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Bloodline

Book - 2016
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A thrilling prequel to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, set roughly six years before the events of the film.
Publisher: New York :, Del Rey,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781101885260
9780345511362
0345511360
9781101885253
Branch Call Number: SF
Characteristics: 341 pages ; 25 cm

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AL_CODY Jun 09, 2017

What happened after "Return of the Jedi", How does Leia become a general? Where did the First Order come from? All these and more are answered in this Star Wars installment. For fans of espionage, political intrigue and, of course, Star Wars.

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misterwisp
Apr 09, 2017

-It adds context that makes The Force Awakens a little better. The political situation in the New Republic that led to The First Order makes a more sense after this book. The slow corruption of the New Republic after the fall of the Empire was unexpectedly compelling to consider.

-Claudia Gray's writing is good. Leia feels like Leia and the new characters feel like they would fit right into a movie. The plot moves along at a good pace.

-The tone is a little dark. The adventure is still there but it is a little less lighthearted then the old movies and books. It suits the story though and made me want to watch The Force Awakens again despite being someone with mixed feelings towards that movie.

AL_SAM Nov 23, 2016

If you enjoyed The Force Awakens and wanted more backstory on how the Resistance and First Order formed, this book will dive into that. While this is more of a political drama compared to the usual Star Wars epic space battle/adventure, Bloodline does give us more insight to the Star Wars universe. If you enjoy politics and the drama behind that then this book is for you. Anyone looking for more of epic battles and adventure might want to look elsewhere. Either way, I'd consider this a good read for a Star Wars fan.

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Oct 21, 2016

This is another great addition to the new Star Wars canon and adds another piece to the puzzle of what happened between Endor and Starkiller Base. However, it's not without its faults.

The pace of the book was somewhat uneven, with a fairly slow start, a middle that gradually widened a web, which then all came crashing down very quickly in a rushed end. It's really too bad. It's also the first time we get an in-depth look at the role of Hosnian Prime, and the new Republic - I just can't believe that they'd just complacently reform the Republic just like that, and in basically the same dysfunctional format it was in before the Clone Wars. Based on what little we saw in TFA, I was hoping for a more fractured galaxy. Too bad again.

But these are nitpicks. This is a great dive into the life of Leia, and who she was between blowing up the shield generator on Endor, and becoming the leader of the Resistance. She fits the role the book puts her in perfectly. This is a perfect story of Leia. And as an added bonus, we get some significant tie-ins and set-ups for The Force Awakens.

Not quite as much of a masterpiece as Lost Stars, but still better than the rest of the current canon books... to date (big expectations for THRAWN in 17).

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 23, 2016

Bloodline is a sci-fi political thriller by Claudia Gray describing the events prior to the 2015 film, 'The Force Awakens.' The Senate is in chaos and the senators have fallen into two categories: the Centrists, who long for a controlled government much like the Galactic Empire's and the Populists, who wish to keep the Senate free of control and tyranny. Amidst all this, we follow Leia Organa as she seeks to expose an illegal spice trading operation, with the help of a Centrist senator, Ransolm Casterfo. As they work out their differences, the Senate votes for a new leader, the First Senator, upon whom Leia is put forward as a candidate. A dark secret, however, is discovered which may lead to her downfall from grace. The book was enjoyably good and surprisingly, the politics did not bore. The characters are beautifully developed, and the plot is intriguing. There are spoilers within the book on Leia's personal relationships with her father, husband, and son, upon which I will not mention. Loyalties, friendships, and family heritage are major elements to this novel and are touched on, mentioned, and spoken about heavily. Overall, I enjoyed it and will give it a 9 out of 10. A high recommendation for a thrilling novel!" - @papertiger of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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Cali_Ren
Sep 12, 2016

An impressive book by Claudia Gray, 'Bloodline' tells the story of Princess Leia as she finds herself, yet again, attempting to keep the galaxy from falling apart. With fascinating new characters and a well-written plot, 'Bloodline' is a must-read for Star Wars fans.

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sunnye1988
Sep 03, 2016

Great book. Love it. As a Star Wars fan, Bloodline makes me hanker for more Star Wars adventures. I was wondering if Claudia Gray would write the story behind Episode Seven: The Force Awakens (kudos to J.J. Abrams doing one fantastic job of directing). I would like to know more about the characters of the Force Awakens - the hot shot pilot, Rey, Finn, Kylo Ren (son of General, formerly Princess Leia and Han Solo). Why did he follow his grandfather Darth Vader's footstep...and how did obtain his head still in his helmet? Wasn't Darth Vader cremated by Luke Skywalker? Trivia: What does Darth Vader and Han Solo have in common? Both were killed by their sons. Good read - captivating. Hard to put down.

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mexicanadiense
Aug 03, 2016

This was my second Claudia Gray Star Wars book and she continues to impress.

This one was a different animal from Lost Stars as it covers one particular...month? or so of Senator Leia Organa's life about 10 years before the events of The Force Awakens.

Gray does very well crafting an older, more jaded Leia who is forced to come to grips with the identity issues I've always felt clouded her character. Is she a Princess, or an orphan? A warrior, or a politician? The last surviving member of the ruling house of Alderaan...or the tragic daughter of Anakin and Padme? Events in the book force her to face and attempt to reconcile these many facets, and also to take direct action to overcome a mysterious threat to the New Republic she sacrificed so much to establish.

Though set in the Star Wars universe, it also feels like very much a book of its time- one can't help but imagine that Gray was influenced by the divisive politics of U.S. Republicans and Democrats when creating the toxic atmosphere between the Centrists and Populists that pervades the story.

On the downside, it was deeply annoying that Luke Skywalker and Ben Solo were nowhere to be found, or even really talked about, during the book, though I daresay this wasn't the author's choice as much as Disney and Lucasfilm wanting to maintain the mystery prior to the release of Episode VIII. Han and Chewie don't factor much, either, which means that this really is a Leia solo book (ugh, unintentional pun), and a darn good one.

The supporting cast, Greer, Korr, Joph Seastriker, and so on, were kind of flimsy, unfortunately, as were some of the villainous characters, though I liked Lady Carise Sindian quite a bit.

In the end, not as amazing as Lost Stars but still a very solid outing, very much recommended to anyone interested in fleshing out the backstory to the turmoils of the New Republic, getting some hints at the rise of the First Order, and generally spending some time not quite as long ago in a galaxy just as far, far away.

LPL_IanS Jul 05, 2016

I loved "The Force Awakens," but I wouldn't have minded a little more backstory about the Resistance and the First Order.

This new novel provides us just that. It's a fast and fun political thriller following none other than Princess Leia Organa. There's nothing groundbreaking here, but it gives some nice information about the political climate that lead to the events of "The Force Awakens."

Zenzelai Jun 13, 2016

This was an enjoyable read for Princess Leia fans. It allows you to see more behind the scenes into her character and focuses on the human side of the storylines. It answers many questions regarding the gaps between Force Awakens and comics.

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