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At the start of the Empire, Obi-Wan Kenobi must preserve the Jedi legacy ... and not be found by Darth Vader.After the events of Episode III, Obi-Wan Kenobi finds himself adrift in the galaxy . . . with Darth Vader on his trail....

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ISBN : 9780439681346
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Number of Pages : 176 Pages
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  • Abigail McKenna
    2019-03-24 14:30

    This was awesome. And also painful. But mostly awesome.I've been wanting to read this series for a long time now, and so when it was free on Prime Reading I snatched it up so fast. I love Obi-Wan and I just. love Star Wars so much and I had read a couple of Jude Watson's Star Wars books and I really enjoyed them. This book was half pain, half awesome kick-butt Jedi-ness. It was fascinating to see other planet's responses to the Clone Wars and the events of Revenge of the Sith. I will definitely be continuing the series. I can't wait to see where Ferrus ends up. (but also, I'm already in pain. because I know he can't be around forever. and it causes me pain. ahh.)

  • Bailey Marissa
    2019-04-22 15:30

    *Muffled sobbing*This series that starts out with Obi-Wan happens around 5-10 years after RotS. He's dealing with the guilt/grief of Anikan when Someone (If you've read any novelization of RotS, you know who it is) makes contact and tells Obi-Wan to find a former Jedi Apprentice who left before RotS.It's a great series; Obi-Wan is in character and the new guy is awesome. Obi-Wan deals with his grief in a real way, but it's not pulling the book down or too heavy for kids to enjoy.Recommended 9+ for Star Wars violence.

  • Ivy
    2019-04-04 12:30

    5 starsGood to see Obi-wan get his own story. Nice to see that one of the former Jedi apprentices was still alive. Also nice to see the start of the Rebellion. Can't wait to read Star Wars: LOTJ: Dark Warning!!!!

  • Matthew Goode Ⓥ
    2019-04-16 07:22

    A very easy read, and enjoyable enough. Not much to say about the storyline, it is straightforward enough, and seems to be setting out how the Rebel Alliance forms. The female characters were a little side-lined, and typical female rolls (eg, nurturing/mother ones); it would've been better if the "urchin" Trever was a girl as that would've balanced things out better. The best part of the book was the apparent same-sex relationship between two important male characters, though it is never directly stated (though seemingly implied, with double meanings). For a Star Wars book for young adults that is quite refreshing, though hopefully it won't be long until it is common and more openly expressed. (Of course, it may just be my reading of things, so I'll have to read the later books to find out for sure).

