March 14, 2017
Starcraft Evolution by Timothy Zahn follows the triumvirate of species – Terran, Protoss & Zerg – through a cunning interplay of intrigue in which all three species decide on a ceasefire and attempt to foster piece. From here, a slew of duplicitous ordeals ensue, which leaves everyone wondering who’s pulling the strings and what’s the endgoal. Once chaos ensues, everything is put on the line as the truth races against deceit and the fate of the world lies in the balance.
The story itself is rather good, although quite predictable in a few key spots.
Zahn as a writer does a really good job of bringing an authentic feel to the book. That said, as a huge Starcraft fan since the late 90s, I was expecting just a bit more. Granted, the book does an adequate story of being part of the Starcraft Universe. It just didn’t seem to be as engaging as the Jim Raynor novels or even some of the earlier trilogies. Heck, just read Spectres two weeks ago and that was a lot more fun and intense than this. That’s what disappoints me a bit.
Don’t give me wrong, I am sure Zahn is quite a writer, and do plan on getting his latest Star Wars novel. It’s just that this book, given all the potentiality for information within the Starcraft Universe, could have easily accomplished so much more with just a handful of key pieces of information.
A stand alone novel, the book is okay, and it keeps a steady pace. The pace didn’t bother me as much as the lack of in-depth, especially considering the amount of in-depth additional information about Starcraft lore that could have been had.
Having read all main Starcraft Novels, I was really looking forward to taking a bite out of this. However, for all of the reasons above and more, can’t help but have mixed feelings about this. On a 10 scale, I would give it no higher than a 7, although it could easily drop to a six.
For what it’s worth, if Blizzard is listening – at all – and additional novels get planed for the future, PLEASE add more background information to these. I wouldn’t have taken more then 2-3 paragraphs in key sections and this book would have been excellent.
If you’re a diehard fan, like me, you will probably like it, if only a bit. Just don’t get your hopes up too much.