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The official adaptation of the crucial second chapter in the Star Wars saga! The Republic is under threat, with thousands of solar systems joining the separatist movement led by the mysterious Count Dooku. The few remaining Jedi Knights struggle to maintain peace and order in the galaxy. As the Galactic Senate considers raising a clone army, Senator Amidala, the former Queen of Naboo, comes under attack. Someone must protect her, and Obi-Wan Kenobi and his apprentice Anakin Skywalker take on the fateful mission. As old favorites like Yoda, and new ones like Jango Fett, play their parts, destiny takes hold — in a tale of forbidden love, a young Jedi finding his true path, and an old threat rising from the shadows once again.
I was secretly hoping that this novelization would make me like the story of Attack of the Clones a little more, but it really didn't add much to what we already have with the film and its deleted scenes. It is a well-written book and not a chore to read for any completionists out there trying to read everything listed on the Youtini bookshelf. It just doesn't add any new information or insight to what we already know from other material, and that's just the way these work sometimes. Some of these novelizations are fairly straightforward adaptions, and this is just one of those. In terms of story and lore, you're not missing out on much if you decide to skip this one.