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Podrace to Freedom

(novel)
(gamebook)
Series: Star Wars Adventures #12
Star Wars Episode I Adventures #14
Author: Singer, A. L. (pseudonym used by Lerangis, Peter)
Release Dates: October, 2000
September, 2003 (reissue)
ISBNs: 0439101514 / 9780439101516 (novel)
0439194504 / 9780439194501 (gamebook)
Length:77 pages (novel), 105 pages (gamebook)
User Summary: You're a slave on Tatooine, and you must win a dangerous podrace in order to help the characters from the previous story pay for some parts that they need to complete their critical mission.
Demian's Thoughts: This book continues novelizing the events from the Star Wars Episode I film, and it does so quite well. The gamebook is the best-written so far, being of equal quality to the novel; this is probably because it is written with Anakin Skywalker in mind, so it doesn't have to make the sacrifices that previous books made in order to keep the characters generic. The only oddity is the fact that Kitster is always referred to (often rather awkwardly) as "your best friend" except in dialogue. This quirk aside, the book succeeds quite well in being exciting, touching and occasionally funny, and the gameplay only serves to enhance the story. Continuity is good, and a section of the book in which you must roll to successfully insult Sebulba is an amusing little touch. I look forward to the next volume, though I fear it may be the last....

Character Cards Included - Tatooine Male, Tatooine Female
Vehicle Cards Included - Podracer
Device Cards Included - none
Power Cards Included - Repair, Navigation

My Starting Score - 10629
My Ending Score - 11626

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Errata:On page 87, it says what to do if you have the decision talent, but it doesn't say what to do if you don't. Perhaps it's worth omitting the knowledge# from the equation to keep things fair, but this is just a random guess. Additionally, on page 105, the reader is instructed to turn to page "TK" of the novel. The page number should, in fact, be 61.
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