Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is the prequel to the original trilogy of Star Wars and was the first movie made after episodes IV,V,VI. I have read a few other Star Wars books and have seen all of the movies. This book is by far my favorite book of them all. T
Book Jacket of Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace
he best part about this book is that it includes a lot of extra parts of the story of young Anakin Skywalker’s childhood and how he became Watto the junk dealer’s slave along with his mother.
Desert Sand Planet of Tatooine
The story starts out in the desert lands of the sand planet of Tatooine. The beginning is also part that is not featured in the motion picture, which is the story of how Anakin and his mother end up in the hands of Gardulla the Hutt and are lost to Watto the junk dealer through gambling.
The story of young Anakin is an adventurous and exciting one. The Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn and his young Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi are sent to the Viceroy of the Trade Federation by the Supreme Chancellor of the Republic to negotiate a treaty to end the trade route blockade of the planet of Naboo which leads the two Jedi to the planet of Naboo to protect the Naboo people’s Queen Amidala. The Jedi adventures on Naboo lead them to meet the Gungan, Jar Jar Binks who takes them to the city of Ootah Gunga, an underwater paradise. When the leader of the Gungans, Boss Nass denies them help for them to save the Naboo people they are sent on an adventure through the abyss under the water where they encounter several monstrous creatures and are nearly swallowed whole.
Luckily they escape the abyss with their lives and arrive to the city of Theed, the capital of Naboo where they meet with Queen Amidala and her people. They are captured by the Trade Federation droids and are on their way to see Viceroy Nute Gunray of the Trade Federation but somehow get out of captivity and find a ship to escape the planet. The trade blockade is dead in front of them once the reach space but through the Jedi’ keen sense of the force, they launch into hyperspace with perfect timing to blast right past the blockade. They end up getting caught in the middle of the galaxy without any power and their hyperdrive damaged and need to find a planet to land where they can repair their ship and get back to the Jedi Temple on the planet of Coruscant.
Repairing the Ship
The only near planet that lacks the presence of the Trade Federation is the sand world of Tatooine where they have a run in with the young Anakin Skywalker while they’re at Watto’s junk shop searching for the necessary parts to repair their ship. After having issues negotiating with Watto for the parts, Qui-Gon Jinn along with Jar Jar Binks, the Queen’s handmaiden, Padme and the Astro-droid R2-D2 leave his shop. While roaming through the city of Mos Eisley the Jedi and his friends get caught in the midst of a sandstorm when they run into Anakin on his way home and Anakin offers them his house to stay while they wait out the storm.
While at home with Anakin and his mother, the Jedi is trying to find out a way to get the needed parts for his ship when Anakin suggests betting on Anakin in the Boonta Eve podrace the following day. Once they work it out with Watto, convincing him that the pod was the Jedi’s and that he would let Anakin use it in the race, Watto negotiates the deal that if Anakin wins Qui-Gon gets the parts he needs and Watto gets the earnings and if Anakin loses then Watto gets Qui-Gon’s ship.
Instantly agreeing, Watto makes the bets. The night before the race Qui-Gon talks to Anakin and finds out that Anakin’s midi-chlorian count is higher than any Jedi in the history of the order. Having the sense that Anakin could be the Jedi that is said to be the chosen one who will destroy the Sith and bring balance to the force, Qui-Gon looks to make a bet for Anakin’s freedom. On the day of the race before it started, Qui-Gon approached Watto and discussed the freedom of Anakin and convinced Watto to make the bet, knowing that Anakin would win the race because he was destined to become a Jedi.
After the Pod Race Win
After the exciting pod race win for Anakin that alomost costed him his life, Qui-Gon talked to Watto and worked out the winnings. Afterwards, Qui-Gon went by the shop to get his parts for his ship and then went and got the no-longer slave boy named Anakin Skywalker. Once they got to their ship and had the parts for the ship replaced and were ready to leave, they were attacked by the Dark Lord of the Sith known as Darth Maul, who was sent to assassinate the Queen. Just barely escaping the clutches of the Sith Lord, they were in space on their way to Coruscant to the Jedi Temple and to the senate to inform them about the Trade Federation’s blockade of Naboo.
Once on Coruscant, the Jedi Council refused to bring Anakin into Jedi training because he was to old, the Queen informed the Republic Senate of the Trade Federation’s actions on Naboo. The Queen made the decision to return to Naboo to be with her people who were suffering at the hands of the Trade Federation. Once on Naboo the Trade Federation took the Queen captive, the two Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi encountered the Sith Lord Darth Maul again and were engaged in an intense lightsaber action with the Dark Lord. The intense fight went on and on until Obi-Wan was trapped by a containment field and Qui-Gon was taking on Darth Maul alone. Making a swift move with his red double-bladed lightsaber, Qui-Gon was killed.
As soon as the containment field was down Obi-Wan ran into another intense fight with Darth Maul which ended in the death of the Sith Lord. Before Qui-Gon died he made Obi-Wan promise to train Anakin in the Jedi way. When Obi-Wan saved the Queen and went back to the Jedi temple he carried out his promise, letting the council know that even if they denied the boy training, Obi-Wan wasn’t going to break his promise to the fallen Jedi named Qui-Gon Jinn. After the entire Jedi Council along with the Queen and members of the Senate left the ritualistic Jedi funeral of Qui-Gon Jinn, Anakin was sent with Obi-Wan to begin his Padawan training and become a great Jedi Knight…