  • Trekscribbler
    2019-04-10 09:21

    When was the last time you enjoyed a trip to the galaxy far, far away? There are – literally – thousands of tales told in the Star Wars universe. Beyond the movies, you’ve got an incredible TV series running right now (STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS), not to mention the seemingly endless run of comic books (thank you Marvel and Dark Horse!) and hundreds of paperbacks. Now, the novels are well on their way toward being converted into the digital format, which only means you’ve no longer any excuse to delay a return to a time long ago. And there’s something for everyone – young and old alike – that’s waiting to be discovered. All you have to do is crack open a book and read the first page to start your journey, so I ask you: has there been a better time to be a Star Wars fan?(NOTE: The following review will contain minor spoilers necessary solely for the discussion of character and plot. If you’re the kind of reader who prefers a review entirely spoiler-free, then I’d encourage you to skip down to the last paragraph for my final assessment. If, however, you’re accepting of a few hints at ‘things to come,’ then read on …)Life as he knew it has changed for Obi-wan Kenobi. The Jedi Knights have been destroyed – the inevitable outcome of Emperor Palpatine’s Order 66 – and the worlds of the Republic have fallen into chaos. All that holds the fragile union together is the might of the galactic Empire, and the ruling Sith Lords of Palpatine and Darth Vader indeed rule using their greatest strength: fear.THE DESPERATE MISSION opens a few years after the events depicted in the motion picture, RISE OF THE SITH, with Obi-wan now living in exile on the planet Tatooine under the name of ‘Ben Kenobi.’ As he faithfully promised Yoda, Ben now spends his days watching a young Luke Skywalker grow up on the homestead belonging to his aunt and uncle, Owen and Beru Lars. However, Ben senses a disturbance in the Force when, on a chance trip to Mos Eisley for supplies, he learns that a former/fallen Jedi named Ferus Olin is still alive but appears to be in great danger. After some debate, Kenobi decides it’s time for him to take one last desperate mission on behalf of his Order; he leaves his duties on Tatooine in Qui-Gon’s hands, and he spirits off to the world of Bellassa to help his friend-in-need.Scholastic readers have plenty to delight over in MISSION. It’s a noble entry into the worlds created by George Lucas, and author Jude Watson certainly delves deeply into the mind of Kenobi (his thoughts on the state of the Empire, his fears of what happened and what might lie ahead, etc.). The man has had to come to grips personally with whatever role he may’ve played in Anakin Skywalker’s downfall, and his meditation on the subject has left him feeling somewhat flawed. He’s gotten over questioning why he didn’t see the event coming, and, instead, he’s set himself on a course to achieve a new balance to the Force that Yoda believed could and would transpire some day (once Luke and Leia come of age). In fact, I think Watson has done a stellar job showing how Kenobi probably evolved from the events of the Prequel Trilogy and set the character well on course for the man he’d become in the Original Trilogy.I find it no surprise – after doing some research – that many adult fans of Star Wars have ventured into these books and found some welcome enjoyment. Watson gets terrific mileage out of the existing Star Wars history – there are plenty of references to characters and events of the Prequel Trilogy, and there are cameos by even some folks who’ve not yet matured into the prominence they’ll have in STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE and THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. It’s easy to see (under Watson’s influence) how Kenobi accepted this challenge and made it a personal quest to help put the galaxy back on the road toward healing. No doubt, the last of the Jedi saw this as ‘his destiny.’Plus, MISSION comes to an end with a smashing theatrical cliffhanger – just like the best Star Wars movies did – so major kudos are awarded for knowing exactly what the audience wants and delivering a grand set-up for things-to-come in the next installment.STAR WARS: THE LAST OF THE JEDI #1: THE DESPERATE MISSION is published by Scholastic Paperbacks. While it’s intended for young readers (probably fifth grade and up, though I could be wrong on the age specifics), it’s still readable for teens, adults, or the Star Wars fan of any age.RECOMMENDED. It’s nothing all that fancy, but STAR WARS: THE LAST OF THE JEDI #1: THE DESPERATE MISSION is a good read – a solid entry by author Jude Watson for young readers into the Star Wars universe. The galaxy far, far away is a much different place for Obi-wan Kenobi than it has been for years. The Jedi are all but gone, but, as he carries on waiting for ‘a new hope,’ he’s given a mission by his mentor from the beyond – Qui-Gon Jinn – that just might prepare him for events to come.

  • Alix
    2019-04-23 12:23

    I liked “Star Wars, The Last of the Jedi” by Jude Watson, because of how in depth the details are. In this book there’s something always happening that catches your attention. Obi-Wan had to sneak around to the different planets because Anakin knows that there are still Jedi left in the galaxy. Obi-Wan talks about how Anakin is the choose one. The prophecy of the Chosen One is an ancient Jedi legend that foretold the coming of a being; who restore balance to the Force.This book is told through a lot of different people’s point of view. Obi-Wan went into hiding after most of the Jedi were killed; he also had to keep watch over Luke. Obi- Wan knew that Anakin son Luke was the last hope of restoring the Jedi to power and defeating the Sith when Obi-Wan left. He left Tatoonie to go look for one last Jedi that was still alive on planet of Ussa in the city of Bellassa. Obi-Wan went to Ussa where Ferus used to own a shop before the Clone Wars started and the hunt for all the remaining Jedi’s were. He got there and the shop was empty. He thought that Trevor was living in the shop, but he was not there. “Star Wars, The Last of the Jedi” takes place on the planets Tatoonie, Ussa and the Jocasta Nu temple Obi-Wan traveled to. The time period is significant because it takes place in the future. A lot of stuff has yet to be invented. It is a science fiction story.The theme is to never give up hope. Like when Obi-Wan wanted to give up because of the all the Jedi that were being killed by Anakin and the storm troopers. At the end all the Jedi’s were not killed.I would recommend the book “Star Wars, The Last of Jedi” for anyone who likes the movies or likes science fiction books. This book would be good for middle school and up. There are not very many pages and the book gets really in depth with the details.

