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Solo: A Star Wars Story: Expanded Edition Mass Market Paperback – Import, 30 April 2019
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“If you liked the movie but were left wanting more, this novel has exactly what you need.”—CNET
“A fun adventure tale within the larger Star Wars franchise that goes beyond the run-of-the-mill novelization treatment to explore a new bit of the world that we haven’t yet seen.”—The Verge
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- Publisher : Del Rey; Expanded, Reissue edition (30 April 2019)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1984819283
- ISBN-13 : 978-1984819284
- Item Weight : 204 g
- Dimensions : 10.54 x 2.41 x 19.02 cm
- Country of Origin : USA
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The novelisations of the Star Wars films of recent years have used the claim of possessing extra material to promote them. This one is entitled ‘Expanded Edition’, but there’s not a great deal more than what you might expect from a novelisation; such as coming from different perspectives, more character background, some elaboration on story aspects, etc. That all occurs here but often doesn’t add anything meaningful as such to the story (Lando cleaning the shower probably being the most pointless inclusion).
The treatment of Qira and L3 are exceptions to this, though. Once the novelisation reaches the part where the two of them have a conversation within the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon their personal storylines substantially develop from that contained in the film.
Thus, through flashbacks and Qira thinking back we learn what happened to her after she and Han were separated and how she came to work Drydon Vos and gain her position in Crimson Dawn. This continues to develop into why she decides to take the actions she does in the closing stages of the story.
The extra material regarding L3 is essentially more forward looking as her personal story continues after she effectively ‘dies’. Her amalgamation into the semi-consciousness of the Falcon was little more than a passing reference in the film that wasn’t readily explained. The novelisation explores this area a lot more and L3 effectively remains part of the story until close to its end. Droid consciousness isn’t something usually elaborated upon in Star Wars so this transition in L3’s life is quite interesting.
The increased focus upon Enfys Nest is also worthwhile in that it elaborates her role in the developing Rebel alliance and links ‘Solo’ with ‘Rogue One’.
I am a little disappointing with the way such a legend has been treated, like in Last Shot I felt Han was over shadowed by the side characters in the story. I know why Disney is doing this it is so they can develop their own characters, however I do feel such an important character should be given a proper moment of glory especially since his death in the series. In this book Han comes across as more of a lucky bumbling loser, relying on other to save him. Though he does show the beginning of becoming the of who he is to become towards the end of the book. I did also like the little twist on the debate of "who Shot first".
An okay book, that has a good links from the other books, and with some interesting revelations that I hope will be explored later in other movies or series, but I really wish this book was more about Han learning his trade rather then stumbling his was through it or being upstaged by side characters.
Even though the front cover says it's an "Expanded Edition", there aren't THAT many differences between 'Solo' the film, and 'Solo' the novel. Characters are the same, the plot is the same, and deleted scenes are few and far between. By far, the most interesting additions are a sequence featuring L3 (as we read a particular situation from her point of view), and an epilogue that connects this story to one of the most popular Disney films. The former is shocking, emotional, and really interesting, and the latter makes one of the characters seem more important to the overall story of the saga. The book would have definitely benefited from more scenes like this!
Which doesn't mean it's a bad novel --far from it. It's well written, it's fast paced, and it does a good job with all thee characterisations. Yes, it mentions Teräs Käsi much more frequently than the film, for some reason, and yes, like said before, it doesn't really expand that much from it, but if you start reading it KNOWING that it's not gonna be anything more than a slightly more detailed adaptation of the movie, then you're gonna have fun while reading 'Solo'. I certainly did!
I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, but I couldn’t give it the full 5 star treatment because I didn’t think it really expanded upon much already in the film.
There was an interesting encounter between Enfy’s Nest and another well known Star Wars character, who wasn’t in the Solo film, but apart from that I can’t really remember anything else of note that wasn’t already covered in the film.
The writing was as excellent, as is the story. It’s a real shame it’s unlikely we’ll see or read a sequel anytime soon.
If you’re a fan of the film, and you’re keen to experience it in another media, then I think you’ll enjoy it. If you haven’t seen the film, then what’s wrong with you, go see it! :-)