Science Fiction

Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Recovery

Author: Troy Denning

Published By:
The Ballentine Publishing Company

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            For those of you who don’t know what an eBook is, let me enlighten you.  An eBook is a novel or novella that you can purchase on-line and read on your computer.  A variety of sites sell them, such as,, and more.  When I first heard of eBooks, I thought, Who would want to buy one of these things?  I mean, you have to sit in front of your computer, staring at the screen, reading a novel you could have purchased at any bookstore.  Unless you have a special eBook reader or a laptop, you can only read these books at a desktop computer.  That means no tucking the book in your pocket and reading it on the train, in the park, at the beach, etc.  What a hassle, never mind the headaches you‘re bound to get from staring so long at a computer screen.             

            Then the world of Star Wars entered the world of eBooks.  I still scoffed at the idea of ordering one, and eagerly awaited the release of the eBook in paperback format.  No such luck!  It seems that some marketing genius decided that these novels should be released in eBook format only.  Throw in the fact that some of these eBooks were essential reading for the Star Wars Expanded Universe, and you have a real money-maker.  Yeah, you guessed it - I gave in and ordered my first eBook when it became clear that I had no other choice in the matter.  Star Wars: Recovery was my introduction to the eBook world. 

            The novel is set in The New Jedi Order era, in which the latest threat to the Republic is not the remaining Imperial factions, but rather invaders from another galaxy known as the Yuuzhan Vong, who have come to conquer and rule.  Recovery begins shortly after the events in the novel Balance Point.   Han Solo has taken his wife, Leia Organa Solo, to the Corellian system to recover from severe injuries dealt at the hands of the Yuuzhan Vong.  While at the Corellian medical facility, an attempt is made to assassinate Leia.  Han is aided in thwarting this assassination attempt by some surprising new allies.  What follows is an investigation to discover just who hired the killers and why. 

            I'm happy to say that purchasing this eBook was one of my better judgment calls!  Troy Denning captures Han and Leia beautifully, showing the true depth of their relationship.  I found myself asking why I was so worried about having time to sit in front of the computer to read 97 pages.  The story was so fast-paced and action-filled that I finished it in a matter of hours.   Star Wars: Recovery was well worth the price and the time it took to download.


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