Do I have a blog post that is out of this world today, or what?! No really! This review is coming straight outta Batuu, which, if you don’t already know, is way on the galaxy’s edge. The intergalactic rebels from Rockstar Book Tours added me to their crew, and you should check their ship out! They always have the BEST smugglers bringing the HOTTEST books all over the galaxy!
“My father said that Batuu was once full of those running from evil as much as it was full of those running because of they’d done evil.”
Izzy Garsea grew up on Batuu. She remembers the boy who was always at her side, climbing rocks and finding trouble. But she had to leave with her parents in the middle of the night, and she never knew why. Now, alone in the galaxy, Izzy finds herself on a job, returning to the planet she never thought she’d go back to.
Jules dreams of the stars. Of finding adventure and exploring the galaxy. But mostly he wishes the Force would bring his best friend Izzy back. The Force must be strong with these two, because their paths do intersect.
But the job Izzy thought was easy turns out to be anything but, and while she doesn’t want to leave Jules again, she can’t stomach the thought of dragging him into her unstable and unpredictable world. Caught in an unfolding plot between warring space pirates, the First Order, and secrets from their own past, Izzy and Jules fight to stay together and stay alive.
So, I’m not going to lie. You had me at space pirates. Okay, fine. I lie. I was in at Star Wars. I can’t even help it, I’m a Jedi for life!
“No matter where you go in the galaxy there’s always good and bad.”
First, I love exploring the planets and characters of the Star Wars Universe. Smugglers and mercenaries, different species spread out on different planets. People hiding after the Clone Wars, and talking about the ancient Jedi’s. Those are the details that turn me full nerd. And they are sprinkled generously throughout this story, like any Star Wars aficionado would expect.
A Crash Of Fate has all the elements that make Star Wars stories fun. Complex characters that aren’t all good or all bad. Sidekick friends that make you laugh but also jump right in to any mission or fight, usually both. Animals and droids and aliens, oh my! Yup, this book has them all. New species and old, this story is easy for a youngling to pick up but still will make a Jedi Grand Master smile while reading. There really is something for everyone.
As with many of the Star Wars stories, there is a romance plot thread woven in. Izzy and Jules aren’t as volatile as Han and Leia, but the love is strong nonetheless. And it’s a new, young love, so there’s lots of mistakes and miscommunications, which, when added with space pirates and smugglers and kidnappings gone awry, does add the right amount of spice to the mix.
In all, this was a super fun read that I am thrilled to be adding to my Jedi collection. I want to know all the things and hope this is a story that will continue! While the story of Izzy and Jules has a satisfying ending, there are so many threads that can be built and expanded on. And I really hope we get more of their story!
Thank you Rockstar Book Tours and Disney Books for sending me a copy and adding me to this tour!
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Izzy and Jules were best friends until Izzy’s family abruptly left Batuu when she was six. But now she’s back, and Jules, the boy who never left, is unsure what to make of her. While on the run from vengeful smugglers and an angry pirate, Jules and Izzy will come to terms with who they are, and what they mean to each other.
Title: STAR WARS GALAXY’S EDGE: A CRASH OF FATE
Author: Zoraida Córdova
Pub. Date: August 6, 2019
Publisher: Disney Lucasfilm Press
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook
Zoraida Córdova is the award-winning author of the Brooklyn Brujas series and The Vicious Deep trilogy. Her short fiction has appeared in the New York Times bestselling anthology Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, and Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women and Witchcraft. She is the co-editor of Vampires Never Get Old, a YA anthology forthcoming from Imprint/Macmillan in fall 2020. Her upcoming YA novels include Star Wars: A Crash of Fate (Disney/LucasFilm 2019) and Incendiary, book 1 in the Hollow Crown duology (Disney/Hyperion 2020). Zoraida was born in Ecuador and raised in Queens, New York. When she isn’t working on her next novel, she’s planning her next adventure.
Photo credit: Sarah Younger
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