Adult Novel

Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

R.A. Salvatore
Apr 23, 2002
Artwork by
Narrated by
Jonathan Davis
Takes place in
22 BBY
In the
Clone Wars

Ten years have passed since Obi Wan Kenobi defeated the mysterious Sith warrior on Naboo. His apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, has grown into a young man with exceptional potential in the Force. However, as tensions in galactic politics reach a boiling point, Obi Wan must allow Anakin to undertake a mission on his own to protect Padmé Amidala from those seeking to assassinate her. He can only hope his young apprentice will continue to walk the path of a Jedi while out from under his tutelage…

RA Salvatore, celebrated science fiction/fantasy author, delivers a wonderful rendition of the second film in the Prequel Trilogy. With just enough small changes to keep even veteran fans of the saga on their toes, this novelization is an absolute must-read.

Publisher's Summary

There is a great disturbance in the Force. . . . From the sleek ships of the glimmering Coruscant skyscape to the lush gardens of pastoral Naboo, dissent is roiling. The Republic is failing, even under the leadership of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, elected ten years earlier to save the crumbling government. Separatists threaten war, and the Senate is hopelessly divided, unable to determine whether to raise an army for battle or keep the fragile peace. It is a stalemate that once broken, could lead to galactic chaos.

Mischievous and resolved, courageous to the point of recklessness, Anakin Skywalker has come of age in a time of great upheaval. The nineteen-year-old apprentice to Obi-Wan Kenobi is an enigma to the Jedi Council, and a challenge to his Jedi Master. Time has not dulled Anakin’s ambition, nor has his Jedi training tamed his independent streak. When an attempt on Senator Padmé Amidala’s life brings them together for the first time in ten years, it is clear that time also has not dulled Anakin’s intense feelings for the beautiful diplomat.

The attack on Senator Amidala just before a crucial vote thrusts the Republic even closer to the edge of disaster. Masters Yoda and Mace Windu sense enormous unease. The dark side is growing, clouding the Jedi’s perception of the events. Unbeknownst to the Jedi, a slow rumble is building into the roar of thousands of soldiers readying for battle. But even as the Republic falters around them, Anakin and Padmé find a connection so intense that all else begins to fall away. Anakin will lose himself—and his way—in emotions a Jedi, sworn to hold allegiance only to the Order, is forbidden to have.

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Meg Dowell - Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones - Adult Novel
Meg Dowell
I was secretly hoping that this novelization would make me like the story of Attack of the Clones a little more, but it really didn't add much to what we already have with the film and its deleted scenes. It is a well-written book and not a chore to read for any completionists out there trying to read everything listed on the Youtini bookshelf. It just doesn't add any new information or insight to what we already know from other material, and that's just the way these work sometimes. Some of these novelizations are fairly straightforward adaptions, and this is just one of those. In terms of story and lore, you're not missing out on much if you decide to skip this one.
Jared Mayes - Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones - Adult Novel
Jared Mayes
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Salvatore’s novelization is an extremely well-written, fully-realized take on the story of the 2002 film. As a movie, well, you can decide how you feel about it. But there’s not a shadow of a doubt that this is an enjoyable book – I couldn’t put it down. Salvatore is able to weave the romance, action, political maneuvering, tragedy, and characterization together into a convincingly thrilling ride toward the collapse of the Republic. Reading, rather than watching, these events unfold is a much more satisfying journey because it allows the reader to enter the minds of the characters, to get glimpses beyond the scenes of the movie, and to invest more time attempting to comprehend the jam-packed plot. As a huge fan of Star Wars literature, I am very glad that I finally got around to reading this one.

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