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“The force guided his arm—no, the force was his arm, That was how it felt to him. During moments such as these, he was purely a vessel for the dark side. It rushed through him like wine down the neck of a bottle, joyous with release and the promise of more to come.”
You, dear reader, have a filthy mind.
You would think I’d be tired of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, having reviewed the game on two platforms, the graphic novel, and even a toy lightsaber, and you’d be correct in thinking this And yet here I am once more with another Force Unleashed review, this time for the novel, and I promise for the sake of my own sanity that this will be my last. Any more of this and there’s a very good chance I will start to believe I’m an actual Jedi which, while it may sound like a lot of fun, would probably result in an unwelcome visit from the men in white coats.
In my review of the graphic novel I mention that you are told the story from the point of view of the secondary characters which is something this novelised version also does but in a slightly different way. As you can imagine the level of detail found in the game and graphic novel is largely restricted compared to this book which weighs in at over 300 pages. At certain moments in the game I felt obliged to insert thoughts and feelings for the characters and on occasion this previous experience clashed with the words in this book. Maintaining this level of duality was difficult at first but as the story progressed I found it beneficial to see things from different angles because, and this is an important theme in the movies, things aren’t always as black and white as they appear to be.
If there is one negative thing I could say about the book it’s that the author does have a tendency to write more of a description than is required but this is something which affects almost every writer and the words ‘pot’, ‘kettle’, and ‘black’ spring to mind. In a way the use of heavy descriptions may help in creating that epic feel which Tolkien, the author of Lord of the Rings, was such a master of and it can certainly help in setting a scene.
The story contains a lot of information which you won’t find elsewhere and the author copes well with the task of conveying this to the reader while managing to maintain a good pace throughout. As with the videogames and graphic novel this can be considered a must-have item for huge fans of the Star Wars universe and even if you’re unfamiliar with the series of films this should be an enjoyable read for any fan of science fiction in general.