Book Review: Solo: A Star Wars Story: Expanded Edition

A New Focus

Ever since Disney bought Star Wars for George Lucas for 4 billion dollars and they declared everything novel they had published as outside the cannon I’ve had mixed feelings about the franchise. I loved the initial foray into the Star Wars universe. The force, the Jedis, the empire; I loved it all. And then Disney started changing things. They started to pull focus away from the Jedis and the force. The franchise is no longer the story of the Skywalker family. I feel they have begun to focus more on the military aspect of the universe.

Backstory Of A Legend

Mur Lafferty’s Solo: A Star Wars Story: Expanded Edition is a novel written after Disney acquired the franchise. And I have mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, I loved the story. It’s exactly the same as the movie and then some. Lafferty gave the reader more story than the movie did. It didn’t change the major plot points of the movie and it kept the same tone. The rhythm of the story is great and the characters leap off the page. The prose is clean and accessible for everyone. It was a fantastic book. But on the other hand, they already killed Han Solo so… why bother? They made me love the character even more and then they just make me remember that he’s dead. I don’t understand the logic there.

Final Thoughts

I recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Star Wars and particularly of Han Solo. The novel sheds some light to the character’s origins and I think a fantastically well-built story.

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