Star Wars: Boba Fett: Hunted
Having found the series of young adult books about the origins of the mysterious Star Wars bounty hunter known as Boba Fett intriguing thus far, I have decided to move on to the fourth book of the series, Hunted. Elizabeth Hand has taken over the series and, from what I read in Maze of Deception, has done a fairly decent job continuing the story from where Terry Bisson left off. But would the series lose its momentum once Boba Fett arrived on Tatooine?
When we last left Boba Fett, he had gotten what he could from Jango Fettís accounts and refitted his ship, Slave I, for his journey to Tatooine. In one of Jangoís last messages to his son, he told Boba that he must gain knowledge from Jabba the Hutt. Thus, Boba is on his way to Tatooine to see just what sort of knowledge he can obtain from the powerful Hutt.
Things donít go so well for Boba as, upon arrival, he is attacked by Durge, a bounty hunter who has sworn to destroy all Mandalorians. He is also waylaid by a gang of misfit children who are controlled by an evil Neimoidian. Finding his way to Jabba the Hutt is no easy task, but Boba is nothing but determined and Jabba finds him amusing. His first task as a bounty hunter employed by Jabba is to take out the one enemy foolish enough to encroach on Jabbaís business dealings. But when Boba discovers that he has met this smuggler before, can he actually accomplish the task Jabba has sent him off or will he suffer the same fate as other bounty hunters who failed before him?
I actually enjoyed this novel more than the first three in the Boba Fett series. In Hunted, Boba Fett finally sets out on the path of his chosen profession - bounty hunter - and although hunted himself, somehow Boba succeeds where others would not have. In the various books I have read which contain the bounty hunter in his adult stages, I have always noted that Boba Fett had a very strict moral code he adhered to. It is in Hunted that we begin to see that moral code take shape.
I found the character of Durge to be slightly intriguing as far as his storyline goes. His desire to destroy all Mandalorians seems more like the completion of an unfinished assignment rather than something personalÖthat is, until he fails to destroy Boba Fett on his first attempt. Thatís when things become extremely personal. I wonder if this character wonít crop up again and I wonder why it is that Durge agreed to kill all Mandalorians in the first place. We are treated to only a glimpse of the reasoning behind his rage and I wonder if that glimpse will be expanded upon in future novels.
As we read on in this Boba Fett series, we watch Boba Fett age in front of our own eyes. Although he isnít aging much on a physical scale, we can see the would-be bounty hunter maturing mentally and emotionally. This series goes a long way in allowing readers to understand the man Boba Fett eventually becomes. Hunted places him on the path of his chosen profession. I wonder what the next book in the series will reveal.
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