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The Jedi Knights lead the battle against a powerful droid army of separatists, while Anakin Skywalker mentors his first Padawan, a girl named Ahsoka, learning the skills of a warrior and becoming a hero of the Clone Wars, in a second novelization based on the new television animated series.
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This is a great novel. I enjoyed reading about Bail and Obi-Wan so much. It was a great story about how the two became good friends--it would've been nice to see that play out more in Clone Wars, but ah well! I have to take what I can get! The audiobook was fabulous to listen to. ( )
  Ambie-Wan | Jan 9, 2021 |
‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Wild Space’ by Karen Miller follows on from ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ by Karen Traviss. You don’t have to be called Karen to write ‘Star Wars’ books but, clearly, it helps. It is set at the time of the Clone Wars when the Republic is fighting for survival against the Separatist movement of Count Dooku. The Republic has clones while the Separatists have battle droids. The Republic has the Jedi and the Separatists secretly have Sith. This novel features the usual favourites: Obi Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, Chancellor Palpatine and others. The last book was largely concerned with Anakin, whereas the hero of this one is Obi Wan. There also more of Yoda is, which must make writing the dialogue more difficult. His verbs at the end of the sentence usually are.

The fact that it’s a follow on to ‘Clone Wars’ isn’t obvious at first because it opens with a scene set in the aftermath of the Battle of Geonosis, when Count Dooku cut off Anakin Skywalker’s arm. Then there are a couple of chapters devoted to devotion, that of Padmé for Anakin and his for her. I thought I was reading a ‘Star Wars’ romance novel and my heart sank. Happily, it didn’t continue too long in that vein and the action got going. The Separatists set off bombs at important government buildings all over Coruscant, which leads Chancellor Palpatine to institute new security measures. Senators Padmé and Bail Organa are worried about the invasion of privacy but nice old Palpatine assures them it is only temporary for the duration of the emergency. Terrorism and patriotism are obviously themes for our time.

It turns out that Senator Bail Organa has access to a secret intelligence source and has discovered something. Obi Wan accompanies him on a mission to an obscure planet in wild space, outside the civilised regions of the galaxy. Bail learns of the Sith who were thought defeated a millennium ago. The revival of dark forces after a thousand years, combined with our hero having to go off to a planet of theirs beginning with Z and risk all did evoke memories of another space opera franchise but, never mind, it’s a very loose parallel. Actually, E. E. ‘Doc’ Smith started all this with those Lensmen of his back in the 1930s.

Of the two Karens, I preferred Traviss slightly more because she put in a few more astute political observations. However, that is merely a personal bent. Karen Miller’s book is a good adventure yarn and does highlight issues, too, more personal ones such as whether or not Jedi chaps should grow fond of other people. The Jedi are the Shaolin monks of space opera: serene, detached, at peace with the universe and death on legs if you get in their way. George Lucas has created an interesting reality and many good stories can be created in it. This is another decent contribution to the continuing adventures in a galaxy far, far away and I look forward to the new film. Break a leg, Harrison!

Oh, you did. Sorry. Get well soon then.

Eamonn Murphy
This review first appeared at https://www.sfcrowsnest.info/

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  bigfootmurf | Aug 11, 2019 |
a direct sequel to Traviss' Clone Wars. Really has nothing to do with the Clone troopers though. Basically Anakin whines about Padme and his new apprentice while Obi-Wan and Bail Organa go off on a goosechase to a Sith Planet. Which turns out to be an ambush. And Obi-wan and Bail bond while surviving.

Does do a good job of showing the desolate and empty condition of a sith world, and by extension, what a sith galaxy would be like. Nothing special overall though, certainly not worth buying.

Update-I still haven't bought these. Good for me! ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
This is the second of the two Clone Wars books I read in parallel to watching the television series before my viewing of the series sputtered out. Flipping back through it, I find that I remember nothing of it, save that Obi-Wan seemed out of character, and that it felt like the book went on blasted forever with nothing happening. This is Star Wars, people, throw me some action.
  Stevil2001 | Jul 29, 2016 |
The Clone Wars era has always been a period of great interest for me due the vast amount of story and thematic potential. Authors can tackle the ethical side of war and examine whether it is truly right to use cloned soldiers to fight, denying them free will. They can address the military side of the war filling their stories with military tactics and maneuvers. Some fill their stories with political intrigue and detail all the backhanded deals behind the scenes that fuel the war. Perhaps the most popular would be the swift and uneasy shift of the Jedi from peacekeepers to generals ultimately leading to the corruption of Anakin Skywalker. Wild Space does something I don’t think I’ve seen in any single Clone Wars era novel: it addresses just about all of these aspects.

