I had purchased Star Wars: Death Star by Michael Reaves and Steve Perry around the time it came out, but only read it over the past weeks. I wasn’t sure that I would enjoy it that much, but wanted to try it out regardless, because of the universe and the authors. I was reading a bit slowly at first, but got really into the story quick enough and devoured the last 300 pages.
I loved seeing more about the people who worked and lived on the Death Star. A lot of solid points about how the destruction of the battle station also provoked so many deaths. It shows how the war has collateral damages, regardless of the “good” and “bad” sides. The gunner in charge of the superlaser was one of the compelling characters, including in the depiction of his doubts about what the weapon actually does.
Seeing the surgeon, Uli, who was present during a couple of Star Wars Clone Wars era novels, was a good surprise. I wasn’t surprised to see him eventually be part of the small group who decided to leave the station, at the risk of their lives. Seeing these individuals from various backgrounds and occupations, including the Mirilian architect Teela Kaarz was something different.
Weaving scenes from the movie was well done. The book also made me more interested in Tarkin, which has me looking forward to the Tarkin centric novel coming in the next few months. The strength of this book is in the character’s personal story and how they are embedded into the larger scheme of things. It was a great read and I enjoyed it more than I had expected.