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A Crash of Fate

(Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge #1)

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  1,836 ratings  ·  292 reviews
Izzy and Jules were childhood friends, climbing the spires of Batuu, inventing silly games, and dreaming of adventures they would share one day. Then, Izzy's family left abruptly, without even a chance to say goodbye. Izzy's life became one of constant motion, traveling from one world to the next, until her parents were killed and she became a low-level smuggler to make en ...more
Hardcover, 347 pages
Published August 6th 2019 by Disney-Lucasfilm Press
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Jonathan Koan Blackspire is published by Del Rey, which tends to do more traditional marketing for their books, whereas A Crash of Fate is published by Disney-Lucas…moreBlackspire is published by Del Rey, which tends to do more traditional marketing for their books, whereas A Crash of Fate is published by Disney-Lucasfilm Press, which uses much different marketing, so that might be why you are seeing one and not the other. The stories(timelines) are not connected and you can read either one first and enjoy it. I liked both books a lot. Blackspire really ties into Phasma and the movies, whereas A Crash of Fate is it's own independent story following two teens who fall in love. Hope that answers your question.(less)

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Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book. One of my favourite book from the Disney Star Wars era was Lost Stars. This story is right up there with that one. You never know how one person in one day will change your life.

This book is set in the during the Force Awakens era after the First Order declaration of war. This is not an action packed story but it very enjoyable. Star Wars is the backdrop for the story however Zoraida Cordove describes the Star Wars Universe perfectly.

Izzy and Jules story is awesome. This book is a
Sep 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-read
This wasn't bad; I didn't love it or hate it. I like Cordova's writing generally, although still, Claudia Gray creates the overall best Star Wars stories I think.

Here I did like the characters, the setting, and the basic premise, but I'm never a fan of books where everything takes place in a single day. It always seems unrealistic when a lot of action takes place, and I really like more character development. This would be the main reason I would rate this book below other Star Wars YA books I
“May the spires keep you.”

Here I go again, back on my bullshit.

A Crash of Fate is a novel tie-in for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. My friend was able to get an ARC at BEA and share it with me so I could read it before going to the theme park. It follows two POVs: Izzy and Jules, two childhood friends who got separated for 13 years and then brought back together for an adventure. Jules, who’d always wanted to leave Batuu, has been sticking around and working as a farmer, while Izzy tried her hand as
Neil R. Coulter
At its best, A Crash of Fate does what I always hope a Star Wars novel will do: shows what the galaxy is like for normal people unconnected with the political conflict between good and evil. Most beings in the galaxy will probably never leave their home planet, never meet a Jedi, never have much interest in the galactic government and military. But most of the SW stories we get are directly affected by all of that, even when the protagonists are not named movie characters. In this novel, the sto ...more
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2019
I was a bit surprised to see an editor named in the acknowledgements, because this book seems like it didn't have one. I won't nitpick too much about the typos and copy errors -- after all, maybe I'm the crazy one, and people on Batuu really do "run raster" and consistently forget whether the nouns they're describing are singular or plural. And I won't nitpick about the constant continuity errors (maybe Batuuans often suddenly change their decisions and opinions between one page and the next?), ...more
Chris Wermeskerch
Aug 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Part of me has to hold this review with an open hand and admit that it wasn't for me. It was, in that it had Star Wars on the cover, but it wasn't because it was a YA love story at heart. So I don't want to be too harsh. So keep all of that in mind as you read this review. I think this book will go down in Star Wars history as...fairly average. (Doing a longer review here because a friend asked!)

As a Star Wars novel, it doesn't really do much to set it apart as unique. It's a kinda generic stor
May 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone Who Sees Themselves in a Certain Part of Anaheim or Orlando Someday...
Shelves: guerre-stellari
So many mixed feelings! Wish I could be a coward and skip the star rating portion, because there were parts I really loved and then other parts that were so-so but it's mostly down to just one or two cringey story choices that made me park this one at 3 instead of 4 or even 5 stars.

First off, I think I delayed reading this for as long as I did not because I have anything against a book that's marketed as YA (Lost Stars is my favourite Star Wars book after all) but because I was leary about the t
Abe Froman
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was so excited for this novel. I had it marked on my calendar and went immediately to the mailbox on its release date so I could dive right in. I fully expected to be reading late into the night and finish within a day. Unfortunately, I had to force myself to pick up this book.

