by Joe Schreiber

Published by Del Ray, imprint of Random House

A review by John Irvin


“You only lived because I let you, those eyes said, and Nickter understood that in the end, Lussk’s act of mercy had sentenced him to the greater humiliation of unwarranted survival.”

            From the back of the cover:

            “Unlike other young Jedi sidelined to the Agricultural Corps—those whose abilities have not proved up to snuff—Hestizo Trace possesses one extraordinary Force talent: a gift with plants.

But suddenly her quiet existence among greenhouse and garden specimens is violently destroyed by the arrival of an emissary from Darth Scabrous, a Sith Lord with a fanatical dream poised to become nightmarish reality. For the rare black orchid that Hestizo has nurtured and bonded with is the final ingredient in an ancient Sith formula—crucial to the Dark Lord’s obsession, but with consequences far worse than fatal.

Now, spawned by a heretofore unknown virus, the rotting, ravenous dead are rising, driven by a bloodthirsty hunger for all things living—and commanded by a Sith Master who lusts for power and the ultimate prize: immortality…no matter the cost.”

Star Wars Red Harvest by Joe Schreiber. A dark science fiction complete with Sith Masterminds and civilization-destroying viruses.

            If you enjoy Star Wars and are also a fan of Walking Dead or World War Z, then you might actually like this book. Even if you may not be a fan of any of those, you could still appreciate the intense, knock-your-socks-off, style of the story.

            I must say, I’m not a fan of horror. But I do like dark fantasy which can sometimes verge on horror. Yes, I’m weird, I know.

            Red Harvest is kind of in that area. It’s starts off like your regular Star Wars story, with a Jedi or an Padawan and a Sith Lord with his Apprentice of his followers. I liked the unique twist with the talking plants. When the secret plans of the Sith Lord started revealing themselves, I was biting my lips.

            When the horror that unleashed itself on the entire Sith Academy finally happened, I was flipping pages—I know that sounds cliché upon clichés, but I seriously was. I could not read fast enough. Was the main character going to die? Were her friends going to die? How many of these hapless apprentices were going to be sacrificed to this deadly virus?

            This is science fiction with a twinge of horror and fantasy in the mix. Great ingredients in my book, I’ll say.

            So, take my recommendation and click this link to go buy it: RED HARVEST.

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