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Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge A Crash of Fate Hardcover – August 6, 2019
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From award award-winning author, ZoraidaCórdova, comes a novel filled with adventure and romance set in the world of Galaxy's Edge, theStar Wars-themed land at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
Izzy and Jules were childhood friends, climbing the spires of Batuu, inventing silly games, and dreaming of adventures they would share one day.
Then, Izzy’s family left abruptly, without even a chance to say goodbye. Izzy’s life became one of constant motion, traveling from one world to the next, until her parents were killed and she became a low-level smuggler to make ends meet. Jules remained on Batuu, eventually becoming a farmer like his father, but always yearning for something more.
Now, thirteen years after she left, Izzy is returning to Batuu. She’s been hired to deliver a mysterious parcel, and she just wants to finish the job and get gone. But upon arrival at Black Spire Outpost she runs smack into the one person who still means something to her after all this time: Jules.
The attraction between them is immediate, yet despite Jules seeming to be everything she’s ever needed, Izzy hesitates. How can she drag this good-hearted man into the perilous life she’s chosen?
Jules has been trying to figure out his future, but now all he knows for certain is that he wants to be with Izzy. How can he convince her to take a chance on someone who’s never left the safety of his homeworld?
When Izzy’s job goes wrong, the two childhood friends find themselves on the run. And all their secrets will be revealed as they fight to stay alive…
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- Publisher : Disney Lucasfilm Press (August 6, 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1368048536
- ISBN-13 : 978-1368048538
- Reading age : 12 - 18 years
- Grade level : 7 - 12
- Item Weight : 1.15 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.95 x 1.35 x 8.6 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #129,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Story: Izzy and Jules are best friends - kids together on Batuu exploring the spires and playing together. But one night Izzy's parents take her away from Batuu, never to return. Years later, now grown up, Izzy is a spacer doing smuggling on various planets and Jules is following in his farmer father's footsteps, providing food for the Black Spire outpost. When Izzy is contracted to personally bring a suitcase to Batuu and deliver to Dok Ondar, she will run into Julen again for the first time since she left. Sparks fly.
These books set in Galaxy's Edge at the Disney Parks are a great way to enhance a visit and I am really glad to have them for that aspect. Especially in the book Black Spire, we got a full introduction to the shops, history, and reason that both the First Order and the Resistance are interested in and located at such a remote location. For that aspect, I highly encourage people planning a Disney vacation to read Black Spire in advance.
This book, however, uses the Batuu location but doesn't really enhance it or give us much in the way of furthering the story or understanding of it. If anything, all we get is a backstory of the popcorn stand in Galaxy's Edge (Kat Saka's Kettle) since that was oddly a strong focus (more so than Dok Ondar's Den or Oga's Cantina). Main character Julen's family does 'grain' farming and supposedly the soil is so rich it makes the popcorn amazing and highly sought after. So oddly enough, product placement was fun in the Black Spire book yet oddly conspicuous here. But I appreciated seeing Salju (the mechanic) again as well as Oga and Dok. However with the opening of Rise of the Resistance ride this year, I really had hoped we would see more of the ancient ruins in which the ride is housed.
All Disney geek stuff aside, this is a story told in alternating viewpoints of the two main characters Jules and Izzy. Jules is the guy who stayed on the planet and never followed his dreams to leave while Izzy is the one who had to hard scramble to survive after her parents were killed when she was younger. They both seem far too innocent to live and I would have liked to see a bit more edge here and there. The book is mostly about the smuggling aspect of Star Wars and in that way, the characters reminded me a LOT of younger versions of Han Solo and Qi'ra.
For me, I really want the Star Wars world to intrude more. More Stormtroopers or more Resistance, especially since both are a huge presence in the city in which this takes place. I could have done with less romance as well; while I appreciate having character development this still greatly felt like instaluv and too much time was spent on the two mooning over each other or past mistakes. In that way, it seems like a wasted opportunity: not all that much Star Wars, not all that much Batuu/Galaxy's Edge, and not enough that made either character nuanced and real. I don't regret buying it but I had greatly hoped for more. Maybe a good read on the plane for your 15 year old?
I've always loved Star Wars and read so many EU books growing up, so it was really fun to pick up a Star Wars book again, especially once set in the new era (sequal trilogy)!
Jules and Izzy (oh I could cry thinking of them!) are just AMAZING characters. You can't help but love them, hurt for them, feel like you understand them because they understand you. Córdova has such a way with characters and I have yet to find her equal! She is able to make them so realistic, with flaws and failures and weaknesses and rough edges, and yet they are so sympathetic and relatable. I see myself in both Jules and Izzy, and in experiencing their story, I feel like I have been emboldened to grow as a person.
In the words of Jules, "Just because you get food poisoning one time, doesn't mean you stop eating." Truly, the themes of trust and selflessness in this story hits so close to home for me. So close. And I really appreciate the care with which Córdova handled that message.
It was also especially fun to have all of the lore of Batuu in these pages! I haven't been to Disney's Galaxy's Edge yet, but reading this book makes me want to go so badly so I can walk where Jules and Izzy walked and really live in their shoes for a day! I want to tie a string on the wishing tree, and swim in the cenote, and touch the obilisk. I feel like I've already lived there in my spirit and I can't wait to do it physically someday!
Plus, this book was a quick read! Exellently paced, I read this book in two days (and maybe slacked on some things but it was so worth it!) I just loved living in these pages and I can't wait to read it again when I'm in a reading slump or need a cozy adventure.
Recommended for Star Wars fans (and romance!)
I am a huge Star Wars fan, but what’s great about this story is you don’t really have to know much about Star Wars to read it. It’s about two very separate characters that you will not see in any other film or book. Rather, this is a stand-alone book. It is very well-written love story that follows two very likeable characters as they travel around Batuu, which is the planet the land in Disneyland takes place on.
In this book, you really get a feel for the culture on the planet. Whereas the book “Black Spire” explains more about how the rebels got to the planet, how the millennium falcon got there, etc, this story is shorter and more about the people on the planet. Don’t get me wrong, “Black Spire” is definitely about people, but there is more of an overarching plot in that book that is perfect for huge Star Wars fans. But if you don’t know much about Star Wars and just want to learn more about the land at Disneyland/world before you take your trip, definitely read this book! If you plan to read both books, I would recommend reading “Black Spire” first, as this book takes place chronologically after ”Black Spire”. I would also recommend listening to it on audible if you can. There are tons of amazing sound effects that make both books come to life.
I absolutely fell in love with the characters in this story and would recommend it to anyone who either loves a good tale about two people finding each other and falling in love or loves an exciting Star Wars story!!
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This book is set in the during the Force Awakens era after the First Order declaration of war. This is not an action packed story but it very enjoyable. Star Wars is the backdrop for the story however Zoraida Cordove describes the Star Wars Universe perfectly.
Izzy and Jules story is awesome. This book is a great look at how every day people live their lives in the Star Wars universe. I really like new characters being added to the Star Wars. Never underestimate a farm boy the greatest hero on Star War was a farm boy.
I really hope to see these characters again, I hope thos book leads into the Black Spires but I doubted it. This is feel good story, none of the big guns appear here but you never know where these characters might re-appear.
I will be re reading it before i go to Disney World to see Galaxy’s Edge for real.
It is So Well Written and It is Literally Unputdownable. The Romance.. is Perfection!!
Also This Book is Clean, and It Actually Got a Little Steamy Later On. BUT There is No Nudity/Smut. Little to No Violence and No Swearing as Far as I Remember