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Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones Hardcover – 22 Apr 2002

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Century; First Edition edition (22 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712684077
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712684071
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 789,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Attack of the Clones is the inevitable novelisation of the new Star Wars movie, and fantasy author RA Salvatore does his best with a script which relies heavily on spectacular visual effects.

Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi has a hard time with his apprentice Anakin Skywalker, now 20 but lapsing frequently into teenage bad attitude. Master Yoda backward speaking still is, and disturbance great in the Force as always senses. Lovable droids R2D2 and C3PO remain terminally cute. Princess Padme Amidala is now a hot babe, a Senator of the Republic and highly disturbing to Anakin's hormonal Force. Jar Jar Binks retains his irritating accent even in print: "Mesa so smilen to see'en yousa! Wahoooo!" Political supremo Palpatine makes diplomatic noises, but we suspect he's up to no good...

When someone tries to fix a big Senate vote by assassinating Amidala, much action follows--an aerial car chase which must be hair-raising in the movie, and interstellar pursuit including a spaceship dogfight in a crowded asteroid belt. Obi-Wan discovers a lost world that's grown a warrior-clone army for mysterious reasons and another world's heavy industry is cranking out innumerable battle droids. Can the renegade Jedi with the majestic name Dooku be responsible?

Meanwhile, following orders to protect Padme by staying very close to her, Anakin sulks a lot, finds his Jedi vows of chastity dissolving fast, and is temporarily saved by a bid to rescue his mother from sadistic kidnappers on planet Tattooine.

Now, the climax: "Take them to the arena!" Our favourite characters are duly chained up as a snack for unspeakably horrible CGI beasties, but they have some tricks left--and practically everything else in the plot is converging on that arena for the mother of all special-effects battles. Many, many light-sabres come into it.

All rather silly, really: not so much a serious novel as a memento of the film, something to jog memories until the DVD release. Every hardcore Star Wars fan will want a copy. --David Langford

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Despite the lacklustre quality of the film itself, Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace was the kind of phenomenal success that everyone expected, and there is no question that this second film will do equally well. Salvatore is an old hand at novelisations, and imparts a true professionalism along with the imagination required to reinvent a tale designed for one medium into another. Attack tells the story of the downfall of Anakin Skywalker, the young Jedi who became Darth Vader. In this book (which takes place 10 years after the events of The Phantom Menace) the 19-year-old Anakin is torn between his own dreams and his responsibilities as a Jedi as he and his master, Obi-Wan Kenobi, struggle to deal with the machiavellian plotting that is slowly tearing the Republic apart.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 April 2002
Format: Hardcover
I have to hold my hands up and admit to having eagerly anticipated the release of this novelisation for many months now, and I think that the wait was worth it. The story revolves around the developing romance between Anakin and Padme, set against the backdrop of a crumbling republic. The Jedi Knights are stretched thin, and dissent amongst their ranks as to the proper course of action during the upcoming storm heralds the rise of the dark side of the force. We are presented with an insight into the charcter of Anakin, and the scene is certainly set for his descent into Darth Vader. Salvatore has managed to present a well-balanced mix of swords, sorcery and romance within the novel, however there were one or two instances where I became a little impatient for someone to grab a lightsaber and start doing some jedi force stuff! The fight scenes were themselves well structured, and have made my anticipation of the upcoming movie even more fevered!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 May 2002
Format: Hardcover
While many reviewers focus on the long exposition and the flat acting in "The Attack of the Clones," the greatest failure of the new Star Wars movie is much more basic. The story ignores the character established for Anakin in "The Phantom Menace." Anakin was presented and described by other characters as an open, kind-hearted and empathetic child. He befriended Qui-Gon Jinn and Padme with an open heart and risked his life for them. The Anakin in "Attack of the Clones" has none of those qualities. The writers and movie makers thus fail to explore the real conflict that they had previously set up for his character. The whole question to be answered by this trilogy, according to interviews with George Lucas, was to be "How could someone become a Darth Vader? What could happened to make someone turn from good to evil?" Had they followed Anakin's original character, we could have seen a character who was idealistic and struggling to do good, only to have his attempts met with frustration and treachery. The character could have had a joy for life and adventure that resulted in nothing but setbacks. We could watch as his illusions about the world crumbled until, totally disillusioned, he gave up in anger and frustration and turned to evil. While there are hints of this in the movie, there is no more than that. The death of his mother should have been the perverted result of dark forces in league to use him, while he naively trusted the world. Instead, her death was merely the result of living in this dangerous universe.Read more ›
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ian Mays on 2 May 2002
Format: Hardcover
If you are a die hard star wars buff or just an occasional fan you will not be disapointed by this excellant novelistation, episode 2 is based 10 years after episode 1 but unfortunatly not a great deal has happened except that anakin is now a teenage jedi apprentice and queen amidala is now known as senator padme amidala, the book is very well written and does keep your attention (the only book i have ever read in two days), but it is mired (hopefully unlike the film) by nearly three chapters of lovey, dovey banter between the aforementioned 2 which is a bit of a shame as the relationship is so predictable even if you did not see episode 1, and the time could be spent developing other themes more, like anakin's mother or jango fett past (and these wont be answered in episode 3), but the action is always top notch especially the ending (i am not really giving anything away) with the clone & droid armys and the jedi going at it full tilt and the descriptions of yoda's skill's leave you with a new found appreciation of him (it), but unfortunatly like episode one it does suffer a tiny amount from lack of character definition (which maybe answered in episode 3) like what did count dooku do to be such a great jedi (and why he did what he did) and where did jango fett aquire the now famous armour, but except for this it is a brilliant read and well worth the money and does carry on a couple of small strings from the novellisation of episode 1 like anakin skywalker and the tusken raiders which i found gratifying.
But all in all it is a excellant novelisation of what promises (again) to be the best film of the year, read the book before you see the film and you may understand more of the events and what the future has in store.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 May 2002
Format: Hardcover
I have been a Star Wars fan for many years, and am also an avid reader of the Expanded Universe series of books. After the slight disappointment of The Phantom Menace, I was really looking forward to the next chapter in the series.
Usually I read novels after I see the films, but this time I decided to do it the other way round. The only other book i had read by the author - R.A Salvator - was another Star Wars novel, Vector Prime. I didn't like what he done with the story - it felt like he had been handed an outline of the plot, but simply designed a basic story to fill the gaps, lacking emotion in the most important scenes. These traits seem to have been carried over to this book.
When I first saw the book, I was surprised at its size - just over 300 pages to cover a 2.5 hour film, plus extra scenes. Immediately I thought this would not be able to do the film justice.
Comparing the book to the film, the story did stay faithfully true to the action, and the extra bits in the book did add some new insight. But these extra bits also spoilt the experience, as they revealed too much too early, spoiling the suspense. The story may have stayed faithful, but it was also too brief. In a novel I expect there to be much more insight, and more explaination into a charactors actions and emotions. What I got was the bare outline of the story. Some scenes in the film were better at expressing emotion than the novel was - a trait that is often reversed in other cases.
The bottom line - watch the film first. Then, if you wish to fill in some of the gaps left by the script, read the book. And then pray Mr Salvatore stays well away from the Star Wars universe from now on. A potentially great film tie-in novel has been let down by flawed writing methods. Wait for the paperback.
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