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Jedi Apprentice: The Threat Within is the eighteenth book in a series of young reader novels that chronicle the adventures of Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi prior to the events of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace.

Publisher's summary[]

Peace over Anger
Honor over Hate
Strength over Fear

When Obi-Wan Kenobi started off as Qui-Gon Jinn's Jedi apprentice, he was just a boy. Now, on the verge of manhood, he is starting on the path that will lead him to become a Jedi Knight…and the master of his own fate.

As Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon investigate a strange wave of planetary sabotages, they find their relationship shifting—sometimes in a dangerous direction. As events turn deadly, their lives may never be the same again.

Plot summary[]


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Two months since their last mission, Qui-Gon Jinn and the young Obi-Wan Kenobi are summoned in front of the Jedi Council. Jedi help is requested on the planet Vorzyd 4. Vorzyd 4 was the most powerful planet in its system and Vorzyd 5 had to borrow much from Vorzyd 4 in order to survive. Vorzyd 5 recently built casinos and were making enough money to pay off their debt. Vorzyd 4 claims that sabotage on their planet is the fault of Vorzyd 5 and their ambitions to become the planetary power in the system. Jocasta Nu tells Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan that all the Vorzydiaks on Voryzd 4 work and children go to school and gain a day of work each year until they work full-time at age 17. Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan soon make their way to Vorzyd 4.

Once on the planet, the Jedi are met at their landing pad by a Vorzydiak guide who would take them to Chairman Port who called for the Jedi assistance. They find out that the Vorzyd adults do nothing but work and try to improve work, and fun and games are frowned upon. Buildings and clothing are designed with function in mind and not with aesthetics. The Jedi are brought to Multycorp, and are immediately taken up a Turbolift to the twenty-fourth floor where accounting is done. Chairman Port greets the Jedi and tells them that he has deported everyone from Vorzyd 5, but the attacks continue. No one has been hurt in the attacks, but productivity has been hurt. During the first meeting with the chairman, another attack begins. The computers in the building were showing erroneous information.

Obi-Wan worked to try to fix the computers while Qui-Gon and Chairman Port tried to calm all the workers down. The interruption of work was causing physical and mental problems to the workers. Then, all of a sudden the attack stops and everything resumes back to normal. Soon a sound is heard throughout the building signaling the end of the workday. All the laborers and Jedi soon get on shuttles that take them away from the workspace and towards the homespace. Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan are taken to Chairman Port's house where they meet his wife, Bryn, and expect to meet their son Grath, but are told he is working and will be home afterwards.

They also discover that the youth of the planet, specifically a gang called the Freelies, do not like this and are sabotaging the factories in hope of social change. Obi-Wan infiltrates the Freelies, but is discovered and the Freelie band splits into two groups, one following Grath, the other side following Flip, a Vorzydiak prone to violence. In the end, Obi-Wan and his friends manage to stop the work-only attitude of the populace.


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  • Hark (Mentioned only)

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  • Insectoid drone
  • Stealth-training probe


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