Book Review: Smuggler's Run: A Han Solo & Chewbacca Adventure by Greg Rucka

Smuggler's Run: A Han Solo & Chewbacca Adventure
Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Author: Greg Rucka
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Science Fiction
Released: September 4 2015
Review Source: Disney Lucasfilm Press

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away....

It is a period of civil war. The heroic freedom fighters of the REBEL ALLIANCE have won their most important victory thus far with the destruction of the Empire's ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR.

But the Rebellion has no time to savor its victory. The evil Galactic Empire has recognized the threat the rebels pose, and is now searching the galaxy for any and all information that will lead to the final destruction of the freedom fighters.

For the MILLENNIUM FALCON's crew, who saved the life of Luke Skywalker during the Battle of Yavin, their involvement with the rebels is at an end. Now HAN SOLO and CHEWBACCA hope to take their reward and settle some old debts....

A tale that takes you on a Smuggler's Run with Han Solo and Chewbacca and most importantly the Millennium Falcon. A story that makes you realize without Han Solo and Chewie the Falcon wouldn't be what we know it to be.

I may be a little biased - Han Solo is my all time favorite Star Wars character. Of course I absolutely love R2D2 and Darth Vader, but secretly Han Solo is my number one. Before reading this book I would've told you that it's because of his demeanor. His rebel without a cause attitude that, let's face it, most women want to find in a man ever since seeing Han Solo. But this book made me realize something. Solo is loyal to a fault. While he has the rebel without a cause attitude once you are in with Solo, you are IN with Solo. As long as he knows he can trust you he's got your back. And that's what makes his and Chewbacca's relationship so great.

Chewbacca is a whole other reason why I loved this book. While watching the films you get a sense of what Chewbacca is trying to get across. But while one person can interpret him as being impatient, one can interpret him as being worried. So it's difficult to completely know exactly what's going on with Chewie. But in this book Rucka allows you to know Chewie huffed in an annoyed tone, or Chewie sighed impatiently etc. I really liked that.

All in all, I just love reading a good story about Star Wars. It's nice getting into side stories that happened during the time frame that we already know. It's nice seeing what Solo and Chewie were up to after A New Hope ends and before The Empire Strikes Back.

You can check out all the books we have reviewed from the Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens series HERE.

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