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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Book Review: The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader by Ryder Windham

  • Reading level: Ages 9 and up
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic (December 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439681324
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439681322

The full story of Anakin Skywalker, from his birth in slavery to his death as the powerful Darth Vader ... told for the first time in its entirety by NYT bestselling Star Wars author Ryder Windham. Spanning all six Star Wars movie and including the pieces of the story that fill in the gaps, this novel will be a must-have for any Star Wars fan.

My Review

Star Wars is just about the best thing ever. I don't know why. But it's just so good. I know, I sound like a major nerd  saying this, but it's the truth. One of my favorite things about the Galaxy Far, Far Away, are the many books that contribute to it. Those who believe that the story of Star Wars consists of the books and the books alone are in fact, very wrong. This book, The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader, tells the tale of a human boy born into slavery. As a young child, he and his mother are shipped off to a desert planet called Tattooine, and this starts Anakin Skywalker's journey to become a Jedi Knight and eventually, a Sith Lord. The book greatly written, giving a summery of Skywalker's life and, later, that of Darth Vader.
  This is a great book to start you off reading Star Wars. There are many books that have nothing to do with the movies, some taking place thousands of years before the events of the movies take place, whereas The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader takes place amidst the stories of the six movies, sometimes directly quoting them. This makes you look at everything differently because the entire book is written from Skywalker's point-of-view which is honestly, a bit depressing. We know that Skywalker turned to the Dark Side because he simply wanted to save his wife's life. But past that point, you start to feel seriously sorry for him because he just wants a way out. His intentions to begin with were pure, but as he was slowly corrupted, he just wanted to stop.
  This is a great book that any Star Wars fan should read. It gives new insight on the entire story, and makes everything a whole lot more interesting.

1 comment:

  1. This sounds really great! Thanks for sharing. I love Star Wars!


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