Chapter by Chapter features me reading one chapter of the selected book at the time and reviewing it as if I were reviewing an episode of a TV show or an issue of a comic. There will be spoilers if you haven’t read to the point I have, and if you’ve read further I ask that you don’t spoil anything further into the book. Think of it as read-along book club.
Last time Luke and Dash went a-raidin for some secret Imperial plans while Leia finally learned she was getting her meeting with someone at Black Sun (not realizing they’re the ones trying to off Luke). Let’s see how that goes.
The first scene is just going over the precautions Leia was taking meeting with Black Sun. They chose a location away from the casino their contact ran, Lando is waiting in case something goes wrong, and Chewie’s at the door in case anyone wants to break in. Otherwise, Leia and Threepio are there to conduct business. A short scene but I like that it was added; shows how competent our heroes are as they prepare to meet a criminal representative.
We break for a moment to check on Dash. He’s not doing too well, as his bravado has been replaced with confusion. Failing to shoot that missile meant four of the Bothans (a dozen died in the battle overall) perished because he missed the space-colored missile. You kind of feel sorry for the poor guy. He came off as Han on overdrive but even Luke notes he only wanted him knocked down a peg or two, not this. He sends Dash to tell Leia what’s going on, since in his current state he’s not much help, while Luke and the Bothans go to a colony that can safely hack the Imperial computer.
The rest of the chapter is Leia meeting with Guri, and it’s Leia’s element as much as the casino is Lando’s. While we only travel into Leia’s head we see how things go, Leia and Guri both being careful to not tip their hand. Frankly, I would have loved to have known Guri’s thoughts but it does make Leia’s thoughts more prominent. After she leaves everyone agrees something is odd about her. She has no dialect that Threepio can identify, Lando thinks she’s a bit too cool, but very attractive and something about her makes Chewbacca nervous. They don’t know she’s an android but they can still tell something is off based on their individual years of experience in smuggling, politics, and human/cyborg relations. I liked it.
This was a pretty good chapter, and I hope the book continues along these lines. We’ll find out next week.