Cordova, Zoraida. A Crash of Fate. Los Angeles: Disney/Lucasfilm Press, 2019.
Hardcover | $17.99 USD | ISBN-13: 978-1368048538 | 347 pages | YA Science Fiction
I heard mixed things about A Crash of Fate, from some calling it a great romance set in the Star Wars universe, while others critiqued it for its cross promotion with the Disney Parks Galaxy’s Edge attraction, and cross promotion between mediums beyond just films and books never really interested me. However, while there is heavy promotion of the landscape of the attraction, it’s still a decent story for the most part.
I think it does stand on its own without the proper context, although it’s hard not to feel the sense of it being a huge paid advertisement at the same time. The landscape of Batuu is well developed, and I like seeing something that goes beyond tying in to the main saga, although I wish it wasn’t so cash-grab-y and/or safe.
This is a fun story, if a little rushed, due to the fact that the story takes place in a single day. I didn’t feel enough investment in the relationship between Izzy and Jules, and even though it’s established they have a past, I just never felt the issues that arose due to their separation and reunion were properly addressed.
I do like Cordova’s writing style, and want to read her non-Star Wars books to see what she can do with a wholly original story. However, while I do prefer the works of other Star Wars authors more , I am open to her trying again with a different story, as perhaps I’m mostly jaded by all the cross promotion with this particular project.
There are people who liked the romance in this book, so perhaps others might have a different experience. So, take my opinion with a grain of salt, and perhaps this might be a great book to enjoy once you’ve experienced the attraction.
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