  • Jason Welch
    2019-03-31 12:03

    Having never read any of the Star Wars books before, I was at quite a loss as to which one would be good to start with. Well to make a long story short, I decided to give this one a try and I am very happy with my decision. I had always wondered about how Obi-Wan spent his days before Luke was of age and this book answered it brilliantly! Any readers that have prior knowledge of Star Wars should have no problem understanding whom is who and whats going on, as the book, despite being relatively short, does an excellent job of describing past events and the various characters. In short, this book is an excellent read for anyone whom enjoys Star Wars.

  • Luke Ewell
    2019-04-23 07:18

    Obi Wan has to find a Jedi Padawan who quit before the Clone Wars and leave Luke Skywalker behind. I liked it a lot.

  • Collin
    2019-04-23 12:27

    If you ever want a quick, middle-grade read that still scans like an emotional kick in the face (if you love Obi-Wan Kenobi as much as I do, anyway), read this.

  • Cassandra
    2019-04-03 10:17

    Dangit, its a series book. I looked that up and knew I was going to get sucked into reading every one that had Obi-Wan in it and here we go. "The Desperate Mission" is basically a reason to get Obi-Wan and Ferus moving again, they were sitting on their collective butts not fighting and getting into trouble so someone somewhere said "I think I'll write books about Obi-Wan secretly being a pain in the Empire's butt and them not even knowing it". While I'm excited that Obi-Wan didn't actually sit on Tattoine being a space bum the whole 20 years it took Luke to become a young adult I wouldn't trust with a house plant, I also didn't see him running around the galaxy helping start the freaking Rebellion that would kick the Empire's butt someday. You just want to look at him and say "Why is it when something world ending and catastrophically crazy happens its always you?". Answer: because this is the same monkey who trained Anakin and where do you think that drama queen got his sass from?. So Obi-Wan goes to this planet where surprise surprise Ferus Olin, the little snot who left the Jedi Order a long time ago in a galaxy far far away, has been living and becoming a pain in the Empire's butt (what a shock). He helps him out and gets the Rebellion moving in baby steps and of course the book ends on a cliffhanger, because why the hell not? I liked the idea behind it, I liked the writing style, I just couldn't get into it though. Idk if its because I split it up, it was written for younger people, or I'm too freaking stoked to see the next Star Wars movie coming out in less than 2 weeks, but this kind of hit nothing for me. I knew Obi-Wan would be fine, I knew he wouldn't get outed, and I knew Luke was safe gumming up the sand floor being watched by Qui-Gon back on Space Nevada (that planet will forever be called that from now on).

  • Ursula Johnson
    2019-03-30 11:16

    Former Jedi Padawan Ferus Olin ReturnsThis is the first book in a new series set before A New Hope and focusing on former Jedi padawan Ferus Olin. He was one of my favorite characters from the Jedi Quest series. He was the perfect padawan, second only to Anakin Skywalker and the only one to see Anakin's true nature. He even warned Obi -Wan, who didn't listen. Now Obi-Wan regrets the consequences. In this edition, we find out what happened to Ferus after he left the Jedi order. He's grown up and become a charismatic rebellion leader, much different than his youth. Now a threat to the Empire, Obi-Wan must rescue him. A thrilling story with heartbreaking revelations, this is Jude Watson at her best.

  • John M Woodward
    2019-04-09 07:18

    Added times of the life of Obi-Wan.Just an ready read. More importantly it allows the Star Wars saga to be reinvented in times, that we don't get to see in the movies. I like the little stories that show me how the individuals became who they are and why.

  • Briana Norton
    2019-04-21 09:06

    Loved it!It was amazing, gripping, couldn't put it down. On the edge of my seat for the entire book, heart beating fast!

