The Han Solo Trilogy: The Paradise Snare
© 1997 A.C. Crispin
Han Solo easily has the most personality of any of the original trilogy’s characters, but where did he come from? A.C. Crispin’s Solo Trilogy was the first to try and answer that question. The Paradise Snare opens on a young orphan impressed into a gang, who has been brought up hustling and conning wealthy marks — but longs to escape, and be a pilot. Just getting away from the gang is a great challenge, and there’s no easy path forward. Solo seems to jump from the frying pan into the fire into a swollen pit of molten lava, eventually angering even the Hutts. Happily A Paradise Snare is Solo’s book, with no early appearances of other major characters — and Solo himself is a work in progress. The Paradise Snare takes a hopeful young escapee and throws him around like a rag doll until the more cynical gunslinger of A New Hope seems to taking shape before us. Crispin’s approach in working Solo gives readers an idea as to why Solo is so easy with Wookiees, and why he is loathe to trust others — especially a woman who’s he’s falling for. The Paradise Snare is a solid first step in the trilogy.
Interestingly, Crispin also wrote a background novel for the character of Sarek, from Star Trek TOS and The Next Generation.