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The JC Lit Reviews Special: THE UNIFYING FORCE (TUF spoilers)

Discussion in 'Literature' started by Mastadge, Nov 4, 2003.

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  1. Mastadge

    Mastadge Manager Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Jun 4, 1999
    OK, you all know the drill:

    Rate THE UNIFYING FORCE on a scale from 1 to 10. Please don't rate the book until after you've finished it. Thank you.

    Also, please supplement your rating of THE UNIFYING FORCE with a few words (or a lot, as you see fit).

    Links to previous review threads, in case you missed 'em:

    [link=]Tatooine Ghost[/link]
    [link=]Enemy Lines I: Rebel Dream[/link]
    [link=]Enemy Lines II: Rebel Stand[/link]
    [link=]Destiny's Way[/link]
    [link=]Force Heretic I: Remnant[/link]
    [link=]Force Heretic II: Refugee[/link]
    [link=]Force Heretic III: Reunion[/link]
    [link=]The Final Prophecy[/link]
  2. Jedi_Knight_Mike

    Jedi_Knight_Mike Jedi Youngling star 1

    Feb 8, 2002
    Easily in the top three if not the best novel in the entire NJO.

    This book as a definitely has a quality about it. A lot of thought and detail has gone into it you can tell that Luceno has read every single NJO novel several times and knows the material better than any other of the Authors. He has gone out of his way to use every EU source available to tie every loose thread that the NJO has created.

    The characterizations are perfect

    The cameos are well thought out and fit in seemlessly.

    The battles are incredibly described and are as epic as hoped and dreamed for.

    the YV are portrayed better than any other novel no one dimensional types here.

    The tone of the novel is appropriately dark and has a more realistic and bittersweet feel to it.

    The revelations about the YV are well handled and appropriately explained.

    The revelations of the force expand our understanding of it without fully breaking away from the light/dark formula so well done in the movies as intially feared by some.

    This novel has that feel of a creators caring touch very similar to the LOTR movie trilogy or the Rogue Squadron video games. Absolutely no expense spared in effort to create the highest quality result possible.

    the best has been saved for last
    The best novel in the NJO
  3. masterskywalker

    masterskywalker Jedi Grand Master star 5

    Nov 2, 2001

    I'd give it higher if I could. :)

    The perfect finale. The heroes get their chance to shine, evil is defeated, the galaxy at last stands united, and though hundreds of trillions have died, the galaxy now seems to be moving towards a new golden age. Our heroes, have at long last, won the peace they've fought so long and hard for. :)

  4. AdmiralNick22

    AdmiralNick22 Fleet Admiral of Literature star 6 Staff Member Manager

    May 28, 2003
    A 10!!!

    James Luceno ended the NJO with a bang.

    I only hope that the post NJO trilogy is handeled as well.
  5. masterskywalker

    masterskywalker Jedi Grand Master star 5

    Nov 2, 2001
    Allow me to step into Caine's shoes in his absence. ;)

    With 3 reviews 30/3 =

    10 average. :D
  6. forceaddict

    forceaddict Jedi Padawan star 4

    Sep 20, 2002
    I have to concur and give it a 10

    it was a great ending to the NJO

    it brought everything together very well

    and it had Bubba Fett and Kyle Katan in the novel, what more needs to be said

    Han and Leia were great

    Luke kicked major vong @ss

    Nom Amor finally died, :D

    it couldn't have gotten much beter
  7. NaboosPrincess

    NaboosPrincess Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    May 14, 2001
    This is an incredible book. Not the best NJO book, IMO, but it's right up there in the top three.

    I actually didn't begin to enjoy it until the second part. I thought there were too many Earth sayings with Star Wars spins, and it was just a little bit slow. Also, it seemed like there was a lot of summarizing past events. I guess this was done so that people who haven't read the NJO could pick this book up and not be totally lost, but it got annoying after a while. And the cameos were cool, but it often seemed like there was no point to them, as though the characters were mentioned just for the sake of mentioning them.

    That's the end of my criticism, though. The rest of the book blew me away. Jacen was awesome in this book, as was Luke. I was so pleased to see that Jacen used his Vongsense, and that his vision was fulfilled. Everything really came together. I could not be happier! All the questions were explained nicely, from the Vong to Zonama Sekot to the Force. The characterizations were right-on, the battles were great and the last paragraph was beautiful. This was a great way to end the NJO. I for one am happy with it, overall.

