Book Review: Red Harvest(2010) by Joe Schreiber

red harvestAnother story set in the Star Wars Expanded Universe, now known as Legends.  This book serves as the prequel to 2009’s Death Troopers.

This novel is set in the Old Republic era, during the uneasy truce between the Sith and the Old Republic.  It focuses on the deranged experiments of Darth Scabrous, as he seeks eternal life.  The last piece in his plan is a rare flower, kept in the care of Jedi Knight Hestizo Trace, who has the unique ability to speak with plants.  Scabrous’s agents seize her when they capture the flower, and very soon his experiments begin to go wrong, and the Sith Academy he rules over faces the consequences.

As another Star Wars zombie novel this book was a fun read, but not as strong as Death Troopers.  Whereas Death Troopers was a genuinely scary and fun zombie story, this prequel feels more like a fantasy novel.  There isn’t really the creepiness factor or scared wonder at what lurked on the next page.  It seemed more like a straight forward run to the finish.  That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it, it just didn’t live up to the previous book.

If you’re looking for a quick Star Wars read that doesn’t require a lot of brain power, this is a good place to stop.  It moves quickly, it doesn’t drag, and it is good clean fun.

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