Science Fiction

Star Wars: Scorched

Author: Delilah S. Dawson

Art By: Joe Corroney

Originally Published In: Star Wars Insider Magazine

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            With the new movie changing some of the continuum in the Star Wars storyline, there are a lot of unanswered questions.  What happened before the events of The Force Awakens?  Those are the questions that Star Wars writers are now looking to provide answers for as they created prequel novels and short stories taking place prior to the events of The Force Awakens.  One such story was recently published in the Star Wars Insider.

Star Wars: Scorched by Delilah S. Dawson, centers on pilot Greer Sonnel and her desire to join the elite Five Sabers, a racing team sponsored by Han Solo.  In order to make the Sabers, Greer must come out on top in The Gauntlet, a race with a track that is never quite the same each time it is run, also sponsored by Han Solo.  Flying an antiquated A-Wing that she modified herself will be enough of a problem, but Greer's battle with a mysterious illness and the arrogance of her ex-boyfriend who is also flying in the race may take away that much needed edge that will propel her to the forefront.  Luckily for her, Greer finds a surprising ally in an unknown pilot also flying The Gauntlet - but is he an ally or is he just playing her for a sucker?

A pilot and assistant to Leia Organa, Greer plays heavily in events to come in the Star Wars universe.  In fact, she is a major player in the upcoming novel, Bloodline, which will explain some of the backstory regarding the rebellion led by Leia in The Force Awakens.  Thus, Scorched offers us some much needed insight and backstory into a character who features prominently in upcoming Star Wars novels.  I actually enjoyed reading this tale as it reminded me of the X-Wing novels I loved in the past.  I loved the fast-paced movement in the race with danger lurking around every corner and not just from the obstacles of the course.

Star Wars: Scorched is an excellent addition to the Star Wars: The Force Awakens prequel storyline and Greer Sonnel an excellent addition to a long line of strong female main characters that have long been a tradition in the Star Wars universe.  I can't wait to read more adventures involving this character.


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