Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights: Jedi Bounty
In my quest to discover what past events have influenced the thoughts and action of the new generation of Star Wars heroes, I have been back-tracking in the Star Wars timeline, reading my way through the Young Jedi Knights series of young adult books by Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta. I have learned a lot on my journey and have finally made it to the tenth book in the series, Jedi Bounty.
In this adventure, Jaina, Jacen, Tenel Ka and Raynar are worried about their friend Lowbacca. He left with his sister and an old, long-thought-dead friend named Rabba, headed towards Ryloth, home base of the Diversity Alliance. Rabba has been a member of the Diversity Alliance, which outwardly preaches unity between the alien species of the universe. However, thanks to some comments made by Rabba and the confessions of Lusa, a centaur friend of Jacen and Jaina who left the Alliance after realizing their true intentions and extreme intolerance of all things human, the Young Jedi Knights are worried for their friend. Their worries increase when they realize that the Diversity Alliance is blocking all attempts by the young Jedi to contact Lowbacca.
Deciding that they couldnít leave Lowbaccaís fate to chance, Jacen, Jaina, Tenel Ka, Raynar and Lowbaccaís translator droid, Em Teedee, travel to Ryloth in hopes of finding Lowbacca and convincing him to come back to the Jedi Temple. But getting in to the Diversity Alliance stronghold isnít easy and the Young Jedi Knights find themselves captured and forced into slave labor. While working in the mines, the group makes some fairly shocking discoveries about the Diversity Alliance and their intentions.
Meanwhile, Zekk has been hard at work as a bounty hunter, this time searching for Raynarís father, Bornan Thul. The more Zekk learns about Bornan Thul and his dealings with the Diversity Alliance, the more he realizes that Thulís secret and his reason for disappearing are essential to the New Republicís survival, particularly its human members. The plan is no longer to turn him over to the Diversity Alliance, but to discover why he is on the run in the first place and offer him protection. Upon returning to Yavin IV to discuss his findings with Jedi Master Luke Skywalker, Zekk witnesses the truth behind Bornan Thulís greatest fears - the Diversity Alliance has in fact infiltrated the New Republic. No one who has become an enemy of the alliance is safe.
Jedi Bounty shows just how bonded our friends have become and how those bonds of trust and friendship make them capable of enduring extreme hardship and terrifying situations. Itís no wonder that the melding of their minds and powers becomes so strong by the time we reach Star by Star, the ninth segment in the New Jedi Order series and an extremely important moment in the lives of our young Jedi. It also raises some important questions for Zekk regarding his decision to leave the Jedi Academy after the disgrace of his fall to the Dark Side and become a bounty hunter. Could it be that the time spent at the academy instilled in him a sense of values at odds with the code of the bounty hunters? Perhaps this explains why Zekk eventually returns to the Jedi fold.
Thus far, this series is turning out to be rather interesting and informative. I keep gaining new insights into the past events that have helped form the adults these young Jedi are to become and the effects of these events on their future decisions. I canít wait to learn more.