My first foray into the Star Wars Expanded Universe could have gone better.
This book wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t anything special either. Honestly, I read it because I’m looking forward to the other two books in this series by James S.A. Corey and Kevin Hearne (though I’ve heard many good things about Martha Wells and have been meaning to read her original fiction, too).
First, the good things:
– Female author, female protagonist, female narrator. Fuck yes.
– The sound effects were off-putting at first, but added to the story once you get used to them. Not only blast doors opening, and lasers firing, but C-3PO’s voice modulation and plenty of Chewie growls
– Leia is a fun and capable character which I enjoyed reading. This book also fleshed out the relationships between her, Han, and Luke, which I enjoyed.
Why it didn’t rock my world:
– The writing served the story, but nothing more. So, don’t read this for literary merit—read it because you want more Star Wars in your life
– The overall story felt too small and not that exciting
– I thought there would be more world-building and exploration of the Star Wars canon
– No lightsabers
– The minor characters weren’t that memorable or distinguishable
Overall, a decent Star Wars read, but with nothing else in the EU to compare it to, I was underwhelmed so far.