    I'm giving it a 9.
  8. lightsaber_wielder

    lightsaber_wielder Jedi Padawan star 4

    Jan 24, 2002
    Three tens? :eek:

    I thank those of you who wrote these reviews for making me want TUF more! :D
  9. masterskywalker

    masterskywalker Jedi Grand Master star 5

    Nov 2, 2001
    Correction, FOUR tens. ;)
  10. Rogue_of-Peace

    Rogue_of-Peace Jedi Padawan star 4

    Mar 7, 2002
    Hmm... this should be interesting. I wonder if this book can break Traitor's and Shatterpoint's records in "x" amount of time.

    EDIT: I've decided what "x" should be to impress me: At 30 votes, the average has to be 9.15 or greater (Traitor was 9.14, Shatterpoint 9.13).
  11. Mastadge

    Mastadge Manager Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Jun 4, 1999
    Counting 5 reviews: 49/5 = 9.8/10
  12. The_Hindu_Times

    The_Hindu_Times Jedi Youngling

    Oct 16, 2003
    10 out of 10 for me too. Finally, my favorite character of all time, Luke Skywalker finally showed everyone why he is the greatest Jedi of all time.
  13. Jedi_Loon

    Jedi_Loon Jedi Knight star 5

    Oct 15, 2002
    8/10 I was just somehow expecting a little more...
  14. Jedi_Knight_Mike

    Jedi_Knight_Mike Jedi Youngling star 1

    Feb 8, 2002
  15. Ultima_1

    Ultima_1 Jedi Knight star 5

    May 16, 2001
    Second best in the NJO after SbS. I'll give it a 9.75
  16. Matthew Trias

    Matthew Trias Jedi Grand Master star 6

    Sep 8, 1999
    8/10 I was just somehow expecting a little more...

    Yeah like eight out of ten is such a horrible rating...
  17. Dantana Skywalker

    Dantana Skywalker Manager Emeritus star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Apr 7, 2002
    It made me like the NJO again. And it managed to let me get through the book without praying that Jag Fel or Mara Jade would somehow die. Heck, it made me actually LIKE Mara (for a time only, surely).


  18. kerouac555

    kerouac555 Jedi Youngling

    Nov 6, 2003
  19. Ultima_1

    Ultima_1 Jedi Knight star 5

    May 16, 2001
    Counting 10 reviews: 92.75/10 = 9.275/10
  20. Syntax

    Syntax Jedi Knight star 5

    Aug 1, 2001
    92.75/10 = 9.275/10

    I know what you meant, but that math isn't correct. :p
    92.75/10 equals... 92.75/10
    I know that you meant 92.75 total divided by 10 equals an average score of "9.275 out of 10", but I figured I might as well be a jerk and point it out anyway. :p ;)
  21. Raven

    Raven Administrator Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Oct 5, 1998
    7/10. Not bad. But not great. Luke and Jacen didn't do much until the very end. Boba Fett was just in there to make fanboys happy. Han and Leia did well in it. Resolved nothing in the way of relationships, which really irked me.
  22. Bib Fortuna Twi'lek

    Bib Fortuna Twi'lek Jedi Youngling star 10

    Jul 9, 1999
    9/10. It was nice to finally see a resolution to the war, but it was rather abrupt. Seeing Fett back in action made my day.
  23. Darth McClain

    Darth McClain Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Feb 5, 2000

    I think its one of the top two NJO books.
  24. Jedi_AndyG

    Jedi_AndyG Jedi Youngling

    May 30, 2002
    9.5/10, second only to SbS (just)

    It did an amazing job tying togeather so many loose threads and managed to incorperate such a huge cast.

    Also good to see explanations occurring after the YV had given in as to how people like Jaina responded and the like.

  25. JediAlly

    JediAlly Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Oct 31, 2000
    I was impressed with the way Luceno managed to integrate elements of the YV from all the other books into this conclusion.

    Part of me was looking forward to seeing Kyp erform someact of sacrifice to save Jaina as a means of fulfilling his debt to the Solo/Skywalker family.

    As for tying up loose ends, most of them were, in my opinion. The ones that weren't pertained to relationships and to Tahiri's future, but I see them as issues to be resolved in Denning's forthcoming trilogy.

    There's one end that was never resolved, though. Who did the memory wipe on that scientist? Anki Pace mentioned this incident to Corran and Ganner back in Onslaught, but we never learned who did it. Kyp's the ovbious suspect, but is anything going to be done about it? I don't know.
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