Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Death Troopers!

I like Star Wars. I like Zombies. It seems like a book that has both should be a lock. Well, not necessarily. This one started out great. It had a suitably anonymous cast of imperial rejects and prisoner scum aboard a prison ship in the middle of nowhere. The ship develops engine problems, and the crew decides to board a derelict Star Destroyer they find in the area. The engine parts are not all they find...

Things I liked about this book:
  • Strong first half, with lots of tension and building uneasiness about the environment of the derelict ship.
  • Interesting, believable new characters.
  • Star Wars and Zombies, c'mon!
Things I did not like about this book:
  • Weak explanation of what the Zombie plague is, and what it is doing.
  • Zombies with a short learning curve?
  • Trying to fit known characters within a story so drastically unrelated to anything in their history.
All in all, I think this was a fairly successful attempt to retrofit a type of Zombie into the Star Wars universe. Zombies are huge right now in Books, Movies, Comics, Video Games, and Pop Culture, and it is only right that Star Wars should get a piece of that action. If you are a franchise loyalist, you will probably like this book. If you are a Zombie fan, you will probably like this book. If you are both, you should definitely get this book.

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