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The Brain Spiders

Author:
John Whitman

Publisher:
Bantam Spectra

Release date:
December 1, 1997

Series:
Galaxy of Fear (Young Reader Novels)

Star Wars Saga Timeline:
0.8 ABY

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PLOT

Uncle Hoole's idea of a vacation is visiting the palace of Jabba the Hutt. Of course, it's a working vacation. Hoole wants to study the B'omarr monks who live in tunnels beneath the palace. If Jabba isn't enough to give Zak and Tash nightmares, the monks should do it. The most enlightened monks don't have bodies. They're just brains in jars. Brains in jars that walk around on robotic legs. Worst of all, one of the monks is mad—not just angry-mad, but out-of-his-mind mad. And if Tash isn't careful, she might lose her head.

SUMMARY

The Aranda's try to hide out at Koda Space Station - that is, until Tash has a near-miss with an infamous criminal named Karkas, a man who is killed 91 people. Hoole rushes the kids off the station, deciding their only chance at anonymity is to return to the palace of Jabba the Hutt. They are met at Mos-Eisley spaceport by stormtroopers, demanding the location of Karkas - who apparently followed them to Tatooine. They are let loose and they rush to Jabba's. Hoole asks him, as a favour, to erase Imperial records of the group. In return for that, Jabba asks Hoole to put his archaeologist skills to work at translating a B'Omarr scroll he stole from the monks in his palace. A young monk named Beidlo shows the Aranda's to their quarters. Later, Jabba confesses that he cannot do it - Imperial records have become impossible to hack since the Death Star near-fiasco. Hoole decides to work on the scroll anyway. Tash becomes increasingly fascinated at B'Omarr customs, as Zak discovers Karkas has come to Jabba for sanctuary.

The young monk Beidlo discovers that far more brains are being transferred into B'Omarr spider-bodies than usual, and urges Zak to get his family out. A short time later though, Beidlo has seemingly forgotten all about his fears. As Hoole decides to leave after all, Jabba presents the Imperials with Karkas's carcass. Tash is getting stranger and stranger, not like herself at all. So strange, in fact, that she escapes the palace to Mos-Eisley and apparently kills an Imperial. Zak finally learns the truth when a brain spider writes in sand - "I'm Tash!" Karkas's brain is in Tash's body!! In addition, Beidlo's brain is in another spider. It seems Jabba is arranging for innocent people to get brain-swapped with criminals on the run. In addition, it looks like Karkas will soon be moved from Tash's body to Hoole's....

Zak and Hoole fights back, and find themselves helped by the B'omarrs. The monks are unhappy at what Jabba's been up to. Hoole returns the scroll to them in return for Tash's brain being returned to her body. Beidlo cannot go back, but then he does not want to. And so the Aranda's again fly out into space....

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