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The Clone Wars have exploded across the galaxy as Republic forces and Separatists struggle to gain the upper hand. But while the Jedi generals work tirelessly to defeat Count Dooku and his rebels, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine is hatching his own dark plans.The Separatists have launched a sneak attack on Coruscant. Obi-Wan Kenobi, wounded in battle, insists that Anakin SkywThe Clone Wars have exploded across the galaxy as Republic forces and Separatists struggle to gain the upper hand. But while the Jedi generals work tirelessly to defeat Count Dooku and his rebels, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine is hatching his own dark plans.The Separatists have launched a sneak attack on Coruscant. Obi-Wan Kenobi, wounded in battle, insists that Anakin Skywalker and his rookie Padawan Ahsoka leave on a risky mission against General Grievous. But when Senator Bail Organa reveals explosive intelligence that could turn the tide of war in the Republic’s favor, the Jedi Master agrees to accompany him to an obscure planet on the Outer Rim to verify the facts. What Obi-Wan and Bail don’t realize is that they’re walking into a deadly trap concocted by Palpatine . . . and that escape may not be an option.Inspired by the full-length animated feature film Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the brand-new TV series, this thrilling adventure is filled with provocative, never-before-revealed insights into the characters of Obi-Wan, Anakin, Padme, Yoda, Count Dooku, and many other Star Wars favorites....

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ISBN : 9780345509017
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Number of Pages : 342 Pages
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Wild Space Reviews

  • Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
    2019-01-11 19:00

    "If we give ourselves permission to say this death justifies that one, then we truly are lost.This book takes place right smack in the middle of the Clones Wars era of the Star Wars universe.Holy shit this book was probably one of the BEST Star Wars books I have ever read. I may be a tad bit biased of course, since this era happens to be my favorite, but it's really more to it than just that.The story was well crafted and pretty amazing, in and of itself. Unfortunately, a lot of books set within fandom universes tend to fall a bit flat, with grandiose action scenes canceling out any semblance of actual storytelling. Not true in the case of this book at all. The story was incredible, and delved into a lot of issues and questions that I have always harbored, such as; 'How in the world could the Sith take the Jedi by surprise so badly?' and 'Why do the jedi dislike/mistrust politicians?' Karen Miller did a spectacular job fleshing out this world and this story so well that it answered many of the questions I felt would never get answered adequately enough for me.Furthermore, I have never experienced such exquisite character development in a Star Wars book before. Anakin, Padme, Obi-wan, Bail Organa, Mace, Yoda, and even Palpatine...I got such insight into their characters, more so than I ever experienced in the films or in other books. It was amazing and basically just a joy to read.

  • Crystal Starr Light
    2019-01-06 16:16

    “I wonder how many ill things are done by those who believe that what they're doing is right?”The Clone Wars rages on. Anakin and Ahsoka are sent to defend the Bothawui system from General Grievous while Obi-Wan Kenobi must work with Bail Organa to retrieve information about the Sith.I Liked:There is a lot to love about this book, but the first thing I will discuss is characters. Karen Miller, newcomer to Star Wars novels, has perfectly nailed each and every one that she attempts. The first that comes to mind is Yoda. I was astounded, absolutely astounded, when she wrote Yoda so beautifully—I could hear his voice from the movie in my head! Too many authors just mix up the sentences so they are backwards, but I could tell that Miller took the effort to work out the sounds and make sure it sounded like Yoda. Yeah, he's curt, but take a look at Yoda from Empire; wasn't he a bit...quirky? Plus, this is during a war, not everyone makes bad jokes like they do in Jedi Trial.For one of the first times in a novel (yay!), Padme actually stops being a plot device and starts being her own person, with her own point of view. Again, Miller perfectly captures Padme's voice and her motivations. I adored how she gave Padme a reason for loving and sticking with Anakin: “Because her love could save him”! Also, Padme gets to show WHY she is supposedly such a great politician, acting as an intermediary for Bail and Obi-Wan. And I love it when she tells Anakin to stop trying to protect her from everything, to let her be her own person! You go, girl! (And take THAT, Bella Swan!)Before I get to our major protagonists, I want to talk briefly about Anakin and Ahsoka. Anakin is well done here, a capable, yet confused Jedi. And Ahsoka is definitely more earnest, but fallible Padawan than the annoying Mary Sue from the movie.As for Bail and Obi-Wan: they make the most amusing Odd Couple. I enjoyed their banters, because when they argued, you learned things about them. Such as “there is more suffering experienced by those Force-sensitives denied Jedi training than any Padawan you might meet”. Or perhaps this: “the more systems the Separatist entice...the more suffering and fear the Republic experiences...the longer it takes the Jedi to end this conflict—the harder [the Jedi's:] pedestal is going to rock. Especially if it's perceived that you're not suffering like everyone else.” Or how about this one: “[Politicians:] have a disconcerting habit of making up rules that don't then apply to you” (this one really resonates with me, as it seems to apply aptly to the Solo-Skywalker clans in the early 90's books). Tid-bits about Obi-Wan's past, revealed in the amazing children's series, the Jedi Apprentice series, make their way here, showing that Miller does her homework. We get to see how attached Obi-Wan is and how he struggles, and in that way, get to compare it to Anakin's struggle. As for Bail, we finally get an understanding of Leia's words, so long ago: “Years ago, [Obi-Wan:] served with my father in the Clone Wars.” He is a politician, but he is devoted to the Republic.This is very much a character novel, meant to show the growing relationship between Obi-Wan and Bail, so the plot is very muted: an intelligence collecting mission to the Outer Rim, leaving plenty of time for our duo to spend hours cramped in a small ship and argue or trudge along on a deserted world. I thought I might be bored or might be upset that there wasn't more fighting sequences, but honestly, they would just clutter the book up. We need the time to figure out how Obi-Wan and Bail become friends. Throwing a needless lightsaber duel or big scale war would just undermine this and take much needed time away from this development. Plus, too many people associate action with dogfighting or lightsaber duels. In this book, Bail and Obi-Wan are stranded on Zigoola and have to make their way to a Sith Temple. Their travels are action. Their trials and struggles along the journey are action. No, it doesn't include blaster fire and people dying, but it is still action.As for Miller's writing style, I found it enjoyable to read. It was brisk, clear, nicely written, easy on the eyes and good for going through it quickly. A perfect combination, if you ask me.I Didn't Like:All of these are very minor, but I wanted to at least bring them up again.As I mentioned earlier, there isn't a lot of “traditional” Clone Wars action (not like in comparison to the Clone Wars movie adaptation by Karen Traviss), and this being a Clone Wars novel, some people may be upset with it. I really wasn't, but that's just me. Plus, as I explained earlier, a lot of the action here is different action, not war or battle action, but journey type action.Some people may get a little tired of all the time Bail and Obi-Wan spend first en route to Zigoola and then en route to the Sith Temple. Again, I can understand, and I did get a bit tired too, but I realized that we are learning, watching, seeing Obi-Wan and Bail grow closer together. Plus, if I am tired, can you imagine how tired they must be?The story begins with Yoda, Padme, Anakin, Ahsoka, and Obi-Wan and by the halfway mark, only Obi-Wan remains, with Bail included. I know Karen Miller was writing around a Clone Wars episode, but still it was kinda funny, a little off-balanced, almost. Fortunately, she brings back the characters towards the end and evens it out.Dialogue/Sexual Situations/Violence:“Stang” (yay, KM, for bringing back that curse and not making up a new one!!) and perhaps a few other Star Wars swear words.Very notable here is the adult relationship, i.e. sexual relationship, that Padme and Anakin have. In the beginning of one chapter, it would be easy to imagine that both had just finished love-making or were about to. Definitely not typically seen in Star Wars, let me tell you.Obi-Wan and Bail go through brutal, brutal trials to reach the Sith Temple. An explosion occurs in the judicial district on Coruscant. It is mentioned in passing how Bail's uncle and mother died.Overall:I am positively floored! I had to really be nitpicky and practically make up stuff to complain about. Karen Miller is an astonishing author and has beautifully captured the essence of Star Wars and the essence of the characters she is using. I am so glad she has joined the repertoire of Star Wars authors (she has done miles better than some of her predecessors!) and highly recommend this book! Go out, read it now!

