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Most Wanted

(Star Wars Disney Canon Novel)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  1,071 ratings  ·  179 reviews
Set before the events of Solo: A Star Wars Story! Han and Qi'ra don't have a lot in common other than not having a lot. They're street kids on the industrial planet Corellia, doing whatever it takes to get by, dreaming of something more. They each jump at a chance to prove themselves in the perilous world of Corellia's criminal underbelly, only to discover they are on the ...more
Hardcover, 348 pages
Published May 25th 2018 by Disney Lucasfilm Press
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Cavak It is more of the former, YA appeal all over with no heavy tie-in to anything except Solo. Reminds me more of the somewhat similar prequel novel Rebel…moreIt is more of the former, YA appeal all over with no heavy tie-in to anything except Solo. Reminds me more of the somewhat similar prequel novel Rebel Rising.

Devoted SW fans might be interested for specifics regarding Qi'ra's past, her early mentality towards life (which is a large chunk of the book), and some of the gangs that exist within the Disney continuity. I don't think it's as expansive as the Rebels continuity.(less)

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Khurram
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Rae Carson for getting Han Solo spot on. After reading Last Shot I was a little worried about reading another Han Solo book. I think it makes a big difference when a book is written by a fan.

I enjoyed this book right from the beginning, Rae I think managed to capture all the aspects of Han’s personality. He is cocky, but loyal and compassionate. A “scoundrel” but with great leadership qualities. Han is famous for his piloting skills, we see his natural aptitude for it in this book, but
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Seadrift
Jun 26, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This felt more like I was reading a juvenile Star Wars novel, than a novel dedicated to an adult audience. I got to know some about Solo's background, which was enjoyable enough, and the introduction of Solo's -possibly - first love interest showed me a more human side. The book wasn't bad. The writer just wasn't good enough to write a Star Wars novel.
Neil Hepworth
Jun 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
Dear Disney and Lucasfilm,

If you're really going to take a bit of time to reflect and revise on your whole Star Wars strategy, let me suggest you also reevaluate your line of novels. Lately, they're been really boring, and lately you've been giving novels to authors who don't know how to write Star Wars novels. The characters are bland, the plots are so very thin, and the writing is cliched and uninspired. In particular, your crop of recent YA writers are just awful. Please just give some novels
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Josh
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Set some time prior to the Solo film, Most Wanted features Han and Qi'ra before they became the charismatic characters on the screen as they struggle to eek out an existence in the sewers as members of the Lady Proxima led White Worms on the planet Corellia.

When a position opens up as second to Lady Proxima, both Han and Qi'ra, who at this stage have little in common aside from life beneath the surface, are pitted against one another on separate missions to acquire a piece of Imperial tech whic
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rachael ♡
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"What keeps you flying is having one person in all the galaxy to fly with. Someone you can trust to have your back."


I HAVE SO MANY FEELINGS ABOUT THIS BOOK. Wow, okay. Where to start? Let's start with the characterizations.

This YA novel does an incredible job of helping the reader understand Qi'ra as a person and what motivates her. Solo: A Star Wars Story kept her as en enigma, which was perfect for twists and turns in the story. But I feel like after reading MOST WANTED, I can connect with w
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Jessica
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Super fun "prequel" to the Solo movie, showing how Han and Qi'ra first started working together! Would actually stand alone as a sci fi book without the "hook" of Star Wars, which is rare! But Carson is just such a slick writer, of course she managed to pull off both a fun YA book and a fun Star Wars book without either suffering.
Nicis
Based only on this book (I haven't seen Solo yet) I FREAKING LOVE QI'RA. Give me all the problematic faves. She's so smart, she's ambitious, she has done a lot to survive and she really cares about Han, even if it takes a lot of danger fot that to happen. She's what Rey could have been with a little more personality.

Han is amazing too, smart, always the lucky one, the bad with words that makes friends everywhere he goes. There's a lot of mumbo jumbo he doesn't believe, but he's the most loyal an
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Lata
Interesting backstory for Han and Qi'ra. They're both part of the White Worms gang, and Lady Proxima, the leader, pits the youngest members of the gang, of which our main characters are part, against each other as a way of picking her second in command. Things go wrong for both Qi'ra and Han almost immediately, who, coincidentally, are on the same job but meeting different buyers for a datacube. When a droid consortium wins, violence ensues, and the two end up on the run together, desperately tr ...more
Jerry
Nov 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
Disney has really disappointed me with their take on Star Wars. Other than the first two films and the Marvel comics, everything has been disappointing...even this book. The franchise jumped the shark with The Last Jedi, and this dreck continues the downhill trend. Someone else needs to take over Lucasfilm, and reboot the film franchise by bringing the Thrawn trilogy to the big screen; now there's space opera as it's supposed to be!
Marco G
Oct 16, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a fun, though not exactly mind blowing in its brevity and plot. What I liked the most was the interactions between Han and Quira. I really cared about them and their little Rhodian co - conspirator as they make it through this caper that they were thrown into. The heartstrings were tugged a bit throughout the story quite effectively. I think the author excelled at this. The story itself feels like all other Star Wars stories post Disney acquisition: sell books with stories that in no wa ...more
Jim C
Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating is 3.5 stars

This book is a prequel to the Solo movie. This tells the story of how Han and Qi'ra become friends and how their dream is formed of leaving Corellia.

