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Star Wars Poe Dameron: Free Fall

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A Poe Dameron Origin story? Sign me up! Poe Dameron: Free Fall is everything it appears to be, and everything it promises to be. It's the tale of Poe Dameron, before he wound up in the hands of the Rebellion.
	Written by Alex Segura, this novel offers refreshing insight into how Poe became the pilot we all know him to be. This is a younger version of the character, and it explains many questions that fans have come up with over the years.
	Once upon a time, Poe was a rebellious teenager. He wanted to be a pilot for the Rebellion, just like his parents once were. That might not sound like much of an origin story, but the tale Poe is about to embark on is full of twists and turns. 

	“There was always a chance we wouldn't come back/ That there'd be dust where our ship had been a few seconds before. Your mom and dad knew that.”

	Poe Dameron: Free Fall is a bold tale, one that isn't afraid to show off the sometimes darker backstory of one of the Rebellion's best pilots. This is the tale of Poe Dameron, and how he gained those skills.
	Poe is a child that was always haunted by the ghost of his mother. When he was younger, all he wanted was to become a pilot like both his parents. As he grew older, and lost his mother to the job she loved so much, that desire didn't lessen.
	It's actually kind of poetic when you think about it. All Poe ever wanted was to reach for the sky, yet his father's fear of more loss kept him grounded. Well, for a while at least. We all know that this did not last.
	I really enjoyed this origin story, more than I expected to. Not only was it an absolute blast to read, but it was kind of funny at times – seeing a younger and even more rebellious Poe Dameron. It certainly explains a thing or two about him.
	Speaking of, I've had a few questions about him ever since the latest movies dropped, and I feel like the pieces of the puzzle have all finally slid into place now. Now his life story makes more sense, as do the characters that he sometimes comes across. 
	Was I a bit surprised to learn of certain elements of his past? Kind of. I already knew about the Spice Runner twist (it was hinted at during The Force Awakens), but everything else was surprising. It was also beautifully human, showing off a side of his character that we don't normally get to see.
	Personally, I would love to see another Poe Dameron novel come out into the world. I don't care if it continues from where this one left off, or told something completely different. I'd read it in a heartbeat.
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Poe Dameron: Free Fall takes place about 16 years before Star Wars Episode VII: The Force awakens. And recounts how Poe ends up as a Spice Runner of Kijimi.

The book was an adventure throughout, with plenty of near escapes from certain death. A book about Poe Dameron wouldn’t be complete without many quips from the titular character.

Some other stand out parts from the book:

Zorii Bliss – We get to know a young Zorii whom we first met in Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker. She was an enigma when she first showed up, but we get to know more about her, and her connection with Poe, throughout the story.

Babu Frik – I don’t know anyone who didn’t fall in love with the little droid smith in Episode IX. His appearance in Poe Dameron: Free Fall, though brief, was enough to make my heart soar. Every time he talked, I could hear his cute little scratchy voice.

EV-6B6 – I’m a sucker for spunky droids, and Eevee is no exception. We find out that Poe is not a fan of droids, but EV helps change all that, which I imagine is what helps pave the way for BB-8 to become Poe’s best friend.

Planets and flying – It wouldn’t be Star Wars without flying around the galaxy and visiting planets, would it? Well, you’ll get lots of flying, seeing as the Poe we know is one of the best pilots in the Resistance.

Alex Segura did a fantastic job at sharing another story from our favorite galaxy from long ago. He captured the spirited nature of the adventurous Poe Dameron and helped me to fall in love with the pilot even more.
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This book is about Poe and Zorii's beginning, Poe's parents and the spice runners of Kijimi.

My initial interest in reading this book was for Zorii because I liked her in The Rise of Skywalker. Unfortunately, I am feeling a bit of Poe exhaustion because there is just so much Poe content. We have never seen a 16 year old Poe, so I went into this book cautiously optimistic that I would find something different here.

This book falls very flat. The writing is very dry and without character. The bland uncharacteristic writing made reading this book a chore. This book relies on you knowing Poe from other content because I felt like this book didn't give him any personality. In the very few moments where characters were given characteristics, they felt like a ripoff of other characters in canon. 

