Outcast

Outcast

eBook - 2009
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Though forbidden to intervene in Jedi affairs, Luke is determined to keep history from being repeated. With his son, Ben, at his side, Luke sets out to unravel the shocking truth behind Jacen Solo's corruption and downfall. But the secrets he uncovers among the enigmatic Force mystics of the distant world Dorin may bring his quest--and life as he knows it--to a sudden end. And all the while, another Jedi Knight, consumed by the same madness as Jedi Knight Valin Horn, is headed for Coruscant on a fearsome mission that could doom the Jedi Order...and devastate the entire galaxy.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey/Ballantine Books, 2009
ISBN: 9780345518682
0345518683
Call Number: eBook

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 22, 2017

It’s been over a year since Jacen’s death, and the Galactic Alliance is finally punishing the one they find the most guilty for failing to stop his turn to the Dark Side: Luke SkyWalker. Exchanging imprisonment for exile Luke and his son, Ben go on a journey to learn what led Jacen to go to the dark side. Meanwhile, on Coruscant, mental illness has begun to affect an increasing number of Jedi, almost like a plague… or something worse. Can the Skywalkers get to the bottom of this mystery? And if so, what will it mean for the rest of the galaxy?
This book is the beginning of a series that will hopefully fill in the gaps between the New Jedi Order and the Fate of the Jedi while still exploring new territory in the Legends universe. It’s smart and well-thought out yet easy to follow. The characters are well-balanced with returning friends and new faces. All the emotions are balanced out with a few well-placed jokes in the most serious moments. This book embodies all that Star Wars is the most well-known for, from the creatures to the ships to the planets. If I hadn’t read this book, it would have been because someone played a mind trick on me.
- @R2-D2 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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Chinderixx
Sep 06, 2017

I had never read a Star Wars book by Aaron Allston before, so I was curious to read this. I ended up enjoying Outcast and think that this was a great setup for the series.
Luke and Ben get booted off of Coruscant and go on a journey throughout the galaxy in an attempt to figure out why Jacen went evil. Han and Leia have their on side mission on the planet Kessel helping Lando, and Jaina and friends try to find out why some of the other Jedi are acting crazy. Most of the parts in this book were fun to read, though I found the parts with Han and Leia on Kessel a little boring. The best thing about this book was that it had no bad words.

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Catman2259
Sep 01, 2010

Not having read anything from the NJO era on, I was curious as to how reading this first of a series would be, and I have to say I had mixed feelings about this novel.

On one hand, I enjoyed the overarching mystery of what is happening with members of the Jedi order and the search for answers about events of the past, and there were some well-written, exciting chase sequences. On the other hand, some of the subplots felt unnecessary, and I didn't find all the characters that interesting, but I will withhold full judgment until I read the next few books of the series.

Overall, I always enjoy a trip to the 'Wars, and honestly, after trying to read Death Star, anything can look good, and I look forward to exploring more of this series.

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JonJonPoPong
Feb 09, 2010

I really dont like the star wars movies, I have seen them all but I just never cared for them. However I like the Jedi Knight PC line of games such as Jedi Knight Outcast and dark forces (not so fond of academy). Also the Knights of the Old Republic games were really good.
This was the second star wars book I ever read the first being a tales from jabba the huts house or something back in 95? that a friend lent me.
This is a really good novel and the second two that follow get better with the third being really good.
Yea you do need to kind of figure out whos who and whats what because they reference a ton of old stuff. After reading the first 3 of this line I acctualy started on Legacy of the force which were not as good as fate of the jedi.

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TheFencingJedi
Jan 06, 2010

This series is good. I have been a star wars fan for a long time and it has been just getting better. If you read this, I would suggest reading a couple of other series first. 1: Young Jedi Knights. 2: New Jedi Order. 3: Legacy Of The Force. If you do not read the first one you should be OK. But I strongly suggest reading the others in this order.

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Chinderixx
Sep 06, 2017

LEIA: "I felt that."
HAN: "No, you didn't."
LEIA: "You had an idea."
HAN: "I was just yawning."

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Chinderixx
Sep 06, 2017

"Buddy boy, Daala gets to appoint your tribunal. If they were still alive, she'd pick Palpatine, Lumiya, and Shimrra Jamaane to be your judges." -Han Solo

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Sep 06, 2017

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Sep 06, 2017

SUMMARY FROM WIKIPEDIA:
Following the events of the Legacy of the Force novels, Outcast picks up two years after the aforementioned series' finale, Invincible. Two young Jedi Knights, Seff Hellin and Valin Horn, fall victim to a Force psychosis that makes them believe that everyone they know is an impostor. Valin's rampage through Coruscant coincides with Luke being arrested for crimes against the Alliance. Daala and Luke agree to exile the Grand Master, after accusing him of encouraging Jedi to flout the rule of law and behaving superior to the orders of police and governments, as well as excusing and protecting Jedi who commit atrocities. As an option to commute his sentence during his ten-year exile from Coruscant and any other established Jedi base, he is tasked to determine how Jacen fell to the dark side. Jedi Master Kenth Hamner becomes acting Grand Master of the Order until Luke's return to Coruscant. Ben Skywalker asks to accompany Luke.
While the Skywalkers begin their search, Jaina Solo forms an underground organization called the Darkmeld, whose intentions are to save all Jedi targeted by the Galactic Alliance who have the Force psychosis. The first insane Jedi Knight they save from captivity is Seff Hellin.
On Kessel, Han and Leia Organa Solo are called there by Lando Calrissian, who wants their help in discovering the source of the seismic disturbances that the planet is undergoing. Discovering a type of energy based lifeforms underground, Han and Leia find them working large underground processors, the source of Kessel's seismic disturbances are several machines that have been activated thanks to the destruction of Centerpoint Station two years earlier. At the continued rate of the machines' ravaging effects on Kessel, they will destroy the planet within a week. An operation to disrupt the planets destruction succeeds. Meanwhile, Allana senses a dark presence making contact with her through the Force, something that disturbs Allana and her grandparents.
The Skywalkers' journey takes them to Dorin, home of the Baran Do Sages. The Skywalkers learn that the master of the Sages when Jacen was there had died. After Luke easily masters what Jacen mastered during his stay with the Baran Do Sages, the Skywalkers soon uncover an underground cult led by Koro Ziil himself, who hasn't died but is leading this cult under the moniker of the Hidden One. The Hidden One and his followers' mission is to pretend that they've died on the surface of Dorin, in case of a repeat of Order 66. Luke and Ben best the Baran Do masters in combat to prove their plan is flawed, as the masters abilities have withered while trapped underground. Luke then gives the followers a choice between returning to the Baran Do Sages up top or continue to follow under the Hidden One's laws. The Skywalkers then take their leave for the Kathol Rift.

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