Publisher: Random House
Release Date: October, 21st 2008
Summary Via GoodReads
My Rating: ★★1/2
Two years have passed since Jacen Solo, seduced by the dark side and reanointed as the brutal Sith Lord Darth Caedus, died at the hands of his twin sister, Jaina, Sword of the Jedi. For a grieving Han and Leia, the shadow of their son’s tragic downfall still looms large. But Jacen’s own bright and loving daughter, Allana, offers a ray of hope for the future as she thrives in her grandparents’ care. And when the eager, inquisitive girl, in whom the Force grows ever stronger, makes a curious discovery aboard her grandfather’s beloved spacecraft–the much-overhauled but ever-dependable Millennium Falcon–the Solo family finds itself at a new turning point, about to set out on an odyssey into uncertain territory, untold adventure, and unexpected rewards.To Han, who knows every bolt, weld, and sensor of the Falcon as if they were parts of himself, the strange device Allana shows him is utterly alien. But its confounding presence–and Allana’s infectious desire to unravel its mystery–are impossible to dismiss. The only answer lies in backtracking into the past on a fact-finding expedition to retrace the people, places, and events in the checkered history of the vessel that’s done everything from making the Kessel Run “in less than twelve parsecs” to helping topple an evil empire.
From the moment the Falcon broke loose from a Corellian assembly line like an untamed creature with a will of its own, it seemed destined to seek out trouble. It wasn’t long before the feisty YT-1300 freighter went from shuttling cargo to smuggling contraband. But it‘s a fateful rendezvous on Coruscant, at the explosive height of the Republic/Separatist uprising, that launches a galaxywide cat-and-mouse game whose newest players are Han, Leia, Allana, and C-3PO. And they’re not alone: Crime lords, galactic pirates, rogue politicians, and fortune hunters alike loom at every turn of the quest–each with his or her own desperate stake in the Millennium Falcon’s most momentous mission. Through the years and across the stars, from the Rim worlds to unknown points beyond, the race will lead them all to a final standoff for a prize some will risk everything to find–and pay any cost to possess.
I did like learning about where the Falcon had been before, but I just don't think the execution in this novel was done well enough. I felt like there was just too much back and forth between so many characters that I didn't really get a feel for who they were. They all fell kind of flat, even characters like Han and Leia, whom we already know. They just didn't seem like the same characters that I have been reading about for years.
I think the main thing that really bothered me about this book was the ending. There is this plot to find some treasure with the help of a hidden clue on the Falcon, but once they find this "treasure" it turns off to be a fake. So if that wasn't enough of a disappointment, the villain in the story that meets our heroes at this moment just turns around and essentially says, "Well that's a bummer, hey do you guys want a ride home?" What the shit is that? And then the book just gives you a last scene with Han teaching Allana how to fly the Falcon. I thought the treasure plot would make this book more interesting, so for the book to just end so anticlimatic made me so annoyed!
I wasn't really a fan of this book, and I think it really came down to the disappointing ending. This is one of those books that I have to say I would not recommend.
Happy Reads Everyone!