Published: August 6, 2019
Author: Zoraida Córdova
Cover Artist: Matt Griffin
Publisher: Disney-Lucasfilm Press
Formats: Hardback (352 pages), eBook (352 pages), Audiobook (475 minutes)
Timeline: 34 ABY
Izzy and Jules were childhood friends, climbing the spires of Batuu, inventing silly games, and dreaming of adventures they would share one day. Then, Izzy’s family left abruptly, without even a chance to say goodbye. Izzy’s life became one of constant motion, traveling from one world to the next, until her parents were killed and she became a low-level smuggler to make ends meet. Jules remained on Batuu, eventually becoming a farmer like his father, but always yearning for something more.
Now, thirteen years after she left, Izzy is returning to Batuu. She’s been hired to deliver a mysterious parcel, and she just wants to finish the job and get gone. But upon arrival at Black Spire Outpost she runs smack into the one person who still means something to her after all this time: Jules.
The attraction between them is immediate, yet despite Jules seeming to be everything she’s ever needed, Izzy hesitates. How can she drag this good-hearted man into the perilous life she’s chosen?
Jules has been trying to figure out his future, but now all he knows for certain is that he wants to be with Izzy. How can he convince her to take a chance on someone who’s never left the safety of his homeworld?
When Izzy’s job goes wrong, the two childhood friends find themselves on the run. And all their secrets will be revealed as they fight to stay alive…
If a person were to take a helicopter ride over Galaxy’s Edge at either Disneyland Resort or Walt Disney World, then the cover for A Crash of Fate is what they would see. It is a gorgeous bird’s-eye view of Batuu’s rugged landscape and its famous spires. The sketchy style and earthen tones don’t make the cover overly extravagant and this allows the title to really stand out.
After being dumped by her crew and her boyfriend, Izzy Garsea is running out of credits and contacts, so she takes on a no-questions-asked delivery job that will lead her back home to Batuu. However, the job lands Izzy in more trouble than she was bargaining for, and with the help of her childhood best-friend, Jules Rakab, the two must not only deliver the package successfully, but stop Izzy’s old crew from destroying part of Black Spire Outpost – and their relationship.
Crash of Fate is a character-driven story, and unlike many Star Wars novels there isn’t much emphasis on action, but rather spooling out the twists-and-turns of an interconnected plot. There are some similarities to Claudia Gray’s Lost Stars but whereas that novel was a slow-burning love story, Córdova’s is the very definition of a whirlwind romance.
Izzy and Jules are two relatable yet extremely different characters who have been very well developed and have parts of their personalities which appear to have been influenced by other Star Wars heroes. Jules is a bit of a daydreamer, wishing to see the galaxy but staying at Black Spire Outpost in the hopes of Izzy’s return, which is a mix of Luke Skywalker and Rey. Izzy on the other hand is a guarded, cynical, smuggler down on her luck who could be compared to many scoundrels throughout the saga.
The chapters are split consecutively between Jules and Izzy, so whilst reading the book fans can see inside each character’s head. Although both characters are likeable, there is one thing about Izzy that is quite frustrating – her feelings over her ex-boyfriend. She has every right to be mad about their break-up, but for such an otherwise strong female lead, she doesn’t get over it particularly quickly, even though she knows he wasn’t right for her, and this slows the story down. As a reader you just want to shake some sense into her!
Córdova has included the elements of Black Spire Outpost so well throughout this novel and the details about the place come so naturally throughout the story. Never does she include details just for the sake of it, even though this book is advertising Galaxy’s Edge. There are some familiar faces previously seen in Black Spire by Delilah S. Dawson, such as Salju from the Outpost’s filling station and Cookie who’s the chef at Docking Bay 7. Then there are also some of the same locations, although Córdova adds quite a few new areas, particularly the rural, less explored places surrounding the outpost.
As a romance story Crash of Fate follows the Han and Leia principle for Jules and Izzy’s budding relationship. Izzy’s constantly trying to push Jules away whilst he is determined for them to become closer, so there’s plenty of romantic arguments between the two that are laugh out loud. Their reunion scene from the beginning of the story is the cutest, filled with awkward silences and saying silly things. Perhaps the only part of their relationship that doesn’t seem as quite as realistic is the timeframe – they fall in love in one day (which could have easily been inspired by a certain Disney animation, but we’ll ‘let it go’).
It might not be the fastest story, but the more you read the more invested in the characters you become, which is testament to Córdova’s writing skill. Certainly, by the end chapters where the action occurs, you’re rooting for everything to go well and hoping for a happy ending. Fans of Star Wars love stories will find lots to like in A Crash of Fate, and it’s an enjoyable read for those visiting the park too.
Galaxy’s Edge: A Crash of Fate was released on 6th August 2019 in hardback and is available at all good bookstores and through online retailers including Amazon with a RRP of £14.99. It is available in hardback, eBook and audiobook formats.