It’s not secret that I hated the latest addition to the Star Wars films. I found SOLO to be shallow and boring and – as a long time fan of all things Star Wars – inaccurate to the time line.
But this isn’t a review about that film. This is about Rae Carson’s prequel book, Most Wanted.
I bought the book before seeing the movie and honestly regretted it after seeing the movie, however I wanted a fast read and figured I’d give it a shot before taking it to the used bookstore. And, bless the stars, I am so happy I gave it a chance.
Where I had so many problems with SOLO, Carson’s writing made up for all of it. Han felt so real to me and she even managed to give Qi’ra a real personality which I very quickly grew to adore. Even the side characters had so much life put into them, there wasn’t a single moment I didn’t enjoy.
It was a heist gone bad that could lead to a real future. It was a naturally formed friendship between people who otherwise wouldn’t get along. But most of all, romance was nowhere to be seen. The number one thing I have learned through this book, is that my favourite thing with Star Wars is no one deals in “love at first sight”. The natural chemistry that formed between Han and Qi’ra was so wonderful and real.
Carson did such an amazing job with that and I only wish that the film had been half as good as her book was. Five out of five stars.
Author: Rae Carson
Published: May 25th, 2018
Publisher: Disney LucasFilm Press
Synopsis: Set before the events of Solo: A Star Wars Story! Han and Qi’ra don’t have a lot in common other than not having a lot. They’re street kids on the industrial planet Corellia, doing whatever it takes to get by, dreaming of something more. They each jump at a chance to prove themselves in the perilous world of Corellia’s criminal underbelly, only to discover they are on the same mission for the same unscrupulous boss. When the job goes disastrously wrong, Han and Qi’ra are on the run–from pirates, a droid crime syndicate, the Empire, and their boss–and will have to learn to trust each other if they are going to survive.