I do think there is a good idea for a story somewhere deep under a lot of editing and fine-tuning. I had hoped Free Fall would tell me who Zorii and Poe were as teenagers and I still feel like I don't know the answer to that question.
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Free Fall is just fine. It's neither the rousing back story that Poe deserves, nor is it a complete dud in the
Sequel Trilogy's expanded universe, but it could have been so much more. 

Free Fall focuses on a 16 year old Poe after he falls in with a group of Spice Smugglers, and attempts to give clarity and life to an underutilised storyline from The Rise of Skywalker. The problem is, Free Fall spends too much time on a handful of Poe's missions with said Spice Smugglers, without any real interesting or satisfying arc running throughout. Yes, it introduces Zorii, Poe's old flame from The Rise of Skywalker, and it digs a little deeper into his parents back stories (which is great if you've read Shattered Empire), but it doesn't ever do much with these characters. Remembering that Spice is essentially space drugs, it would have been a great way to give Poe an edgier backstory and made him feel less like Solo 2.0. Instead, Free Fall is a collection of fun but ultimately forgettable dogfights with little to no weight to them. 

Remembering however, that this is a young adult novel, it's well written fiction and absolutely serviceable throughout, but it never hits the dizzying heights of many of the novels that make up the new Canon.
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If you enjoyed Poe Dameron’s mysterious past being partially uncovered in The Rise Of Skywalker, then Poe Dameron: Free Fall will give you a more in-depth into his past.

Poe Dameron: Free Fall seemed to be aimed at more the Young Adult age group form the writing style; but don’t let that stop you from a good background story book. In the sequel Star Wars trilogy, Poe always came across to me as a clean cut guy who was honourable and always did the right thing. Then in The Rise of Skywalker we find out that before he joined the Resistance, he was not the clean cut guy that he seemed to be.

Poe is 16 in Free Fall, but at time he did not act like a typical 16 year old would. But then again I do not have the ability to travel around the galaxy as freely as they are able to so it is possible that they mature quicker than me. That being said it felt like there was forced conflict for conflict sakes and not because there was a driving force for what needed to occur.

While this is a fun and very easy read, I wish that there had been more substance to this story. It just felt like it was missing something, which just might not have been able to be explored in the Young Adult genre. Poe is such an interesting character in the movies and I hope that more books about him come out expand on his background.

Overall an enjoyable read that most will enjoy.
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Some years after the demise of the Galactic Empire, trouble brews in a galaxy far far away.

Sometimes, novels offer the opportunity for fans to explore and discover the stories of their favorite movie characters beyond what’s shown in films. In this case, it fell on Alex Segura, a crime fiction author, to write the origin story of Poe Dameron, the rugged and dashing pilot of the Rebel Alliance from the Star Wars franchise.

“We meet Poe as a 16-year-old kid with dreams of exploring the galaxy,” Segura says. “But feeling stranded on his home world of Yavin 4. When he meets a band of mysterious travelers, Poe sees his chance to escape his backwater home planet and his father—who he loves, but who Poe feels is being overly protective in the wake of his mother’s death. Early on in his journey with the group, Poe discovers they’re actually Spice Runners—and he must grapple with his desire for freedom and the price it comes with, namely, working with a band of criminals that go against everything he was raised to stand for. It’s a story about growing up, choosing your destiny, and the weight of legacy, through the eyes of one of the best characters to come out of the Star Wars mythos. In short, it’s a rollicking crime novel in space.”

Continue reading in The Big Thrill...
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This felt like general Star Wars happenings with Poe Dameron kind of shoehorned into it. It felt uninspiring in terms of Poe but interesting in the way that Star Wars has always been interesting. 

The character development just fell completely flat.
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In Alex Segura’s debut Star Wars novel, the early life of Resistance pilot Poe Dameron is explored, further explaining his family and shady life as a spice runner.

