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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.
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.
- 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
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.
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.
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.
Here is the second novel in the blockbuster trilogy that reveals the never-before-told story of the young Han Solo. Set before the Star Wars movie adventures, these books chronicle the coming-of-age of the galaxy's most famous con man, smuggler, and thief.
Solo is now a fugitive from the Imperial Navy. But he has made a valuable friend in a former Wookiee slave named Chewbacca, who has sworn Han a life debt. Han will need all the help he can get. For the Ylesian Hutts have dispatched the dreaded bounty hunter Boba Fett to track down the man who already outsmarted them once.
But Han and Chewie find themselves in even bigger trouble when they agree to lend their services to the crime lords Jiliac and Jabba the Hutt. Suddenly the two smugglers are thrust into the middle of a battle between the might of the Empire and the treachery of their outlaw allies - a battle where even victory means death!
The Millennium Falcon is "the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy." So when Han Solo wins it in a game of sabacc, he and Chewbacca become kings of the smugglers--uncatchable, unstoppable. But with the Empire clamping down, Han knows his luck can't last. Still, when an old girlfriend who is now the leader of an insurgent Rebel group offers him a shot at an incredible fortune, Han can't resist. The plan seems a sure thing. The resistance will be light and the take enormous. Han and his friends will divide it equally with the Rebels. Too bad for Han that the planet of Ylesia is far from a pushover, that the Rebels have an agenda of their own, and that smuggler friends can often turn into enemies...quicker than lightspeed.