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Decades apart can alter friendships forever, but sometimes, that absence makes the reunion all the sweeter. A Crash of Fate brings us into the minds and lives of Izzy and Jules as they rekindle their relationship on the streets of Batuu years after the childhood their shared together.
Love, adventure, fear, and excitement swirl effortlessly through this novel as the pair tries to stay one step ahead of those who would wish them harm, and the sanctuary that they seek may be right in each other's harms. A spiritual successor to Lost Stars, A Crash of Fate shows us how the fire of passion can burn just as hot as the engine of a pod racer.
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.
A Crash of Fate was great young adult book that hit all of the classic moments that you tend to see in YA novels. However, what struck me while I was reading was that it didn't particularly *feel* like it was set in the Star Wars universe. Maybe that has more to do with the fact that Black Spire and the Galaxy's Edge theme park aren't yet burned into our brains as part of the canon storyline. Maybe re-visiting this story at a later date will change my mind. But for now, I view it as a great YA novel that just so happens to be in the Star Wars timeline.
A wonderfully refreshing story of romance and adventure, A Crash of Fate introduces us to one of our first stories in the land of Batuu and delivers a tale that will leave you smiling from ear to ear as you turn the final page. A spiritual successor to Lost Stars, this book reminds us that, ultimately, the greatest Force in the universe is the bonds we share with one another.
I went into this book knowing that it exists to promote the Galaxy's Edge theme park. Despite that, it still felt like a natural book rather than a piece of heavy marketing material. Even though it didn't feel like I was reading an elaborate advertisement, A Crash of Fate still succeeded in getting me excited for my trip to the park next year with its fun story. The characters and environment in the novel were so charming and intriguing that I'm hoping to see some of these elements for myself.
This book is just plain fun. Don't let the "Galaxy's Edge" branding deter you - while it's set on the planet that is home to the immersive resort experience, the book stands well on its own. If anything, if you ever do get a chance to visit the park, you may well find yourself looking for Easter eggs from the book! The plot itself is rather simple: long-separated friends have a chance reunion, and a delivery goes wrong. The fate of the galaxy hardly seems at stake (or is it? ). But the simplicity of the plot lets the characters shine. This is character-driven writing at its finest, and I often got the sense that the plot was there to serve THEM instead of the other way around. The fact that they're more or less regular folks - not Jedi, Sith, Princesses or Generals - makes the story both grounded and fresh. Zoraida Cordova is a welcome addition to the Star Wars lineup, and I hope she gets to write more in this universe. If it involves Jules, Izzy, and even Volt, so much the better.
There's just something about YA books in Star Wars canon that, so far, seem to hit all the sweet spots. Take two young people trying to each find their way in the galaxy only to fall in love in the process -- and give them a galactic threat to battle together -- and you have yourself the perfect recipe for a masterpiece. This book followed a formula we've come to love (Lost Stars, anyone?) but did not disappoint. It was entertaining. The characters were interesting enough that you needed to keep turning pages to get to know them better. It is the kind of book you'll want to read from start to finish in one sitting. Don't miss out on this wonderful adventure!
This book is an awesome example of how the EU can be used as a backdrop for some truly unique original characters. While it did take me a little bit of time to become truly invested, by the end of the story my feelings towards the characters were tied up with them for every twist and turn. I can say with confidence that the writing of this book is every bit as beautiful as the artwork on the cover.