Ever the impulsive and headstrong pilot we’ve grown to love in the sequel trilogy (is it even possible that a teenage Poe might be more-so?!), Free Fall was a super fun read! As a giant lore nerd who loves to learn more about the state of the galaxy, I was definitely pleased by the way Segura gave insight into the different facets of Star Wars society. From the New Republic to the sketchy streets of Kijimi, a very cinematic lens was used to describe action and detail, even giving fun nods to prior movies and comics. In continuation of pre-existing media, I also loved seeing Poe’s interactions with Zorri Bliss. I loved their interactions in the newest Star Wars film, and am excited to say that their teenage interactions made me even more of a fan!

For fans of Solo and action-packed YA, I totally recommend this read! Not only did it scratch the new Star Wars content itch, it also left me content with Poe’s characterization post-Rise Of Skywalker.

Thank you so much to the publisher, NetGalley, and the author for giving me this opportunity to read such a fun new adventure!

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Oh boy. I don’t know why we needed this book or who it's for but here we are!

Free Fall is the story of 16 year old Poe Dameron who, longing for adventure and running away from his problems, joins a band of spice runners only to discover spice runners are bad. It’s basically just Solo, with Poe finally becoming the Han Solo 2.0 many thought he would be. There really isn’t anything to this story and you can tell it was only told to tie in with The Rise of Skywalker. And if you are looking for any connections to the Poe we see in the comics or in Resistance Reborn, you won’t find that here.

What gets me the most is that it feels like the story never got out of the “idea” stage. It’s almost written like a script, and is so exposition and battle heavy that I think the author forgot to give it any heart. All the characters came off as robotic versions of themselves and it was impossible to sympathize with any of them.

It makes me sad that this is the first thing we got with our sequel trilogy cast after TROS, like they are just trying to retread everything to make it fit better with the film. Like TROS, this book is empty, heavy handed, and made me worry that this is all Star Wars is going to be now. I’m giving it 1 star because it was rushed, poorly written, and in no way stands up to the other new canon books.
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I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 
Poe Dameron is tired of the small, backwater moon where he lives. He's tired of being kept from adventure and excitement-especially after hearing tales of his parents' adventures during the rebellion. But ever since Poe's mother died, his father has worked to keep him safe.  Now, at sixteen, and freshly in trouble (and quite upset with himself) after crashing his mother's ship, Poe finds himself unwittingly joining up with a group of spice runners.  At first, he's simply filling in for a pilot, but then he becomes part of the crew and helps with various jobs. 
It's been a few days since I finished this book, but beyond remembering the ending-when Poe happens to see a prominent rebellion/New Republic figure making a speech-this was mainly just a book of Poe running around and having adventures.  I haven't been as interested in the current/recently finished trilogy, so a lot of the characters didn't really matter to me (I'm assuming that Zorri might have been an important person in the trilogy).  
Anyway, it's an okay book, but I just didn't really enjoy it the way I have other Star Wars books in the past.
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Poe Dameron: Free Fall is a solid adventure tale that presents an interesting look at the Star Wars galaxy's criminal underworld during an under-exploited time period. Unfortunately, it isn't quite up to par with the other largely-excellent YA Star Wars books from Disney Lucasfilm Press.

The writing feels closer to middle-grade than YA and the narration fluctuates often between confusing and redundant. The biggest single issue here is Segura's over-reliance on in media res when beginning a new chapter; once or twice this can be an effective way to capture (or recapture) the reader's attention but when the book almost immediately flashes back to the current event's backstory it just means that I often lost track of whether I was reading the thing that was actually happening or a flashback to earlier that day/week/month, and by the time I did get back to the present I'd forgotten what was happening in the first place. That disorientation is compounded by a tendency to underline the significance of a given moment or statement by expanding the POV of the narration into the future, i.e. "words that would haunt Poe Dameron for the rest of his life." It created the impression of simply being told an event is important to someone rather than doing the work to make it feel important organically.

