And death is only the beginning....
The Purge's half-dozen survivors - two teenage brothers, a sadistic captain of the guards, a couple of rogue smugglers, and the chief medical officer, the lone woman on board - will do whatever it takes to stay alive. But nothing can prepare them for what lies waiting aboard the Star Destroyer amid its vast creaking emptiness that isn't really empty at all. For the dead are rising: soulless, unstoppable, and unspeakably hungry.
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This book is exactly what I was hoping for when I first saw it in the store. A zombie tale based in the Star Wars universe. I really wasn't looking for much more than a well written tale that encompassed that & that's what this is. Could this have been told in any sci-fi universe? Yeah, probably, but it is still cool to see it in this universe.
The zombies aren't ground breaking, but they do several things that are nontraditional which is nice. The author also makes good use of description to make the zombies personal and all the more scary. He also makes good use of small details to tie things together and doesn't forget items introduced early in the book later. There were a few points of escape or people ending up where they weren't expected which would have been nice to have more explanation, but sometimes it's fun just to imagine.
Some have said that the use of actual Star Wars characters didn't save it, but I would rather have not had any iconic characters. They were completely unnecessary as they didn't do anything particularly in line with their characters (nothing was out of line either). They really could have been anyone playing their roles. I would have been happier if all characters had been unique to the story.
Warning for parents of small children: there is a scene with a young Wookie that is just heartbreaking. It was well written and realistically fit with the story, but wow it was hard to hear.
In short you have storm troopers, imperials, Wookies, etc. all in a well written survival horror zombie tale based on a Star Destroyer, what more can you ask for?
This audio book was great. It was my first from Audible and I had heard a lot of reviews and I must say it did not disappoint. I had some freaky moments where I even got scared. Enjoy!!!
I gave this book only two stars not because it is that bad a story, but because the Star Wars angle is irrelevant to it. It could just as easily been based in the Star Trek universe or any generic science fiction setting. The narrator is good, the story is OK but nothing groundbreaking, but only the inclusion of two familiar faces makes this a Star Wars novel, and they could have easily been non-canon characters.
In short, this is not your typical Star Wars novel...and I don't necessarily mean that in a good way. It is just a non-exceptional horror novel based in a science fiction setting, with a Lucasfilm licensing agreement. To me, it just felt out-of-place as a Star Wars novel.
Started off pretty good. Well written. But was disapointed -- didn't have the same heart as other great installments in the Star Wars category (Fate of The Jedi, Legacy of the Force). It just seemed like the same old zombie story i've seen a 1000X -- only this had Han Solo in it.
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This book is pretty standard story quality for a Star Wars book. I cannot make it through this performance because of the constant background noise. I don't think it adds atmosphere so much as it distracts from the listening quality.
As a huge Star Wars fan, I read the overview and excitedly started listening to this book. Midway into it, the story just becomes ridiculous. It is atavistic and peurile writing at its worst. It was just plain stupid. The author disgraces the otherwise exemplary universe the Star Wars series has created.
This book is star wars meets zombies. Two very good storylines on their own, but horrible when combined. I found the reading to be melodramatic and the plot lacking significantly. The character development was decent, but the overall book suffered from the lack of a captivating storyline.
Sorry, I wanted to like this. Purchased it for my son and myself. We have purchased four other star wars. Liked them all but this one. It is unnecessarily violent and gory from start to finish. You should know that before you listen. not for teens!
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