REVIEW: Star Wars Adventures in Wild Space: The Snare: Book 1 (2017)

A book by Cavan Scott

Recently, I decided to get back into some Star Wars books, but have been avoiding all of the older “Expanded Universe” books due to how continuity heavy they got, and the fact that I can’t remember all of the ones I already read as a kid. These books were made non-canon, and there is a list of “official” canon books now that I have been going through. I haven’t made it far, just starting out with the High Republic series, so I found this series on Amazon for real cheap and wanted to check it out. As with my review of part 0, I want to stress that this is a kid’s book and should be treated as such if you plan to read it. There’s nothing more annoying than seeing grown adults burying kids books on Star Wars Facebook pages, which is sadly more common than one would expect.

When we last left Milo and Lina, they had narrowly escaped capture by a hungry Imperial commander and his goons, managing to hijack their parents ship and abandon certain doom. Captain Korda’s reputation, and possibly life, is on the line so a loose end such as two small children should be easy to take care of? We’ll see about that!

Captain Korda

“It is a time of darkness. With the end of the Clone Wars, and the destruction of the Jedi Order, the evil Emperor Palpatine rules the galaxy unopposed. When the parents of Milo and Lina Graf are abducted by agents of the evil Empire while the family is out on a mission mapping the unknown systems of Wild Space, the children must undertake a perilous journey to rescue them. In the first book of this six book chapter book series, Milo and Lina look for allies on the ancient frontier world of Thune– but must outwit the cruel Imperial officer Captain Korda who has prepared a trap for them!”

This book is fun, and relatively short. I have stated before that I read stuff like this or comics in between long history or non-fiction books to de-compress and not burn myself out. The characters of Milo and Lina are somewhat Mary-Sue characters, but I honestly have not read a book targeted to this age level that isn’t somewhat like that. If you have younger kids that might be starting to get into Star Wars, this is a good option without giving them the continuity-laden mass that are other books in the series or something entirely based on a movie they may have already seen.

The book teaches lessons about teamwork, and problem solving chiefly, as the kids are put to the task to try to find an ally that can hopefully help them. They also learn an important lesson about trust and how you can’t really trust every adult. The book isn’t heavy with this or anything, but it’s an interesting thing for a Young Reader’s book. overall, this series is fun, and I plan to keep reading them. Stay tuned for more installments!


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