  • Darryl Dobbs
    2019-03-29 09:14

    I'll review all 10 books of this series here.I really enjoyed the series. Granted, it was aimed at young adults and the novels were quick and easy, but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying the storytelling. Once again, we are re-introduced to characters that we met in earlier (chronologically speaking) novels. Jude Watson again tackles the long young-adult set.It starts with Obi-Wan Kenobi hearing that not only is Ferus Olin still alive, but that he’s in trouble. He decides to leave Tatooine to rescue his former love interest’s Padawan. If you recall, when last we saw Ferus he left the Jedi Order rather than become a Knight, because he was shamed – and in a way it was Anakin’s doing. Anakin and Ferus were “enemies” as Padawans, if two Padawans could be enemies, that is.As the 10 books move along, they discover other surviving Jedi – Garen Muln was holed up in the Caves of Ilum (where Padawans go to create their lightsaber), weakened and hiding from the Empire’s hunters. He was friends with Obi-Wan and one of the best pilots in the galaxy (and thus had a rapport with Anakin)…Ry-Gaul, another common companion of Obi-Wan’s and the master of Padawan Tru Veld, who was probably Anakin’s “best friend” growing up in the temple…Fy-Tor Ana was a Jedi Temple Instructor and as a fugitive she called herself “Solace”. There was also a force-sensitive child “Lune” – the daughter of Astri, who was a character in several of the earlier novellas with Obi-Wan and Anakin.The excitement for these books started to fade by the sixth or seventh novella. Ferus had been helping the Emperor and his reasoning for doing so was a bit of a stretch. But it’s geard towards young adults so I went with it. But his continued reasoning for remaining with the Empire as a “spy” became flimsier and flimsier. And since we know from the movies that pretty much the entire Jedi Order was wiped out, you know that Jedi are all killed. I was disappointed that there was no “last battle” between Garen, Ry-Gaul, Ferus and Solace versus Darth Vader. That would have been worth suffering through a couple of questionable ‘Ferus needs to stay in the Empire’ books. But it wasn’t meant to be, I guess.One thing that I thought was pretty cool was the fate of Ferus. I don’t want to spoil it here.

  • Jaime Krause
    2019-03-29 15:15

    I haven't read this in a very long time.Although it's a junior novel, Watson ensures continuity with the adult novels, as others that were published later do with hers. Yes, there are some flaws, but overall there is a cohesive story. The only that makes me wary is that Obi-Wan leaves Tatooine, but even then that could make sense. After all, we don't expect him to stay solely on that planet for 18-20 years, do we?And, since it's been so long, I completely forgot that Inquisitors were in the Legends canon. It's interesting to see how these Inquisitors compare to those of the new canon, especially those in the Rebels TV series (though without the sabercoptors, which are hilariously ridiculous).Obi-Wan learns that Ferus Olin has escaped from prison on Ussa. He and his business partner, Roan, are in a lot of trouble with the Imperials - especially because they were part of the Eleven, a rebel cell on the planet. Hearing that another [former] Jedi is alive, Obi-Wan leaves to see if he can help Ferus. On Ussa, he meets a young teen named Trevor who has a good heart.I don't like all the Jedi-ness Obi-Wan does, mainly because IMO Vader shouldn't know he's alive. Then Boba Fett comes in and chases after Ferus [and Obi-Wan]. Then there is the issue that Inquisitor Malorum investigates Polis Messa, where Padme gave birth. That last bit really irks me since I feel that the Emperor shouldn't know about it. But the book was still a decent start to a new juve series.

  • Serene
    2019-04-08 11:21

    Really enjoyed delving into Obi-Wan's point-of-view post ROTS. The book manages to convey his grief without becoming trite, and his frustration at Qui-Gon's reticence is understandable. It would have been too easy to make Ferus a prodigal Jedi who retained all his combat or Jedi skills even with his inexperience and incomplete training, and I'm glad Watson made him a more insecure and plausible character instead (Pay attention, Filoni). Minor quibble though: Obi Wan's suggestion that the Jedi NEEDED to embrace attachments just sounded so...American. The implication that not having romantic or familial bonds is somehow "Wrong" just reeks of idealistic Western sanctimony. Plenty of professions, cultures and religions see it as a necessary sacrifice, and function perfectly without them.Additionally, attachments were what doomed Anakin and the Jedi, and were the cause of Obi Wan's exile, so I doubt he would have considered it a viable option anyway. But I guess it provided continuity to the New Jedi Order books, so I shall stomach it.

