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Attack of the Clones II (Star Wars (Random House Paperback)) Hardcover – 1 Apr 2002

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 353 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey Books; First Edition edition (April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345428811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345428813
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.1 x 21.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,574,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"There is a great disturbance in the Force. . . . From the sleek ships of the glimmering Coruscant skyscape to the lush gardens of pastoral Naboo, dissent is roiling. The Republic is failing, even under the leadership of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, elected ten years earlier to save the crumbling government. Separatists threaten war, and the Senate is hopelessly divided, unable to determine whether to raise an army for battle or keep the fragile peace. It is a stalemate that once broken, could lead to galactic chaos.
Mischievous and resolved, courageous to the point of recklessness, Anakin Skywalker has come of age in a time of great upheaval. The nineteen-year-old apprentice to Obi-Wan Kenobi is an enigma to the Jedi Council, and a challenge to his Jedi Master. Time has not dulled Anakin's ambition, nor has his Jedi training tamed his independent streak. When an attempt on Senator Padme Amidala's life brings them together for the first time in ten years, it is clear that time also has not dulled Anakin's intense feelings for the beautiful diplomat.
The attack on Senator Amidala just before a crucial vote thrusts the Republic even closer to the edge of disaster. Masters Yoda and Mace Windu sense enormous unease. The dark side is growing, clouding the Jedi's perception of the events. Unbeknownst to the Jedi, a slow rumble is building into the roar of thousands of soldiers readying for battle. But even as the Republic falters around them, Anakin and Padme find a connection so intense that all else begins to fall away. Anakin will lose himself--and his way--in emotions a Jedi, sworn to hold allegiance only to the Order, is forbidden to have.
Based on the story by George Lucasand the screenplay by George Lucas and Jonathan Hales, this intense and revealing novel by bestselling author R. A. Salvatore sheds new light on the legend of Star Wars--and skillfully illuminates one of our most beloved sagas.

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About the Author

R. A. Salvatore was born in Massachusetts in 1959. He is the acclaimed author of the DemonWars trilogy: The Demon Awakens, The Demon Spirit, and The Demon Apostle, as well as Mortalis, Bastion of Darkness, Ascendance, and the New York Times bestseller Star Wars(r) The New Jedi Order: Vector Prime. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Diane, and their three children.

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"Attack of the Clones" is the novelization of the film of the same title. This is Episode Two in the Star Wars universe. In writing this novel, R.A. Salvatore had access to the film's screenplay before the movie was ever released (and perhaps even before some scenes had been filmed). This means that scenes in the novel are likely to be identical (down to the dialogue) to what we see on screen. This is the responsibility of the author, to be extremely faithful to the source material. The opportunity that a novel provides the author is giving us additional scenes that were not in the movie, but may help give a broader picture of the story and helps flesh out the characters and their motivations a bit better. "Attack of the Clones" is a stronger adaptation because of this.
After an assassination attempt on her life, Senator Padme Amidala is put into the protection of the Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Padawan Anakin Skywalker. Padme is the strongest voice against creating a Republic Army and her death could lead the way to the creation of that army. The attempts on her life continue and Obi-Wan and Anakin now have to split up. Obi-Wan tracks a bounty hunter to a planet that has been removed from the Jedi Archives. Anakin is still assigned as Padme's protector and is to take her to her home planet of Naboo. Anakin still harbors a deep love for Padme that has only grown as the years have gone by.
This is a much better adaptation than Terry Brooks' offering of "The Phantom Menace". Salvatore was able to take the weak dialogue of George Lucas and work it so that on the printed page the dialogue felt smoother and less forced. His additional scenes were absolutely pivotal and added emotional weight to the novel and made Anakin's pain (and love) more real. It did the same for Padme, which was sorely lacking in the film. This was a worthwhile adaptation and even made me interested in taking a look at Salvatore's other work.
-Joe Sherry
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By A Customer on 26 April 2003
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I found this book to be far more expanded than the film including other pieces of dialogue not used, aswell as 2 chapters before the film begins! The book manages to tie up all of the loose ends left from the film, for example how all of the farmers who went to save Shmi Skywalker got massacred ( and its not pretty ).
The whole book complements the film perfectly, and contains a few hints about the next film.
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This is a decent enough read, faithful to the on-screen action and dialogue, and including all the deleted scenes from the DVD. However, it is a little too faithful to the screenplay for me, and doesn't really live up to the extensive plot and character development in the Matthew Stover novelisation of ROTS. Hence it tends to feel a little too much like 'the film in words', not really venturing beyond the family entertainment genre and leaving me craving just a little more adult bite from it. There are also instances where the writing style is not particularly elegant, contributing to the 'film of the book' feel and preventing it from standing on its own as a good sci-fi/fantasy novel.
One very good thing about this version though is the much-needed emphasis on Padme - her history, political career, why she is such an influential figure, and most of all her reaction and subsequent interaction with a now grown-up Anakin, all things which were never fully explored in the film. Overall, the book did help to dispel the initial disappointment I had when the film was first released and I remain as dedicated a Star Wars fan as ever.
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