Monday, August 26, 2019

Fate at Galaxy's Edge

While the shameless marketing of books based around the new Star Wars land at Disneyland is hilarious, it is also true that I and probably many others are totally into it. Black Spire Outpost is a beautiful land, a fantastic new Star Wars creation, so I absolutely don't mind getting to hear stories about the place.

Zoraida Cordova's Galaxy's Edge: A Crash of Fate is a YA read that tends toward the younger end of the genre. So it's simple, which is fine. Overall, it's a nice read. I enjoyed it. It was extremely sappy, which is going to be either a good or bad thing just depending on the reader. Love and loyalty and fate and friendship.

Sometimes the shameless marketing was a tad too shameless. Okay, go ahead and bring Dok Ondar and Oga in as characters. But the need to mention every food for sale in the new land and every shop available? They literally gave Zoraida Cordova a list of all the availabilities in Galaxy's Edge and required her to work them in to her novel. Some of it worked but some of it was too see-through. I'm totally into it, as I said, but you also have to laugh at it as you go along.

But it's a fun book, a book about childhood friendships, falling in love, and finding your identity. Classic YA thematic material. And yet here I am still relating to the whole finding identity thing, to the concept of looking back at who you were and looking at who you are and looking at how who you are looks back at who you were. How do our past selves affect our present selves?

My final note must be on the fantastic cover. Those black spires are already classic to me. And the style of it all reminds me of vintage covers of The Lord of the Rings. That otherworldly fantasy look. It's a shame this book didn't get more marketing (the book itself is marketing but the book didn't get much marketing of its own, funnily enough) simply so that this cover could be seen more.

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