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Most Wanted

(Star Wars Disney Canon Novel)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  1,903 ratings  ·  281 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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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
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
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
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.
rachael ♡

"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
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.
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Han & Qi'ra's Story...Prequel to Solo
A Galaxy Far Far Away
My First Star Wars Read!
Droids, Wookies, Storm Troopers and Of Course, Han
Way Cool Sound Effects In The Narration

With Audio Performed by Saskia Maarleveld


Full Disclosure:  This is my first ever Star Wars read...but it won't be my last.  I've seen all the movies, except Solo.  And while I really like the Star Wars movies, I'm not a die-hard fan, like some others out there know th
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those Who Are Fans of Han Before He Was Flying Solo
Must say, that was a solid read! It struck a great balance between adventure, intrigue, humour, and heart, with stakes juuust big enough to feel like part of the overarching narrative of the rise of the Empire and Galactic conflict, but just local enough to feel like a proper origin story for a couple of knockaround Corellian scrumrats.

Yeah, I know, I was surprised myself!

I want to spend more time with Han and Q'ira now, sad to think it's likely not a high priority either for Lucasfilm or the pu
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
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
Holly (The Grimdragon)
“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 h ...more
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Really Really loved it.

A really good addition to the SW universe because it does just that. Adds to the universe.

The world building as always is brilliant. Whether it's a gang hideout, space ship or whatever it's just perfect. I always say it's world building that sets SW apart and makes it as popular as it is. This book reinforces that perfectly.

Characters are great and of course it centres around the early days of Han and Qi'ra (from the Solo movie if you're not sure) and gives some
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!
Chris Greensmith
"He needed to stop showing up to a gunfight armed with nothing but charm and luck."
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 w
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
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!
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.
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
Mar 26, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So on to the next book and one I picked up cheap while I was being distracted by something else.

I will state for the record that the film Solo - a star wars story was actually really good fun and I enjoyed it (and it didnt deserve the stigma it was given) and so when I saw this book supposedly of a prequel I thought why not.

And to be honest I was not disappointed - it had the same air of fun and adventure as the film - true since because its a prequel you are limited to what it can and cannot d
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars
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?
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
This one really delivered... I was expecting a lighter YA prequel novel, which it was, but I got quite an adventure! Double crosses, Empire defectors, street racing, secret hideouts, triple crosses, space pirates...and some where in the middle of all that how Han and Qi’ra first learned to trust each other and Han’s first time in space.
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
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
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.
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book I’ve read by Rae Carson. Really enjoyed it.
Eva B.
This book was...good. Solid. Decent. I think the biggest problem was that nothing felt added to Solo by this book's existence. We get bits and pieces of potential information about Han and Qi'ra, but none of it is really new. I feel like Qi'ra was really wasted in this, she was one of my favorite characters in the movie but felt lacking here. Granted, she's younger and hasn't started working for Crimson Dawn yet, but she lacks the grit and edge of the Qi'ra I love. Han is Han, with no added
Nikki Sojkowski
Disappointingly boring, if it wasn’t an audiobook I don’t think I would have made it through to the end. The stakes were quite low, and even more so since the two main characters both feature in a movie after the events of this book, so obviously nothing happens to them. I expected more character/relationship development and was sorely disappointed. Particularly by the fact that Qi’ra doesn’t have the same behavior/personality that she had in the movie.

It was a bizarre experience to say the lea
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-books
Really more of a 3.5 but I'm bumping it up because it was Cool and made me Feel Things.
Chris Wermeskerch
Jul 01, 2019 rated it liked it
A mostly one-dimensional take on Han and Qi'ra before Solo. Upon reading it again, there are some interesting nuances that inform Qi'ra's decision on the First Light.
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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
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