Star Wars Book Review: Wild Space–A Clone Wars Novel

A few weeks ago, as I’m sure I’ve mentioned before (ad nauseum), I encountered some fan art with Bail Organa carrying a beleaguered-looking Obi-Wan Kenobi:

Bail Organa and Obi-Wan Kenobi: Mission to Zigoola #bail #organa #kenobi #star #wars
Chris Trevas, twitter.com

It was just so odd to see the dignified senator from Alderaan carrying the equally dignified Obi-Wan that I just had to know what was going on here. It was inspired by the book Clone Wars: Wild Space, and I made it my mission to read this book and review it. And so here it is.

  • Author: Karen Miller
  • 342 Pages
  • Published in 2008
  • Legends
  • Placement in Timeline: During the Clone Wars, between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith (about 22 BBY)

What It’s About:

The book begins right after the Battle of Geonosis, and then skips ahead to after the Battle of Christophsis, when Anakin has become a Jedi Knight and picked up Ahsoka as a Padawan. Obi-Wan receives some important intel from Dexter Jettster that General Grievous is planning on attacking Bothawui, homeworld of the Bothans. On his way back from his meeting with Dex, Obi-Wan is injured by a terrorist attack orchestrated by Sidious. He survives, but is badly wounded, and so Anakin and Ahsoka are sent to Bothawui instead.

Meanwhile, Bail Organa has received some intel from his secret source, a group called the Friends of the Republic, about a threat to the Jedi from the Sith. This is the first time Bail has heard of the Sith, and as head of the Security Council, wants to know more about them. The Jedi are pretty tight-lipped about the Sith, however. Bail goes to Padme, who seems to have a close relationship with the Jedi, for help. She hosts a meeting between Bail and Obi-Wan, who is now mostly healed from his injuries. It takes a while to convince Obi-Wan that the threat is credible, but he eventually agrees to confer with the Council about it.

After more debate, the Council agrees to send Obi-Wan with Bail Organa to meet with his intelligence source. The group sends them coordinates to go to, then more coordinates, on and on, until they’ve been traveling for days and far into the Outer Rim. The Sith threat is apparently on a planet called Zigoola, far into Wild Space, beyond the Outer Rim.

They finally get to a space station, where they’re supposed to meet someone who will personally give them the coordinates to Zigoola. Once there, however, they find the station has been attacked by pirates, and a firefight breaks out. The contact, a woman named Alinta, is killed, but not before giving Bail the coordinates to Zigoola.

As they approach the planet, Obi-Wan begins to feel the presence of the dark side–it takes control over him and he crash lands the ship. The ship is destroyed, and both Bail and Obi-Wan are hurt, but not fatally. Before they crashed, Bail caught a glimpse of a dark Sith temple.

Obi-Wan begins to exhibit some strange and disturbing behavior–he hears a malevolent voice in his head, repeating “Die Jedi, die Jedi, die Jedi, die” continuously. He has visions of horrible moments in his past; he hallucinates.

Obi-Wan tells Bail that there must a Sith holocron in the temple that is affecting him, and so they must go there and destroy it. The journey is at least several miles, and they’re both hurt. Things get worse as they go along; the planet is dead, dry and lifeless, with no water source anywhere. Obi-Wan’s visions and hallucinations get worse, and the Sith influence begins to block his access to the light side.

After several days of this, they’re both half-dead: hungry, tired, thirsty, and injured; Obi-Wan has the added assault of the Sith on his mind to contend with. But they must rely on each other if there’s any hope of them surviving.

My Thoughts:

On the one hand, this was a fun book: I really liked the story, which is a Legends version of how Bail and Obi-Wan came to know each other. In Revenge of the Sith, we see Bail contacting Obi-Wan about what’s happening with the Jedi and Order 66, and Obi-Wan, who professes not to trust politicians, seems to trust Bail. So this is a good story about how they became friends.

It didn’t start out that way. They argued continuously on the trip to Zigoola, in spite of admiring each other in certain ways. And this is my “on the other hand” point: not just Obi-Wan and Bail, but everyone in this book seems to argue with everyone else they come in contact with. Padme and Obi-Wan. Obi-Wan and Anakin (naturally). Bail and Padme. Anakin and Ahsoka (also naturally). Even Yoda and Mace exchange a few words. It seems like every conversation is exploited as an opportunity for characters to butt heads. They’re like moody teenagers taking offense at everything. It was annoying, to say the least.

The last half of the book is mostly just Obi-Wan and Bail dealing with their Zigoola challenge, and even then they are mostly arguing the whole time. Tiresome.

I did like how the author gave us a lot of insight into the characters’ thoughts. Even Palpatine, who while on the outside was being the polite, kind-hearted Chancellor, was quite Sidious in his private thoughts.

So while the book often annoyed me, the fun factor was also pretty high.

My Rating: 3 Out of 5 Lightsabers

I’m not sure why the cover shows all those clones, because there were hardly any clones in the story, except a few at the end. I know it’s a “Clone Wars” novel, but they could have put something more interesting on the cover (although I do love the clones).

And by the way, while Bail and Obi-Wan were on Zigoola, at no time did Bail ever carry Obi-Wan like he’s shown doing in the fan art. Oh well, I’ll allow a little creative license.

Have you read Wild Space? What did you think? Let me know in the comments and we’ll talk about it!

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