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In the second installment of this series, a new version of Starkiller returns! However, this Starkiller is desperate to break free of Vader’s influence, knowing that his master has no loyalty to him. With a head full of memories and Force visions that don’t add up, Starkiller escapes and searches for the comrades he once knew: Juno and Kota. With the right help, Starkiller has one mission in mind: to end his struggle with Darth Vader once and for all.
Sean Williams manages to further enmesh Starkiller into the fabric of the Original Trilogy by pulling in even more familiar faces. Fans of Starkiller, Darth Vader, or avid video gamers who want to read the story they’ve already played should definitely pick this up.
As ruthless apprentice to Darth Vader, Starkiller was mercilessly schooled in the ways of the dark side, commanded to exterminate the last of the purged Jedi Order, and groomed for the ultimate Sith power play: assassination of the Emperor. He served without question, killed without remorse, and lost his heart without warning to beautiful Imperial fighter pilot Juno Eclipse, never suspecting that he was just a tool in the schemes of his masters—until it was too late to escape their lethal betrayal.
Juno mourned Starkiller as dead…but now he is back, purged of all memories and programmed to kill. And as fate brings Juno and Starkiller closer to reuniting, with Darth Vader determined not to lose his assassin a second time, they will both have to make a stand. The prize is freedom. The punishment for failing will be eternal enslavement to the dark side of the Force…
- A clone of Starkiller, created at Vader’s instruction, lives
- This new Starkiller has a Force vision that Vader will kill him, so he escapes
- He finds his old comrade General Kota
- Juno is captured by Boba Fett and taken to Vader
- Starkiller, Kota, and the Rebels lay siege to Kamino in hopes of capturing Vader and saving Juno
- Starkiller defeats Vader, but spares him
On its own, the novelization of Force Unleashed II isn’t perfect. It’s lacking in some logical connective tissue here and there, the resurrection/cloning of Starkiller is hazy and a bit contrived, and when it’s all said and done the plot boils down to a rebellion love story against the backdrop of Force lightning. But for me, ultimately, the Force Unleashed II works simply because I wanted to return to the characters, story, and feel of the Force Unleashed. It has its strong points, too. The idea of Proxy’s existential quest for a primary programing is somehow both hilarious and thought-provoking. Starkiller’s existence as both a person, clone, hero, villain, student, outcast, test-subject for Darth Vader, and symbol for the Rebel Alliance is captivating. And once again, even through the pages of a novel that is by nature non-visual, this book really fleshes out the locations of Dac, Malistaire, Kamino, and the Rogue Shadow. The Force Unleashed II is a good book, an even better experience when taken into account of the larger project that was the Force Unleashed across all platforms, and would be a fantastic story if it had only begat a satisfying conclusion in the form of a third installment.
The overthrow of the Republic is complete. Absolute power now rests in the iron fist of Darth Sidious–the cunning Sith Lord better known as Emperor Palpatine. But more remains to be done. Pockets of resistance in the galaxy must still be defeated and missing Jedi accounted for . . . and dealt with. These crucial tasks fall to the Emperor’s ruthless enforcer, Darth Vader, who in turn has groomed a lethal, nameless Sith apprentice to secretly dispatch the last of his masters’ enemies. This acolyte’s journey will take him across the far reaches of the galaxy and test him with shattering revelations that strike at the very heart of all he believes, stirring within him long-forgotten hopes of reclaiming his name . . . and changing his destiny.