I thought the movie was decent and it was worth watching but it doesn't rank with the greats of this franchise. So a prequel based on that movie didn't exactly scream "must read". This book exceeded my expectations. The strength of this book is the characters. One can imagine Han evolve into the character we all know with h
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Stephanie
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved Qi'ra in this! ALSO TSUULO AWWWW. Also Han???? It was really nice reading Han where he isn't the MOST ANNOYING AND PETTY after the last couple of Star Wars books I've read.

It took me a bit to get really into it, and some of the ending was kinda weird?
Justine
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a hard time getting into the beginning but my desire to know all the things about Qi'ra saw me through. Really liked all the turns the plot took and the way the relationship between them wasn't forced at all. I'm excited to see Solo again with this backstory in mind!
DiscoSpacePanther
Despite being YA, this novel was so much better than Last Shot: A Han and Lando Novel . Whilst that book was an incoherent mess, Most Wanted tells a tight, well focused story about Han and Qi'ra during their youth in the city of Coronet on Corellia, when they were part of Lady Proxima's white worms.

The story fits in very well with the events early on in Solo: A Star Wars Story - the characters and the setting match closely, with the Fagin-like Lady Proxima running her gang of sewer urchins wit
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Joe
Jul 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: listened-to
Ugh. Oh, wait this is a Star Wars review, let me try that again...

I've got a bad feeling about this. Yeah, that was better. "Most Wanted" is a prequel to the "Solo" film that just came out. It's how Han and the queen of dragons became friends. The story is slight and mostly inoffensive. The most frustrating part was that clearly there is no quality control at Disney or Lucasfilm for these things. Han is introduced to the Force and Jedi many times in this book. The basic concepts of the same are
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Chauncey Rogers
Oct 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Overall, certainly quite a bit of fun. I felt like it told more of Q'ira's story than Han's, but since both characters are great, that's just fine with me.
There were some timeline issues that slipped through all the edits, though. For one thing, this story takes place before Solo: A Star Wars Story, which means it takes place several years before A New Hope. Unless I miss heard, one of the characters said that they had been planning their escape from Imperial employment for over two decades. Tha
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Spencer
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the Solo movie… unfortunately I can’t say the same about this book.
This is a forgettable story with some mediocre writing and despite the fact that this is a prequel it doesn’t add anything more to what was already covered in the film.
Ceilidh
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don't really read Star Wars tie-in novels but I loved Solo so much that I had to splurge for this one. It's way more about Qi'ra than Han, but gives beautiful depth to her arc as the struggling street kid who wants to do good but whose brain leans more heavily towards pragmatism. If you liked Solo as much as I did - and that's a lot - and want a highly readable YA adventure prequel to fill in some gaps, this is for you.
Jaime K
May 26, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 stars
I went into this hoping it'd be good. I was really banking it on being better than what I've read is part of the "Solo" plot.
And most wasn't all that bad.

Qi'ra and Han begin by contesting to be Head of their gang, run by Lady Proxima. It's weird to me from the start, because they're oldest among some Rodians and other humans, yet the White Worms don't like to have a Rodian or human be their Head.
I like how there are other gangs, and the three butt heads. Kaldana is very put-together, bu
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Steve Davala
Not really sure what to think of this tale of Han before the "Solo" movie. It tells of his survival on the streets of Corellia and his intro to Qi'ra.
I think what holds me back from a higher rating is that... nothing really happens. Yes, some intrigue and some double crossing, but nothing really "Solo-y." There are some references to the Force and how Han reacts to it from Episode IV, but meh. There's Han being Han (doing the right thing) but there's no "Solo" kind of feel. Like why does he hat
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Emily
Jul 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked this book, it was good. Left you on a cliffhanger as to whether or not Han and Kira are a thing (but they kinda were in Solo, so I assume, but I wanted to know after watching Solo which is why I read this book, because I wanted a When Han Met Kira story. But it left the whole thing in that they didn’t end up together that When Harry Met Sally’s original script was left on (thank god they fixed it so Harry and Sally ended up together in the movie because how unsatisfying that would have b ...more
Deanna (Deanna Reads Books)
This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads Books
Set before the events of Solo: A Star Wars Story! Han and Qi'ra don't have a lot in common other than not having a lot. They're street kids on the industrial planet Corellia, doing whatever it takes to get by, dreaming of something more. They each jump at a chance to prove themselves in the perilous world of Corellia's criminal underbelly, only to discover they are on the same mission for the same unscrupulous boss. When the
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Cambear
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun adventure that really gives more insight into the start of Han and Qi’ra’s relationship which is only briefly glimpsed in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Han’s goal during the movie is to get back to Qi’ra so it’s great to see their relationship from the beginning. Qi’ra is the main focus in this book. She’s smart, unsure, learning her limits and expanding her dreams. Han is impulsive, good-natured and just starting to charm his way around. They are an interesting mix with a couple of additional a
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N.E.C.C.
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a great fast paced adventure.
Rae Carson did an amazing job here. She nailed Han in every aspect. Qi'ra was awesome, i liked her a lot in the movie (Solo: A Star Wars Story) and here you get so much more of her. The rest of the characters were also really good, my favourite being Tsuulo.

