Vector Prime
Adult Novel

Vector Prime

R.A. Salvatore
25 ABY

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This novel serves as the springboard for the rest of the New Jedi Order series by introducing the Yuuzhan Vong, an invading alien race bent on conquering the galaxy. Luke, Mara Jade, Han, Leia, Chewie, and the Solo children must familiarize themselves with their new adversaries and their strange technology. However, everything comes to a cataclysmic conclusion when the Yuuzhan Vong threaten to demonstrate their very own planet-destroying capabilities.

This novel is required reading for those looking to learn about the most important stories in the EU. It is the start of a long series, and for fans of the EU, Luke, or the Solo family, Vector Prime and the rest of the NJO series are highly recommended.

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Twenty-one years have passed since the heroes of the Rebel Alliance destroyed the Death Star, breaking the power of the Emperor. Since then, the New Republic has valiantly struggled to maintain peace and prosperity among the peoples of the galaxy. But unrest has begun to spread; tensions erupt in outbreaks of rebellion that, if unchecked, threaten to destroy the Republic's tenuous reign.

Into this volatile atmosphere comes Nom Anor, a charismatic firebrand who heats passions to the boiling point, sowing seeds of dissent for his own dark motives. In an effort to avert a catastrophic civil war, Leia travels with her daughter Jaina, her sister-in-law Mara Jade, and the loyal protocol droid C-3PO, to conduct face-to-face diplomatic negotiations with Nom Anor. But he proves resistant to Leia's entreaties--and, far more inexplicably, within the Force, where a being should be, was . . . blank space.

Meanwhile, Luke is plagued by reports of rogue Jedi Knights who are taking the law into their own hands. And so he wrestles with a dilemma: Should he attempt, in this climate of mistrust, to reestablish the legendary Jedi Council?

As the Jedi and the Republic focus on internal struggles, a new threat surfaces, unnoticed, beyond the farthest reaches of the Outer Rim. An enemy appears from outside known space, bearing weapons and technology unlike anything New Republic scientists have ever seen. Suddenly Luke, Mara, Leia, Han Solo, and Chewbacca--along with the Solo children--are thrust again into battle, to defend the freedom so many have fought and died for. But this time, all their courage, sacrifice, and even the power of the Force itself may not be enough. . . .

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Vector Prime



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Dense and controversial, the New Jedi Order comes out of the gate swinging with a hard sci-fi style, establishing the culture and villainy of the Yuuzhan Vong.







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Staff Comments

- Charles Hanckel

While not the most beautifully paced Star Wars book of all time, Vector Prime is an excellent beginning for the NJO. Salvatore does a great job of introducing the HUGE cast to readers that may be unfamiliar with the larger Legends story (like myself), and by the end of the book, you won't be able to help being wrapped up in the emotions of the narrative. Excellent action scenes, terrifying villains, and a promise of even bigger battles to come? I'd be lying if I said I didn't pick up book 2 right after I plopped this guy back on the shelf.

- Eric Eilersen

- Heather Goldman

- Karl Sander

- Meg Dowell

- Stacey White

- Corey Helton

The first in a massive 19-book collaboration, Vector Prime kicks off the controversial New Jedi Order series with a bang. In his first of two entries into the Star Wars universe, R.A. Salvatore wastes no time making an impact and setting up the direction for the rest series. If you find yourself struggling with the hard-Sci-Fi elements of the Yuuzhan Vong, then you’ll likely not want to commit to the next 18 books. While it isn’t without flaws (primarily overblown conflict and resolution), Vector Prime is a solid and engaging entry point to the NJO that offers enough compelling character drama to carry the weight of the story when the plot feels messy.

- Andrew Bell

Vector Prime was a bold way to kick off the new millennia as well as a controversial new direction for the story of Star Wars in the post-Return of the Jedi era. Prolific sci-fi writer R.A. Salvatore starts the series off by establishing the brutal foreign invaders, the Yuuzhan Vong, as a force to be reckoned with! Salvatore excels in painting the galaxy as a dark and scary place as the conquering force casts a dark shadow. He handles the characters we know and love with great care, such as Luke and Mara. One of Vector Prime's chief contributions is in establishing Jacen, Jaina, and Anakin Solo as fully-fledged characters in their own right for the first time. He also creates original characters who stand alongside our heroes of old. Vector Prime stands out as on the more extreme sci-fi side of Star Wars and is infamous for the way it shakes up the establishment of the EU.

- Jared Mayes

- Wes Jenkins

- Nathan Emery

The first book in the NJO series had a lot of expectation placed on it, and RA Salvatore had a hell of a job in front of him. For the most part it works. It may not be the best book in the NJO but using an established fantasy author means that you’re in safe hands. Salvatore does a great job of ensuring that by the time you reach the end of the book you’re in a whole new world as far as the GFFA goes. As the saying back in the day went: “This isn’t your Daddy’s Star Wars”

- Trevor Davey

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Del Rey
Release Date:
October 5, 1999
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