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Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

de Matthew Stover

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After years of fighting in a civil war, Anakin Skywalker begins his journey towards the Dark Side of the Force, putting his friendship with Obi Wan Kenobi and his marriage at risk.
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  EZY-2B-E | Aug 8, 2022 |
The novelization of the final prequel film Revenge of the Sith hit shelves approximately six weeks before the film hit theaters, written by fantasy-science fiction writer Matthew Stover based on the script and story penned by George Lucas.

Stover sticks with the general outline of the film, especially at the beginning and the end of the novel but adds details that either Lucas cut from the film or details that added to the overall narrative. The book focuses more on Palpatine’s arguments to Anakin about the Jedi conspiring to destroy the Republic while his concern for Padme was subtly intertwined within the political aspects. While it added depth to Palpatine’s manipulation as well as Anakin’s character flaws, it would not have translated to a film. The scenes showing the birth of the Rebellion amongst Senators were nice touches that gives background to events that occur in the original trilogy. The best part of the novel was Stover’s descriptions of the characters throughout the novel especially their inner thoughts.

Revenge of the Sith is a great novelization that adds to what was included in the film as well as giving greater context. ( )
  mattries37315 | Feb 3, 2022 |
One of the most amazing Star Wars novels EVER. Best character development on the planet! ( )
  Ambie-Wan | Jan 9, 2021 |
3 1/2 stars: Good

No need to state the synopsis here, as we know the story. This is the official movie novelization. As my favorite movie of the prequel trilogy, this book did an even better job of explaining to us the inner workings of the Jedi, how they failed Anakin, and why he turned to the dark side. A good job, particularly to enhance his character from "whiny teen" to a deeply conflicted person who was failed by those who loved him, in their own blindness to see that we require connections to make life worth living.

A few quotes I liked:

"Because his real fear, in a universe where even stars die, is that being the best will never be quite good enough.

"I think" Obi-Wan said carefully "that abstractions like 'peace' don't mean much to him. He's loyal to 'people', not to principles. And he expects loyalty in return. He will stop at nothing to save me, for example, because he thinks I would do the same for him. [ discussing the Palpatine spying task, with Yoda and Mace} .... "I am firmly convinced Anakin can do anything, except betray a friend. That's why I don't think he will ever trust us again."

Order 66 is the climax of the Clone Wars... What is happening right now is why the Clone Wars were fought in the first place. It is their reason for existence. The Clone Wars have always been, in and of themselves, from their very inception, the Revenge of the Sith.

He lifted his head and the stick angled to poke Obi-Wan in the shin. "Especially the darkness in ourselves, young one. Of the dark side, despair is."
The simple truth of this called to him. Even despair is attachment: it is a grip clenched upon pain. Slowly, very slowly, Obi-Wan remembered what it was to be a Jedi. ( )
  PokPok | Nov 23, 2020 |
Obviously you could take any substandard movie and write in each character's internal monologue until their actions made sense. But to see this treatment on such a famous trilogy is rare, and these books really do redeem the films in my mind, even if they had little to do with Lucas' vision. Anakin's betrayal makes more sense. Padme is given more of a role in the story. Obi-wan is still awesome. Fleshing out this story really does create an entirely new one. Rewatching the films after reading the novel makes the entire experience a little more enjoyable. ( )
  Ajepp15 | Sep 4, 2020 |
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Revenge of the Sith is a rare gem among movie novelizations: one which not only tells the story and expands on it, can not only be appreciated without seeing the movie, but is better than the movie. Even if you hated Episode III, you should read the novelization. It just might restore your faith in the Prequel Trilogy.
 
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The author respectfully dedicates this adaptation to George Lucas with gratitude for the dreams of generations to come, for twenty-eight years, and counting...thank you, sir.
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