Roger MacBride Allen
Bantam Spectra
1995

The Corellian Trilogy is a series of three books (duh) that takes place roughly around…well, 18 ABY, it says on the Wookieepedia page. All three of these paperbacks were part of the bunch that my heterosexual life parter Nex bequeathed me as he was making room in his apartment for his impending marriage/move. I’ve been picking through them slowly, yes; now that Disney has pretty much rendered most if not all of the so-called Expanded Star Wars Universe as glorified fan fic, I figured I’d better finish up the small bunch that I had, just to get ’em out of the way. And so, in one furious week of reading, I knocked out the Corellian Trilogy. How was it? Well, I figured that it’s good enough to review ’em all in one review, rather than spend my time writing out a full review for each one. Here we go:

1Part 1: Ambush at Corellia
Leia Organa Solo is sent to the Corellian system–a system of five habitable planets that has had a rather self-sustaining political structure, and thus wasn’t affected too much with the wackiness that ensued when the Emperor reared his ugly mug forty years prior. Leia and Han decide to take this opportunity to have a family vacation, so that the kids could check out dad’s old stomping grounds in his formative years. Only, with this being Star Wars, the New Republic Intelligence wishes to enlist Han to act as a decoy for a possible insurgence that might be happening on Corellia. It goes over about as well as you would suspect. When they get there, things on Corellia seem rather…off, and it’s not too long before they encounter, not only discontent from the citizenry, but also racial tensions between the two alien locals and the human locals, spurred on by the Human League. And not the good Human League that gave us the New Romantic classic “Don’t You Want Me”. The Solo kids are assigned a tutor during their stay there, because why should vacations be all fun, and during a family field trip, they come across an archeological dig where Anikan stumbles upon some very sophisticated looking ancient mechanism that may or may not play a big part in the rest of the book series. Okay, it totally does. Anyway, in Plot B, Luke goes off with Lando “Pimpin’ All Over the Galaxy” Calrissian to help Lando find a wife. Presumably with a six-pack of Colt 45 to sweeten the pot. But then, back in Plot A, things come to a boiling point with a massive riot that sees Han and Leia captured by the Human League, and the Solo kids escaping on the Millennium Falcon with Chewie (yeah, he came along too) and their tutor. Then, in a Shamalanian twist, it turns out that Han’s near-identical cousin Thrackan Sal-Solo was the one behind the Human League shenanigans after all. Que maniacal laughter, and fade out…

2Part 2: Assault at Selonia
Things are looking pretty bleak. The capital city on Corellia lays in smoldering ruins following the Human League uprising (I still can’t type that without one of their songs playing in my head, which makes things a tad off-putting), both Han and Leia are imprisoned separately, with Han at the mercy of his evil cousin, Thrakan. But, as it turns out, Thrakan is one of those drunken incompetent type of evil leaders, as Han and a female Selonian named Dracmus manage to escape rather easily, and they make their way back to Dracmus’s underground home of her species to get a ship and vacate the premises for possible help. Meanwhile, a gravitational well has been set up around the entire Corellian sector, making any kind of jump into hyperspace impossible, and scrambling all communications, save for sub-space transmissions, which are agonizingly slow. Luke and Lando are trapped just outside of the well, with Lando’s new-found lady love trapped inside. There’s a weapon that has the capacity to destroy entire systems by collapsing the star, and the next one on the list has thousands of lives at stake unless the Republic bows to the demands of this faceless terrorist who handles the device. Luke then calls upon the fleet at Bakura to try and break through the barrier around the Corellian sector, which they do, and manage to make it to a mysterious and ancient space station located within the exact orbital center of two binary planets, known simply as Centerpoint. Meanwhile, the Solo kids (remember them?), their tutor, the tutor’s aunt and Chewie are on Drall and find a similar ancient mechanism like the one they stumbled upon at the archeological dig on Corillia. Then, another star blows up, killing thousands. Fade out…

3Part 3: Showdown at Centerpoint
Lando, Luke, and certain Bakurian officers take a guided tour of Centerpoint, which has been deserted save for one scientist that was left behind for…reasons. Turns out the artificial light and power source contained in the living center of the place decided to start pulsating wildly, flash-frying the settlement, and pointing to being the possible thing that’s causing stars to go super-nova. Now, to find out who or what is flipping the switch to cause all of that destruction. Meanwhile, Anakin Solo has figured out how to turn on and work the ancient device buried beneath the surface of Drall (as all youngsters are wont to do), which grabs some unwanted attention from the Human League. Thrakan (snicker) manages to capture the Solo kids and their guardians, but that doesn’t last long, as they manage to escape (presumably with “Yakkety Sax” playing in the background), the real hand behind using Centerpoint as a destructive weapon show up, only to have a massive showdown with not only the Bakurian fleet, but then Admiral Akbar shows up, and then Anakin Solo uses the device on Drall to stop Centerpoint from destroying the next star on the hit list. The whole thing ends with Lando in loooooooooove. The end.

Overall, the Corellian Trilogy wasn’t too bad. It was your standard Star Wars yarn, with all the intrigue and action that we all come to expect. Nothing really that shakes up the status quo, save for maybe Lando lookin’ for love in all the wrong places. I already knew he got married when I went through the New Jedi Order series, so that wasn’t too shocking, really. At least here I read the start of that bit. All relatively quick reads, not a bad way to kill off some time reading.

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