  • Rob Epler
    2019-04-03 11:17

    A solid series starter, for kids, so it's a quick & easy read. Set in the period between Revenge of the Sith & A New Hope, it follows Obi-Wan Kenobi in a search for another Jedi who might have survived the Sith purge.The story is well-paced, with a good amount of action. The most striking thing, to me, is the way it describes using/communing with the Force. Honestly, I felt like the book gave me a better understanding of what using the Force, & being "Force-sensitive", feels like than any of the movies have communicated.Anyways, I enjoyed it, & will most likely keep going with the series, though I don't know whether I'll read all of the books (& think there are 9 altogether). I will say, though, that the first book ended in enough of a cliffhanger to make most readers want to find out what happens next.

  • Chris Johnson
    2019-04-02 10:12

    I haven't been able to read anywhere near as much as I used to due to work and kids, but I am reading slowly in the evenings mostly if I get some time.I decided to check out this Star Wars YA book. This series is between episodes three and four. Obi-Wan Kenobi is watching over Luke growing up when he decides to go and help his friend Ferus. Look, is this book a masterpiece in writing? Nope. The sentences are simple, the story is pretty bland, and I didn't really care for the characters. However it does stick to the Star Wars lore accurately, has Boba Fett and other references to famous characters, and has a decent cliffhanger ending. YAs will love this, Star Wars fans will find it entertaining enough, but won't go bonkers over it. Definitely recommend.

  • DWC Master99
    2019-04-08 08:28

    If your a fan of star wars you just have to read this book. This book takes place after anikin turns evil and kills all of the Jedi. Obione kinonobi ( sorry if I misspelled the name) is the last remaining Jedi. Well so he thought, it turns out there was another Jedi.Whenever I got this book from the library I did not think that I was going to like it that much. Boy was I wrong, I could not put the book down I had to force myself to go to bed. I enjoyed it so much I read the other books in the franchise. Guess what the kept on getting better up until the fourth book. Which is a real disappointment but that's for another reviewTo sum it all up this book is amazing and I seriously suggest it to anyone who's a fan of Star Wars.

  • Linnellbelle Fowers
    2019-04-01 08:25

    Okay, so my 9 yr old brought this home from the library and I picked it up, just to monitor what he's reading, right? Well, guess who got sucked in to this YOUTH FICTION Star Wars series??!!! Yep. Me. I was just curious about Luke and Leia as toddlers, I swear!They really aren't too bad, considering the audience. No foul language, no sex, no inappropriate subject matter (Unless you count turning to the dark side).My nine yr old has now read 5 books out of the Last of the Jedi Series. I've just finished book 10. Yup. You can bust through one of these babies pretty darn fast, when you're 31 1/2.

  • Cole Burgett
    2019-03-26 12:30

    Though marketed as a young-adult novel, this story could just as easily be read and enjoyed by adult Star Wars fans. A surprisingly engaging read that does a lot to develop the character of Kenobi at the onset of the "dark times," the real surprise treat here is the character of Ferus Olin, a character that other readers might recognize as having been created by author Jude Watson in a previous series, "Jedi Quest." Though familiarity with Watson's older series makes the reintroduction of Ferus a nice treat, it is not necessary. Olin is brought back into the fold well enough. An intriguing start to a series set between Episode III and IV.

  • Michelle
    2019-03-26 11:07

    This is a great Star Wars series that takes place not too long after the end of Episode 3. Obi Wan has exiled himself to Tatooine to watch over baby Luke when he hears a rumor about former Jedi apprentice Ferus Olin. Feris dropped out of Jedi training when he was 16 because of some trouble he had with Anakin. He has become a success leader of a group that opposes the Empire and has gotten himself in hot water. Obi Wan knows he has to save him as he is one of the last remaining Jedi. This is the start of a 10 book series that follows Ferus's exploits and adventures. It's geared towards younger readers but it really fun for all Star Wars fans. Give it a whirl if you're a devotee.

