Lockdown: Star Wars by Joe Schreiber
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
This is Joe Schreiber's least objectionable entry into the Star Wars [Legends] Expanded Universe, but that isn't saying much. He writes prisons well, as both this book and Star Wars: Death Troopers show. The problem is that Darth Maul is a badass and we want to see him being badass, but in this book his mission does not allow that. Maul's mission required him to be captures and sent to a prison where he would then not be allowed to use his lightsabers or the Force. This prison specialized in lockdowns during which two prisoners would then be pitted against each other in a death-match gladiatorial arena battle that was broadcast through the galaxy for gambling purposes. This gave Maul lots of opportunities to fight and one surprising battle where he fought a (view spoiler)[Yuuzhan Vong scout (hide spoiler)]. The warden who controlled the battle match-ups had an (view spoiler)[idiot-savant brother who wrote an amazing algorithm which made the tale interesting (hide spoiler)]. The pacing of this book was constantly thrown-off by the random lockdown battles. In the end, it didn't seem to add much to the Universe and it was very predictable on the whole.
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