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- Print Length: 353 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1368016308
- Publisher: Disney Lucasfilm Press (May 25, 2018)
- Publication Date: May 25, 2018
- Sold by: Disney Book Group
- Language: English
- ASIN: B079VVNP7P
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- Lending: Enabled
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The story itself, like that in "Solo" is essentially a heist tale, but Carson uses the opportunity to reference other elements of the "Star Wars" saga and foreshadow Han’s later personality. For example, CorSec (pg. 37), which previously appeared in several of the Legends novels and was once again made canon in "Solo", plays a large role throughout Carson’s novel. In examining Han’s character, she writes, “He preferred direct confrontation to innuendo, sneaking around, or the complicated planning Qi’ra seemed to prefer” (pg. 121). This discussion recalls Han’s later quip to Luke in the Death Star control room. Further, Han’s lack of belief in the Force or other systems of faith is a recurrent theme (pg. 127) throughout the novel. This ties in with his growing cynicism the more he interacts with the powerful (pg. 338). In another callback to (foreshadowing of?) "A New Hope", Carson has Han describe the ideal vehicle as ugly, but one that will “have it where it counts” (pg. 151).
References to other elements of "Solo: A Star Wars Story" include the Droid Gotra, which recalls L3’s activism on behalf of droid liberation throughout the film (pg. 180). Further, Qi’ra wants to be a player, being able to use power and resources to exert her influence (pg. 237, 303). There’s also a “version of sabacc that used a couple of dice” (pg. 307).
As a tie-in novel, Carson offers a fun story that makes Corellia feel like a real place. Her work compares to other recent YA "Star Wars" books like Claudia Gray’s "Leia, Princess of Alderaan", Beth Revis’s "Rebel Rising", and E.K. Johnston’s "Ahsoka". Fun as it is, my only complaint is that, like "Solo", it never develops a sense of tension or stakes as the reader knows which characters are likely to be fine the whole time they read.
It gives hints to not only the characters they would become in the Solo movie, but who Han would become in the original trilogy, at least when it comes to the Falcon, and why he allowed it to look like such a piece of junk. In the book he is actually a more honorable character than we see during much of A New Hope, and those who have seen the Solo movie, some of why he ended up that way is explained there, and this book and the Solo movie are setting up the possibility that something involving Qi’ra will turn him into the guy who is only out for a big payday.
I am one who did not necessarily need a background for Han to be fleshed out. I am more interested in the events between Return of The Jedi and The Force Awakens to be explained. So while I do not think either this book, the Solo movie or the sequels to either that may end up being released down the line, I think it told an enjoyable, sometimes emotional, sometimes funny story, that provided a good supporting story for the characters.
But it's easy to picture Alden Eirenreich saying those lines in this book. And for that, I think Carson succeeds. It's a fun adventure, and it leaves you wanting to know more about the adventures of Han Solo and Qi'ra.