  • Ron
    2019-01-01 11:16

    Not a four star in the real world, but so much better than most SW books that Miller desires the credit. A writer worth reading.And the story is a genuinely enjoyable tail of two "regulars"--Obiwan Kenobi and Bail Organa--share and first dangerous mission which forces them to deal with each other as other than stereotypical Jedi and politician if they are to survive, let alone succeed. The cover art has absolutely nothing to do with the story. Don't you hate that?

  • Craig
    2019-01-03 19:08

    One of the worst Star Wars novels that I have read. It takes a full half of the book to even find its way to the actual story, is repetitive, hits its climax far too late and is just a tedious read - start to finish.The worst part? It's a good premise. It could have been so much more.The only way I could recommend this to you is if you are the type that would want to read some short mildly erotic (and unintentionally hilarious) fan-fictionesque scenes between Anakin and Padme. (I only mention it at all because it seemed strangely out of place in a Star Wars novel - at least the dialogue between them was far less hideous than the "blinded by love" atrocity in Revenge of the Sith.)

  • Erika
    2019-01-19 11:22

    Wild Space is book two in the Clone Wars series, roughly following the events of the movie release. To avoid trodding the same territory as the weekly cartoon show, Karen Miller’s debut Star Wars novel abandons Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano in favor of Obi-Wan Kenobi. The first few chapters confused me. Wild Space opens immediately after the events of AOTC--the Republic is cleaning up the mess, tending to the wounded, and sweeping away destroyed battle droids. Anakin’s just gotten his arm chopped off by Count Dooku and Obi-Wan’s being treated for his own lightsaber wound. Padmé, well aware by now of Anakin having been injured, is pissed. Namely, Yoda won’t let her in to see Anakin and, after reprimanding Obi-Wan for doing a bad job of teaching Anakin the dangers of attachment, orders him to speak to Padmé instead. The budding relationship must be stopped, at all costs. Under the impression that he’s finally convinced Padmé to leave the planet, and Anakin, on a short vacation, Obi-Wan leaves her apartment. But Padmé, as we all know, grabs Anakin as her escort and skips to Naboo for an impromptu wedding ceremony under the Jedi Order’s very upturned nose.Once I got to chapter four, I realized the first few chapters were flashback and set up for the rest of the novel. The importance of attachment and its dangers fill the dialogue coming out of Yoda, Mace Windu, and Obi-Wan’s mouths. And dialogue is mostly what this novel is built on. If you were looking for action, don’t expect it out of this one. I went in with an open mind; Karen Miller is new to the saga and not being familiar with any of her previous non-Star Wars books, I wasn’t expecting anything.At first, I was impressed with her characterization of Padmé. Not a lot of authors get the chance to flesh out Padmé. Though, I couldn’t figure out if I liked her or not. I think the same problem I used to have with Leia, I was experiencing with Padmé. She came off fiery, passionate, and fiercely independent. This Padmé I could imagine spitting in the faces of the Jedi and in the next moment, composing herself to Senator-mode. She looked powerful and I liked that. But then she meets Anakin and turns into a giggling mushy pile of girl goo. Thankfully, by the end of the novel, she’s back to ass-kicking mode.Obi-Wan was a different story. As the book kicks into gear, Obi-Wan is informed of a Sith plot to destroy the Jedi. His source, Bail Organa refuses to betray the confidentiality of his unnamed information supplier and forces Obi-Wan’s hand: either the Jedi accompanies him on this journey to unravel the secret and dispel the dangers or Bail goes alone. Obi-Wan has no choice. Bail’s friend of the Republic has given him only a set of coordinates, the first in a series of quizzical planet jumps that will lead them to the mysterious Sith planet, Zigoola. There was nothing strange about Obi-Wan or the Jedi here. They were aloof, meditative, and extremely cautious. This is perhaps Karen Miller presenting the Jedi Order to us through Obi-Wan, pre-Zigoola. These are the same Jedi who missed the appearance of Darth Maul and the mounting danger of Darth Sidious until it was far, far too late. The same Jedi who forbid attachment and are in the best position to develop a change of heart and overhaul some of their maxims and practices.Since he was first introduced to us in ANH, Obi-Wan has always been the quintessential Jedi. He stood for the grand order long gone by the time Luke had the desire to go to Tosche Station to pick up some power converters. So I was pretty impressed Miller chose this particular Jedi to put to the judges.Obi-Wan and Bail Organa make an unlikely pair--Kenobi’s dislike for politicians is well-known and we haven’t really seen that much of Bail at all. But the two need to bond and create the close, trusting friendship into which Obi-Wan turns to in his moment of need. Miller addresses the question of: how come Obi-Wan trusts Bail Organa so intimately at the end of ROTS? How can he entrust the safety of little Leia into this relative stranger’s hands? There has to be more to it than Bail being a staunch supporter against Palpatine’s Empire. And there is. This book proves it.There’s a long hyperspace journey aboard a cramped ship and what seems like an even longer journey on a Sith planet bent on destroying Force-sensitives for Obi-Wan and Bail to get to know one another. They play cards, make small talk, and share food. But as the ship gets closer to Zigoola, Obi-Wan begins feeling the effects of the Dark Side and becomes gravely ill. Haunted by nightmares from his past, he starts to lose it. It’s at this point that Bail becomes a bystander. Frightened by what’s happening to the Jedi and determined not to be placated, Bail stays positive and helps Kenobi through his hellish personal journey.The two bond and it’s all rather cute on some level. Obi-Wan gets sweaty, Bail blushes, but in the end, everything turns out okay. Kenobi gains some perspective on politicians, but Bail in particular and begins to see the uplifting effects of genuine friendship and learns that despite what Yoda, Mace Windu and the rest of the Jedi Order have preached for thousands of years, attachments really can be a necessary, positive thing to lean on.I look forward to reading Karen Miller’s other Clone Wars contributions. She writes from a fresh perspective. It’s not the same old thing (not that I don’t like the same ol’ same ol’ of Star Wars). But--Zigoola, really? That’s not just code for that Sithy planet Ben found that Sithy spaceship on? How many Sith planets are out there, really? The Star Wars Universe is getting smaller and smaller, but for something like this to be pulled off, they need to make less cross references to the same planets in books spanning across decades. Besides, Zigoola’s just a silly name.

