Saturday, March 15, 2008
Review: Revelation (Star Wars: Legacy of the Force)
Revelation Book CoverBy Karen Traviss. ISBN 978-0-345-47757-6. There are a few great science fiction writers who have written "Expanded Universe" Star Wars tie-in fiction. Traviss is not one of them. Her plot twists are predictable, and every big plot development is weighed down with an unjustified sense of importance. The first half of Revelation was no exception. In fact, it committed the cardinal sin of pulp fiction: it was boring. But readers that can slog through will be rewarded with a second half that is a surprising pleasure. It contained a couple plot twists that I didn't see coming, and a few of the emotional dénouements proved genuinely affecting. In Star Wars fiction, there is a tendency to use the characters as props for philosophical debates, with familiar quips and patterns of speech used to manufacture an artificial humanity. As this book draws to a close, Traviss allows the characters to just be human beings.

Adam Lenhardt is a print journalist from Albany, NY. He currently reviews films from Boston.
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