Outbound Flight

Outbound Flight

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Genres: Media Tie In, Star Wars, Science Fiction, Fiction

Language: English

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It began as the ultimate voyage of discovery–only to become the stuff of lost Republic legend... and a dark chapter in Jedi history. Now, at last, acclaimed author Timothy Zahn returns to tell the whole extraordinary story of the remarkable–and doomed–Outbound Flight Project.

The Clone Wars have yet to erupt when Jedi Master Jorus C’baoth petitions the Senate for support of a singularly ambitious undertaking. Six Jedi Masters, twelve Jedi Knights, and fifty thousand men, women, and children will embark–aboard a gargantuan vessel, equipped for years of travel–on a mission to contact intelligent life and colonize undiscovered worlds beyond the known galaxy. The government bureaucracy threatens to scuttle the expedition before it can even start–until Master C’baoth foils a murderous conspiracy plot, winning him the political capital he needs to set in motion the dream of Outbound Flight.

Or so it would seem. For unknown to the famed Jedi Master, the successful launch of the mission is secretly being orchestrated by an unlikely ally: the evil Sith Lord, Darth Sidious, who has his own reasons for wanting Outbound Flight to move forward... and, ultimately, to fail.

Yet Darth Sidious is not the mission’s most dangerous challenge. Once underway, the starship crosses paths at the edge of Unknown Space with the forces of the alien Chiss Ascendancy and the brilliant mastermind best known as “Thrawn.” Even Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi, aboard Outbound Flight with his young Padawan student, Anakin Skywalker, cannot help avert disaster. Thus what begins as a peaceful Jedi mission is violently transformed into an all-out war for survival against staggering odds–and the most diabolical of adversaries.

Timothy Zahn’s unique mix of espionage, political gamesmanship, and deadly interstellar combat breathes electrifying life into a Star Wars legend.
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Reader Reviews
  •    Sataxe Gertsmayr
    2020
    Ach, there's nothing like a good nostalgia trip when you are sick in bed. This book distracted me from my wretched throat and brought back so many warm and fuzzies from almost two decades ago, when I read and was thrilled by the original Thrawn trilogy. So, as a nostalgic venture, it's decent. As a book standing on its own merits, it is not something I would recommend.

    If you already love Thrawn from the other Zahn books, you'll love seeing him here, doing his Thrawny thing, but this time acting within the strict confines of his Chiss people's politics and ethical absolutes. Almost all the other characters I either actively disliked or felt indifferent about. If you are going to create an acknowledged "always right, always perfect" character like Thrawn, you also need some round characters surrounding him that try, stumble, learn, and change. Instead, we get one-note C'baoth, practically foaming at the mouth as he seethes, bullies, and sneers his way through the story, boring Car'Das, the young, smart, talented navigator who snaps up alien languages so he can conveniently converse and translate in multiple situations to explain various things to various people, and young Jedi Lorana Jinzler, who cowers and winces her way through most of the scenes until finally achieving some agency at the end of the story. As many other reviewers have pointed out, Obi-Wan and Anakin gallivant around for no good reason, tinging the book with prequelly lameness. But OH WELL. We still get to hang out with young Thrawn.

    The plotting is also less than impressive. If C'baoth's character had been drawn with subtlety instead of the disaster that it was, the Outbound Flight side of the story would have been interesting. Instead, I became fatigued with straining my powers of suspending my disbelief. Even though C'baoth consistently expresses his rage and acknowledges his own interest in establishing a new power structure led by himself, none of the other Jedi point out that this behavior indicates he is falling to the dark side? Instead, they are shocked, as it if happened suddenly. I was also mildly annoyed by the worldbuilding logic: the Vagaari and Chiss are experiencing their respective first encounters with both The Republic and each other, and yet everyone has the same hyperdrive and communications technology, even while they are making such a big deal out of other, less essential technology differences?

    But, again: Thrawn! Nostalgia! Yay?
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