Canon
Adult Novel

Solo: A Star Wars Story: Expanded Edition

By
Mur Lafferty
Released
Sep 4, 2018
Artwork by
Narrated by
Marc Thompson
Takes place in
13 BBY - 10 BBY
In the
Reign of the Empire
era
Collects
Very Good
8.3
8.3
8.3
Movie novelizations can be hit-or-miss. Solo was a home run.
Community Rating

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!

Publisher's Summary

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.

Other Books in this Series

Solo: A Star Wars Story
Solo: A Star Wars Story: Expanded Edition
Solo: Tales From Vandor

Our Verdict

Very Good
8.3
8.3
8.3
Movie novelizations can be hit-or-miss. Solo was a home run.
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Staff Reviews

Karl Sander - Solo: A Star Wars Story: Expanded Edition - Adult Novel
Karl Sander
Staff Writer
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.
Trevor Davey - Solo: A Star Wars Story: Expanded Edition - Adult Novel
Trevor Davey
Keeper of the Timeline
Easily my favourite movie novelisation of the Canon era. Mur Lafferty captures the breakneck pace of the movie adventure, and adds new scenes that allow us to go deeper inside the characters heads. Loved it!
Charles Hanckel - Solo: A Star Wars Story: Expanded Edition - Adult Novel
Charles Hanckel
Vice President, Podcast Department Coordinator, Podcast Host
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.

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