Solo who rightly believed that the mission was dangerous and was unwilling to send all three of his children right into Yuuzhan Vong territory. Anakin volunteers himself and others follow his lead. Lando gives the strike team two Yuuzhan Vong Hunter droids for assistance. The members include Jaina, Jacen and Anakin Solo, and they are accompanied by Alema, Lowbacca, Tenel Ka Djo, Tahiri Veila, Ganner Rhysode, Tesar Sebatyne, Krasov and Bela Hara, Ulaha Kore, Eryl Besa, Raynar Thul, Jovan Drark, Tekli, and Zekk.
Lando, acting as a traitor to the New Republic, convinces a Vong force led by Duman Yaght that he has brought them Jedi in exchange for his homeworld's safety. The Vong take the Jedi, but the team escape with the help of their YVH assistants, and use the ship they were captured aboard, the Exquisite Death, to reach Myrkr. Ulaha Kore and one of the YVHs are lost during the team's escape, staying behind to hold back the enemy. After landing aboard the Vong worldship where the voxyn are being cloned, called the Baanu Rass, they encounter the captured Dark Jedi Lomi Plo and Welk, who agree to assist them after being freed from the Vong's clutches. Through encounters with Yuuzhan Vong forces several of the Jedi and their remaining YVH assistant are killed. Using their knowledge of the worldship, Plo and Welk guide the strike team, but are perturbed when they discover that the Jedi have no escape plan. In order to escape, they steal the Tachyon Flier, injuring Lowbacca and abduct the wounded Raynar Thul and Lowbacca's translator droid. Anakin becomes severely injured during one of their many confrontations with Vong forces and ends up sacrificing himself to hold off the warriors while the remainder of the team goes after the voxyn queen. Jacen, replacing Anakin as leader, orders the remnants of the strike team to steal one of the Vong's frigate ships and escape the worldship while he kills the voxyn queen, who is being cloned several times to produce the voxyn. With the help of Vergere, Jacen confronts the queen and kills it by confronting it in a basal-comb. However, he is then captured by the forces of Nom Anor and Vergere.
On Coruscant, Viqi Shesh, traitor to the New Republic for the Yuuzhan Vong, attempts to kidnap the infant Ben Skywalker for Warmaster Tsavong Lah. Leia Organa Solo senses Anakin's passing and is deeply grieved at the loss of her youngest child. The Yuuzhan Vong invasion on the city-planet begins. During this, Viqi is chased down by Leia after her failed attempt at kidnapping Ben, but Viqi nevertheless escapes and regroups with the Vong. Luke and Mara Jade Skywalker get shot down during the Battle of Coruscant and are almost killed. Chief of State Borsk Fey'lya meets his end when Vong forces led by Romm Zqar raid the Imperial Palace and sacrifices himself with a proton bomb blast. The adult Solos, Skywalkers, and their friends escape Coruscant, and look for a better tomorrow to the war.

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