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Balance Point

Author:
Kathy Tyers

Publisher:
Del Rey

Release date:
October 31, 2000

Series:
The New Jedi Order

Star Wars Saga Timeline:
26 ABY

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PLOT

There is no place to channel the flood of refugees fleeing the murderous Yuuzhan Vong but the overcrowded planet Duro, poisoned by centuries of technological excess. Fortunately a deal is struck: In exchange for a new home, the refugees will work to restore the planet to health, under the watchful eye of Leia Organa Solo.

While tempers flare between the Duros and the New Republic, Han Solo, his son, Jacen and the Ryn called Droma arrive to keep the peace. They are unaware that Leia is on Duro…and that Luke, Mara and Anakin are on their way, searching for a missing Jedi apprentice. And none realize that the Yuuzhan Vong have chosen this embattled planet as the next target in their brutal coreward thrust.

Now, as the fragile stability on Duro threatens to collapse into violence, Jacen Solo must face his greatest dilemma: At what point does the use of power become aggression? Whatever he decides, his next step could tip the galaxy destiny toward the light or toward darkness—with the life of someone he loves hanging in the balance…

SUMMARY

Taking place directly after Agents of Chaos II: Jedi Eclipse, Jaina Solo, who was on a mission with Rogue Squadron in a battle against the Yuuzhan Vong, goes EV and her vision is slightly impaired temporarily. Therefore, she is sent to the refugee planet of Duro to meet up with her family, consisiting of her father, Han, and her oldest brother, Jacen, along with the resident Hutt, Randa Besadii Diori, who was a survivor from Fondor, and Jaina is to have a vacation from Rogue Squadron.

While residing on Coruscant, Anakin Solo is still in guilt after his responsibility in the destruction of the Hapan Fleet at the Battle of Fondor in the previous novel, and Jacen believes that by using the Force any further, he will ultimately tip the galaxy to the Yuuzhan Vong's favor; so he vows to suppress his Force abilities for the rest of his life. Meanwhile, it is revealed that thanks to the healing tears by Vergere and regular relations with her husband, Luke, Mara Jade Skywalker realizes that she is pregnant. After a capture of a Vong agent on Coruscant by Mara and Anakin, which ended with the agent killing herself, the two go to Duro to help with the refugee situation, and even Leia Organa Solo is involved. Eventually, Luke also comes along, and things become rough for Randa, who is believed to by a spy for the Vong among the residents at Duro.

Later, Mara and Jaina figure out that a New Republic scientist is actually Executor Nom Anor of the Yuuzhan Vong, who survivied the events of Vector Prime. In the end, the Vong immediately come in and attack Duro. During the battle, though, Leia is captured and meets up with the Vong's leader, Warmaster Tsavong Lah. Before she is executed, however, Jacen breaks his eternal vow of never using the Force anymore and saves his mother from the warmaster. Jacen and Tsavong Lah fight, and Jacen defeats him by using a Force wind to knock the Vong out of a window.

When the battle comes to its conclusion, the Vong win again, as usual, and the New Republic saves what refugees it could, including Luke, Han, Leia, C-3PO, R2-D2 and the Solo kids. The remaining survivors are captured and killed by the Vong, and it is revealed Tsavong Lah survived his fall but permanently broke his foot, thus replacing it with a living prosthetic. After the Vong find a way to broadcast their living technology to all New Republic tech, Tsavong Lah announces throughout the galaxy that if they surrender all the Jedi, or kill them, especially bringing Jacen Solo, the one who crippled him, alive, the galaxy will be free from the Vong invasion and they will not attack Coruscant.

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