In what is a first ever for me, I received an advance copy of the new Leia book by Martha Wells. I asked about making a thread for this since it's less than a month since the release, but since there was no response, I thought I'd take the initiative. Now, to be fully honest, I haven't yet in-depth read the novel, and I don't know if I'll get to it before the release, but I have skimmed through it, and I have a few general thoughts. First, given this is the Lit forum and everyone here is an EU hound, here's how the book ties into the EU: Almost not at all. There are a (very) few EU references, but almost all of them are either species (including one that's only been in the Hand of Thrawn series) or planet names mentioned (including several cities on Alderaan from various EU sources). The one exception is that the main Rebel ship featured is the Independence. As far as I can tell, no EU characters show up and there is no reference to any EU story. I get the distinct impression that when writing the story, Wells needed a planet to reference or a city from Alderaan to have a character from, and just selected one from Wookieepedia. There is, however, a lot of references to stuff from the OT (I wasn't able to find anything from the PT or TCW, however). Besides the strange choice of General Willard, Madine also appears, Mon Mothma is mentioned, and the plot involves the establishment of Echo Base. Plus, of course, lots of reflection on ANH. There are, however, a large cast of original characters, including several original species. Overall it definitely seems like Martha Wells was an author who was probably a fan of the OT but not really familiar with anything else Star Wars and was being very tentative in entering the saga. It actually reminds me a lot of Legacy Vol. 2 in that regard. In terms of the actual plot, from what I've skimmed through it's not a lot more complex than the blurb. I like the idea of Leia having a run-in with Alderaanian pirates (specifically mentioned to have been part of the former defense fleet) but not really sure how I feel Wells succeeded in making them believably be willing to turn Leia over to the Empire. The Imperial antagonist crew and the Rebel rescue crew are really nothing to write home about. Same with the characterization of the OT cast - decent enough, I guess it's a good if somewhat bland Leia, not as sure about Han. Overall I'd say it's not a terrible read, but just kind of...exists. Don't think it will make anyone's most-hated list, but also doubt it will make it on anyone's favorite list either, and assuming the EU continues to exist, I can't really see any characters from it really being interesting enough to any other author to take their place in the wider EU.