Boba Fett: The Fight to Survive is a Star Wars Legends junior novel written by Terry Bisson. It is the first volume in the series Star Wars: Boba Fett, and it was first published on April 23, 2002. A sequel, Boba Fett: Crossfire, was published later that year.
Boba Fett is not like other boys. His father, Jango Fett, is a bounty hunter. His planet, Kamino, is home to an army of clones. He has no friends, no school. The one thing he does have is a future as a bounty hunter.
This future comes quickly. Suddenly Boba Fett is all alone in a dangerous galaxy. He must struggle for safety — and vengeance — using his strength, his intelligence, and his father's hard lessons.
Boba Fett will grow up to be one of the most feared bounty hunters in the galaxy.
But first he must survive his childhood.
Intrigue on Kamino
Boba Fett starts out on Kamino, the rainy world in the Outer Rim. His greatest wish is to be just like his father and become the next great bounty hunter of the galaxy. Boba's father leaves with Zam Wesell to go on a mission. When Jango returns he soon tells Boba of Zam's death. Boba is then given a black book, which his father tells him to open only in the case of his death.
Soon after Jango's return to Kamino, a Jedi, Obi-Wan Kenobi, shows up to investigate Jango Fett and see the clone army. Jango and Obi-Wan are introduced but after the meeting Jango informs his son that they are leaving. Boba goes to Whrr, the Kamino librarian droid to return some books, but accidentally drops off the black book as well. Boba runs and enters Slave I, his father's ship, and watches as his father and the Jedi battle on the landing platform which looks to have ended as Obi-Wan falls to the ocean of Kamino.
The father-son pair landed at a stalagmite city, on Geonosis. Boba is given a room to stay in and warned by Jango "Be here when I get back." Boba disobeys his father and leaves his room to explore the city. During his wandering he investigates a strange sound which turns out to be the droid factory. Aware of the trouble he would be in if caught, Boba hurries back to his room and gets there just before his father returns. His father reminds him to stay in his room.
Boba, disobeying his father again, leaves the room for a second time. He ventures outside the city and explores the mesas and plateaus outside. He sees a sand snake which is being attacked by two massiffs. They spot Boba and charge at him. Boba kills one by running it off a cliff after slashing at it with a piece of mica. The other massiff runs off after being attacked.
Battle of Geonosis
Boba wanders around and finds Obi-Wan Kenobi, somehow still alive after their space battle. Boba signals the guard by reflecting light off his piece of mica into the massiff's eyes. Droidekas attack and capture the Jedi, thanks to Boba's warning. Boba returns to his room once more where his Father talks to him about disobedience. Jango then escorts Boba to the Arena for the executions of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala. Boba is fascinated by the three beasts, the reek, nexu, and acklay, who are to be the executioners.
Boba watches as Obi-Wan, Anakin and Padmé escape and with the help of the newly arrived Jedi and the clone army, attack the Separatists. This starts the Clone Wars. During the intense battle Boba sees his father die at Mace Windu's hand. When the battle is over, Boba takes his father's armor and buries him. Boba then returns Slave I and opens the black book and finds a message from his father, telling him to seek Jabba the Hutt and Count Dooku.
Boba remembers his father was recruited on one of the moons of Bogden and heads to Bogg 4. There he meets Aia, a pickpocket. He also meets many different people who tell him where Count Dooku is. He heads back to Slave I and finds that Gjon has stolen his ship. Aia tells Boba to go to Gjon's workshop and reclaim his ship, but Gjon suggests a job instead. Gjon tells Boba how they could steal false credits to make some money. The three steal a whole basket of credits, but a security guard stops them. After Boba uses Slave I to hurl the security guard—in reality, a hijacker—into the atmosphere, the threesome celebrate quietly, and Aia pickpockets Boba, leaving him with no money.
Boba goes back to Slave I and heads to the bar which he had been told was where he would find Count Dooku. The people who had told him to go there turn out to be bounty hunters. The bartender there holds Boba until another bounty hunter, Aurra Sing, steps in and stuns the giant bartender. She captures Boba and brings him to the trash planet of the galaxy, Raxus Prime. Aurra Sing then leaves Boba on the planet and flies off in Slave 1. Boba finds a concealed doorway in a trash pile that leads to Count Dooku's base.
The Fight to Survive is told from Boba's perspective, and it details events set before, concurrently to, and after the film Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones. The novel is the first source to pair Boba with the bounty hunter Aurra Sing, which was not done again until the second season of the television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
- ISBN 9780439339278; April 23, 2002; Scholastic Inc.; US hardcover
- ISBN 9780439548809; April 1, 2003; Scholastic Inc.; US paperback
- ISBN 9781484719862; October 28, 2014; Disney–Lucasfilm Press; US eBook
- ISBN 2266099205; May 30, 2002; Pocket Junior; French-language hardcover
- ISBN 3897487055; May 2003; Dino Entertainment; German-language paperback
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- The Essential Reader's Companion