Monday, June 4, 2018

Review: LAST SHOT by Daniel Jose Older

Publisher Century
Length 344 pages
Format softcover
Published 2018
Series Star Wars (Disney cannon)
My Copy I bought it


After watching Solo: A Star Wars Story, I was pumped to read Last Shot. Lando and Han have such great screen chemistry in the original trilogy, and with this story being set around two years after Return of the Jedi I was hoping for the prose to capture some of that scoundrel and swagger and I wasn't let down. 


The interactions between the two key cogs in this story play out just like the new Solo film. The author does a great job at transposing them from the screen to the printed page. One thing that didn't quite make the transition so smoothly is the man-of-few-words persona of Han. He's not a guy who talks about his feelings, and that was apparent early on in Last Shot, even with son Ben, yet the need to express his struggles with conveying his feelings to his family in Ben and Leia became repetitive and unnecessary, particularly in the later stages of the book. 

The story itself if split between three timelines; present day (2 years post Return of the Jedi), 10 years prior, and 15 years prior. For the most part, this was an unnecessary distraction which only served to introduce the story's big bad in Fyzen Gor and highlight the fact that both Han and Lando had previously stolen a droid-controlling device - the Phylanx Redux, the same device which is at the center of the present day story. 

The plot it pretty simple; Fyzen Gor, a super smart hybrid organic-droid character wants to use the Phylanx Redux to control the droids of the universe to overthrown their organic oppressors. It's up to Han and Lando to stop him.



Fyzen Gor is a great character and perhaps the best thing about this book aside from the colorful characterisation of Lando Calrissian. Han just didn't read right and the bit players across the galaxy didn't do all that much to contribute to the story in any meaningful way. 

My rating: 3/5 stars, Last Shot is worth the price alone to read of Fyzen Gor, while comic book buffs will get a kick out of seeing Sana (pictured below). Hard core Star Wars fans will want to pick this up, casual reads can take it or leave it. 



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