All that said, there are some very strong aspects of the book. Poe and Zorii are very well-developed and consistent, and even as someone who wasn't wild about them being romantically involved I bought into it here. Poe's gift for banter is also captured very well. I can forgive a lot if a book makes me laugh and that was often the case here--only the final section on Kijimi really lost me. Segura uses a great mix of new and preexisting characters and I often found myself wanting to know more about what they were up to and what happened to them after the narration had moved on, which I suppose is both praise and criticism given the writing's overall tendency to elide a lot of detail in favor of keeping things moving. While I was surprised that the story ended as abruptly as it did I appreciated the choice to leave the the climax of the Spice Runners plot a little vague--this is Poe's story, and with few exceptions, Segura sticks to him like glue. While more information would have helped in some cases, I respect the underlying intention there.

In conclusion, I would say Free Fall is worth reading if you're interested in this backstory or just want to spend more time with Poe and/or the Spice Runners, but DLP has set a very high bar for themselves over the last several years and I can't say they quite reached it here. A full reaction piece is forthcoming at Eleven-ThirtyEight upon the book's release; it will focus on the role the underworld plays in the post-Empire Star Wars galaxy and Poe's complicated status as both a criminal and a hero.
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[Short version in English, long version in Italian below]
In Poe Dameron - Free Fall, author Alex Segura manages to bring a faithful and intriguing teen version of Poe Dameron on the book pages. Poe in unsure (but never completely) of his future and about the man he wants to become. 
However, the well-done character introspection for Poe, Zorii, and also Poe's father Kes and family-friend L'ulo Lampar, comes together with a repetitive storyline that does not intrigue the reader to continue reading. Segura's style is fluid and enjoyable, and the best moments of the novel are for sure Poe and Zorii's dialogues.

[Italian]
Le informazioni centellinate ne L’Ascesa di Skywalker su Poe Dameron dovevano portare qualcosa e quel qualcosa è il nuovo romanzo Young Adult Poe Dameron – Free Fall di Alex Segura! Non ci ha sorpresi dunque il suo annuncio di qualche mese fa e finalmente il romanzo canonico edito da Disney-Lucafilm Press arriva tra due giorni nelle librerie oltreoceano.
Abbiamo avuto modo di leggere il romanzo tramite una Advanced Review Copy qualche mese fa (grazie mille a Disney Lucasfilm Press) quindi tuffatevi con noi nella recensione senza spoiler!

Sinossi
Sono passati alcuni anni dalla morte della madre di Poe (Shara Bey, ndr) e Poe e suo Padre, un tempo soldato della Ribellione, hanno sempre più difficoltà a connettersi. Non sapendo cosa fare della propria vita, il giovane Poe fugge dalla sua casa in cerca di avventura, cercando di capire che tipo d’uomo è realmente.

Cosa mi è piaciuto

I personaggi
C’è poco da dire: Alex Segura è riuscito a portare sulle pagine del romanzo una versione credibile e fedele del Poe Dameron di Oscar Isaacs, pur mostrandolo come adolescente di 16 anni. Il carisma e l’ironia che conosciamo bene sono perfettamente rappresentati e i momenti migliori del romanzo non sono forse le battaglie spaziali o gli scontri tra contrabbandieri, ma quelli più intimi dove Poe e Zorii (e gli altri  spice runner di Kijimi) si interfacciano.
Proprio di Zorii vale la pena parlare: dopo essere stati catturati dal suo sguardo magnetico ne L’Ascesa di Skywalker conoscere qualcosa di più sulla ragazza è stato interessante. Il personaggio si è svelato deciso e sicuro di sé, una specie di mentore – anche se ugualmente giovane, e forse per questo più facile da seguire – per lo stesso Poe Dameron.
La caduta libera del titolo, però, non è imputabile solo alle cattive compagnie del giovane Poe: i suoi dilemmi interiori percorrono l’intero romanzo, anche se non convincono mai del tutto. Forse è così perché siamo abituati a pensare a Poe come un ragazzo esuberante ma dal cuore d’oro, e forse perché – alla fin fine – ci viene presentato sempre così anche nel romanzo.
Gli altri personaggi, a parte per Kes Dameron e l’amico di famiglia L’ulo (già visto nella serie a fumetti Poe Dameron) sono invece abbastanza dimenticabili.

