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In Death Troopers, readers follow the story of two young brothers dealing with the daily horrors of being captive aboard a prison barge. However, even worse horrors await them once everyone on the ship begins to inexplicably fall sick and die…and then come back to life. The brothers must band together with whoever they can find if they want to escape from the prison and its new flesh-eating passengers.
Joe Schreiber managed to tell a Star Wars story unlike any other with Death Troopers. He delivers the perfect mix of horror and science fiction for any Star Wars fan who’s really in the Halloween spirit. Readers beware: this one has plenty of blood and guts.
When the Imperial prison barge Purge—temporary home to five hundred of the galaxy's most ruthless killers, rebels, scoundrels and thieves—breaks down in a distant, uninhabited part of space, its only hope seems to lie with a Star Destroyer found drifting, derelict, and seemingly abandoned. But when a boarding party is sent to scavenge for parts, only half of them come back—bringing with them a horrific disease so lethal that within hours, nearly all aboard the Purge will die in ways too hideous to imagine.
And death is only the beginning.
The Purge's half-dozen survivors—two teenage brothers, a sadistic captain of the guards, a couple of rogue smugglers and the chief medical officer, the lone woman on board—will do whatever it takes to stay alive. But nothing can prepare them for what lies waiting onboard the Star Destroyer amid its vast creaking emptiness that isn't really empty at all.wrong The dead are rising, soulless, unstoppable, and unspeakably hungry.
- The brothers Trig and Kale Longo are prisoners aboard the prison barge Purge
- The brothers lament the passing of their father, who was also a prisoner, at the hands of one of the ruthless guards, Jareth Sartoris
- Sartoris leads a group of guards aboard an abandoned Star Destroyer that the Purge happens upon
- Chief Medical Officer aboard the Purge, Zahara Cody, discovers that group brought back a sickness from the Star Destroyer that soon kills nearly everyone on board
- Trig, Kale, and Zahara—all of whom seem to be immune to the sickness—find two more prisoners: Han Solo and Chewbacca
- The group fights to survive as all of those killed by the sickness soon come back to life in the form of zombies
- The group discover the sickness is due to a biological weapon in the form of a virus that the Empire was producing, but accidentally got loose
- Kale is killed
- Sartoris, who has changed his merciless ways amidst the chaos, sacrifices himself to save Trig
- The remainder of the group manage to escape on a ship
Death Troopers is exactly what you think it is: a Star Wars and zombie horror story mash-up. While that sound odd (and, to be clear, it is), the book is every bit as gruesome and disgusting as you would expect. To be entirely honest, it's a fun read around Halloween when you're in the spirit, but could otherwise be skipped.
Death Troopers provides a perfect example of jumping headfirst into a brand new genre within the realm of Star Wars, and frankly, it makes you wish for more of that crazy experimentation! Best read around Halloween, this novel gives us the zombie-filled horror story we never knew we needed, but in the midst of the stylistic tropes, Schreiber creates a real sense of connection between the characters amongst a realistic sense of absolute terror.
I didn’t know that a Star Wars horror story was possible until I read Death Troopers. This novel is a classic zombie story with a special Star Wars touch, and the two elements actually pair together fairly well. Expect loads of uncensored gore and thrills. It’s interesting to note that this book was released around the same time as the Brain Invaders arc for The Clone Wars which relayed a similar story involving undead creatures.
I’ll never forget the first time I read Death Troopers. It’s a perfect balance of Star Wars and horror. It was an original leap for Del Rey to do something so different, and I found it a really morbidly refreshing Star Wars book. In A New Hope, Han mentions that he’s been from one side of the galaxy to the other and he’s seen a lot of strange stuff. This book is that strange stuff. This book probably isn’t for everyone, but I typically don’t mess with horror and loved it.