  • victoria.p
    2018-12-31 19:20

    All the Bail & Obi-Wan stuff is great (if a little too long); everyone else seems slightly off-character from the show.

  • Nicole
    2019-01-19 19:05

    This story begins shortly after the battle of Geonosis featured in Attack of the Clones. I read this AFTER the Gambit books, which are set later in the timeline. I’ll admit that I’d skipped this one previously for a few reasons. The blurb didn’t really grab me, and the paper version is a larger-format trade paperback which seemed a little pricey. Also--although we shouldn’t judge books by their covers--the blah cover makes it seem as if the book is all about clone troopers. It isn’t. The publisher really goofed there; they should’ve commissioned an image of Ewan McGregor and Jimmy Smits in character in a spaceship. But after reading the author’s Gambit books, I was very impressed with the way she fleshed-out the characters; and I wanted more. I wish I’d read this sooner.I really enjoyed this. As a Star Wars fan-girl, I’m ridiculously pleased with the author’s depiction of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Bail Organa. The dialogue and inner monologues are wonderful. I won’t post an elaborate review with lots of quotes because this book has too many good lines to inflict on anyone but those who share my level of Obi-Wan-fan-girl-geekiness. Even despite the hell (or nine Corellian hells) the author puts Obi-Wan and Bail through, I still liked it, because of the way the characters dealt with it. The strength of the Jedi prevailed. Of course it would. It’s a story set before Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, so the reader knows Obi-Wan will survive. Sometimes it’s not the destination or the end of the story we read for but the journey of the story. And this is the most human I’ve ever seen the Jedi Master. Wow. Seeing a true friendship develop between two seemingly very different men from very different walks of life was a delight, including the very human bickering along the way. Obi-Wan wants to write Bail off as just another politician, but he changes his opinion. The author did a good job of showing why Bail would be called upon to serve as Yoda’s getaway driver in Revenge of the Sith and why he’d be entrusted to raise Leia.I’ve seen some complaints about the Padme and Anakin scenes early in the novel, and I agree that they are super-sappy. But at least when Anakin is off on his own mission, Padme gets a chance to show her scrappy side again and is asked by the Jedi to fly to the rescue, which she does in style.

  • Robert
    2018-12-19 15:55

    Kind of a weird book, for the Star Wars oeuvre, much more Man vs. Nature and Himself than epic battles versus droid armies or Sith Lords.Obi Wan grudgingly accepts to go on a vital reconnaissance mission with Bail Organa, a Republic Senator with whom he's never had many dealings and whom he views with distrust as a privileged, career politician.The two get on each others' nerves immediately and amusingly, a situation exacerbated by having to share a small starship to maintain a low profile. Think of it as Planes, Trains and Automobiles...in space!The final third of the book was a bit of a slog as the intrepid duo find themselves stranded in hostile territory, needing to build new courage and respect for each other in order to find an unlikely way home.I would recommend this for anyone who is a fan of the Jedi, and of Kenobi in particular, as it delves far deeper than most SW books into his interior life and motivations, and how he relates to the Living Force.Fans of Anakin, Ahsoka, et al. beware: they appear ever so briefly on the margins, mostly just to help tie the main story of Obi Wan and Bail into the broader continuity of the Clone Wars television series.

  • Patrickderaaff
    2018-12-19 10:55

    Yes, yes, yes! I loved this book. If only all Star Wars novels could be as good as this one! Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi is lured to the mysterious planet Zigoola in Wild Space, only to walk right into a deadly Sith trap. He gets company on his journey: Bail Organa – a politician. Shudder! Master Kenobi’s disapproval of politicians in general is well noted, so it proves to be a fun trip from start to finish. Kenobi is tested like never before and learns an important lesson in the process about attachment, which the Jedi frown upon. But will this insight prove to be his downfall or salvation? Karen Miller did a great job, I cannot wait to read her other Star Wars novels and will most definitely pick up her own books as well. The Force is truly with this novel. I recommend it highly to all people who love Star Wars. Mind you, it’s not action packed with battles or action scenes, so look elsewhere if that is your thing. If you crave a good story, then be sure to pick up Star Wars – The Clone Wars: Wild Space.

