'''''[[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Choices_of_One Choices of One]]''''' is a Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse novel by Creator/TimothyZahn. It's set nine months after ''Film/ANewHope'', and is a direct sequel to ''Literature/{{Allegiance}}''.

Three months after the events of the previous book, Imperial Governor Ferrouz of Poln contacts the Rebellion and offers them a permanent base in his system if they'll help him deal with the alien warlord Nuso Esva, since his calls for help to the Empire fell into deaf ears.

Han Solo is tasked with bringing the rebel envoy to Poln, as a test of his ability to handle the responsibilities that would allow him to become an officer of the Rebel Alliance.

Luke Skywalker is discreetly tasked with escorting Solo and the envoy to Poln, as a potential backup in case of unwelcome surprises.

Mara Jade is given the mission of dealing with Governor Ferrouz's perceived act of treason and hires the former stormtroopers of the Hand of Judgment to help her in her task.

Meanwhile, in an apparently unrelated storyline, Captain Pellaeon serves aboard the ''Chimaera'' when the Star Destroyer is given the mission of escorting the mysterious Lord Odo on various missions.

As usual in a Zahn novel, the story first follows the characters in seemingly unconnected storylines, before bringing them all together in a situation that becomes more and more complicated as the story goes.
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!!''Choices of One'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* BattleOfWits: Thrawn vs. Nuso Esva.
* BodyMotifs: Continuing from the previous book, [[spoiler: Thrawn offers the Hand of Judgment to join his budding Empire of the Hand]].
* CallForward: Oh boy. Thrawn's real mission in the Unknown Regions, Pellaeon's habit of taking command of the ''Chimaera'' after his superior officer gets killed, the snowspeeders from ''TheEmpireStrikesBack'', a mention of [[TIEFighter Admiral Zaarin]]....
* TheChessmaster: Thrawn, of course.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Even though Leia and Luke are present, Han is pretty much the main character in the Rebel plotline.
* FullNameBasis: No one ever calls Nuso Esva by anything less than the full name.
* GambitPileup: You'd almost think everyone is conspiring against everyone in this book...
* GuileHero: Senior Captain Thrawn. In ''spades''.
* GunshipRescue: How often do you get to cheer for the appearance of ''Darth Vader's whole personal fleet?''
* TheHero: Luke. He agonizes over killing one person, someone who was just about to kill him and could not be dissuaded.
* HiddenDepths: Everyone's genuinely surprised when Han turns out to be a real good leader.
* ImpossiblyTackyClothes: The narration's reaction to the RummageSaleReject example seen below.
* KillItWithFire: Used once by Mara against a crowd of enemies.
* MeaningfulName
** [[spoiler: Sorro]]
** Zahn revealed in an interview that if you replaced each consonant in the name Nuso Esva with the one immediately preceding it (same for the vowels; for instance swap the N for an M and the A with a Y), you get [[Literature/SherlockHolmes Moriarty.]] Appropriate, since Thrawn is essentially an {{Expy}} of Holmes, if Holmes were a militaristic alien admiral.
* {{Motifs}}: The name of the book comes from an in-universe saying, "The choices of one shape the futures of all." It comes up repeatedly, said by different characters who often never meet.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: The toukrees aren't as harmless and primitive as they first appear to be…
* OneSteveLimit: Comes up. Mara Jade ends up working with Luke, though at a distance. She was told his last name and wonders if he is the Skywalker that Vader is so obsessed with, especially when she sees him using a lightsaber, but ultimately shrugs it off. Skywalker's a common name in the Outer Rim. According to Creator/GeorgeLucas, there's even a completely unaffiliated Skywalker vintage of wine.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Mara, once again. She actually gives Ferrouz a chance to prove his innocence [[spoiler:and cancels his planned execution when she realizes he only turned traitor under threats against his family]].
* RedHerring: For a long time, the structure of the narration strongly suggests that [[spoiler:Lord Odo and Sorro are actually Thrawn and Car'das]]. Cue TheReveal.
* TheReveal: Several of these, as usual with Zahn:
** Ferrouz's main reason for allying with the rebels is that [[spoiler: Nuso Esva ordered him to, or else his family will be killed]].
** [[spoiler: Axlon]] on the Rebel side and [[spoiler: Drusan]] on the Imperial side work for Nuso Esva.
** Lord Odo is [[spoiler: Nuso Esva]].
* RummageSaleReject: At some point Luke buys some used clothing as a disguise - gray pants, blue tunic, yellow sash. [[spoiler: Mara Jade]] spots him from a good distance and in the internal narration calls him "[[ImpossiblyTackyClothes badly dressed]] and clearly insane".
* StuffBlowingUp: Used several times, but most notably:
** Mara starting a fire in a cavern to keep her enemies occupied.
** Han ordering a space station to fire all of their (few) remaining torpedoes at a small fleet of ships… which was preparing to unleash a MacrossMissileMassacre. The ships' missiles detonate and pretty much vaporize the whole fleet.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Both [[spoiler: Axlon and Drusan]] work for Nuso Esva to ensure their side's victory, no matter what the costs.
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