The science fiction book ‘Star Wars Episode 1: Dangers of the Core’ is based on a part of the move ‘Star Wars: Episode 1- The Phantom Menace’. It is written by Jim Thomas and Illustrated by Boris Vallejo. It is written for children. But I enjoyed reading it as well.
It starts with the Jedi Master, Qui-Gon Jinn running away from The Trade Federation transport on the planet Naboo. The transport is part of the droid army that is invading the planet. Qui-Gon and his Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi need to get to the city of Theed and warn Queen Amidala about the invasion.
They accidentaly run into a Gungan, named Jar Jar Binks. Gungans are amphibians, who are native to Naboo. Qui-Gon saves Jar Jar from being run over by The Trade Federation transport. He saves Jar Jar’s life. According to local tradition Jar Jar now owes him a life debt.
Qui-Gon saves Obi-Wan from a droid. The Jedi try to figure out a way of getting to the city of Theed without being captured by the droids. Jar Jar suggests a way. Obi-Wan doesn’t trust Jar Jar, but Qui-Gon follows Jar Jar.
Jar Jar takes them underwater to his beautiful city of Otoh Gunga. The city is enclosed in huge glowing bubbles. They push their way into one of the bubbles and enter the city.
As soon as they enter the city, they are captured by guards and taken to their leader, called Boss Nass, in a high tower.
Jar Jar had been banished from the city. He was not supposed to return. The guards tie him in chains. Meanwhile, Qui-Gon tries to explain to Boss Nass about the invasion. He does not seem interested.
Qui-Gon has to use the Jedi mind trick to get the Gungan to help him. He lets them go and promises them a submarine for transport. As they begin to leave, Jar Jar expects them to help him. Qui-Gon tells Boss Nass about the life debt that Jar Jar owes him. Obi-Wan is skeptical about taking Jar Jar with them; Boss Nass tells Jar Jar to go with them.
The trio heads towards Theed in a bongo submarine. They take the shortest route. They go through the dangerous planet core.
When they enter the light-less planet core, they turn on the bongo’s headlights. They are suddenly attacked by a huge fish. The fish in turn is attacked by an even larger fish! They are saved, but the bongo is damaged and the lights flicker out. Jar Jar starts panicking.
The lights turn on again. They are chased by another sea monster, which is also eaten by an even bigger monster! Once again they survive the planet core.
Finally they surface when they reach Theed. But they are not out of danger yet!
As soon as they open the hatch, they realize that the bongo is being pulled towards a giant waterfall. Qui-Gon quickly pulls a cable from his belt and throws it towards the shore. It holds and gives them time to jump out of the bongo and make it to the shoreline.
As soon as the reach shore they are greeted by a battle droid with his blaster pointed at them! The droid is distracted by Jar Jar’s gasping. Qui-Gon quickly takes advantage of the situation and slices the battle droid with his lightsaber.
Obi-Wan smiles and says that bringing Jar Jar along was not such a bad idea after all. Qui-Gon smiles back at him and says that he is finally learning…..