  • DiscoSpacePanther
    2019-01-05 17:54

    As a Star Wars novel, Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Wild Space is decidedly average. It takes a very long time to get started. Indeed, it is around halfway through the book that Obi-Wan and Bail embark on their secret mission. The entire first half seems to be taken up with characters having inner monologues with themselves about how unreasonable all the other characters are, and then snapping at each other in uncharacteristic ways.Miller sets up antagonism between Obi-Wan and Anakin, Obi-Wan and Padmé, Yoda and Obi-Wan and Senator Bail Organa. This last in particular seems forced in the extreme, as Obi-Wan radiates such contempt for the senator as a politician that the other is immediately aware of it. Movie and Clone Wars TV show Obi-Wan was never this openly hostile to politicians, and it feels as if the author has over-emphasised this element in order to make the understanding and friendship that they come to by the end of the story more meaningful.As for the story, it hinges on a trap that Darth Sidious has tasked Count Dooku with setting up, intended to rid him of a troublesome senator (Bail Organa) and a powerful light side influence on Anakin (Obi-Wan). It all culminates in a sequence that feels like a very thinly disguised retelling of Frodo and Sam's journey across Mordor to Mount Doom. Sure, the powerfully evil artifact is not actually in their possession, but its effect on Frodobi-Wan is so similar that it might as well be. Ultimately, although the characters are dragged through hell, at the end of the novel nothing is gained, no new insights about the Sith are revealed, no changes of note have happened save for Bail and Obi-Wan now respecting each other. There is no victory, and no defeat. Dooku laid an unsuccessful trap. Sidious is annoyed, but just goes on with his other scheming. Anakin and Ahsoka are peripheral, and Padmé exists only as a plot device to be sent on errands by Yoda.It is totally inessential Star Wars reading - it won't leave a bad taste in your mouth, but you might not remember you've read it in six months!

  • Anime Mage
    2019-01-14 13:56

    Oh my goodness…I love this book. It just it's everything that I ever wanted in a Star Wars book. Now bear in mind this review is going to be rather long so I suggest you sit back, relax, grab a snack, and enjoy the review.Now for some context:For those of you who do not know, I absolutely love the Star Wars prequel trilogy. I love the characters, the story, the cinematography, and even the novelizations that followed. At some point during the year 2007/2008, I heard that Cartoon Network was going to be making a TV show that would bridge the gap between second and third prequels, and of course would be featuring all of my favorite characters from that trilogy. At first during the first nine episodes of the television series, I was mildly interested but not quite engaged. The episodes were alright but were quite flawed. The animation was shoddy and some of the dialogue was laughably terrible at times. And I also found Ashoka Tono in these early episodes to be quite irritating. In fact I watched these first couple episodes if only to see her die because I knew she was not in the prequels. But it was at the 10th episode of season one where I immediately fell in love with the show. And from that point onwards until till the end of the show's run, I was hooked. Of all seasons of the show, I would say that season four was my personal favorite (with Krell and Darth Maul being the highlights). So while I was waiting season five or six (I can't remember which), it had come to my attention that Lucasfilm had released five Star Wars books that were made specifically to tie into the early seasons of the show. Being a fan of both the Star Wars prequels and the clone wars shows (including the much more obscure but nonetheless excellent mirco series) I was immediately interested. And "Star Wars: Wild Space" was on of the first of these books that I picked up. Specifically I picked up the unabridged audiobook version.Now on to the book itself:What I love about this book was the opening chapters. We are immediately shown the aftermath of the climax of "Attack of the Clones." And honestly… That entire section of the book was so moving that I am genuinely saddened that it wasn't included in the actual film (still loved the movie though). The sense of dread at the start of the clone wars, Obi-Wan's heartbreaking conversation with Padmé, and Obi-Wan's dynamic with Anakin was all some of the best stuff in the franchise. Then afterwords, the rest of the book focuses on Obi-Wan and how he teams up with Bail Organa to destroy a Sith Holocron on an ancient Sith world. This story also ties in with the " R2 goes missing" story arc from season one, which would explain why Obi-Wan was not involved in that particular pair of episodes.What I loved about this book, aside from the opening chapters, was the depiction of the characters. The characters were so spot on there it almost felt surreal. And I love how the book successfully showed what these characters were thinking as the story progressed, which incremented the drama of the narrative tenfold. The writing style was also excellent, it was both immersive yet somehow not dense and overwhelming. As for the audio narrator, he did an amazing job. He did the character so well that I most felt like I was watching one of the movies.The pacing and the story were also very engaging. It was impactful, unexpected, and all the while very fast-paced. I also love the part where Darth Sideous had his little monologue at the end of the book. It just so unsettling yet wrapped up the book so beautifully!! Lastly, the narrator of the audiobook (Jeff Gurner) was awesome. He nailed the characters perfectly and is arguable my favorite audiobook narrator I have heard so far. Now this book does have a few drawbacks. None that destroyed the book or anything… But kind of bothered me nonetheless. The first issue I had with this book was that despite tying into the clone war show, the book really didn't show us that many battles at all. But given that was not the point of the story, I am ok with this.The second part that bothered me was that there was no lightsaber fights in this book. This saddens me a little bit because both the prequel trilogy and both clone wars shows were known for their excellent lightsaber battles. And no...the practice duel at the start of the book doesn't count!! It is a real shame that Obi-Wan didn't fight Count Dooku or General Grievous in this novel or something. But it didn't kill the book for me either.The third issue I had with this book, one that was unfortunately large enough to prevent this book from getting a perfect rating, was that this book ties into R2 story arc. Remember when I said early on in this review that some of the early episodes of the clone wars were poorly animated and written? Well the R2 story arc was a prime example of what I'm talking about. That story arc was probably one of the worst episodes in the entire show…those episodes were unnecessarily cheesy and were all around poorly written. Unfortunately, because this book adapts parts of that story arc, you are almost required to go and watch those episodes in order to get the full story. However, what mitigates this is that the parts of that story arc that the book adapts are only a mere subplot and not the main focus of the book. In fact, you can experience the main plot of this book without watching those episodes and still feel narratively satisfied. but you still need to watch those episodes if you want that subplot in the book resolved. This bothered me a great deal.The last thing that bothers me is that for some reason Disney does not consider this book canon even though it directly ties into the show, which is Canon. But to me it doesn't matter… Because this book is so good that to me it is and always will be canon. 😊Final verdict:I really love this book. It depicts all of the pre-existing characters perfectly, has an amazing narrative, it's beautifully paced, and retains all of the qualities that I loved about the Star Wars prequel trilogy. I give this book a fantastic score of 4.5/5 stars - a must read for any Star Wars fan.

