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The story begins with the New Republic beginning negotiations with a new alien race, the Yevetha. Princess Leia, who is at the time President of the New Republic, is in discussions with the Yevetha representative/leader, Viceroy Nil Spaar. The discussions turn out to be a ruse--Nil Spaar is only interested in testing the resolve of the New Republic before the Yevetha begin a large campaign of destruction and conquest.

Meanwhile, Luke Skywalker is getting restless with all the demands on his time at the Jedi Academy, and decides to go into hiding to meditate. During his seclusion he is found by another Jedi-like person, Akanah, who claims to an adept of another Force-like power, The White Current. She convinces Luke to accompany her on a search for her long-lost people, the Fallanassi, claiming that his mother might be among them.

The third major story is about Lando investigating a strange ship that disappears whenever approached. He is assisted by C3PO, R2-D2, and Lobot, who was last seen on Cloud City in the Empire Strikes Back.

Han Solo does not do much in the first book--he basically baby-sits the kids while Leia is working. Chewbacca goes back to his home planet to visit his family, and is basically taken out of the first two books.
The review of this Book prepared by Evan Massey








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 70%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 10%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Political power play    -   Yes Political plotlets    -   saving govt/kingdom from external overthrow Kind of series    -   Star Wars Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Star Trek or Star Wars book?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   politician/elected ruler Age:    -   20's-30's Really unusual traits?    -   Super genius

Setting

Terrain    -   Space, need spacesuit Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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