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Star Wars: Poe Dameron: Free Fall Book Review

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“Star Wars: Poe Dameron: Free Fall” fills in some big gaps about the character’s background.

Written by Alex Segura, “Star Wars: Poe Dameron: Free Fall” revolves around a teenage Poe Dameron (AKA years before “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”). The story begins on Yavin 4 where Poe resides with his loner father and former hero of the Rebellion Kes. Poe has a great deal of angst as he misses his late mother (also a Rebel hero), wants off of Yavin 4, hopes to be a pilot, and is thirsting for more adventure. He gets his ticket offworld when a crew of spice runners from Kijimi (which includes a teen Zorii Bliss) are in need of a pilot for their ship The Ragged Claw. Alas, Poe’s life of crime and danger isn’t all he was hoping for and he finds himself second guessing his choice. The only thing that seems to keep him with the group is Zorii whom he begins to bond with and develop feelings for. Throughout his journey, Poe also encounters family drama, a New Republic Security Bureau agent named Sela Trune (who is after the spice runners for personal reasons), spice running jobs, traps, double crossings, pirates, ships, and death. 

After Poe’s criminal past was teased in “Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker,” fans finally get to learn about it with this new novel. And yes, before anyone asks, the beloved Babu Frik does appear here too. Anyway, the book itself hits all the right notes in that it informs the character that we know in the sequel trilogy, relays details about his past, and explores why he left a life of crime to become a Resistance hero. More than that though, we also get more details about who the mysterious Zorii Bliss is. Truth be told, she kind of steals the book (especially in the eventful last half).

In terms of the story, it does feel a bit repetitive in points. The middle act in particular comes across as a series of chases, double crosses, and jobs that go south. Thankfully, the beginning and ending make up for those shortcomings. As for the characterization of Poe, it feels largely on point, but there are moments where his arc mirrors Luke and Han a little too much for my liking. Poe should be his own character with his own unique backstory not an amalgam of other characters. 

Overall Thoughts: Flaws aside, fans of the titular risk taking rebellious hotshot pilot will likely be pleased by “Free Fall” here as Poe’s wild journey will undoubtedly lock in readers from the first page onward.

July 21, 2020 - Posted by | Book review | , , , , ,

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