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A novel by Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta (1997, Boulavard Books)
Book 4 of Young Jedi Knights: Fall of the Diversity Alliance
24 years after Star Wars: A New Hope

The young Jedi infiltrate the lair of the Diversity Alliance, but are captured, and thrown into the heat and ice on Ryloth.



3 stars+

Read March 28th to 31st, 1999  
    This book held my interest a lot more than the rest.  It was suspenseful, had action and a touch of romance.  I still have doubts about the abilities of these kids, and how they get into and out of trouble -they shouldn't be running around the galaxy; no other kids appear to be doing that.  But they have been "special" since they were born, so I have to forgive that in a Star Wars book.

Virtually all of the book takes place on Ryloth, the Twi'lek homeworld, where the Diversity Alliance is headquartered.  The young Jedi decide they need to tell Lowie the truth about that organization, after they learn about its illegal and anti-human dealings from both Tenel Ka's grandmother (through her spies) and Lusa, an old friend from the horrid novel The Crystal Star.  Lusa was part of the Alliance, but she was disillusioned and contacted Luke in fear. 

They manage to infiltrate Ryloth, but are almost immediately captured.  Rabba finds them, and has them sent to the spice mines, where they are expected to die. 

Lowie has also become disillusioned with the Diversity Alliance, and it's a relief to see that despite his actions in the last book, he never officially joined the organization.  When he sees Tenel Ka's ship in the docking bay, he confronts Rabba, and then goes into a fury.  He slices into the computer, and finds out all sorts of information that Nola Tarkona was hiding from casual members.  He rescues the young Jedi from the mines, and helps get them to the tunnels to the surface, while he goes back to rescue his sister.

I loved the way Lowie worked, playing by the rules to get by the guards, and then going behind the scenes whenever he could.  He convinces his sister of the evil nature of the Alliance by breaking open a box labeled medical supplies, and finding weapons instead.  They escape together in Tenel Ka's ship. 

Meanwhile, the Jedi have been separated.  Tenel Ka and Jacen (of course) travel several kilometers to the frigid night side of the planet, while Jaina and Raynar go the other way, to the searing day side. 

The authors seem to forget how large a planet is.  The young Jedi would have to have run more than just several kilometers to get away from the temperate zone between the day and night sides of the planet.  They would have to travel days.  Same thing with the rescue.  Luke and Zek find them without any problem, even though the temperate zone encompasses the whole planet along a few longitudes. 

I would have found it better off had Lowie and Sirra rescued both parties, because they knew where to look. 

Jaina and Raynar almost die from the heat, and are almost captured by the Diversity Alliance again, but are rescued at the last minute by Luke.

Jacen and Tenel Ka continue their realistic romance on the cold side, where they huddle together for warmth, and take comfort in each others' company after an avalanche.  It is truly a relationship that moves at the speed of a real relationship.  They take refuge in a cave inhabited by one of Nola Tarkona's enemies, whom they rescue when Lowie finds them. 

Together, they head for Coruscant, where Leia decides it is time to ask the Senate about this new threat.

Passion is what I like in characters in this novel.  Friendship drove the Jedi to go to Lowie on Ryloth.  Lowie is trapped, but is not without resources.  And when he discovers that his friends have been betrayed, he gives in to his Wookie anger, and does all that he can to save them.  Time now for the conclusion!


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