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.
So far our heroes have managed to break into Prince Xizor’s palace and meet up with Princess Leia. To get away, Lando dropped a thermal detonator into the waste disposal chute, which means the place is going to blow up. Can our heroes escape or will this rescue mission become a suicide mission? And where did Guri go?
As our heroes run for the rendezvous with the Droids, Guri stops Luke to challenge him to a fight. Why? As Luke says, the place is going to blow. Why not challenge him another time? (Of course if you’ve been reading my comic review during the Star Wars comic reviews you know the next time they meet it won’t matter.) And apparently Jedi can also slow their perception of time or something, which is not a power I remember seeing. It doesn’t even have time to be a good fight. Luke spares Guri, even though he knows how dangerous a replica droid like her can be, because he’s done killing today. Luke is probably the only person in this franchise who would consider it murder. Most everyone else interacts well enough with droids but I don’t know if they think of them as people. Especially in that first Clone Wars cartoon (the 2D one) where Padme uses C-3PO as a distraction by throwing her scarf into the line of fire and asking him to get it for her. That was a jerk move, Luke’s mom!
Speaking of C-3PO, he’s still at the Falcon‘s controls. He nearly clips Xizor as he makes his getaway (imagine the ego bruise if a pair of droids were responsible for his death after he treats people worse than some people treat droids, except for Guri–who is a droid…that he has slept with) and nearly wipes out our heroes too, before finally hard-landing and getting everyone on board. Perry notes a set of hang gliders only to note one is missing, which we learn in the comics is Guri’s escape and search for the only person who can deprogram her Black Sun protocols and assassin days. Perry really wanted to do things with Guri. Not Prince Xizor things (I think) but he had plans for her somewhere.
A nice chapter, even if the Luke/Guri fight seemed forced in. But while our heroes escaped the palace before it went boom, they’re still in Empire airspace on the capital world. Darth Vader is waiting somewhere out there. Can our heroes get past him and to freedom? The answer to come in our next chapter. We have one chapter and the epilogue left to go.