  • Little Obi Wan
    2019-04-19 14:03

    The thrilling New Series from the New York Times bestselling author of Jedi Apprentice and Jedi Quest.First in the Series "Last of the Jedi" Who are the Last of the Jedi ?The Empire has risen The Jedi Order has been destroyed. The Jedi are all but extinct. But on the remote planet of Tatooine, one Jedi Master remains: Obi-Wan Kenobi. Betrayal by his former apprentice Anakin "Darth Vader" - Obi-Wan "Ben" has been left with one last task to watch over the young Luke.When he finds out that a former Jedi apprentice has survived, he must make a decision : to stay on Tatooine or go for one last mission. Great Book

  • Joshua P
    2019-03-25 13:14

    This book is one of my favorite books of anything. If you all ready know about Star Wars you probably would understand the book a lot more. The book is about Obi-Wan Kenobi, a jedi, who's mission is to watch over Luke Skywalker, the person who is to save the jedi order. All of the jedi exept a very few had survived the attack that had happened to them. Obi-Wan found out that a former jedi had survived too and was found on the planet Ussa. He goes to find him and the story begins. If you like Star Wars you'll love this book.

  • Chak
    2019-03-29 07:27

    Interesting. We're reading this series as a family, and this is a great book for Star Wars fans 9 years and older. I would have said ages 7 or 8, but it's a bit dark and has a little bit of a slow start, and that made me raise my age range. It is considered "expanded universe" and takes place between Episode III and IV in the timeline. Luke is just a baby and is a very minor character (hardly mentioned). Obi Wan just lost Anakin to the dark side and the book focuses quite a bit on Obi Wan's anguish and post-order-66 survivor's guilt.

  • Majd Alfayez
    2019-03-27 09:17

    This book has a lot of PRO's and some CON's. The first complaint i had with this book was it did not give that much detail on the characters, setting. My second complaint was that events in this book moved so fast that you would have to read a page twice to get the ENTIRE understanding of that part. As for the PRO's this book has a nice idea for a plot and it states what happens between other books. secondly, this book will leaving you hanging for the second book. Those are some of the reason you should pick this book up and enjoy it

  • Christine (AR)
    2019-04-17 08:16

    Oh, wow. Snagged this off my oldest son's bookshelf. Obi Wan Kenobi after the end of the third movie, when Luke is still a little baby. What an angst-y set-up... All the Jedi are dead, Anakin's a traitor... all the tragedy that the movie might have had if it were made even half-way decently is fulfilled in this little tween novella. A fast-paced adventure follows that really plays up how evil the Empire has become (Nazis and the Spanish Inquisition come to mind) and the writing is stellar. (Oh! and bonus Qui Gon appearance! Yay!)

  • Steve
    2019-04-16 10:02

    Luke and Leia are split up as baby's and Obi Won Kenobi is sent to look after Luke on Tatooine in the 3rd movie, then in the original STAR WARS Luke is grown up and Obi Won is a old man. If you ever wanted to know what happened all those missing years with Obi Won this book series will answer those questions. I liked the book a lot as it helps to tie in the 3rd and 4th movie together plus there is a lot of Boba Fett Action near the end of this book and the beginning of the next.

  • Captain Rex
    2019-04-16 14:03

    After Obi-Wan is betrayed by Anakin, Obi-Wan raises Luke Skywalker on the remote planet of Tatooine. Later, Obi-Wan discovers that at least one Jedi has survived the destruction of the Jedi Order by the Empire. Obi-Wan must make a difficult choice between staying on Tatooine with Luke or going to the heart of the Empire to find the Jedi.

  • Bryan W.
    2019-04-09 13:22

    Straightforward but entertaining read... I'm reading the "legends" EU in chronological order and this comes next so I'm reading them. Don't let the fact that this is a young adult novel dissuade you... It's a quick read and a fun series.I did think it was a little dumb how Qui-Gon's spirit was watching over Luke while Obi-Wan is off having an adventure.