  • Megan
    2019-01-03 15:09

    1/5 stars: could be gayer, needs more clones6/5 stars: that good good Kenobi angst mmmm yes goodOn a more serious note (since, apparently, I do reviews for real now?), this book was both terribly frustrating (re: no clones) and wonderfully satisfying (re: KENOBI). It takes some of my favorite things about this Star Wars time period--focus on characters from the PT, give them decent characterization, much better dialogue, and some development and actual logic for their motivations in the movies--and winds them about my least favorite thing about this Star Wars time period--the unfortunate predictability of it all. It's not Karen Miller's fault that we KNOW Obi-wan and Bail survive their harrowing experience on Zigoola (heh, Zigoola. really.), and she does an admirable job of upping the stakes and adding in real tension between the two characters and their strained reluctant-partners-to-true-lovers-sorry-I-mean-friends relationship. But there is always that lingering, annoying gnat of spoilery foresight that all things Prequel suffer from: we know who lives, who dies, and who tells the story. Though, as a buddy-cop story, this book works wonders: Obi-wan and Bail snark off each other majestically, and Miller really manages to capture the characters' tones from their movie dialogue without falling prey to the wooden tongues Lucas is so prone to giving his characters. I 100% read every one of Bail's lines in Jimmy Smitts' voice, and it was amazing. And though the pacing was occasionally a bit drawn out and laboriously plodding, it worked for the plot because...they were literally plodding through an evil wasteland trying to kill them. So it worked, in an annoying kind of way. The solution, I think, would have been to vary the plot, pepper in some of the Anakin-saves-the-Bothans plotline, actually give us some of the battle there to lend some action to the book. Also clones. But ultimately, I'm a sucker for angst, and Obi-wan's desperate, internal battle with the hurricane of the Dark Side was deliciously upsetting and proved again just how strong, resilient, powerful, and truly amazing my favorite character really is. Or maybe I'm biased because I just love Obi-wan so much? Also clones. Seriously, your book is called CLONE Wars, where are my sweet, sweet battle boys, Karen?

  • Ploy
    2018-12-23 17:01

    After this book, there is only one book I haven't read yet in the Star Wars prequels, so I guess I know the style by now. The books ranged from five stars good to ten stars awesome (even though there is technically none), never below five stars. For me, this book is between the good and the awesome. A typical Star Wars novel, yet it is engaging and I felt like I knew Star Wars better reading this book. Karen Miller wrote this book well.The two sides of the exploding Clone Wars are desperate to win, but there is a traitor at the heart of the Republic. When the sepratists launched a sneak attack on Coruscant, Obi-Wan was wounded. With the information he had he insisted for Skywalker and his Padawan Ahsoka Tano to go agains Greivous. Bail Organa reveals explosive intelligence that could turn the tide of war in the Republic’s favor, and Kenobi accompanies him to the far reaches of the galaxy to verify the facts. They don't relize that they are walking into a trap set by Palpatine... and escape may not be an option.I really liked how Karen Miller does Yoda speeches. Some writers mixed up the object+subject+verb format, but she doesn't. I also loved to see the beginning of Bail and Obi-Wan's friendship- how Obi-Wan compared Bail to Anakin and said the Force was testing him. Some humor in the story just makes me like it. Also, her style of writing is appealing. It was clear, a little descriptive, and nicely written. The idea of wild bantha chase... I liked that too. In addition, I liked how it was set in Duel of the Droids and Downfall of a droid time period, and how there was a reference in that too.It was different to see Obi-Wan how affected he was by the dark side. He was not a hero anymore, but a man struggling to survive with enormous willpower. In this case I'd rather be Bail, since he did not need to suffer through the dark side. I liked how Padme seemed to be just herself-not a former queen, senator, etc. Just a wife with friends. Possibly my favorite character, Ahsoka, is still pretty young here and I liked how she goes on to be something of deadly beauty and grace. Anakin's emotions are also done well.Okay, now for the flaws. The story was a bit slow to start off with. It began with lots of characters and then drops them off until Obi-Wan and Bail is the only major character left. I find that weird. Though I really liked the beginning, it wasn't really necessary until it was skipped until months later. I don't wish that is deleted though, since it helped understand AOTC better. The cover art also has little to do with the story. But I don't really care, because the day I finished this book (May the fifth) is special to me and I'm not going to let anything ruin it. May the Fourth is Star Wars day, May the fifth is the day ROTS came out, and now today I'm typing this.In conclusion, I liked the book. It has its bad side, but I feel it was worth reading. I can't wait to read Star Wars: No Prisoners next, and soon I will be celebrating my reading all the star wars prequel books finally.

  • Michelle
    2019-01-17 17:06

    Ugh. This book started off ok and then about 2/3 of the way through it started to majorly drag. And I say this as a SW fan and a reader of the EU. Points about the book in no particular order: - When Bail is trying to make Obi Wan take him with to the Sith planet, he comes off as really dumb and naive. Yes, I understand that he doesn't know what the Sith are so he can't take them seriously, but all the readers do so to us he seems kinda stupid. - Most of Bail and Obi Wan's conversation is really boring and circular. There are occasional clever lines but most of their discussion could have been waaaaaay shorter. - While you were cutting some of that conversation out, you can use the space for a second story line. Why not tell/show us what's happening w/ Anakin's (probably much more exicting) space battle? I feel like most SW books have at least 2 story lines, why not this one? Is it because its in another book I haven't read yet? I know this is a series but I haven't read any of the others yet. - There's absolutely no tension in the whole adventure on Zegula (sp? listened to the audiobook so can't spell anything) because we already know Bail and Obi Wan live through it. So the main problem = stuck on world w/ evil Sith presence and Obi Wan might go crazy is TOTALLY POINTLESS because we already know what happens in the end. - Speaking of the end, the ending could have been at least half a CD shorter (out of 10 CDs). Yoda asks Padme to go get them. Ok, cue happy ending. No, we have to be told exactly how Padme goes to get them and how her journey is and how she scans for them on the planet. Not necessary for the story. Yes Bail and Obi Wan look terrible and are badly injured. We know that. No need to show us again through her eyes. This is the SW universe, we know things (usually) always work out in the end and as stated previously, we already know Bail and Obi Wan are fine at the beginning of Episode III, so really is there any reason to show us they made a full recovery? I finished this book a week ago, so those are just the especially egregious points I remember.

  • Jacen
    2019-01-13 13:55

    First let me point out that there are no clones in the whole book so the cover is terribly misleading. For clones, look to any of Karen Traviss' Star Wars books.I quite liked Wild Space 50 pages in. I really enjoyed the post Geonosis stuff, the minutiae of how and when Anakin was knighted, how Padme and Anakin hid their marriage from Obi-Wan and the Jedi Order. Wild Space was full of many little details that have been left out of the older prequel books and comics. It was only at the 100th page or so that I wondered where the action was. Or the humor. I was wondering why everyone was talking so darn much.Obi-Wan's distain for politicians is amped up but not nearly as high as Bail Organa's downright foppish demeanor until finally he's thrown in his first real fire fight. The book was more of a "Bail grows up" book than anything else. But it isn't the Bail Organa Jimmy Smitts created in the prequels and along with him, a humorless curmudgeon of an Obi-Wan.The action finally begins in the last third when Bail finally stops picking on Kenobi. A Sith fugue overcomes Obi-Wan on Zigoola, in Wild Space and the two bond during this nightmare experience. The rest of the novel is honest fun but really, this book was quite short on action until the last third and very long on dialogue. Not something you want from a novel with armed clones on the front and The Clone Wars before the title.

