Volume one of the Han Solo Trilogy chronicles the young scoundrel’s rise from an Oliver Twist-like background to his first job as a pilot running illegal spice loads for the priests of a religious cult.
It was interesting to read Solo’s back story. Fun facts and trivia:
- As a boy Han befriends a female Wookie named Dewlanna, who later helps him escape from his cruel master’s ship so that he may pursue his dream to become an Imperial Navy pilot.
- His first love is a young cult member named Bria Tharen. After discovering that disciples are eventually sold into slavery to work the spice mines or Imperial pleasure houses, he tries to help her escape. What a softie!
- Han has an affinity for hulking, hairy humanoids. In addition to his pre-Chewbacca Wookie relationship with Dewlanna, he becomes friendly with a giant cat-like Togorian named Muuurgh.
I stalled out on this one after the Big Escape. There was still a quarter of the book left and it felt like that segment should have been the end. It does pick up and Crispin ties it all together nicely, but I had to make myself finish after a nearly two week layoff.
Despite being populated by familiar species (Hutts, Wookies, Sullustans, etc.) and locales (Corellia, Alderaan, Coruscant) as well as the usual space ship travel and laser gun play, it somehow didn’t feel especially Star Wars-y. The missing ingredients of politics and Jedi are probably the reason for this. It came across as a straight forward adventure, and not a particularly compelling one, without those elements.
Star Wars nerd rating: 6 / 10