Cosa non mi è piaciuto

La trama e le motivazioni
Per quanto l’approfondimento sui personaggi sia valido, le vicende vere e proprie di Poe Dameron – Free Fall non trainano particolarmente la lettura. Dopo un inizio abbastanza scoppiettante, con Poe Dameron che fugge da Yavin 4 proponendosi come pilota per gli Spice Runners, la trama si trascina da un colpo all’altro, senza che il lettore sia davvero interessato alle vicende in merito: ammetto di aver desiderato di arrivare al più presto alla “conversione” di Poe, al suo rinsavimento, che tanto ero sicuro sarebbe arrivato.
La scrittura di Segura scorre abbastanza, quello che manca è proprio una motivazione a continuare e, purtroppo, questa sensazione si è mantenuta per quasi tutto il romanzo.

Conclusione
In Poe Dameron – Free Fall,  l’autore Alex Segura riesce a riportare una versione fedele e intrigante di un Poe Dameron adolescente, incerto (ma mai per davvero) sul suo futuro e sull’uomo che vuole diventare. Alla buona introspezione sui protagonisti, Poe e Zorii e di alcuni secondari (il padre Kes e l’amico L’ulo Lampar), si accompagna però una trama ripetitiva e non molto esaltante, che non motiva il lettore a proseguire la lettura. Segura scrive in modo scorrevole e piacevole e i momenti più tranquilli di dialogo tra Poe e Zorii sono decisamente i punti più alti dell’opera.
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3.5 stars

I received an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Poe Dameron: Free Fall piqued my interest due to my love for the character and interest in his backstory, particularly since it also involved Zorii, who we were introduced to in Rise of Skywalker. While I’m a staunch FinnPoe shipper, I was willing to be swayed as to the viability of Poe and Zorii as a potential pairing if their history was compelling enough. 

Poe’s story on his own is compelling. I liked learning about his origins prior to joining the Resistance, and how his parents’ role in the prior Rebellion against the Empire impacted him. 

And there are some interesting things done with Zorii’s character too, in terms of giving her a bit of a complex history and past of her own. A secret about her was revealed that I did not anticipate, and I enjoyed the way it was grappled with, to an extent. 

However, I didn’t think much of their relationship, even as friends. I never got the sense they truly connected, not in the way that Finn and Poe did, even with them being apart for the majority of both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. That could just be my bias coming through, but their friendship felt very shallow, and there wasn’t a real sense of depth there. 

This is still a fun book, and it will excite other Poe fans who were upset that he wasn’t given that much to do in the sequel trilogy.
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In The Rise of Skywalker leerden we dat Poe een ”Spice Runner” geweest is, wat in de Star Wars wereld inhoud dat hij een drugssmokkelaar was. In Poe Dameron: Free Fall lezen we hoe die vork in de steel steekt, want dat komt natuurlijk niet direct overeen met de voormalig New Republic Navy piloot die zich bij de Resistance aansloot en zijn leven keer op keer op het spel zet om het sterrenstelsel een betere plek te maken. Het boek vertelt hoe Poe op jonge leeftijd een aantal leden van de Spice Runners van Kijimi leerde kennen en zich bij hen aansloot. We leren een hoop over Poe’s leven en familie, maar vooral ook over het leven van Zorii. 
Poe’s moeder Shara Bey was een piloot in de Rebel Alliance, ze vocht onder anderen tijdens de slag om de Tweede Death Star maar nam afscheid van het hectische en gevaarlijke bestaan toen ze samen met haar man Kes Dameron en hun zoontje Poe op Yavin IV ging wonen. Jaren later sterft Shara, wat de levens van Kes en Poe compleet op hun kop zet. Kes is er helemaal kapot van en kan maar moeilijk bevatten dat hij de rest van zijn leven zonder zijn vrouw moet doorbrengen en wordt daardoor extra beschermend over Poe. Iets wat de zestienjarige Poe verre van op prijs kan stellen. Deze tiener wil niets liever dan vrijheid, vliegen en avonturen beleven. Na een zoveelste ruzie met zijn vader loopt Poe een aantal ongure types tegen het lijf die opzoek zijn naar een piloot die ze van Yavin IV af kan krijgen wat voor Poe de uitgerekende kans is om onder de beschermende blik van zijn vader uit te komen en eindelijk het universum te gaan verkennen. Zonder zich al te veel te realiseren wat hij doet sluit Poe zich aan bij de Spice Runners van Kijimi.

