Book Review: Outcast

The Start Of Something New

Aaron Allston’s Outcast (2010) Picks up after Darth Caedus died. The devastation he caused left the alliance in a crisis. The leaders of the various world get together to discuss how to rebuild. In a surprising turn of events Chief of State Daala orders Luke Skywalker’s arrest. She blames him for not stopping Darth Caedus. While all this is going on, Jedi knights all over the galaxy are developing a mental disease. This disease makes them mentally unstable and they become a danger to themselves and those around them. It’s up to Luke to find a solution before everything becomes undone.

Order Is Important

I should have read this book first. This is the first book in the Fate of The Jedi Series. In retrospect, this book marked the beginning of the end of phase in the extended Star Wars universe. I liked this book because it brought forth a new type of conflict; it showed the alliance, the very thing the Jedi knights fought so hard to create, turns against them. It was difficult for me to know who the bad guys were. I understood both sides of the conflict and I thought their actions were justifiable. It made me feel a little uncomfortable because it was the first time I encountered this type of conflict in the Star Wars universe.

Final Thoughts

Since this is the first book in a series, it doesn’t have a neat ending. They have to leave the end open in order for the story in the next book to start off. I’m not saying it’s a bad book, not at all. The story is compelling enough to keep you turning the pages. Do yourself a favor and read this book. You’ll want to know what the future of the galaxy holds.

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