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[A Long Time Ago In A Galaxy Far, Far Away...]
Events that occur approximately 22 years before Episode IV: A New Hope.

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Junior Novelisation
Adapted by Tracey West
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The Clone Wars
Karen Traviss (Novel);
Tracey West (Junior Novelisation adaptation)
Del Rey [US]; Arrow Books [UK]
Story published as:
Hardback Novel (2008)
Audio Book (2008)
Junior Novelisation (2008)
Paperback Novel [UK only] (2009)
e-Book (2011)

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3 reviews [Average review score: 4.5 / 5]

Across the galaxy, the Clone Wars are raging. The Separatists, led by Count Dooku, the onetime Jedi and now secret Sith Lord, continue to press forward, and more and more worlds are either falling, or seceding and joining the cause. Under the leadership of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, the Republic heroically battles on, championed by its huge army of cloned soldiers and their Jedi generals.
Anakin Skywalker, believed by some to be the prophesied ďChosen OneĒ destined to bring balance to the Force, is now a Jedi Knight under the tutelage of his Jedi Master, Obi-Wan Kenobi. Death is a constant possibilityĖand his chances of survival arenít improved by the unexpected arrival of an apprentice: Ahsoka, a brash, inexperienced fourteen-year-old Padawan apprenticed to Anakin. But thereís no time for Anakin to question his latest orders: He and Obi-Wan have been assigned a new mission, and failure is not an option.
Jabba the Huttís precious infant son has been kidnapped, and when the frantic parent applies to the Jedi for help, it falls to Anakin, Obi-Wan, Ahsoka, and their clone troops to track down the evidence and retrieve the missing Huttlet. And more is at stake: For a grateful Jabba just might allow the Republic access to the Hutt-controlled space lanes that the Grand Army desperately needs in order to beat the Separatists into submission.
But the Republic is not the only power that craves access to those space lanes. Count Dooku, determined to win the prize for the Separatists, has set a trap for the Jedi. When they find the Huttlet, they will also find Dookuís master assassin, Asajj Ventress, and countless legions of battle droids waiting to spring a trap.

This story occurs approximately 22 years before Episode IV: A New Hope.
NB: This story's novelisations and adaptations form part of the Star Wars Saga* only in so far as events depicted within the story match those seen on screen, the rest of the story is considered Legends.

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Review by Pedro, UK, 2010:

"I came into The Clone Wars having read only two of Travissí other Star Wars novels, Hard Contact and Triple Zero. Unfortunately I didnít really enjoy either. However I did like Travissí writing style and the themes she brought to each book. So I didnít really know what to expect with The Clone Wars novelization. I had read the two other reviews below so I suspected the novel would be good, as long as my opinions did not conflict with the previous reviewers.
"The film the novel is based on wasnít brilliant and quite a letdown, it seemed made entirely for children whilst throwing out existing canon for the Clone Wars. Ashoka Tano was the least Jedi-like Jedi ever, and I did find her rather annoying at times. So I was hoping reading the novel would give me the same events in totally different experience.
"Straight away we gain an insight into the mind of the infamous Jabba the Hutt. I donít think any author of an Expanded Universe book has ever explored the mind of a Hutt before, let alone Jabba. Itís about time too; Jabba is one of the original villains from the first film and one the audience loves to hate. And itís a brilliant insight into the crime lordís mind, a schemer who his constantly planning his future; a cruel calculating mind; and a worried parent. Suddenly I find myself seeing Jabba in a completely new light, but instead of it being something thatís just added to help the story it seems more like Jabba has always been like that, Iíve just failed to see it before.
"We also get to see inside the great mind of Palpatine, and, as the audience already know of his darker side, Sidious. This is something that has only really been shown in glimpses during Matthew Stoverís novelization of Revenge of the Sith. Traviss fully explores this concept, having him say one thing and think something totally different.
"Traviss seems to nail down each character perfectly, from Anakinís anger and morality problems, to Ventressí hatred of the Jedi. Even Obi-Wanís quote at the start of chapter seven captures the characters jokey sarcastic manner perfectly.
"One of the few gripes I had with the novel was the ending seemed very abrupt. However, I canít really see how Traviss could have extended it further. The book is rather short and before I began I was worried by that fact, but this is not Travissí fault. The film it is based on, though not short, lacked much plot and left little for Traviss to extend upon. Iím amazed at how long Traviss managed to keep the scenes at the monastery going, most of the book took place there. If Traviss had not managed to keep if going for so long the book would have been even shorter.
"Traviss managed to change a film made for children into an enjoyable adult book, raising many interesting points, and including plenty of action.
"I would recommend this to anyone who has seen all the films, even if they didnít see The Clone Wars film. Those who didnít like the film or loved the film would defiantly benefit from reading this, to help change their views on the film."