This is Star Wars, which I love more than anything in this world. It’s also a YA romance, which is my guilty pleasure. I was expecting this to be another Lost Stars. This novel had none of the charm of Lost Stars and mo
Robert Morvay
Aug 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
I believe this is my first 1 star review and I am so glad to give it to this novel. Jarringly horrible prose, unlikeable and inconsistent characters, a needless POV gimmick for characters that are usually together making the book read like a 14 year olds Wattpad fanfic, awful structuring and padding, a plot that's going nowhere, and just everything. It's just awful. And with such a transparently grimy LITERAL mystery box component, it's like the author knew they were writing garbage. A complete ...more
Jim C
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book takes place along the timeline of the new trilogy. It is a YA book that tells the story of two star crossed lovers in a galaxy far, far away. In this one, Jules and Izzy are childhood friends when Izzy's family abruptly moves away. Years later Izzy returns back to her home planet and runs into Jules and an adventure ensues.

I have already read a book about star crossed lovers that exist in this universe and it is called Lost Stars. It probably isn't fair to compare this book to Lost Sta
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Zoraida is now a Star Wars historian and I think that is great. I feel like Star Wars has lost its luster for me, but I read this solely because Z wrote it and I enjoyed Izzy and Jule's story so much. Both their early connection and their meet-cute in the middle of this sci-fi adventure really compelled me to keep going. Also, the production on the audiobook was amazing. ...more
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
New characters! They don’t all die! Takes place almost completely on a single planet!
Oct 09, 2019 rated it liked it
I have a few thoughts. All in all it was a very cute story. I really enjoyed it, in a different way then the way I wanted to like it.
It's a starwars it sld be, ya know, like a starwars novel right? Do starwars and plan romance mesh togeather well??? In my book, no, not entirely.
I was disappointed because this was more a romance, and you all know I love my romances! But I love my Starwars too. It's my favorite universe to escape too. But this seemed to be all romance...yes there was
Tokio Myers
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
My feelings of this book are conflicting. For one, I actually like Disney taking their approach to the Star Wars EU by writing stories that do not involve the Skywalker bloodline. This causes the Star Wars universe to be extensive and opens up new doors for characters that aren't controlled by the force or have a relation to jedi, the empire, or the first order. I love the idea of reading a Star Wars book that is just about normal people in the Star Wars universe. I think this is great. The book ...more
Aaron Goins
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am definitely not the target audience for this book. It reads a little younger than Lost Stars and has a lot of teen romance elements. But it was a fun story with likable, believable original characters and has a satisfying conclusion.
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

A Crash of Fate is a fun adventure romance set in the world of Galaxy's Edge (the new Star Wars area in the Disney theme parks). I was really excited to pick this up because I will be going to Disneyland this summer and it was really fun to get descriptions of some key locations I expect to see there! This story in particular follows childhood friends reconnecting and developing feelings for each other while having adventures on the outpost planet of Batuu. I didn't reali
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
All in all, I probably would give A Crash of Fate 2-1/2 stars, if possible. It was a little bit better than "OK" but not quite to the point of "I liked it" (the 3-star rating).
When I picked up Cordova's Star Wars novel, I wasn't aware it was a YA novel (I am unfamiliar with her works). I think she did a pretty good job of developing Izzy's and Jules's characters, their motivations, etc., but beyond that, everyone was pretty tepid in the character-development state. And the motivation for Izzy's
Jose F.  Martin del Pozo
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2019
According to Wookieepedia, at this moment the new Star Wars canon comprises 9 young adult novels (with a 10th coming out next November). I have read them all. Some are so good that I have reread them a few times (Lost Stars, Ahsoka).

My problem with this YA novel is that it's the least Star-Warsy book I've read in this new canon. What you read in many chapters could happen in any universe.

