Rogue Planet Literature Review

Rogue Planet

Written by: Greg Bear

On paper (bad phrase when talking about a book I know — it’s all on paper), it should have been a great story. A tale of Anakin and Obi-Wan, early on in their mentorship. A tale that involved a living planet. A tale that for the first time connected the (then current) New Jedi Order from years past Return of the Jedi’s events with an event from the heart of the Anakin Skywalker storyline. It’s a great way to connect the two time periods.

And yet?

Not so much.

The writing was not the greatest. It was very vague and confusing as the narration unfolded while the characterization is weak and inconsistent.

It begins well to be honest. We see a younger immature Anakin looking to find his place amongst the Jedi, and yet still giving in to is adventurous side, such as entering illegal races in the underworld of Coruscant. An assassination attempt hits home and allows Anakin and Obi-Wan the chance to work together for mutual benefit, showcasing immediately the older brother who has to be a father figure relationship Obi-Wan is forced to forge.

It goes on to be intriguing. Vergere, a Jedi first mentioned in the New Jedi Order saga, had been off on a mission when she disappeared and Obi-Wan and Anakin were assigned the mission to look for her. It leads them to the planet of Sekot, another important piece of the new Jedi Order. It’s a living planet and their newest and best export are living ships.

Meanwhile the building Empire under Chancellor Palpatine also wants Sekot and sends Tarkin in after it. Between Tarkin and Sienar (one of the Death Star designers), they compete in their way to get ahead in the universe.

Tarkin’s is definitely the best characterization of the lot. He is exactly as I pictured him from his lone appearance in A New Hope (and yes, I know he appears in Revenge of the Sith…)

Obi-Wan and Anakin are very nondescript and despite Anakin’s delving into the dark side and subsequent guilt, it is too vague and then too quickly forgotton to matter.

Overall, it could have been worse, but it also could have and should have been much better.


-Paul Talon

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