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More than just a novelization, in her Expanded Edition Mur Lafferty offers us glimpses of scenes cut from the film and gives further development to some of the other characters. We learn more about what happened to Qi’Ra after the spaceport and get more insight into Tobias Beckett and his relationship with Val. Lafferty gives us a new insight into L3’s fate and ends with a wonderful epilogue that nicely links the movie to yet more parts of the Star Wars lore.
From a prologue that nicely captures young Han’s personality, to looks into the White Worms den that are somehow even more cringe-inducing than seeing it on screen, to Han’s time in the military and that wonderful epilogue, Lafferty’s adaptation is what we imagine reading a director’s cut would be like!
Young Han dreams of someday soaring into space at the helm of his own starship and leaving his home, the gritty industrial planet Corellia, far behind. But as long as he’s trapped in a life of poverty and crime—and under the thumb of the sinister Lady Proxima and her brutal street gang—reaching the distant stars seems impossible. When Han tries to escape with his girlfriend and partner-in-crime, Qi’ra, he makes it out—but she doesn’t. Desperate for a way to find his own offworld vessel and free her, Han enlists in the Imperial Navy—the last place for a rebellious loner who doesn’t play well with others.
When the Empire clips his wings, Han goes rogue and plunges into the shady world of smugglers, gamblers, and con artists. There he meets the charming and cunning high roller Lando Calrissian, makes an unlikely friend in a cantankerous Wookiee called Chewbacca, and first lays eyes on the Millennium Falcon. To snag his piece of the outlaw pie, Han joins a crew of pirates to pull off a risky heist. The stakes are high, the danger is great, and the odds are slim. But never tell Han Solo the odds.
This novel is a flat-out great read. It does what all good novelizations should do, which is to confidently tell the original story while still expanding upon what we saw on-screen. I was constantly looking ahead to the additional scenes and never found myself disappointed. It is also full of Easter eggs, particularly for those readers who are well-versed in Han Solo Legends novels. Re-watching the story movie after reading this book made it even better. Strongly recommend for any scruffy-looking nerfherder.
The Solo Expanded Edition was actually my first film novelization and it blew me away! I never felt the need to read a novelization after having knowledge of the movie, but I was surprised at how much this book still had to offer and it was fun to enjoy the story again in a different way. There are some parts that were not in the film, with the epilogue being an especially amazing treat.
You might think a film novelization is just a retelling of what you saw on screen, but this is one of the Star Wars novelizations where you'd be wrong. Sure, Mur Lafferty captures the scenes we saw from the movie, and she relays them faithfully and entertainingly. But what makes her Expanded Edition special is what she's added. I walked out of the theater wanting to know more about both Qi'Ra and L3, and Mur delivers. She shows us some of Qi'Ra's path between the Corellia Spaceport and Dryden Voss's yacht - making her final, fateful decision that much more impactful. We get much more depth and insight into L3's fate. And - without spoiling it - the epilogue ties one of the film's most intriguing characters to the rest of the saga in a way we'd have never expected.
Not all film novelizations manage to accomplish what Solo does. Being an expanded edition, it goes far beyond the movie in terms of storytelling and character development. Most meaningful to me was the epilogue, which is an original Lafferty creation that connected multiple Star Wars stories into a single timeline. There are parts of this book written word-for-word from the script, but there's enough added in to make it enjoyable. Even if you steer clear of novelizations, this one is definitely worth giving a chance.