The Paradise Snare
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The Paradise Snare

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A.C. Crispin
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The Paradise Snare offers a glimpse into some of the most formative years of Han Solo’s life. After getting away from a rough upbringing on Corellia, Han looks to make his way in the galaxy as a pilot. Being new to the scene, he takes up a less than desirable job running cargo for priests in a religious colony on the planet Ylesia. However, dark secrets about the true nature of the colony soon emerge and force Han to make the toughest decision of his young life: stay and help the colonists or save his own skin.

AC Crispin pens a beautiful story with this novel that offers a rich, rewarding insight into Han’s earliest years. It’s one of the deepest dives you can take into the history of Solo. As the book progresses, readers will note more and more familiar characteristics of the galaxy’s scruffiest nerf herder.

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Han Solo was a child without a past, a Corellian street urchin, abandoned, foraging for scraps of food, when the cruel Garris Shrike whisked him away to a nomadic band of spacefaring criminals. Now, years later, Han fights his way free. His goal: to become an Imperial Navy pilot. But first he needs hand-on experience flying spacecraft, and for that he takes a job on the planet Ylesia—a steaming world of religious fanaticism, illicit drugs, and alluring sensuality…where dreams are destroyed and escape is impossible.

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- Han escapes from a harsh childhood on Corellia as an orphan

- He takes up a job as a pilot for t'landa Til priests in a religious colony

- Han discovers that the priests are tricking the colonists into thinking they're having a religious experience and forcing them to harvest spice in exchange

- Han falls in love with one colonist named Bria

- Han, Bria, and their new friend Muuurgh escape Ylesia after disbanding and destroying the colony

- Bria abandons Han

- Han joins the Imperial Navy

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Paradise Snare is a must-read for any Han Solo fan. AC Crispin penned a beautiful origin story for Han in this book that actually laid the groundwork for Disney's subsequent movie Solo: A Star Wars Story. Dive into this book to see how Han grew up on Corellia, became a pilot, fell in love for the first time, and got out of a few hairy situations with an even hairy-er sidekick (not Chewbacca). From the first page to the last, this book is a winner.

- Charles Hankel

If you love Solo: A Star Wars Story, any of Han Solo's adventures in the Saga films, or books in general, you can't go wrong with The Paradise Snare. Crispin's characterization of a young Han Solo couldn't be more spot on, and this novel moves with such an enticing pace that you can't help but frantically search for Book 2 the second that you finish the last page.

- Eric Eilersen

The Paradise Snare is a classic Han Solo story as A.C. Crispin depicts his character flawlessly. Even if you have already seen Han’s backstory in Solo: A Star Wars Story (or read its novelization), this story is worth the read because it’s like looking into a parallel universe regarding the smuggler’s roots and it’s fun to compare the similarities between the Legends and Canon versions of his past.

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Technical Specs

Publisher:
Del Rey
Release Date:
May 5, 1997
ISBN:
0553574159
Page Count:
306
Issues Collected:
Audiobook
Narrator(s):
David Pittu

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The Paradise Snare
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0553574159
May 5, 1997
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The Paradise Snare
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