  • L.
    2018-12-24 15:02

    I love it when authors try something new with Star Wars books, and as such, I was a big fan of Wild Space. Sure the story seemed to go on forever, but the dynamic between Bail Organa and Obi-Wan Kenobi never got old, so the lengthy story was a plus, in my opinion.I really enjoyed the "two guys stuck in a small ship" aspect of this book, and I loved the concept of Obi-Wan suffering from mental attacks the closer they got to their destination. It was a refreshing switch from the high fantasy swashbuckling we've been getting in recent Star Wars novel. I enjoy the swashbuckling as much as the next guy, but I love seeing NEW things.Another aspect I really enjoyed about the book was the intercutting it had with the TV episode "Downfall of a Droid". Its nice to see that things are happening at the same time in this vast universe, and that the Clone War was not a sequential series of conflicts in which the entire army packed up and picked a new planet to fight on each week. The breif glimpses into Anakin and Ahsoka's dynamic that we saw during these "crossover" moments were very nice, and offered a mature viewpoint into the sometimes kiddy television show.

  • Susan Griffith
    2019-01-02 14:23

    This is by far one of my favorite Star Wars books. But then I'm a huge Obiwan fan. The story itself is not so important to me than the character interaction, which is rare in a Star Wars novel. Here the story is basic, but the interesting aspect is the team up of Kenobi and Bail Organa to investigate a Sith planet out in uncharted Wild Space. From the get go Karen Miller makes them unlikely companions and then we watch them form a bond which explains some the missing pieces in the Star Wars films, like why Organa was chosen as the adoptive parent of Leia. Based on the cartoon Star Wars The Clone Wars, Miller also nicely fills in some missing moments from the series, even explaining why Obiwan's physical appearance is so dramatically different from the films. I thought the book a fine character and relationship study of some of the more interesting people in the series.

  • Bill Mazzola
    2019-01-10 15:55

    I thought this book was, in a word, fantastic. It had less off what you would call classic "action" and was more a character study of both Obi-Wan Kenobi and Bail Organa. The bulk of the novel is essentially a long conversation between the Jedi and the politician, one that is very illuminating as it pertains to their individual characters. In particular, I found it fin to get to know Bail Organa, a character only briefly touched upon in the film world. It makes his eventual fate that much more heartbreaking.

  • Bria
    2018-12-27 13:07

    This is really more of a 3.5 but I'm giving it the extra half star here for...well... everything. It's one part cheese, one part snark/banter between Kenobi and Organa, and one part PTSD. It's like fan fiction but in a good way. Honestly, only my friend Nicole will get why I liked this book so much so I'm not sure why I'm writing this but regardless! It's an enjoyable read.

  • Jennie
    2019-01-08 15:13

    Poor Obi Wan.

  • Jared
    2018-12-26 13:11

    Star Wars Legends Project #131Background: Wild Space was written by Karen Miller and published in December of 2008. Miller also wrote two of the other books in this Clone Wars tie-in series, and a couple dozen of her own novels.Wild Space takes place during the Clone Wars, 21-22 years before the Battle of Yavin, mostly concurrent with the events of the episodes "Downfall of a Droid" and "Duel of the Droids" from the first season of The Clone Wars TV series. The main characters are Obi-Wan and Bail Organa with major roles for Padme, Anakin, Palpatine, Yoda, and Ahsoka. Most of the action takes place on Coruscant and on the planet Zigoola in Wild Space.Summary: Some months after Geonosis, Bail Organa approaches the Jedi with an unusual piece of intelligence. A private informant whom he has never even met, but trusts implicitly, has warned him of an impending threat by the Sith. It is a warning that the Jedi, stretched thin though they are, can't afford to ignore. Obi-Wan, almost recovered from a recent injury in a terrorist bombing on Coruscant, agrees to accompany Bail. But unbeknownst to either of them, the warning is the threat, a carefully-laid trap by Darth Sidious to rid himself of two troublesome forces for good with one blow.Review: Weirdly, the thing I love the most about this book is almost a total aside from the plot I just summarized above. Miller noticed a large gap in the prequel canon, and she drove right into it. The novel begins in the immediate aftermath of the Battle of Geonosis and spends its first few chapters dealing directly with the emotional fallout of the traumatic events at the end of Attack of the Clones that we never hear about. Anakin has gone significantly off-mission, dozens of Jedi are dead, Count Dooku has gone rogue, a war has begun, Anakin has lost an arm, and Obi-Wan and Yoda suspect that he and Padme have grown closer than they should. Miller deals with all of this, mostly from the perspectives of Obi-Wan and Padme, and she does it skillfully and weaves in major references to relevant events from the Jedi Apprentice and Jedi Quest books, particularly regarding Obi-Wan's relationship with Siri.On that basis alone, I was totally hooked and sold on this book, but the rest is pretty solid as well. There are two things that Miller does particularly well: the internal lives and motivations of major characters (i.e. established characters that she did not invent) and protracted, often heated exchanges of dialogue between two or three characters. So far in this series, I'd say she and Traviss have written Anakin's character better than any other writer I can think of, to a point that almost redeems some of the biggest head-scratchers regarding how Lucas portrayed his journey to the dark side.And Anakin isn't even that major of a character in this story. The real spotlight is on Obi-Wan, Bail, and Padme. She does a fantastic job with both Obi-Wan and Padme, but with Bail, she really has a chance to flesh out a character who has been a major presence in Star Wars, in some ways, from the beginning, without ever having been explored with any kind of detail. We know virtually nothing about the man who eventually raises Princess Leia . . . until now. I love the idea of sending the two guys who will eventually take charge of the Skywalker twins on a mission together before they really know or trust each other.The novel's one major flaw to me is that there is an unbroken sameness to the last half that seems like it goes on a bit too long. It didn't particularly bother me, but I could see it really boring some readers. She sets up a situation that starts out as extreme, and then ramps it up and ramps it up . . . but there's really nowhere to credibly go. Obi-Wan and Bail end up in a really bad position, and in particular, Bail notes that Obi-Wan looks like he's on the brink of death, severely injured, psychologically at the breaking point . . . and then she stretches and pushes and extends that across multiple days of more extreme situations, but she's already maxed out her superlatives. So then we just get . . . Obi-Wan looking even more like he's on the brink of death, and now he's like super-extremely looking like he should be dead, and so on and on. She didn't leave herself anywhere to go, descriptively, which just makes the whole situation feel less plausible when it's supposed to be making it feel more intense.Your mileage may vary on how serious of an issue this is, though, and for me, the character work more than made up for it. The book was probably a bit longer than it needed to be, but I wasn't rooting for it to end.Also, quick aside: I don't get the cover with all the clone troopers and . . . is that Captain Rex front and center? I'm not even sure he appeared anywhere in this story, and there were maybe 2 scenes in the whole thing that involved clone troopers . . . What gives? This cover tells me less than nothing about the book. Do not like.B-