Het boek is een snel doorlopend avontuur waar achtervolgingen, vuurgevechten, verraad en een vleugje romantiek zich op rap tempo afwisselen. Segura weet het tempo goed vast te houden, wat mede komt doordat we enkel de daadwerkelijke missies meekrijgen waar Poe en zijn vrienden op uitgestuurd worden. De weken of zelfs maanden die tussen die missies in zitten worden overgeslagen, waardoor het tempo hoog blijft en het verhaal zich niet vast graaft in onnodige expositie.

Segura zet een Poe neer die trouw is aan zijn personage in de films. Hij is impulsief, koppig, overmoedig en bluft zich een eind in de rondte, maar wat vooral naar voren komt is zijn grote hart. De impulsiviteit zorgt ervoor dat Poe zich zonder aarzelen bij de Spice Runners aansluit, wat hem lijnrecht tegenover de idealen van de New Republic, en waar zijn ouders voor vochten, zet. Dat hij hiervoor kiest en zich niet inschrijft als kadet bij de New Republic Navy is een punt wat niet helemaal overeen lijkt te komen met Poe’s persoonlijkheid, iets wat het boek zelf ook duidelijk maakt omdat Poe toch regelmatig met zijn beslissing worstelt. Maar zijn loyaliteit aan Zorii wint het van zijn twijfels. 

De sterkste punten van het boek zijn niet zozeer de Spice Runners, die in dit boek helemaal niet met Spice in aanraking komen trouwens, maar de momenten tussen Poe en Zorii. De twee tieners krijgen een hele hechte band en zijn elkaars steun en toeverlaat, rolmodel en maatje. Die hechte band verklaart de manier waarop Zorii met Poe omgaat in The Rise of Skywalker. Hoe ze hem eerst tegen de grond werkt en haar blaster gereed heeft, om vervolgens zonder al te veel moeite overgehaald te worden om hulp te bieden. En Poe zelfs het medaillon geeft dat haar enige weg naar vrijheid kon zijn.

Al met al leest Free Fall fijn weg en zijn er maar weinig saaie momenten. Er is genoeg actie om van te genieten maar de echte kracht van het verhaal ligt in de emoties van de hoofdpersonages. Segura bouwt een goede brug tussen de Poe die we kennen en de duistere implicaties die The Rise of Skywalker over hem geeft. De cover art van Phil Noto is zoals we van hem gewend zijn ook weer een knap staaltje werk. Oh, en Babu Frik komt ook een paar keer tevoorschijn en net als in The Rise of Skywalker steelt hij ook hier weer de show!

Free Fall is een leuke aanvulling voor de collectie waar menig fan, ook de jongere fans onder ons, zich prima mee zal vermaken.
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Hello Gemmies! I have a new book review to share with you today. Please note: I received a digital ARC of this book (via NetGalley) from its publisher in exchange for an honest and fair review. 

Poe Dameron Free Fall by Alex Segura is a wonderful back story novel of everyone's favorite spice runner turned resistance hero Poe Dameron. Get ready for a fast paced, non stop, fun thrill ride. There is no shortage of blaster showdowns, firefights, and of course...... hyperspace/light speed skipping! Free Fall is a great entry into the Star Wars literary universe. We get a look at Poe's life as a teenager before he joined the resistance. Alex Segura does a wonderful job of capturing Poe's characteristics. He felt authentic, dynamic, and relatable. The world building is also so much more than I was expecting. We visit numerous planets, including Yavin and Kijimi. And there are creatures galore. We meet Gen Tri's, Zabrak's, Twi'lek's, Klatooinian's, Zualjinn's, Kyuzo's, and Moraysian's just to name a few! Alex really went deep into Star Wars cannon territory. I had to consult Wookipedia to refresh myself!

