omg. Where to even start with this book. I finished it because I felt like it was important to the continuity of the EU as a whole. Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t, but at least I know who Kyp Durron is now. Around page 16, I was completely exasperated, but I powered through. I am not excited about reading the rest of this trilogy.
The characters: Every characterization was off. Leia didn’t know how to balance being a mother with being a diplomat and when Mon Mothma found out that Leia was struggling, she didn’t care. (Also wtf was up with the kids living with Winter until they’re two? This makes no sense.) Also, when Han doesn’t check in, Leia just thinks he’s off gambling instead of maybe in danger and Winter has to bring up that idea? Ugh. AND when Leia is dealing with a tough diplomatic situation, she wishes Han or Luke was there. WHYYYYY? Ugh. Luke is an ass to everyone he wants to train, but particularly to Leia. Han was the closest to what I would expect from him but he was still off. At least I kind of liked Kyp.
The writing: Damn this writing is bad. How do you show strength of character by walking down stairs? I don’t know, but Luke apparently does it. The book was very tell, don’t show, which is the worst. Don’t assume your reader can’t remember a detail that was introduced a page before. And all the dialogue is so so bad.
This review is making me want to change my goodreads review from 2 stars to 1. I guess I will go subject myself to the next book in the trilogy now.