I have an essay up over on TheForce.Net, entitled Looking Back and Thinking Forward. It's a glimpse over the Del Rey EU, and my thoughts on the next book contract, which should be awarded soon. I bring it up, because some of my thoughts, have a direct bearing on the topic of today's post.
Now on with my regularly scheduled broadcast.
The back cover to the novel Inferno, the next in the LotF series, is now up over at the Official Site. - WARNING: It has Sacrifice spoilers.
Since, it happens to be a paperback, that means there's a blurb up on the site. A blurb that was embargoed for quite a bit of time, due to it containing spoilers for the last hardcover release, Sacrifice.
So be warned: there be spoilers here.
... I think I've watched Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl on the television too many times
Anyways, on to the blurb (highlight to see the spoilers):
Well. Ain't that interesting.
Luke Skywalker wanted to unify the Jedi order and bring peace to the universe. Instead his wife Mara lies dead at the hands of an unknown assassin, his wayward nephew has seized control of the Galactic Alliance, and the galaxy has exploded in all-out civil war.
With Luke consumed by grief, Jacen Solo works quickly to consolidate his power and jumpstart his plan to take over the Jedi. Convinced he's the only one who can save the galaxy, Jacen will do whatever it takes, even ambush his own parents.
With the Rebel confederacy driving deep into the Core to attack Coruscant and the Jedi under siege, Luke must reassert his position. Only he can lead the Jedi through this crisis, but it means solving the toughest problem Luke's ever faced. Does he fight alongside his nephew Jacen, a tyrant who's taken over the GA, or does he join the rebels to smash the Galactic Alliance he helped create.
A couple thoughts worked through here. First, this is just further proof that Legacy of the Force is nothing but a shallow rehash of the Prequels. Consider. Rebellious Confederacy. Sith Lord seizing power of the government. The Jedi under siege. The Jedi playing a major part in the war effort.
Why, oh why, can't we have a new story line? I would rather go back to the Warlord of the Week model from the Bantam era than this.
My second thought, is why exactly is this a hard decision for Luke?
Luke has always fought for the tenets of the Rebel Alliance. He wanted a Republic, it's what he fought and bled for throughout his twenties and thirties. Why would not fighting for the shell of the GA be such a hard decision?
Frankly, it confuses me, but that's okay, well at least I hope it's okay and that they have a plan for it.
It's at this point in time, if my wife had read the entire series, and cared, that she would point out that I have a tendency to hope for pointless things which have little chance of bearing fruit.
A character flaw, especially when, as she would continue pointing out, I'm so pessimistic about things that actually can, and do, happen.
That's what she would have said, if she had read all of the Star Wars EU, up until this point, and cared about it. Since she hadn't and she doesn't, that means I have to say it to myself for her, because what she will really say when she reads this entry is: "Freak."
Back on topic, I can admit that I am looking forward to Inferno. It's a habit of mine, I constantly, and consistently look forward to the next entry in the Saga. Yet, for once, I find myself really hoping that the back-cover blurb here is, well not wrong per se, but rather, misguiding in the way it is presenting the plot.
I hope, that the story isn't quite a knock off of the Prequels. I hope that Luke isn't back to his wishy-washy, "I can't make this type of decision, despite the fact that I've made similar decisions my entire adult life" self.
Then, there is the way the story itself is presented. The Confederacy is not being presented in a good light, despite the fact that they are the side which I think is in the right.
My politics are small government, personal responsibility and a strong belief in the free market. IMO, the Confederacy are the ones espousing such things, despite the fact that they're labeled terrorists, and show doing despicable things. Of course the big government folks of the Alliance aren't doing much better things.
In the end, I can't help but wonder just what type of political statement they're bringing into play with how they display the two governments here, and I would appreciate some other opinions on things.