Han Solo
A Youtini Reading Guide
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Han Solo

From the moment Han Solo slid into frame surrounded by the most wretched scum and villainy Mos Eisley had to offer, fans have been obsessed. The bad boy with a heart of a gold may have already been a tried and true trope in 1977, but our favorite smuggler redefined its meaning when the Millennium Falcon came soaring back to the Death Star to save the day, and ever since, we’ve been willing to follow this fateful Corellian to the end of any galaxy.


Since our initial meeting, we’ve seen him make the legendary Kessel Run, lead a Galactic Rebellion, fall in love with a princess, become a father, and sacrifice himself in an effort to rid the darkness within the one he loved most. Victory, loss, love, and heartbreak have colored the onscreen journey of Han Solo, and that trademark smirk has accompanied him through it all.


But there are so many more adventures to be had.


Within the pages of both Legends and Canon, readers have witnessed the near entirety of Han’s life as he travels from the streets of Corellia to planets, freighters, and moons too numerous to count (in this collection, anyway). Although each creator assuredly brings their own take to the pilot, the theme of a daring scoundrel on the edge of the law is ever present throughout these stories.


If you love Han Solo, smugglers, bounty hunters, and heists, you can’t go wrong with this collection.

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Adult Novel
Legends

The Paradise Snare

A.C. Crispin
10 BBY

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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Adult Novel
Legends

The Hutt Gambit

A.C. Crispin
5-4 BBY

The Hutt Gambit continues AC Crispin’s masterful addition to the Star Wars catalogue by bringing Han face to face with some of the most colorful characters in a galaxy far, far away. Within the second novel of Crispin’s trilogy, Han meets a Wookiee named Chewbacca, a gambler named Lando Calrissian, and he begins to work directly with one of the most vile factions imaginable: the Hutts.

However, when the Galactic Empire threatens not only Han’s business dealings, but possible the first home he’s ever known, he has to decide how far he’ll go to protect these new alliances - dare he call them friendships? And, of course, he’s being hunted by the notorious Boba Fett, because it couldn’t be too easy, right?

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Adult Novel
Legends

Rebel Dawn

A.C. Crispin
2-0 BBY

In the third installment of AC Crispin’s Han Solo trilogy, the final threads of Han’s backstory are expertly weaved together. After coming into possession of the Millennium Falcon, Han is looking for smuggling jobs. When he accidentally reunites with Bria Tharen, he is pulled into a mission with the Rebellion. However, not everything is as it seems, and Han soon finds himself on the wrong side of the Hutts, the Empire, and even supposed friends.

With Rebel Dawn, Crispin once again delivers a phenomenal story that not only serves as a perfect ending for her own trilogy, but a seamless springboard for the events of the Original Trilogy. Readers are in for an absolute treat as this fantastic trilogy comes to a close.

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Adult Novel
Legends

Scoundrels

Timothy Zahn
0 ABY

Scoundrels is a classic heist story involving none other than Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Lando Calrissian.

After Han’s reward for helping the Rebellion at the Battle of Yavin is stolen, he finds himself in desperate need of credits. So, when he is approached about a job stealing back hundreds of millions of credits from a crime lord on the planet Wukkar, he jumps at the chance. However, more than a few twists and turns along the way threaten to derail the entire operation and leave Han wondering which of the people standing by his side can be trusted…

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Young Adult Novel
Canon

Most Wanted

Rae Carson
13 BBY

Set before Solo: A Star Wars Story, Rae Carson gives us a glimpse into how Han and Qi’Ra’s relationship began. In a story that gives us a glimpse into life with the White Worms and on the streets of Corellia, we see the pair start out as rivals pitted against each other by Lady Proxima and evolve into the duo we see at the beginning of the film, getting help along the way from intriguing new characters after their job takes a messy turn.

Don’t let the ‘young adult’ tag deter you: Most Wanted is a fast-paced heist adventure with just enough twists to keep you guessing while it keeps you turning pages. The extra depth and gravitas it lends to Han and Qi’Ra’s relationship may well change the way you see that spaceport scene and Qi’Ra’s fateful decision aboard Dryden Vos’s yacht.

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Adult Novel
Canon

Solo: A Star Wars Story: Expanded Edition

Mur Lafferty
13 BBY - 10 BBY

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!

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Smuggler's Run: A Han Solo & Chewbacca Adventureamazon button
Young Adult Novel
Canon

Smuggler's Run: A Han Solo & Chewbacca Adventure

Greg Rucka
0 ABY

After the destruction of the Death Star, Han & Chewie are more than happy to take their promised reward and head off to pay back Jabba the Hutt, but Princess Leia Organa has something else in mind for the duo. A quick rescue mission to help the burgeoning Rebellion - what harm could it do?

Bounty hunters and Imperials, alike, repeatedly chase the pair across the planet Cyrkon, and by the time it’s all over, Han finds himself deeper than he ever thought possible in a cause he tried so long to avoid.

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Adult Novel
Canon

Last Shot

Daniel José Older
10 BBY - 7 ABY

When a common foe from Han and Lando's past shows up on the latter's doorstep, the recent hero of the Rebellion and new father to Ben Solo must rush off once more to save both his friend and possibly, the entire galaxy.

Last Shot uniquely employs a number of different eras throughout the novel, and while jumping between time periods, we get to experience Han, Lando, L3-37 and more at various points in time, allowing us to witness the maturation and evolution of our favorite characters right before our eyes.

With a host of new characters right alongside the classics, including a villain that can't help but terrify all those who encounter him, Last Shot is an essential addition to the Han Solo story.

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Adult Novel
Legends

Empire and Rebellion: Honor Among Thieves

James S. A. Corey
2 ABY

While Leia sets about negotiations to secure a new home for the rebellion, she sends Han Solo on a rescue mission. Scarlet Hark, a deep cover rebel agent has signaled extraction from a core world that also serves as a stronghold for the empire.

Han Solo is the man for the job, and he and Chewie oblige Leia's request, and as it often goes for our lovable rogue, Han finds himself in scrape after scrape, and escape after narrow escape as the plot becomes more complicated, and greater dangers are revealed.

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