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The New Jedi Order:
Balance Point
Attribution
Author(s)

Kathy Tyers

Cover artist

Cliff Nielsen

Publication information
Publisher

Del Rey

Release date

October 31, 2000

Media type

Hardcover

Pages

333

ISBN

0345428579

Chronology
Era

New Jedi Order era

Timeline

26 ABY

Series

The New Jedi Order

Preceded by

Agents of Chaos II: Jedi Eclipse

Followed by

Recovery

Balance Point, part of the New Jedi Order series, is a novel written by Kathy Tyers, It was published by Del Rey on October 31, 2000. Narration for the audio version was performed by Michael Cumpsty.

Contents

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Publisher's summary

Hardcover

Back cover

In the aftermath of one tragedy, will a young Jedi's search for redemption lead to yet another?

Inside flap

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…

Plot Summary

Taking place two months after Agents of Chaos II: Jedi Eclipse, Jaina Solo, who was on a mission with Rogue Squadron in a battle against the Yuuzhan Vong at the planet Kalarba, 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. Jaina is to have a sick leave from Rogue Squadron at Duro's Settlement Thirty-two. 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 investigate if CorDuro Shipping has any affiliation with the Yuuzhan Vong, and even Leia Organa Solo is head of Settlement Thirty-two's partner, the Gateway Dome. Eventually, Luke also comes along, and things become rough for Randa, who is believed to be 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 survived the events of Vector Prime. Anor unleashes a group of moths that chew on synthplas on Settlement Thirty-two, leading to an evacuation of Settlement Thirty-two headed by Jacen. The refugees of Settlement Thirty-two are set in quarantine in Gateway for the possibilities that they might have attracted any of the moths. Jacen then goes to Duro's capital orbital city of Bburru to discuss to Vice-Director Durgard Brarun about undelivered supplies to those of the refugees of both Gateway and the destroyed Settlement Thirty-two. Brarun holds Jacen as hostage, lying to him about being his guest in Brarun's guest quarters, to exchange a Jedi to the Yuuzhan Vong to lessen the chances of them attacking. 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, and Randa is killed by Lah's subordinate, Priestess Vaecta, trying to protect Leia. 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 via the objects of the room (Leia's office) that they're fighting in. 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.

Audiobook

The epic, multi-part, New York Times bestselling Star Wars series, The New Jedi Order, continues with this second original hardcover adventure!

Vector Prime, the launch book of The New Jedi Order, was a New York Times hardcover bestseller for four weeks, with nearly 200,000 copies in print and 25,000 copies in audio.

Han Solo and Leia Organa Solo work to help refugees flooding in to the planet Duro from the Rim worlds. However the dreaded Yuuzhan Vong have chosen Duro as their next target. Jacen Solo, working at his father's side, finds himself on the horns of a dilemma: how to reconcile using the Force as a tool for good, yet still fight the evil invaders. He must make the right choice, for the future of his family—and possibly of the New Republic itself—hangs in the balance…

Paperback

In the aftermath of one tragedy, will a young Jedi's search for redemption lead to yet another?

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's destiny toward the light or toward darkness—with the life of someone he loves hanging in the balance…

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Cover gallery

This is a gallery of the different cover variations of Balance Point.

External links

The New Jedi Order
Vector Prime · Dark Tide I: Onslaught · Dark Tide II: Ruin · Agents of Chaos I: Hero's Trial · Agents of Chaos II: Jedi Eclipse
Balance Point · Edge of Victory I: Conquest · Edge of Victory II: Rebirth · Star by Star · Dark Journey
Enemy Lines I: Rebel Dream · Enemy Lines II: Rebel Stand · Traitor · Destiny's Way · Ylesia
Force Heretic I: Remnant · Force Heretic II: Refugee · Force Heretic III: Reunion · The Final Prophecy · The Unifying Force
Short stories
Recovery · Emissary of the Void · The Apprentice · Or Die Trying

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