Those who saw the "Massacre" episode of "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" the other night might have found themselves craving more zombie action in "a galaxy far, far away" after seeing the dead Witches of Dathomir rise from their graves. Many of those same fans were excited when Joe Schreiber's "Star Wars: Death Troopers" hit bookshelves back in 2009. It featured zombies and the familiar world of "Star Wars" mixed together.
The follow-up to that book, "Star Wars: Red Harvest," is finally available in paperback form for those who don't like bulky, oversized hardbacks. Much like we've seen on film and TV in the "Star Wars" universe since 1986, "Red Harvest" is a prequel to the events in "Death Troopers."
The book revolves around a young Jedi named Hestizo Trace who lives among the greenhouses and plant life of the Agricultural Corps. Her tranquil existence is upset by the appearance of a Sith lord named Darth Scabrous. Scabrous is obsessed with gaining power and everlasting life through an ancient Sith formula which to which Trace possesses the last ingredient -- a rare black orchid. The Dark Lord also brings with him an unknown virus that causes the dead to rise with an unquenchable hunger for all living things. How can Scabrous and his army of the undead be stopped?
Most critical reviews of "Red Harvest" have been positive. Bryan Young of Big Shiny Robot called it "a careful and effective mix of Gothic horror, survival thriller, and 'Star Wars.'" About.com's Amelia Hill stated, "It's an exciting, fast-paced horror story that doesn't feel out-of-place in the 'Star Wars' universe … it's engaging enough that I read almost the entire book in one sitting."
Graeme's Fantasy Book Review's Graeme Flory reported, ""'Red Harvest' is a definite step up from 'Death Troopers' ... It's entertaining ... I wouldn't want to see zombies in all 'Star Wars' books but I wish that [they] all could be written like this."
There were a few complaints about the novel. TheForce.Net's Adrick stated, "I think the two books have pretty much exhausted the 'Star Wars' zombie story ... unfortunately, isn't as strong a story as 'Death Troopers' was." Michael Hickerson of Dragon Page complained, "The biggest thing working against the book is a lack of familiar characters" but still gave it a good review. Tom from Castles and Cooks said, "[it] leaves me slightly disappointed mostly due to disjoint plot elements" but also received the book favorably.
Consumers found the book satisfying. J. Mack declared, "I found it to be a fun read ... adds a new dimension to the Expanded Universe ... an amusing and entertaining read." Michael S. stated, "This book kept me interested the entire time. It's a relatively quick read ... If you like horror, you should have some fun with this one." Jeffrey H. related, "This book represents a darker side of the 'Star Wars' universe. This is a good and fast read that creates a new potential source of future storytelling material to expand the genre. Well done."
The paperback "Star Wars: Red Harvest" is published by LucasBooks and is 320 pages long. It comes with a brand new full-color cover. The new release costs $7.99.
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