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Eaten Alive

Author:
John Whitman

Publisher:
Bantam Spectra

Release date:
January 1, 1997

Series:
Galaxy of Fear Young Reader Novels)

Star Wars Saga Timeline:
0.5 ABY

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PLOT

Vanished?

D'vouran seems like a normal enough planet. The friendly locals welcome Tash, Zak, and their uncle Hoole with open arms.

But Tash has a bad feeling about this place.

There's a madman running around the streets shouting that people are disappearing. He's saying they've just vanished into thin air.

Tash knows that's impossible. But something is really wrong on D'vouran. Will she find the courage to trust her gut instincts…before it's too late?

SUMMARY

Tash and Zak Arranda are preteen siblings whose parents were killed when the Galactic Empire destroyed their home planet of Alderaan. With nowhere else to go, they now travel with their "Uncle Hoole" - a mysterious shape-shifting Shi'ido archaeologist. With him they live on his starship, the Lightrunner, and learn from their new caretaker droid, DV-9.

Two young Alderaanian children, Tash and Zak Arranda, and Uncle Hoole head to the planet D'vouran, a planet that has popped up from out of nowhere. However, they emerge out of hyperspace and crash into D'vouran fifteen minutes early - the planet seems to have moved! The group arranges for repairs with the native Enzeen, and Hoole leaves the children in charge of an Enzeen named Chood while he conducts "research." At least he starts to - a Hutt named Smada (who seems to know more about Hoole than the children do) wants to hire him as an assassin. He will not take no for an answer - until several rebels butt in.

A wild man named Bebo (captain of the cargo ship that found D'vouran) predicts doom to all in earshot. When the Aranda's look him up on the Holonet, they find they are being tracked by the Empire. Two of Smada's Ganks try to kill the children - but suddenly vanish. Nobody believes their story, and think they were dreaming. Just as Smada kidnaps Zak, Bebo stops another attack by Smada, then sends Tash down a hole in the ground.... Where they end up in an underground Imperial lab. He explains that after his ship crashed, the entire crew disappeared one by one until he was the only one left. Just as he sends Tash off with a crystal device, one of Smada's Ganks kills him.

She is intercepted by the Enzeen, who seem to be feeding off the ground. She uses the Force to cause a quake and escape - into the deserted village and Smada's waiting men. They break free, using the crystal device to block blaster shots. In addition, something else seems to be after them, even as night falls too early. Something that eats Smada's men. That something being D'vouran itself.

The Enzeen take them back to the lab, to be eaten. Hoole jumps in, and helps them get out (Smada gets eaten). The rebel ship helps them in their narrow escape. Nevertheless, the planet itself starts to pursue the rebel ship , keeping it from hyperspace. Just as they slingshot around the planet, it devours itself. Or so they think. It actually hypers out to a new location, luring another unsuspecting ship in. Moreover, unbeknownst to them all, this is but part of Project Starscream, a secret Imperial project to incite terror in the galaxy....

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