SciFi Book Review: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Smuggler’s Run

Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Smuggler’s Run by Greg Rucka

Synopsis:
Han Solo and Chewbacca the Wookiee team-up for an all-new adventure in this thrilling upper middle grade novel. Set between Star Wars: A New Hope and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, the story follows everyone’s favorite pair of smugglers as they fly the Millennium Falcon on a top-secret mission for the Rebellion. Hidden in the story are also hints and clues about the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, making this a must-read for fans old and new!

Review:
Months ago, when I saw that Disney Hyperion was coming out with middle grade novels set in the Star Wars universe and starring the main characters, I knew I had to read them. In this story, Han and Chewie are sent to rescue a spy for the rebellion as the Empire closes in. Preteens to adults will enjoy this exciting adventure, as it’s not really a children’s story. It’s a fun, heist with my two favorite characters, but edgy. The main villain is a new character and was well-developed. I’d love to see her in future stories as well.

I’m guessing the “hints and clues about the upcoming” Force Awakens, is stem from the interludes that are set years in the future, when Han and Chewbacca are older. Even if there aren’t actual clues, these are entertaining enough standalone stories on their own.