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Star Wars: Survivor's Quest Kindle Edition
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This book is well worth reading and was one that I read quickly since you don't want to put it down. The book features old characters: - Luke, Mara. And also features new characters that are all developed well. However the drawback compared to other star wars books is that is relatively simple with only a limited number of characters compared to the other books that often have several plots running simultaneously.
This book is well worth reading for any star wars fan. The book is similar more similar to to a thriller than the earlier books. However I would reccomend that they read the earlier star wars books by T Zahn because they provide useful information for the story.
The Chiss have interested me ever since his last two books, and in here we learn more about them. As ever, Zahn is in his element with the character of Mara Jade Skywalker, and having a book that concentrates mainly on just two characters (Luke and Mara) is refreshing after so many NJO books full of different characters and plotlines. Although Survivor's Quest is in some ways a detective story, it was in no way easy to guess what the ending would be.
Basically, this is probably the best Star Wars book I've read since Aaran Allston's two NJO novels, and Timothy Zahn is, as ever, brilliant.
"Survivor's Quest" is set 22 years after the first "Star Wars" Film (Episode IV - A New Hope). Luke Skywalker is now a Jedi Master, and is married to Mara Jade, formerly the Emperor's Hand, now a Jedi Knight.
Luke is sent a message by a race called the Chiss: they have discovered the ships of an exploration mission called "Outbound Flight" which had left the Old Republic on a voyage of exploration some 50 years before.
A Chiss Commander called Mitth'raw'nuruodo - later known as Grand Admiral Thrawn - had intercepted Outbound Flight and apparently destroyed it. The rest of the Chiss were not pleased by his actions, and having found the remains of Outbound Flight, they want to give it back and formally apologise for Thrawn's actions. Luke and Mara are invited to help explore the remains. But what starts out as the investigation of an old tragedy turns into a deadly pattern of intrigue and plots. And it turns out that there were some survivors from Outbound Flight ...
Subsequent to writing this book, Zahn when back fifty years and published "Outbound Flight" which tells the story of the original expedition. If you're minded to read either story, I strongly recommend that you read "Outbound Flight" first. Knowing too much about what is going to happen will somewhat dampen your pleasure at reading "Outbound Flight" if you read "Survivor's Quest" first. I also found a number of details in "Survivor's Quest" more powerful when I re-read them after tackling the book about the earlier events.
For example, two important characters in "Outbound flight" are put in a position where the only way to save the lives of the survivors of the expedition means almost certain death for themselves. Fifty years later, Luke and Mara find their bones, with a personal item which enables one of the bodies to be identified. They correctly conclude that the individual concerned had died to protect others while defending the mission, and convey this information to the family of that person, but with no way of knowing what had really occurred. Nor did Luke and Mara have any way of knowing that the other set of bones belong to someone closely connected to an individual of great interest to them. It's quite poignant if you read both books sufficiently close together to realise what happened.
Other good things about this book: the partnership of Luke and Mara is well described and highly enjoyable to read about. The plot and action setting are first rate.
If you enjoy Zahn's Star Wars fiction but were disappointed in most of the other books set in the Star Wars Universe, there is one other writer whose Star Wars books I can strongly recommend, and that is Roger MacBride Allen. His Corellian trilogy is nearly as good as Zahn's "Heir to the Empire" trilogy, and that is saying a lot.
Overall both "Outbound Flight" and "Survivor's Quest" are worthy additions to the Star Wars canon and I recommend them.
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