  • Jordan
    2018-12-20 19:07

    This book was different than I expected, but it was still good. Instead of getting tons of action and big battles, this book gives you perfect character development and some of the most painful physiological torture I've ever read. The defensive but reliant relationship that grows between Bail Organa and Obi-Wan wasn't something I knew I wanted before I got it. Their back and forth over morals, duty, and philosophy neatly sets up the politician vs. Jedi argument, but all that falls apart as they reach Zigoola. It was terrible to see Obi-Wan suffer so much, and it was just as bad to see Bail desperately trying and failing to help the Jedi Master fight against the Sith's attacks on his mind. I liked getting to see a bit more into Obi-Wan's past, although the price for it was high, and I truly felt for Bail as he was forced to injure Obi-Wan time and time again to break him free from his memories. But at least something good came out of it-Bail was shown just how terrible the Sith are and agreed with the Jedi about needing to destroy them, and Obi-Wan destroyed a Sith trap and gained a better understanding of Bail. Their friendship grew out of suffering and necessity, but I think it's genuine, and it's always interesting to see the Senators paired with Jedi. The other characters were also well-written. I especially liked that Padme got to show off her political prowess, and I like that the Jedi trust her enough to rely on her to do jobs they can't do. It's an interesting dynamic made all the more fragile by her and Anakin's secret. Although this story isn't featured in the show, I could see where it would fit into the storyline, and while I'm not sure that this is officially canon anymore, I'm going to take it as such unless there are direct, irreconcilable contradictions. Overall, a surprisingly dark story that showed Obi-Wan'a strength and formed an interesting friendship between him and Bail Organa.

  • Jorge de la Vega
    2018-12-30 15:15

    I am, I must admit, rather conflicted with this one. It exists in that gray area between canon and Legends, as it is a tie-in of the canon The Clone Wars TV series (and, indeed, a story thread in this book is resolved in the first season of the show, given this novel takes place early in the conflict), but is considered to be Legends as it is not part of the LucasArts Storygroup so... weird. Anyway, Karen Miller focuses a heck of a lot more on interpersonal relationships than most Star Wars authors, that's for sure, and this one isn't lacking for character development and growth. In fact, it could be faulted for having too much of it, as the budding (and reluctant) friendship between Obi-Wan and Bail Organa takes a long, long time, and there's only so much banter one can take before it losing its edge and becoming repetitive. This book could've been shorter by several dozen pages and just as emotionally impactful, but at least here the fault lies with too much of a good thing and not poor writing. Also, Karen Miller is one of the few authors who'll also put the Jedi on trial and show their uglier side, mostly through the eyes of Bail and Padmé, and how their secretive antics and self-proclaimed moral high ground (pun intended) can be perceived as nigh-on villainous. Let's not mince words: the Jedi, at heart, are hypocrites. At least during this era, and it's good that both Clone Wars' Karens (Traviss and Miller) are able to show it without altogether blemishing their image; they simply make them more complex than the absolute good guys George Lucas had envisioned prior to their fall.

  • Albert Nguyen
    2019-01-12 15:57

    A great novel let down by some shaky characterizationsThe Clone Wars era has always been a period of great interest for me due the vast amount of story and thematic potential. Authors can tackle the ethical side of war and examine whether it is truly right to use cloned soldiers to fight, denying them free will. They can address the military side of the war filling their stories with military tactics and maneuvers. Some fill their stories with political intrigue and detail all the backhanded deals behind the scenes that fuel the war. Perhaps the most popular would be the swift and uneasy shift of the Jedi from peacekeepers to generals ultimately leading to the corruption of Anakin Skywalker. Wild Space does something I don’t think I’ve seen in any single Clone Wars era novel: it addresses just about all of these aspects.The book begins with a very strong start detailing the aftermath of the battle of Geonosis allowing us to examine how each of the characters deal with the events that just transpired. Anakin is left tormented for losing his arm to Count Dooku, the loss of his mother, and his love of Padme. Obi-wan is left trying to figure out how everything could have gotten from bad to worse and attempts to patch things up. Finally we see Yoda and Mace contemplating with apprehension the new role the Jedi will play in the events to come leaving us with a sense of foreboding for the terrors of the war about to be unleashed.Fast forward to around the time of The Clone Wars TV series and the state of the war for the Republic has improved very little. A terrorist attack in the heart of the capital leaves numerous citizens injured or dead. Republic intelligence gathers information that the enemy will attack the critical world of Bothawui and the Jedi generals must fabricate a counterstrategy to circumvent the attack. We even see senator Bail Organa contemplating whether using clone troops is truly justified. As a result the reader can see through a wide variety of perspectives that address all parts of the Clone Wars to some degree making it feel like an actual war rather than a series of random events that don’t really account for much in the overall conflict. This makes this book a perfect starting point for newbies who want to sink their teeth into this era, even better than either of the Clone Wars TV series in my opinion.The world building may be good but how do the characters hold up? For the most part, they are written brilliantly. Each character is unique and plays well off of each other. Kenobi is portrayed as the model Jedi, disciplined and duty-bound. Anakin is the tormented soul, a man who passionately desires that everything be set right yet finds that he is unable to do so. Ahsoka is the wide-eyed learner looking at Anakin with devotion and always trying to prove herself but doesn’t always succeed. Finally there’s Bail Organa the pacifist senator from Alderaan who isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty when the situation requires it. With such a wide array of characters from completely different personalities and walks of life each interaction was intriguing and I was never left bored.Unfortunately when the main plot starts rolling things get a little funky. Intelligence from a mysterious contact forces Bail Organa and Obi-wan to work together to uncover a Sith plot and at this point they act like bickering couple. Seriously, these two argue so much they should get a room. Avid followers of Star Wars media will find Obi-wan’s portrayal here very off from the polite, “civilized” Jedi master we usually know. While I can understand Kenobi not getting along with everyone, especially a pampered senator who isn’t used to being in front of the action, I felt that Miller should have toned it way down. Similarly Bail is in the same spot with his out of place confrontational behavior, but hasn’t been nearly as developed as Kenobi in past works so it was easier for me to take, but man these characterizations can be really hard to swallow.Despite these shaky characterizations it is my belief that standalone books like this one shouldn’t be judged based on how consistent they with past works but rather on their own merits. Disregarding their portrayals in past works much of the enjoyment of the book comes from Bail and Obi-wan’s relationship: these two are so different yet so much alike. While they share a fervent love of the Republic each side has a different way of expressing it. As a senator, Bail has mostly lived a pampered life of luxury yet as a senator knows of the darkness of human nature while Kenobi has actively been fighting on the front lines becoming a seasoned veteran. As a result these two naturally butt heads due to their different ideals but gradually warm up to each other as they learn more about the other which was very entertaining to read.Ultimately I would recommend Wild Space to newbies to the Clone Wars era and veterans who can go in with the right expectations. The strong world-building and varying themes that Miller tackles in this book make it a good initial depiction of the Clone Wars era as a whole and the diverse array of characters will keep readers invested. On the other hand this novel may not appeal as much for active fans already invested in Star Wars media due to some shaky characterizations but if you can get past them you’re in for a great ride.ALTERNATE BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS: Shatterpoint by Matthew Stover and Darth Maul Shadow Hunter by Michael Reeves. The former has a similar story structure to Wild Space with a Jedi, Mace Windu, going on a long journey in which we learn more about him and human nature. It’s also a very dark and gritty novel so the squeamish and faint of heart be warned. The latter novel is also similar in that it follows a duo of unlikely allies, one a Jedi and the other an information broker, from completely different walks of life who are placed in situations where they must team up to stop a common enemy gradually warming up to each other in the process.