Except for a scarce few mentions to the Resistance and the First Order, and some name-dropping (Naboo, Mand
Aug 03, 2020 rated it liked it
*2.75 - rounded to 3

Star Wars Whore rating - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

Star Wars Time Period - First Order/Ben Solo, Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, etc.,

Goodreads rating - ⭐️⭐️.75 (rounded to 3)

Hi, welcome back, today I'm going to be reviewing this book, and also starting a new thing on my Goodreads. If your curious by what I meant of that last statement, let me explain. So I'm a whore for Star Wars. I will be a whore for Star Wars till the day I die, and absolutely nothing will change my love for it. I've decided, ev
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was ok
I want to be clear my rating isn’t the fault of the author. She’s a good enough writer, it’s just that this has the overbearing aura of “mandatory marketing messaging” all over it and along the way manages to feel like a signpost of all the ways Disney misfired in its marketing for Galaxy’s Edge.

I’ve been many times to GE and enjoy it. It’s well themed and clever. But the marketing has been all over the place and it’s unfortunately tied to a Star Wars timeline in which I, like many others, am no
This is a Sci-fi book. It was an enjoyable sci-fi book. Izzy and Jules. Childhood friends until life got in the way and Izzy is whip off the planet overnight by her parents. Then, they meet again.

Izzy comes back to this same planet to deliver a package. She is preoccupied but some much so that she doesn't realize it the same planet of her childhood? Her BFF with Jules doesn't even cross her mind.

Of course she runs into Jules and as he spends time showing her around and he helps her, she enterta
Tom Taylor
Jun 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Audiobook review

If you like Star Wars, but have never listened to a Star Wars audiobook, you should give one a try. They have very high production values. The sound effects are a wonderful addition.

A Crash of Fate is another fine Star Wars audio. The narration is excellent. This story shifts back and forth between two characters who were good friends growing up but she moved off world and he stayed behind. She finds herself back on the reomte planet and in a jam and who does she meet, but her ch
I wanted so badly to like this, i really did. It's Star Wars + a love story + a WOC writing? It should have been great, but it wasn't. Not even edition wise.

As someone who has read a lot of young adult I know that wasn't the problem. The problem was the general inconsistency of the story. The characters are mostly one-dimensional, the plot is non-existent, the story is not believable (they knew each other as kids of 5-6, were apart 13 years and they are in love in less than a day? Gayle Forman i
Robert Courtney
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was grinning like a Hut counting credits from start to finish. I have been listening to a lot of adventure romance lately and was pleasantly surprised to find myself listening to exactly that but set in a galaxy far far away. Go ahead read it or better yet listen Brittany Pressley’s narration is especially perfect. .
j o a n n a
Oof. Wish I could say I enjoyed this but it was a disaster. The plot made no sense. The writing was choppy and the characters were unbelievably flat. One day I'll stop reading the cheesy YA Star Wars books...but today isn't that day.

I will say this one was infinitely better than Lost Stars so there's that?
Oct 08, 2019 rated it liked it
A solid YA star wars novel which really is self contained about friendship. It doesnt add alot to the star wars universe in terms of scopez however the story itself does have resonating impact in regards to relationships. Im not a massive fan of stories that take place within a day.
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed it! It's kind of low-stakes, and the characters spend a lot of time in their own heads running over the same thoughts, but they're likable, and I enjoyed how it shows some of the more mundane, day-to-day lives of characters in the Star Wars universe. ...more
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an incredibly fun read! It was lighthearted and light in topic, sort of a beach read for Star Wars nerds. If you are looking for a pretty straight forward romance set with a Star Wars backdrop, look no further. The characters are really well fleshed out and developed and the word is lovingly described.
I know this book is in many ways a marketing ploy for the new park, but as someone who enjoyed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I know sometimes a marketing ploy can lead to a fun story. Ther
This book is part of the official tie-in material to the new Star Wars land in Disneyland and Walt Disney World - Galaxy's Edge. I found the eBook free on sale on Amazon early this year and decided to get it in case I ever found myself planning a trip to Disney's Hollywood Studios where Galaxy's Edge is built.

Knowing this, one knows that the author was given certain guardrails - tell a Star Wars story about the planet Batuu and the Black Spire Outpost while mentioning as many of the characters,
Stephanie Ward
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
'A Crash of Fate' is the first book in a series of tie-ins from the newest Star Wars movies. I will admit right from the start that I have never watched Star Wars. Any of them. I do know some of the basic information and characters because my husband is a fan. Without being a part of the fandom, I read this book as a science fiction/fantasy alone and didn't base any of my reading or review on the fact that it's Star Wars-related. I've read other books by the author before and really enjoyed them ...more
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