Now what really made this book shine for me was the relationship between Poe and Zorii. I cannot tell you enough how much I love their interactions. Zorii battles inner turmoil as she develops a shaky relationship with Poe while trying to remain committed to the Spice Runners. These interactions were really well done and I need more Poe/Zorii adventures in my life. After learning more about both of them, I want to re-read the sequel trilogy novelizations. If you are a fan of Star Wars, gritty criminal underworlds, blaster fights, family drama, friendship, and aliens then go read this book! This gem published by Disney Lucasfilm Press is set to release August 04, 2020, and is available for pre-order from all major booksellers. I give Poe Dameron Free Fall 4 out of 5 gems. I loved this book and hope we got more stories like this set in the Star Wars universe. Happy Reading!
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I was underwhelmed by the character arcs, plot lines. Poe Dameron is one of my favorite characters from the Star Wars franchise, and I was excited to read about his origin story, but it was not nearly as interesting as I thought it would be. I expected a full description of Poe's relationship with his father, and a true "origin story" type story, but these elements are scrapped in favor of action sequences that seem illogical and out of place.
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Star Wars fans rejoice! We have a backstory on one of the best pilots in the Galaxy...Poe Dameron. This story takes place when Poe is 16. We learn a lot about how he became a Spice Runner. This book has a lot of in depth details about how he became who we see in the Star Wars movies. The plot was good and the pacing not bad. I got into the character and felt like I was flying right along with Poe.
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In "Poe Dameron: Free Fall," Alex Segura shines a light on a part of the charismatic Resistance pilot’s life we only get our first hints of in The Rise of Skywalker. A character with a shady becoming a hero for the good guys isn’t new territory in the franchise (a certain other charismatic pilot had done the same thing a generation earlier, after all). But some were taken slightly aback by the film’s revelation that Dameron had spent time in the galaxy’s criminal underworld and had a hard time squaring that with the character they already knew. But in revisiting a trope we know well in Star Wars, that of a frustrated young man eager for adventure, Segura draws a clear arc through Poe’s development. From a restless adolescent, through a not-quite-convinced member of a criminal enterprise, to a young man who finds his true calling, we find out how Poe got from the frigid Thieves’ Quarter of Kijimi to his place as one of the leaders of the Resistance. The author does a beautiful job of capturing Oscar Isaac’s portrayal of the character, nicely sets up things we see in the films, and provides just as much – if not more – backstory about the Kerri Russel’s enigmatic Zorii Bliss.
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"Poe Dameron: Free Fall," gives us a glimpse into the life of a teenage Poe, and answers some lingering questions about him. Poe, the son of two Rebellion heroes, longs to follow in his parents' footsteps and dreams of becoming a great pilot. After his mother dies, his father is reluctant to let go and let Poe find his own way. A group of criminals looking for a pilot becomes his ticket off his home planet and into the excitement he longs for. Poe quickly finds out that the life of a spice runner is a heavy prospect.

Many of the characters are quite compelling, but Zorii Bliss is top shelf in this story. She looked so cool and was so intriguing in "The Rise of Skywalker" and I wanted to know more about her.! The chemistry between her and Poe makes for a fun read, and it manages to feel very relatable even in this setting. If you're looking for an exciting and humorous read in the Star Wars universe, this is a good book to grab. It's neat!
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Star Wars Poe Dameron: Free Fall

To be as honest as and forthright as possible: I love this book.

It is a perfect "origin" story for Poe. Poe felt overshadowed and overprotected at the same time and that pushed him right into the arms of the Spice Runners and Zorri Bliss. His growth as a Spice Runner helps him become the General we know and love.

Honestly, its not what I expected from Poe's father knowing his history but after reading the story it makes perfect sense. 

This book is a must read! 

BP
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