The book begins with a very strong start detailing the aftermath of the battle of Geonosis allowing us to examine how each of the characters deal with the events that just transpired. Anakin is left tormented for losing his arm to Count Dooku, the loss of his mother, and his love of Padme. Obi-wan is left trying to figure out how everything could have gotten from bad to worse and attempts to patch things up. Finally we see Yoda and Mace contemplating with apprehension the new role the Jedi will play in the events to come leaving us with a sense of foreboding for the terrors of the war about to be unleashed.

Fast forward to around the time of The Clone Wars TV series and the state of the war for the Republic has improved very little. A terrorist attack in the heart of the capital leaves numerous citizens injured or dead. Republic intelligence gathers information that the enemy will attack the critical world of Bothawui and the Jedi generals must fabricate a counterstrategy to circumvent the attack. We even see senator Bail Organa contemplating whether using clone troops is truly justified. As a result the reader can see through a wide variety of perspectives that address all parts of the Clone Wars to some degree making it feel like an actual war rather than a series of random events that don’t really account for much in the overall conflict. This makes this book a perfect starting point for newbies who want to sink their teeth into this era, even better than either of the Clone Wars TV series in my opinion.

The world building may be good but how do the characters hold up? For the most part, they are written brilliantly. Each character is unique and plays well off of each other. Kenobi is portrayed as the model Jedi, disciplined and duty-bound. Anakin is the tormented soul, a man who passionately desires that everything be set right yet finds that he is unable to do so. Ahsoka is the wide-eyed learner looking at Anakin with devotion and always trying to prove herself but doesn’t always succeed. Finally there’s Bail Organa the pacifist senator from Alderaan who isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty when the situation requires it. With such a wide array of characters from completely different personalities and walks of life each interaction was intriguing and I was never left bored.

Unfortunately when the main plot starts rolling things get a little funky. Intelligence from a mysterious contact forces Bail Organa and Obi-wan to work together to uncover a Sith plot and at this point they act like bickering couple. Seriously, these two argue so much they should get a room. Avid followers of Star Wars media will find Obi-wan’s portrayal here very off from the polite, “civilized” Jedi master we usually know. While I can understand Kenobi not getting along with everyone, especially a pampered senator who isn’t used to being in front of the action, I felt that Miller should have toned it way down. Similarly Bail is in the same spot with his out of place confrontational behavior, but hasn’t been nearly as developed as Kenobi in past works so it was easier for me to take, but man these characterizations can be really hard to swallow.

Despite these shaky characterizations it is my belief that standalone books like this one shouldn’t be judged based on how consistent they with past works but rather on their own merits. Disregarding their portrayals in past works much of the enjoyment of the book comes from Bail and Obi-wan’s relationship: these two are so different yet so much alike. While they share a fervent love of the Republic each side has a different way of expressing it. As a senator, Bail has mostly lived a pampered life of luxury yet as a senator knows of the darkness of human nature while Kenobi has actively been fighting on the front lines becoming a seasoned veteran. As a result these two naturally butt heads due to their different ideals but gradually warm up to each other as they learn more about the other which was very entertaining to read.

Ultimately I would recommend Wild Space to newbies to the Clone Wars era and veterans who can go in with the right expectations. The strong world-building and varying themes that Miller tackles in this book make it a good initial depiction of the Clone Wars era as a whole and the diverse array of characters will keep readers invested. On the other hand this novel may not appeal as much for active fans already invested in Star Wars media due to some shaky characterizations but if you can get past them you’re in for a great ride.

ALTERNATE BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS: Shatterpoint by Matthew Stover and Darth Maul Shadow Hunter by Michael Reeves. The former has a similar story structure to Wild Space with a Jedi, Mace Windu, going on a long journey in which we learn more about him and human nature. It’s also a very dark and gritty novel so the squeamish and faint of heart be warned. The latter novel is also similar in that it follows a duo of unlikely allies, one a Jedi and the other an information broker, from completely different walks of life who are placed in situations where they must team up to stop a common enemy gradually warming up to each other in the process. ( )
  Bserkr | Sep 6, 2015 |
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It's a fun read, and much better than you could possibly expect a Jedi book that takes place during the prequels to be.
afegit per PhoenixTerran | editaio9, Charlie Jane Anders (Jan 8, 2009)
 
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