A good first attempt at Ep 1-3 EU literature. That being said, the writing style didn't grab me. I liked it, but it seemed like another story that started out as being some other genre entirely, and then was translated into a Star Wars book when the author was given a Star Wars assignment. Also, the cover art just sucks. That picture of Anakin is terrible. He looks like some kind of warped alien boy. The interesting point, and the only value the book really has- it's saving grace- is the Vergere subplot and the backstory on the living planet, which will feature prominently in the NJO. A must-read for NJO fans. All others should pass.