As they watched the first episode end, the question in the minds of all Star Wars fans was "How will Skywalker be transformed into Vader?" That darling and immensely talented boy emerged as a hero, and was to begin his training as a Jedi. In this book, we see the internal troubles of an older Anakin, as he fights to control his emotions. His killing of everyone in the Tusken camp at the death of his mother should cause his expulsion from the Jedi order, so it remains to be seen if that happens. Even more disturbing is his anger at Obi Wan Kenobi, accusing Obi-Wan of jealousy and of holding him back. Without question, we see the first step in the path that leads Vader to kill his former master and friend. We see the beginnings of the Empire, but that fact is invisible to the Jedi. It will be interesting to see how this problem is resolved in the next episode. This story is as much a prequel to what has to be a strong third episode as it is a sequel to the first one. It was clear in the first episode that the most critical event in the rise of the Empire was the conversion of Skywalker into Vader. In this episode, we see the beginnings of that alteration and hunger for the answers to how evil overcame that innocent boy.
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Adult/High School-Salvatore has done a good job of fleshing out the story of the Star Wars II movie. The book introduces Anakin's mother; her husband; and her stepson, Owen, who will raise the future Luke Skywalker, and describes her capture and the failed attempt to rescue her. If that doesn't appeal, there is always the chapter describing Amidala's family on Naboo, whom viewers never even meet in the film. Perhaps more enticing, the book treats readers to the actual scene of Anakin's vengeful destruction of the Tusken Raider encampment, an action so pivotal to his future course in the Dark Side. Additionally, the audience can easily get confused as to the sequence of events during the movie-the book can clear that up. With its easy style and vocabulary, and hook of popular interest for young adults, this title may be just the needed spur for not-so-avid readers. Carol DeAngelo, Kings Park Library, Burke, VA Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.