STAR WARS- Enemy Lines I Rebel DreamAaron Allston
Del Rey
2002

“I know.” Jaina sat up and Leia let her. “I’ve got to go. Reports to write. Goddess stuff to do.” But first she embraced Leia, squeezing her with fierce strength. “I love you, Mom.”

Scattering after the Yuuzhan Vong’s invasion of Coruscant, the panic-stricken members of the New Republic Advisory Council pause just long enough to set up a mock defense on nearby Borleias–an attempt to buy time that fools no one, least of all the Jedi. Leia and Han Solo travel from world to world to ferment rebellion against the New Republic’s disastrous appeasement policies. But Luke Skywalker has chosen the most dangerous assignment of all: to sneak into the Yuuzhan Vong’s stronghold on Coruscant. His outrageous scheme to gain entry is either brilliant or suicidal, depending on the outcome. Bearing down swiftly on Borleias is a Yuuzhan Vong invasion fleet, determined to destroy the galaxy’s remaining defenders…

Alright, so I was a bit off in my assessment in the review of the previous book in the New Jedi Order series that, since that one made no effort to shed light on Jacen Solo’s capture by the Yuuzhan Vong beyond either mentioning that he was a prisoner of war or presumed dead, that this book in the continuing saga would focus on the errant Solo twin. Nope, way off. He’s still absent from the narrative, save for the brief mentions hither and yon. Which only means they’re building up to something big, right? Right?

No, I’m not going to look ahead on Wookieepedia. The spoiler line has to be drawn somewhere, you know.

What we have is yet another duology in the New Jedi Order narrative: Enemy Lines. This first parter–Rebel Dream–has the ragtag remnant of the Coruscant survivors retake the planet Borleias and set up camp to suss out an effective way to strike back at the Yuuzhan Vong. Wedge Antillies and Luke Skywalker decide to reactivate the Rebel Alliance, not only as a way to fight the Yuuzhan Vong, but also to avoid interference from the impotent New Republic government remnant. Meanwhile, Jaina Solo decides to help out by pretending to be the avatar of a Yuuzhan Vong goddess, Luke Skywalker decides to infiltrate Coruscant, Han and Leia take the Jedi grade schoolers to the new hideout located in the Maw cluster, and the whole thing ends with a Star Destroyer finally unleashing its full-on destructive capabilities, leaving the Yuuzhan Vong scratching their scarred noggins in flabbergasted confusion. And even while facing down certain death, Lando always looks good.

Gotta tell you, at the point, though the overall storyline is advancing, and some interesting twists have been made–mostly in the military tactical action department–Rebel Dream was…well, functional. The narrative was cinematic in execution, which kept things going at a fairly decent clip; though the dialog at times did get a tad cheesy, but not in much of a bad way. The build-up to Luke leading an infiltration expedition onto Coruscant had a nice bit of tension, and of course the requisite “to be continued” cliffhanger did its job, in that I immediately started in on part two at the conclusion of this. Overall, a decent yarn. Let’s see what happens next, shall we?

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