A Crash of Fate by Zoraida Córdova
Publication Date: August 6th, 2019
So, I never really planned to pick this book up, but I was looking for something to listen to with my boyfriend (who is a huge Star Wars [& expanded fiction] fan), so this book seemed like the perfect middle ground. Anyways I’m glad I took a chance and listened to it. A Crash of Fate follows Jules and Izzy as they bump into each other, 13 years after Izzy’s family abruptly left Batuu. Now, back on a mission, Izzy just wants to deliver her parcel and flee back into the anonymity of space. Per usual, high-jinks ensure and event after event keep Jules and Izzy enmeshed in trouble. This was my first expanded fiction book, but as far as plot goes, it seemed like nothing major really happened. I guess I’m too used to the more exaggerated stakes frequently seen in the movies. Since I wasn’t planning on reviewing this book, I didn’t take any notes, so this review might be on the short side.
What I Liked:
- As someone not of the Star Wars fandom, I found this book very approachable. I didn’t need to know anything about the Star Wars myths or lore to sink right into this story. A Crash of Fate is a good starting point for someone who wants to dip their toes in the Star Wars universe, without learning all the backstory.
- The audiobook was scored with music and sounds effects that went along with the narration. It was my first time experiencing this, and I think it brought a whole extra layer of detail to the book. It was really more like a radio play than an audiobook.
- So, I actually found out later that ALL Star Wars audiobooks have this extra detail. Pretty cool of them to do it for every one of them.
- The characters are relatable and entertaining the watch. I really enjoyed the dual POVs too. It was interesting how they revealed things between Jules and Izzy’s chapters.
What I Didn’t Like:
- As mentioned before, the plot of this book is a little minimal and nonexistent for me. I just feel like nothing really happened in A Crash of Fate. It felt more like a YA contemporary story that’s set-in space, than an actual sci-fi novel. I would have liked to see more blaster fights and space lawlessness.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book; a lot more than I was expecting, actually. The Star Wars audiobook are something unique and I can definitely see myself coming back to listen to more in the future. The story was interesting and engaging enough, I only wish there had been a little more action to fill in some of the plot lulls. Also props to the gorgeous undercover art of the book!