  • Jake
    2019-01-11 15:24

    Once again I'm surprised by quality that far exceeds the source material. This Clone Wars companion doubles down on dialogue and character development and absolutely delivers. The follow up section to AOTC was an especially enriching storyline. My major critique is that the story hits a major slump towards the end.

  • Joseph Rogers
    2019-01-17 16:06

    Brilliantly Dark!! No spoilers here!!Again, another star wars novel that could easily be transcribed into the big screen word for word! This novel covers the eventual friendship between Bail Organa and Obi Wan Kenobi. Definitely a book worth owning to fill in many minor gaps within the on-screen star wars canon.

  • Erik Gidewall
    2019-01-03 18:10

    It was an intriguing look into what happened between episode two of Star Wars and the clone wars TV show.I would recommend it to any star wars fan.I love Reading this book! It is a must read book.

  • Vendea
    2019-01-05 15:15

    Do you want Obi-Wan angst? Do you want an epic sarcasm face-off between Obi-Wan and Bail Organa? Do you want more character development for Bail Organa? Then this is the book for you. (view spoiler)[10/10 would drive a lightsaber into my leg and lose my mind to Sith whisperings again. (hide spoiler)]

  • saccades
    2019-01-18 19:07

    listen im drunk and i want to read about space wizards, fuck off

  • Thomas
    2019-01-04 11:22

    Wild Space is the second in a five-book series based on and relating to The Clone Wars, the animated TV show that takes place between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. I haven't watched the show yet (it's on my list), so it's hard to say how they compare, but this and the next three books are supposed to be additional stories that fit in with existing episodes without being novelizations of those episodes.The story starts off right near the end of Attack of the Clones and reveals how some of the Jedi suspect that there is a relationship between Anakin and Padmé. Padmé is strongly encouraged to discourage it, but as we know from the end of that movie, she ignores that command. A few months later, an attack on Coruscant reveals that General Grievous is leading an attack on the Bothans' homeworld, which Anakin is dispatched to resolve. Following that, Obi-Wan joins Bail Organa on a mysterious search for a Sith planet. It all seems a little random and convoluted, but I expect all this serves as the setup not just for this novel, but also for the next three.The story diverges at that point, and instead of following both stories, we instead follow Obi-Wan and Bail, with occasional updates on how Anakin's mission is going. So the bulk of the story takes place on Zigoola, a forgotten planet out in wild space. There, the Dark Side is so prevalent that when Obi-Wan and Bail crash-land there, it takes all of Obi-Wan's concentration not to succumb to it. It reminded me a little of Frodo's journey to Mount Doom in The Return of the King, not just in how Frodo and Obi-Wan must both resist the call of evil, but in how I got tired of reading about it. I get it: The pull is so strong, it takes that much effort to resist it. It just seemed to be more of the same, with Obi-Wan succumbing to hallucinations and reliving all the terrible things he'd witnessed as a Jedi. If Miller had mixed up the assaults on Obi-Wan, it might have been different, but it was just a matter of waiting to see when the next round of mental attacks would begin again.This is the first book by Karen Miller I've read in the EU, and I'm impressed. She does a great job developing her characters, especially Anakin, Padmé, Obi-Wan, and even Bail Organa. The relationship between Anakin and Padmé actually feels real, as does the one between Anakin and Obi-Wan, and, later in the story, Obi-Wan and Bail. In fact, I think I liked Bail's development most of all. In the movies, he's a key player in the story, but not much time is spent on him. He seems like a noble, honorable character, played by a great actor, but he still got short shrift compared to the other characters. Miller's development feels like some long-overdue attention paid to a good character.In addition, all of the characters feel like the characters from the movies, including Yoda. It seems like getting his dialogue right would be fairly easy, but based on the books where he's featured more than just as a council member, some authors can't seem to grasp it. Here, his unnatural way of speaking feels more natural. Also, like Traviss did in the preceding book, Miller shows us Palpatine not just as a chancellor or a Sith, but as both at the same time. It's refreshing to see his character receive more focus on its duality instead of treating them each as separate characters.One curiosity about this book is that it's considered part of the Legends universe, outside of official Star Wars canon. Given that the TV show is considered canon, and this book follows some of the events from the series, I wonder what sets it apart from the official story. Once I get caught up on the canon novels, maybe it will become clearer, especially since Ahsoka is getting her own book later this year.Wild Space is a decent read, but I feel like it could have been much more. Maybe it will make a little more sense once I start watching the show (my guess is that Anakin's assignment was the focus of one or two episodes), but the story felt a little disjointed due to its setup. Still, I enjoyed her writing. Miller has written two more books in this series, and I look forward to seeing how she can write a story with a larger plot.