Revenge of the Sith: Star Wars: Episode III

by Matthew Stover

Rating: 3/5 stars

Date completed: January 27, 2016

This is the best book of the Star Wars prequel trilogy by far. It might be because the story itself in the “Revenge of the Sith” movie was pretty good; the movie was just ruined overall by copious shots of a brooding Anakin.

“Revenge of the Sith” starts with a daring rescue of Chancellor Palpatine from the grips of General Grievous - a notorious Jedi killer. It then follows Anakin as the depth of the Sith plot is revealed and the democracy that lasted a millennium is ended.

The book added a lot of context to the events in the movie. For example, the book talks a lot about how poorly the Clone War is going for the Republic.  It also reveals that Anakin now deals with a worshipful galaxy-wide fan club.

The reader gains insight into the internal struggle of Anakin in a way that Hayden Christensen could never convey with his one-note facial expression.

Reading this book was the first time I believed that the Anakin we see pod-racing in “The Phantom Menace” could become Darth Vader. Palpatine's manipulation of Anakin is brilliant, using his fierce loyalty to his friends to eventually turn on the Jedi.

I recommend this book to all Star Wars fans. While the other books in the trilogy don’t offer much, this one is worth the read. I actually left the book with an appreciation for what George Lucas was trying to do.