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[The Rebellion]
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Empire and Rebellion: Razor's Edge
BOOK STORY
Martha Wells
Del Rey [US]; Arrow Books [UK]
Story published as:
Hardback Novel (2013)
e-Book (2013)
Audio Book (2013)
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1 review [Review score: 3.5 / 5]

Synopsis:
Times are desperate for the Rebel Alliance. Harassment by the Empire and a shortage of vital supplies are hindering completion of a new secret base on the ice planet Hoth. So when Mid Rim merchants offer much-needed materials for sale, Princess Leia Organa and Han Solo lead an Alliance delegation to negotiate a deal.
But when treachery forces the rebel ship to flee into territory controlled by pirates, Leia makes a shocking discovery: the fierce marauders come from Leia’s homeworld of Alderaan, recently destroyed by the Death Star. These refugees have turned to pillaging and plundering to survive—and they are in debt to a pirate armada, which will gladly ransom the princess to the vengeful Empire . . . if they find out her true identity.
Struggling with intense feelings of guilt, loyalty, and betrayal, Leia is determined to help her wayward kinspeople, even as Imperial forces are closing in on her own crippled ship. Trapped between lethal cutthroats and brutal oppressors, Leia and Han, along with Luke, Chewbacca, and a battle-ready crew, must defy death—or embrace it—to keep the rebellion alive.


Chronology:
This story occurs approximately 3 years after the Battle of Yavin.

Related Stories (in chronological order):

  • Constant Spirit by Jennifer Heddle
  • A New Hope
  • Razor's Edge
  • The Empire Strikes Back


Reviews:
Review by Ewan, Star Wars Books & Comics, 2014:

"Martha Wells's Razor's Edge is the first book in a trilogy of standalone stories that star the "Big Three" of the Classic Saga: Luke, Han and Leia. It is a personal story that focuses primarily on Leia with Han playing a secondary role, still unable to express his true emotions for Leia, while Luke's appearance is more of a cameo than a defined role. Although set prior to the events of The Empire Strikes Back, Wells captures the Leia of A New Hope - the strong, almost defiant, woman who is able to take command when the situation requires it - while at the same time recognising her own weaknesses. However, given that only a couple of years have passed since Leia witnessed first-hand the destruction of her home planet Alderaan, Wells's Leia is clearly suffering from survivor's guilt and it is this that Wells uses as Leia's primary motivation for the story: to rehabilitate the crew of a former Alderaanian Security gunship who have become pirates. This creates for a interesting dynamic between the pirates, also witnesses of the destruction of Alderaan, who desperately want to strike back at the Empire (at almost any cost) but instead find themselves alone in a hostile galaxy and turning to piracy to survive; and Leia, their former Princess, also seeking revenge for Alderaan but, because of her connections within the Rebel Alliance, is able to lead an army in the fight against the Empire.
"Wells creates another interesting dynamic in that the protagonists, Leia and Caline Metara (captain of the Alderaanian pirates); and the antagonist, Aral tukor Viest (the pirate leader) are all female. As well as Leia's journey in this story, there is also the tragedy of Captain Metara, whose circumstances in trying to do the right thing only leads her down the wrong path. While Wells has created believable characters, some of the plot elements weren't so believable. In particular, the idea that Princess Leia Organa would even attempt an undercover infiltration of a pirate base posing as a pirate who happened to share the same first name as a former Imperial Senator, never mind the same face as a known figurehead of the Rebel Alliance, was surprising to say the least. Similarly Wells sets up a hook in the opening chapter: the Rebels may have a Imperial spy operating within their midst who could have orchestrated the Imperial attack on Leia's spaceship. Only for the reader to get to the second chapter and be openly told that, yes, there is an Imperial spy and, yes, they did orchestrate the Imperial attack. This only left the identity of the spy to be revealed, which was drawn out until the closing chapters. Better if the hook and been cast and the reader reeled in slowly with the potential threat of sabotage occurring at any time.
"In terms of continuity within the overall Expanded Universe (EU) and Star Wars mythos, it has to be said that Wells plays it safe. Apart from our film heroes, all of Wells's characters are new and any reference to previous EU situations is minimal and even barely tangible: Han's contact for the meeting they are travelling to attend is someone he met during his time in the Corporate Sector - yet there is no mention of this person in Brian Daley's Han Solo Adventures trilogy - clearly a missed opportunity to expand this story's place in the wider EU. However, while this does not overly distract from what is essentially a strong character driven narrative that succeeds in encapsulating the Classic Saga Leia and Han characters perfectly, as a standalone book set between two films, Razor's Edge isn't quite the film-bridging story that was Shadows of the Empire."

Rating: 3.5 / 5

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