Yeah, I uh, resigned up just to talk/complain about this book. I also know that it may not be wise to say such words in a Star Wars fan forum, but dudes, on a whole, though I would say it was a decent read, based upon other books in the EU that I've enjoyed, I did not dig this book. It seemed to me it took all the stuff that was in the NJO series that I didn't like, such as, the CF'ing of the force, the random unresolved issues, and so on. First, I hate this 'The Dark side is ok' thing, yeah, it's been explained, but I don't like it, it's just akward to me. I also don't like the way Jacen acted, it seems he spent all the time training his ability to be super powerful, without actually helping anyone out. Second, and this goes more towards this book, the whole, R2's secret message thing. In my opinion, that should have been it's own story, and by that I mean it should have been in it's own book. Was it really necessary to have Luke discover a message that's been in his possesion for about thirty years between his visits to the nest and his academy? Oh yeah, Jaina and Zekk, yeah, it was cute back in the Young Jedi Knights series, but come on, let's stop playing this out where we have characters jumping romantic interest as they change authors, this is probably why Zahn married Luke to Mara. It was annoying having characters who couldn't go 'forward' in development. That was the only thing that bummed me out about the Unifying Force, not having Jaina and Fel get married, it would have been great to have all the characters a big happy family (Wedge related to Luke) but now we're pulling her back to a character I stopped caring about near a decade ago. Tenel Ka and Jacen seemed alright to me, they had more of a relationship then Zekk and Jaina had, and, well, I thought Tenel Ka was a better character anyway. It seems Denning was trying to make a mark like Zahn did. I mean, how many things were going on in this book? Jaina and Zekk, Leia wanting to be a full Jedi, Ben shutting off to the force, the Joiners, the message with Kenobi and Padme that seemed completely forced in... Any more? I dunno, to me the books used to seem more 'fun'. The NJO presented a nice feeling of how dark a war would actually be, but I don't think it needs to be taken any further, but that's what this book did to me. I thought it was a ok read, but as apart of the EU, I wasn't digging it.