Crosscurrent: Star Wars
by Paul Kemp
Crosscurrent is the first book I’ve read that feels completely removed from the Star Wars universe. It’s an okay story. I did not care for the melodramatic tone in some scenes. It actually pulled me out of the story so that I noticed the words in print instead of the mood of the setting. Writing need not be overdone. Subtlety is a good thing.
Too many other problems to mention them all. I’ll just go over the main ones.
There used to be a thing called the Kaiburr Crystal that pretty much everyone willed out of the Star Wars universe. Paul Kemp now brings something back in the form of Lignan ore, that not only gives Dark Force users power, evil emanates through it and nudges good people over the edge.
Seriously, if this thing existed 5000 BBY, the whole universe would have been overrun with Sith. There wouldn’t be anything called Jedi. Saes wasn’t the only one who knew of or had the Lignan ore. What happened to the rest of the stuff?
The first few chapters yank the reader back and forth 5000 years. Would you know it but technology wasn’t so different back then. Ships can fly, the language is recognizable, and lightsabers look the same, except the old ones are connected to a power pack. I suppose if they can fly through space, there’s not much left to improve.
Guess what? When you go through hyperspace with a bad hyperdrive, you travel through time. You’d think that would have happened more than once in 5000 years, right? I mean, this is the only time it’s ever happened so that everyone is surprised?
This was a character that should never have been written. He needs Jaden’s soup? No one else’s soup, just Jaden’s?
If a creature like Anzat ever existed, even if rare, he would be so terrifying, that everyone would know what he is and what he looks like. Even on a place as primitive as Earth, we know of the Lochness Monster and Big Foot. You can be sure we could identify it if one ever showed up.
But no one knows what the Anzat is, what he can do. No one is afraid until it is too late.
It’s pretty much been established that Force sensitives must be trained. As a rite of passage, the kids build their first lightsaber, which isn’t easy. They could explode if not done correctly. So how is it that Jaden built one as an untrained kid and the clones built a whole slew of them with neither training nor access to materials?
And those clones sure were sure good at using the Force. Jaden was nearly bested by a totally untrained one.
They’re very smart clones. Never having set eyes on a ship, they know how to fly them.
I’ve never seen Force Lightening leak through the fingers of Jedi-wanna-turn-Sith as much as I’ve seen here. Both Jaden and Relin are cursed with this problem. Seriously, do they not have any control? Jacen never did it. Luke never did it. Not even Vader did it. Feeling the pull of the Dark Side absolutely does not cause Force Lightening to leak from the fingers . . . except for Jaden and Relin.
Um, I’m going to do something I haven’t done since I resolved to read all the books from 0 ABY onward in chronological order. I’m going to skip the next book.