Star Wars Poe Dameron: Free Fall
by Alex Segura
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 04 Aug 2020 | Archive Date 04 Aug 2020
Disney Publishing Worldwide, Disney Lucasfilm Press
This thrilling YA adventure, by award-winning author, Alex Segura, tells a pivotal story in the life of Star Wars hero Poe Dameron! This adventure is intricately connected to The Rise of Skywalker and tells the story fans have been hungry to know...
Poe Dameron has spent his life wanting to fly starships, and his mother, a former A-wing pilot for the Rebellion, was more than happy to show her son everything she knew. But when she dies an untimely death, Poe is left with his father, Kes Dameron, who struggles with his own grief and does his best to keep Poe close, and safe. But Poe wants more. He wants to leave the sleepy moon Yavin IV and find adventure in the wider galaxy.
When a group of smugglers offers him a job piloting them off-world, it seems like an opportunity Poe can't possibly refuse. And by the time he finds out the smugglers are actually part of the fearsome criminal enterprise called the Spice Runners of Kjimii, Poe is already in deep. His burgeoning friendship--and perhaps more--with one young Spice Runner, Zorii, is more incentive for Poe to stick around.
But is this the life he's meant to have? Is it even the life he really wants? Poe will have to find those answers for himself to discover the man he is and wants to be.
Available on NetGalley
Average rating from 198 members
Poe Dameron: Free Fall has just the right amount of… how did author Alex Segura put it? Oh yeah, “subterfuge, shady dealings and murky morals.” Throw in extreme piloting, numerous blaster battles and countless colorful characters and you have got yourself one heck of a Star Wars story. A young Poe struggles with his mother’s death while his relationship with his father dwindles. Pushing boundaries and always on the run, Poe yearns for something more than the monotony of life on Yavin 4. After all, both his parents fought for the New Republic. How did they become so resigned to this ordinary life? And what does their past mean, if anything, for Poe’s future? Perhaps Poe will be a hero, a villain or a teenager trying to work through his largely-criminal life choices. Whatever the case, we already know from our well-established Star Wars fandom that there are few, if any, dull moments in the life of Poe Dameron. Following suit with not a dull moment in sight, Segura’s story soars through the galaxy at top speed. Fast-paced and heavily plot driven, Free Fall peppers in character development sparingly without losing the emotional integrity of an anticipated origin story. It queries the sensitive balance between the stability of home and the hypnotic appeal of adventure. The grass is always greener on the other side and the reader contemplates the good and bad, legal and illegal, alongside Poe every step of the way. An easy read and a long-awaited introduction to the beginnings of Poe and Zorii’s friendship (not to mention at least a few encounters with our favorite Babu Frik), Free Fall deservedly earns its place among unforgettable Star Wars stories.