Allana introduces new adventure into her grandparents’ lives when she discovers a strange device hidden aboard the Millennium Falcon–a discovery that sparks a fact-finding expedition to retrace the people, places, and events in the checkered history of the famous spaceship. But the Solos are not alone in their quest: Crime lords, galactic pirates, rogue politicians, and fortune hunters alike will race to a final standoff for a prize some will risk everything to find–and pay any cost to possess.
The Millenium Falcon is a treasure hunt. Frequent mentions are made of stories told elsewhere: how Han acquired her from Lando (Han Solo trilogy by A.C. Crispin) and how Lando acquired her (Lando Calrissian trilogy), as well as frequent mentions referring to the Brian Daley stories.
The story alternates between present day (for the Solo’s) when Allana, their granddaughter, finds a strange object on the Falcon that even Han knows nothing about. Backtracking the history of the ship is their role and they find themselves colliding with some strange people en route.
Meanwhile Jadak is tracking the Falcon’s history from the other end. Known to him as ‘Stellar Envoy’ he last saw the ship right after the Battle of Coruscant, during the Clone Wars. His last mission for the secret Republic Group was derailed, leading to a catastrophic collision and him in a coma for decades.
In this case, the journey is more important than the ending. I found the end rather disappointing. After much fighting which involves even young Allana, and hints to upcoming stories, one expects there to be something at the end. The short in between tales of finding former owners of the Millenium Falcon and how those owners acquired and lost the ship are good. The ships quirkiness shines through each one. The realization that these foes are going to have to try and steal the Falcon is amusing (one can see how that will turn out) But one is suggested a treasure of some sort, a secret, at the end.
While any reader of the Han Solo and the Lost Treasure knows that a previous generations treasure may be today’s junk may see it coming, one does expect a twist right up until the book ends. It left me feeling wanting, as if there should have been more.
Who was the Republic Group really? What was the point of this mission? Was it really just this object that the Millenium Falcon was meant to find?
The book started well, and continued nicely. To me, though, something feels missing. It left me wanting more answers with no means to get them.