Galaxy of Fear: City of the Dead

March 8, 2018 at 6:00 pm (Reads) (, , , )

cityGalaxy of Fear: City of the Dead by John Whitman

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Zak and Tash (and Hoole and DV-9) return in City of the Dead, fresh after having escaped the man-eating planet D’vouran (*groan*) in Eaten Alive. This time they land on Necropolis, a planet where death is a part of life, and the rituals involving death are a long-held tradition. Of course, it’s nothing as simple as just landing, resupplying, and moving on, because this is Star Wars, and it’s also … a galaxy of fear! Dun dun DUN.

So, yeah, it’s a little hokey, and ends with some hand-waving that makes things a little too pat and easy, but it’s still a solid read. Whitman appears to be setting up a larger, over-arching plot to the series, though it’s not anything that will get in the way of a separate, book-length adventure. It feels instead like he’s working toward an end-game adventure that will wrap up in one volume, instead of writing a story that spans multiple books. Again, this isn’t Jude Watson, but it’s still pretty fun.

Like I said with the last book, this series is probably best for the most hard-core Star Wars fans, or at least those who are completionists. Obviously, kids will get the most out of the books, but when the offerings from other juvenile writers like J.K. Rowling or Margot Lanagan are so much more nuanced and complex, it’s hard to pick this over those. If you can’t get enough Star Wars, though, it’s worth investigating.

Started: December 26, 2017
Finished: December 27, 2017

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