Bisson, Terry

AVERAGE REVIEW SCORE:

3 out of 5

(2 books)

Star Wars: Boba Fett - Crossfire

The second book of Boba's adventures during the Clone Wars, set 22 BBY.  The book begins with Boba in the custody of Count Dooku on Raxus Prime and ties strongly into 'The Clone Wars' computer game. 

I liked reading Boba's reaction to encountering his father's clones, his own brothers to a certain degree, as well as his first encounter with a Jedi since seeing Mace Windu behead his dad.  Following a stint masquerading as a refugee, Boba arrives on Bespin where he is approached by the bounty hunter Aurra Sing, who offers him a deal.  I always enjoy seeing familiar elements getting revisited and Cloud City fulfills that nicely. 

This book has the same strengths and weaknesses as its predecessor, great plot elements but prose too juvenile to be satisfying to a serious reader.  Basically, only for fans who have to know all the stories of the Galaxy Far, Far Away (people like me, for instance!).

Followed by Elizabeth Hand's 'Boba Fett: Maze of Deception'.

3 out of 5

 

Star Wars: Boba Fett - The Fight To Survive

22 BBY.  The first book of a series aimed at younger readers telling of Boba's adventures during the Clone Wars.  I will start by saying that I enjoyed these books probably more than they truly warrant, but I am a big fan of Boba's character and I was exceptionally pleased to read familiar events told from his point of view, as well as some of his early history. 

This particular book begins within 'Attack Of The Clones' and around the first two thirds deals with Boba's point of view of things like Jango's fight with Obi-Wan, the execution arena and Jango's death.  Bisson then takes us into new territory as Boba flees Geonosis and attempts to find a new place for himself in the galaxy.  I enjoyed Boba's naievete and his reliance on the pearls of wisdom from an interactive book left for him by Jango. 

This book's major downside however, is that because it is aimed at quite a young audience, the prose is simplistic, short and in a ridiculously large font.  These things mean that, probably quite rightly, this book will be overlooked by adult Star Wars fans, which is a shame because it has some truly worthwhile story content.

Followed by 'Boba Fett: Crossfire'.

3 out of 5

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