Rating: 5 / 5

Review by Bones, UK, 2010:

"When I watched the film, Iím afraid I was disappointed. The plot was rushed and crowded, the characters were doing things that seemed out of character and Ahsoka Tano was the single most annoying thing Iíve ever had the misfortune to witness.
"It is a credit to Karen Traviss that she managed to make a silk purse from such a sowís ear. The novelisation to the film is a significant improvement, filling in much more of the details behind the plots, providing more consistent characterisations and actually making me not want to garrotte the irritating new Padawan. She gives, as one might have expected, quite a bit of attention to Anakin and Rex and his troopers, which sometimes means that other characters are relegated, in this case Obi-Wan Kenobi is given less time than perhaps he could have been, but she also provides some interesting insights into some of the other characters, most notably Jabba the Hutt, which is one character I didnít expect her to focus on. Her handling of the crime lord is true to the slug we all know and detest from the films but also manages to make us sympathise with the plight of an anxious parent.
"The combat scenes are handled more sensitively than in the film, so that the rather crass plot devices that are sometimes used in the film (ahem, a box? they used a box to fool the droids?) are less jarring.
"One criticism I would give is that Asajj Ventriss, who we see as the main antagonist of the book due to her active involvement in the conflict (as opposed to Dooku or Sidious, who as usual operate from the shadows), is perhaps not as developed as she could be. Traviss does try to provide back-story and motives for Ventriss, but of all the characters it would seem that this is the one that she was least comfortable with writing.
"Given my response to the film, Iím amazed I enjoyed this book as much as I did. It is certainly well worth reading, even if the original material on which it is based leaves a lot to be desired."

Rating: 4 / 5

Review by Ewan, Star Wars Books & Comics, 2008:

"A litmus test for any author of calibre is to take someone elseís story and retell it in such a way that none of the original story is lost and at the same time mark it with their own individual style.
"In Star Wars: The Clone Wars, New York Times bestselling author Karen Traviss has achieved this even though it is ďloosely basedĒ on the screenplay of the same name. This is because the screenplay contains material, both characters and situations, that Traviss excels in: namely military tactics and the attitudes of soldiers towards war. To this end, Traviss wastes no time in introducing characters the reader will be familiar with from any of the six Star Wars films: Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Count Dooku, Chancellor Palpatine, Jabba the Hutt and Yoda. Instead Traviss concentrates on the emotions these characters have for each of the various situations they find themselves in. Thus right from the beginning we donít need to be told that Jabba the Hutt is an enormous, grotesque slug-like creature, instead we gain a more precious insight into this notorious gangsterís attitudes to other species, particularly human, and why their rules and laws cannot apply to him and his sonís criminal empire. Similarly we are witness to the true dual personality of Chancellor Palpatine as both leader of the Republic and Sith Lord, since the reader will be fully aware of this following Revenge of the Sithís revelation.
"What makes this book a more interesting read than just another episode in the Star Wars universe is Travissís personal knowledge with the military aspects of the story, aspects that cannot be expressed in a PG rated movie. Just as in her previous three Republic Commando novels, Traviss has an excellent understanding of not just how battles are won (and lost), but more importantly, what motivates and drives a soldier. Time and time again throughout the story, we are given glimpses into what motivates a soldier Ėthe comradeship of soldiering (brothers-in-arms); the ability to watch out for your comrades; the quality of leadership; to never leave a man behind. So when towards the end of the story and our heroes have their backs against the wall with the odds heavily against them we understand what soldiers fight for: it is neither for the glory nor a sense of loyalty to the cause but for the victory and for your brothers-in-arms.
"In the movie we see why Anakin Skywalker is the great Jedi warrior as he leaps from spider droid to spider droid destroying each in turn with a swirl of his lightsaber, however, Traviss captures Anakinís affinity to the soldiers he leads (as a General in the Clone Army) and the loyalty of every single clone under his command. Anakin is a leader of men by example, battle-hardened by at least a year of war, unwilling to risk lives unnecessarily, able to listen to advice, and trusts implicitly the ability of his men. But, Anakin is also a troubled young man: guilt for being unable to save his own mother; anger at the Jedi Council for not recognising his destiny as the Chosen One; rage towards anyone or anything who may harm his comrades Ė and it is this dichotomy of a troubled adolescent and a brilliant military leader that Traviss captures so well.
"What threatens Anakinís leadership of his troopers, and that of his relationship with his second-in-command, Captain Rex, is the introduction of his new Padawan, Ahsoka Tano. Rexís character is similar to Anakinís, that of a good commander, who recognises that his duty is to the men who serve under him and to the General who leads him. The Anakin/Rex relationship is clearly defined not only by rank but also by the trust each has in the other. Traviss clearly indicates Anakinís reluctance to accept Ahsoka as a Padawan and also as a member of his regiment, but Rex understands that it is also his responsibility to bring the inexperienced Padawan up to speed in a battle zone. There follows, as the story progresses, some nice insights by Traviss on how both Ahsoka and Rex learn to respect each others capabilities while at the same time, Anakinís greatest concern is whether his Padawan will uncover the dark secrets from his past.
"Star Wars: The Clone Wars by Karen Traviss is an excellent addition to the Star Wars universe (many insider references add to her characterisations), however as the story progresses, the reader may find themselves empathizing too much with Jabbaís anguish. Certainly his son may be an innocent child, but lest we forget, Jabba the Hutt is the head of a powerful criminal organisation that endorses smuggling, slavery, torture and murder. His paternal anguish cannot right the wrongs he himself has committed."

Rating: 4.5 / 5

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