Well, it’s over. That’s all she wrote. This is the end…my friend.
The end of the New Jedi Order! At minutes before midnight I read the final page of the final novel in the 19-book series. And it only took me three years of on-and-off reading to do it!
Before I go on, it looks like someone else finally finished the series as well, not long ago. Good for you, sir!
So, the novel of course needs to bring an end to five years of warfare with the extra-galactic race of invading aliens, the Yuuzhan Vong. Numerous plotlines need to come together, story arcs need to be finished, and some sort of resolution needs to come to the war. It all happens in this book, and James Luceno does a pretty good job of making it happen.
I don’t want to give any of the secrets away, and there are some big secrets here. Really, I wouldn’t even know where to begin. I’ll let you check out some other sites to hear about what happens (I know, total cop-out!).
Through all 19 books, a lot of stuff happens. A lot of worlds fall, a lot of people (even major, recognizable and popular characters) die. There are big battles, great philosophical debates and a lot of other action and events that pull you into reading the series. I felt that even the slower books added enough to the whole story arc to be good reads. The Unifying Force brings all of this to a climax, and let me tell you, there is some eye-popping, edge-of-your-seat climactic action in this book.
I am really glad I stuck through to the end of this series. I quite enjoyed it as a whole, even though it sort of sucked three years of brain-power and reading-time from me. But this will probably be the last of the Star Wars novels I read for a while. Not because I don’t have anymore…I own nearly every paperback released, only missing a bunch of those published over the last two years or so. That amounts to over a hundred, and that’s just the adult novels (I do own many of the young adult and kids novels too). I’ve been collecting them since the late 90s, and haven’t stopped. I will definitely get back to reading them again, but since the majority that I haven’t read yet are one-offs (as opposed to trilogies and mini-series), I can read them interspersed among the other books I will be reading, and not have to worry about reading them close enough together to make sure I remember what’s going on, like I did with the New Jedi Order series.
I meant to take a picture tonight of the shelf of books on my 2012 reading list, but I didn’t get a chance. That will have to wait until tomorrow, when I will also announce which book I am starting. It’ll be a big deal, not only as the first to be started in 2012, but also the first after being freed from the grip of the NJO series (again, glad I read them, no regrets!).
Anyway, I know this post wasn’t very…helpful…creative…exciting…but it’s late. Yeah, that’s my excuse. Hopefully from now on my book-related posts will include a bit more thorough a review.