Revenge of the Sith

Revenge of the Sith

by Matthew Woodring Stover

Two New York Times bestselling novels have been packaged together in one block-buster volume.

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Its kinda funny that good ol Georgie thought that using the word younglings would make a milder impact on people instead of saying plainly kids or children, when Anakin does the unspeakble act againts the youngest students in the Jedi Temple. the Jedis that go with Mace Windu to arrest Palpatine, do a kinda better battle, instead than in the movie were theyre beaten too easily. you have clear access to the thoughts of Darth Vader once inside the protective armor, in his bitter process of truly becoming someone totally different than Anakin.

These problems still exist within Stover's novel, of course, but I felt much more inclined to overlook them since unlike when I watched Lucas' movie I was enjoying myself reading it so much. Within the first hundred pages, an extended sequence in which Anakin and Obi-Wan rescue Palpatine, kill Dooku and battle with General Grievous I felt completely immersed in the Star Wars universe in a way I hadn't since watching the original trilogy as a child. Whereas, for instance, most novelization writers would simply detail the opening scenes of the movie, throwing in the occasional emotional phrase and internalised thought to break up the monotony and make the character seem real, Stover really switches it up and makes the screenplay his own by creating his own narrative structures, focusing on character more than event and making every single segment feel important to the bigger picture. Whereas Lucas thinks that Star Wars is primarily about entertaining children, Stover gears his material firmly towards older teenagers, making it feel lived in and dangerous rather than childish. It's still unbelievable and over the top, of course, but Stover has belief and conviction in his material and he has the weight of his novel behind him to such an extent that I was twitching nervously as Anakin runs around slicing people to bits, feeling that this was genuinely quite an awful thing to have happened.

This is the pinnacle of Star Wars novelizations, the best showcase of characters, of story, of background, of setting, of action, of dialogue, of everything that readers love. I loved Stover's other Star Wars entries. Stover has a masterful hand at writing, at writing a tortured character like Anakin, and writing a book as deep, as heavy, as ominous as Revenge of the Sith. His "This is..." scenes are personal, gritty, introspective views on the characters, emotions, and feelings of the moment. From Anakin and Obi-Wan to Yoda and Bail, his characters are real, they are consistent with their on-screen presence, and they are sympathetic, most notably Anakin. I got so much more about Anakin from this book than I have from multiple viewings of the movie. But I did feel the first battle with Dooku, Anakin, and Obi-Wan on Grievous' ship did go an awful long time. Even if you have seen the movie, even if you are not a Star Wars fan, you need to read this book.

Most other Star Wars novels I've attempted reading sound like cheesy, badly-written fanfiction. I didn't keep a a careful eye all the time, but a couple times it felt like Stover slightly shifts the writing style when the POV shifts, which I found masterfully done. As much as I love watching films, they do have their limitations when it comes to developing characters. The novel takes the reader deep into the emotions and struggles and effects of their past of many of the more minor characters, and the complexity is beautiful. He's always been my favorite character of the Prequels, and this novel just continued forming and shaping what I knew of him.

From the movies, Lucas gave us a vague sense that Anakin was a cool person who was really friendly with Obi-Wan, and that he was supposedly the best Jedi and blah blah blah. The relationship between Anakin and Obi-Wan is beautiful. Where Stover truly triumphs, however, is in the fall of Anakin. He moves the story along at a rapid and acceptable pace, but he still manages to completely build a character who is beautiful in his devastation. His complete devotion to Obi-Wan and Palpatine make him vulnerable and fragile, and all of these relationships are what increase his potential to fall. Stover is a beautiful writer, and though I've read the book many times, I still get goosebumps, I still cry, and I am still left in awe of what he has created.

Jedi aren't the good guys. And my goodness, Padme isn't completely a whimpering sack of potatoes.

We despair as we witness doom's inexorable approach.

Updates 14.06.16 One of the most poetic and disturbing books within the realm popular fiction ever. Nonetheless it's an excellent read within its field of Popular Fiction. Love can ignite the stars." But stars die and explode into supernovas and the cores become blackholes, I should stop. People often view Obi-Wan as a Anakin's father figure and raise him as such, basically perceiving such a bond & perspective in a good light & fluffy point of view.

I thoroughly enjoy Episode III the movie, and in an ongoing mission to collect and read through the books of the Star Wars universe, I had many recommendations to pick this up as some would argue it's the best of the prequel trilogy novelizations and I honestly see why. Stover manages to take all of the drama written in the movie and amp it up, and write the characters so that you really feel for them.

Stover's work often emphasises moral ambiguity, psychological verisimilitude and bursts of intense violence.