The plot was simple and good, i liked it. You get to spend time on Corellia (which is always good) and learn how people live under imperial rule (which we've seen already but not on Corellia).

The audioboo
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John
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
I actually finished reading this a few days ago. I'm a little late with my review, but as you may have noticed, I gave it 5 stars, not because it's a perfect book, but because I enjoyed reading it so much. Carson has a very good grasp of her characters, including Han Solo. It really felt like I was reading about a young version of the character we know so well from the three original Star wars films. Not only that, but the story was interesting, well paced, believable within it's Star wars setti ...more
Joanna (BookandPages)
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-purchase, ya
4.5/5 stars.

This book was phenomenal. Not only is it a great Star Wars book, but it also is a great science fiction book. You could read this book without having seen Solo or having read any other Star Wars books, and you would enjoy it, it was incredibly well written. Here lately, I've been slogging through most of my reads, but this one was so refreshing. I really enjoyed the writing style, it added a lot to the book. I also really enjoyed all the characters. This book was great to read after
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May
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: not-owned
2.5 stars means I liked it a lot more than the movie??

Preliminary thoughts:
- I really like that Carson was able to be a little more subtle about the character traits she was obviously asked to portray— like Qi’ra’s attraction to wealth— and this was often a really good example of show-not-tell.
- The plot was basic and didn’t have a lot of interesting variations on the “run away from things” storyline, but it was done pretty well all things considered. Tbh though I’ve already forgotten half of
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Shelley
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult / Science Fiction
*Rating* 3.5-4

*Thoughts*

Most Wanted, by author Rae Carson, is part of the Star Wars Disney Canon series. Set before the events of Solo: A Star Wars Story, Han and Qi'ra don't have a lot in common other than not having a lot. The story is set on the Planet of Corellia, which is basically a run-down, backwater planet whose main industry is building ships and retiring older models. Han and Qi'ra are street kids on the planet, doing whatever it
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Mike
Aug 08, 2018 rated it liked it
A younger Solo, with a much different story than the one A.C. Crispin told. To be fair, Crispin was given a veritable free reign with his pen and paper. Carson had to contend with a preset timeline thanks to the lackluster Solo movie that was in production during the composition of this book. The lack of creative freedom shows. Still, even with the limitations cemented firmly in place, "Most Wanted" is a decent enough story with corny dialogue nevertheless relevant to a couple of just-turned-adu ...more
Kyle Tabbernor
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Excellent prequel story to the “Solo” standalone film. Carson captures both Han and Qi’ra perfectly through great dialogue and plaintive yet oddly lyrical prose. I loved that “Most Wanted” deepens our understanding of Han and Qi’ra’s motivations in the film, as well as gives us insight into the intensity of their relationship. Here’s hoping Carson writes another adventure that leads directly into the pair’s acquiring of the co-axiom that opens the “Solo” film.
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Rae Carson was born in 1973 in California and now lives in Arizona. She developed an enthusiasm for storytelling in her earliest childhood. She studied social sciences and worked in various industries after graduating from university before she realized her dream and became a writer. The Girl of Fire and Thorns is her debut novel.

In her own words, she "write[s] books about teens who must do brave
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“Han was in space. He could hardly believe it. He’d always thought it would be dark and black. Instead it was as bright as day, and he could see everything from the hull of the shuttle to Qi’ra’s face to Corellia’s nearest moon in bright relief and perfect detail. The planet grew distant, becoming a tiny shining dot. Unlike the planet, the sun Corell didn’t seem any smaller from here, just whiter. Maybe brighter. Space, it turned out, was huge. A man could have a lot of room all to himself out here.” 1 likes
“Where innovation was high but resources were low, you took what you had, slapped it all together, and hoped it held. It was the Corellian way.” 1 likes
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