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[The New Jedi Order]
Events that occur between 25 and 40 years after the Battle of Yavin.

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Balance Point
Kathy Tyers
Del Rey [US]; Arrow Books [UK]
Story published as:
Hardback Novel (2000)
Paperback Novel (2001)
Audio Book (2000, 2007)
e-Book (2011)

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1 review [Average review score 3 / 5]

Poisoned by centuries of technological excess, the planet Duro is an unlivable hell, long abandoned by its own inhabitants, who dwell above their polluted world in orbital habitats. But there is no place else to channel the flood of refugees fleeing the murderous Yuuzhan Vong. So a deal is struck: in exchange for a new home, the refugees will work to restore the planet to health, under the watchful eye of Leia Organa Solo.
As tempers begin to flare between the Duros and the New Republic, and between groups of refugees, Han Solo, his son, Jacen, and the Ryn called Droma arrive to keep the peace. They are unaware that Leia is on Duro and that Luke, Mara, and Anakin are on their way, searching for a missing Jedi apprentice. And none realize that the Yuuzhan Vong have chosen this embattled planet as the next target in their brutal coreward thrust.
The unrest only strengthens Jacen Solo's growing belief that a true Jedi should not fight but should lead others to peace through a deeper understanding of the Force. Now, as the fragile stability on Duro threatens to collapse into violence, Jacen Solo must face his greatest dilemma: at what point does the use of power become aggression? Whatever he decides, his next step could tip the galaxy's destiny toward the light or toward darkness, with a life of someone he loves hanging in the balance...

This story occurs approximately 26 years after the Battle of Yavin.

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Review by Gorfy, UK, 2013:

"For me Balance Point was less than it should have been. One gripe I have had with the New Jedi Order is that, yes, as a series it is compelling and huge in scope but this seems to translate into it feeling more like each book is an episode in a series rather than a film. Now before you say "Well, that's what this is, its a series", Balance Point is one of the 5 books which are said to contain the 'core' story, these being Vector Prime, Balance Point, Star by Star, Destiny's Way, and The Unifying Force. This is why I came away from this book feeling as though it should have felt more...important.
"Before it seems that i'm writing a negative review I will say that I still enjoyed the book. It definitely kept me reading and wanting to know what happens next, but I also felt that it didn't really build to much in the end.
"Overall the plot felt a little confused and disjointed, particularly for a story where most of what happens, happens in the same location. There were really too many main players meaning that none of them got the attention they really deserved leaving them feeling watered down.
"I am a little biased when it comes to these books and will admit to having less interest in the exploits of Jaina, Jacen and Anakin than I am of Luke (Not that he seems to DO much) Han, Leia, Mara and particularly the Vong themselves.
"I am struggling to find much to say about the book. I didn't like it enough to rave about it, and I didn't dislike it enough to slam it, it was distinctively middle of the road.
"I wanted this book to be another Vector Prime, but it wasn't as well rounded and lacked that spark that I was hoping for with the next of the 'core' books. I hope that when I reach Star by Star I will find that excitement which I am looking for (having accidentally spoiled myself on a major plot point I feel I will).
"Saying that I am in no way dismissing the short story Recovery and the Edge of Victory Duology which comes before Star by Star and hope to enjoy those as much as I have the other 'non core' books in the series."

Rating: 3 / 5

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