BBY/ABY is used to position items along the Star Wars Timeline. BBY refers to Before the Battle of Yavin. ABY refers to After the Battle of Yavin. The Battle of Yavin in Episode IV: A New Hope occured in 0 BBY/ABY.
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It’s one of the galaxy’s most dangerous secrets: a mysterious transmitter with unknown power and a reward for its discovery that most could only dream of claiming. But those who fly the Millennium Falcon throughout its infamous history aren’t your average scoundrels. Not once, but twice, the crew of the Falcon tries to claim the elusive prize—first, Lando Calrissian and the droid L3-37 at the dawn of an ambitious career, and later, a young and hungry Han Solo with the help of his copilot, Chewbacca. But the device’s creator, the volatile criminal Fyzen Gor, isn’t interested in sharing. And Gor knows how to hold a grudge. . . .
It’s been ten years since the rebel hero Han Solo last encountered Fyzen Gor. After mounting a successful rebellion against the Empire and starting a family with an Alderaanian princess, Han hasn’t given much thought to the mad inventor. But when Lando turns up at Han’s doorstep in the middle of the night, it’s Fyzen’s assassins that he’s running from. And without Han’s help, Lando—and all life on Cloud City—will be annihilated.
With the assistance of a young hotshot pilot, an Ewok slicer prodigy, the woman who might be the love of Lando’s life, and Han’s best and furriest friend, the two most notorious scoundrels in the New Republic are working together once more. They’ll have to journey across the stars—and into the past—before Gor uses the device’s power to reshape the galaxy.
Last Shot was an occasionally challenging read. If you're considering it, understand that it jumps between several different timelines with such frequency that you may get whiplash. However, in return for keeping up with the sometimes dizzying changes of pace, you get rewarded with a fun story headlined with one of the most interesting new villains in the EU. Not only that, but it manages to strike the perfect balance between the "weird-ness" of the original Legends novels and the impact of the new Canon. Of course, there is plenty of Solo-centric fun to be had throughout.
Last Shot welcomes a brand new voice to the Star Wars universe, and it does so with a wonderful bang. Daniel José Older spins an exciting tale about Han & Lando across multiple time periods that expands the characterization of both men while also asking some fascinating questions about the morality of the Star Wars universe - especially concerning droids. Despite the fact that the plot gets slightly convoluted near the end of the book, this is still one of the shining stars in the new Canon.
Last Shot jumps between three different timelines involving Han Solo and Lando Calrissian, which paves the way for loads of information. If you’re looking to stock up on knowledge prior to watching Solo: A Star Wars Story (the way the novel was marketed), this book is valuable in that aspect as it gears you up for Han and Lando’s first meet and the introduction of L3-37 (Lando’s droid sidekick). Otherwise, this novel is hard to read for the purpose of good storytelling due to the constant time skips.
Last Shot delivers a fun Hand and Lando adventure, new allies and villans, and more of L3-37 for anyone who felt she may have been underserved in Solo: A Star Wars story. The story hops back and forth between three different time periods, and admittedly that's a little hard to keep track of at times. But, if you're able to work through that, you'll be rewarded with a fascinating look at what life was like for some of our favorite characters in the period before we meet them in the original trilogy, and in the time between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.