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[This story occurs during the Rise of the Empire era]
Events that occur between 44 and 40 years before the Battle of Yavin.

[ The Uncertain Path ]

Paperback Youth Novel
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The Uncertain Path
Jude Watson
Scholastic Books
Story published as:
Paperback Youth Novel (2000)

If you have read this book, please rate it:
1 review [Average review score: 2 / 5]

Obi-Wan Kenobi is no longer a Jedi. He has chosen instead to be a part of the revolution on the planet Melida/Daan. His master, Qui-Gon Jinn, has gone back to Coruscant, where trouble is stirring inside the Jedi Temple.
Obi-Wan takes comfort in his friends, the other leaders of the revolution. Together they have power, perhaps too much power. As the revolution continues, friends become enemies, and Obi-Wan's path grows more and more uncertain. Qui-Gon is no longer around to help him.
Obi-Wan is on his own.

This story occurs approximately 12 years before the events of The Phantom Menace (44 years before the Battle of Yavin).

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Review by Bones, UK, 2011:

"After the rather unexpected ending of the previous book, The Uncertain Path has the difficult task of supplying a satisfying conclusion to the story of Melida/Daan. It doesn’t do too bad a job, but sadly there are elements to this book that grate.
"There are two parallel storylines here. The first deals with Qui-Gon’s attempts to track a mysterious intruder at the Jedi Temple and the second deals with Obi-Wan’s attempts to assist the Young with their plans to end the war that has ravaged their planet for generations. The first storyline is simply a huge preface to another story that is sure to come in the next volume and as such makes the text feel a little disjointed when the stories flit between one another. There is, of course, the obvious time spent examining Qui-Gon’s feelings about Obi-Wan, but besides that, there little of consequence, I felt, in this half of the book. It is well written, of course, and Tahl is an intriguing character (although her droid needs to go away and never come back) but it just felt like a huge set up.
"The second section is where the real problems lie. It manages to be simultaneously a hard look at the emotions and internal conflicts that all adolescents face (albeit here with a distinctly Star Wars backdrop) and yet contains some utterly preposterous plot points. The worst for me has to be the thought of pre-pubescent children setting up a government. There is no way that this would happen: the whole thing is beyond ludicrous, since the maturity which some of the characters are assigned by Watson is unbelievable given their age. Certainly later on in the book they begin to display the petulance one would expect in children of that age, but it doesn’t change the fact that here we see children – young children – taking on responsibilities that are far beyond what they are capable of and (at least on the surface of things) coping with it to begin with. I may be over-examining this, given that this is a young reader’s novel, but I could not read the “council meetings” without sever scepticism. I also had an issue later in the book when the splintered Young turned on each other. Whilst Watson does mention the unsavoury nature of events in her text, I was more than a little repulsed by the casual way in which young children fired blasters at each other. More could have been done, I think, to emphasise the true horror of such a concept.
"Nevertheless, Obi-Wan’s emotional journey is relatively well-handled, as one would expect from Watson, who seems to excel at such things. In spite of this, I couldn’t like this book. There were too many things that, as an adult reader, I couldn’t accept in terms of believability."

Rating: 2 / 5

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