Boba Fett: Maze of Deception

May 17, 2017 at 5:00 pm (Reads) (, , )

mazeBoba Fett: Maze of Deception by Elizabeth Hand

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With the help of Aurra Sing, Boba is on the way to retrieve the money Jango left to him. He doesn’t know where he’s going, and he doesn’t trust Sing well enough to believe that she’ll treat him well once they arrive, but what choice does he have? He’s eleven years old, and well on his way to being the bounty hunter he’ll become, but he still doesn’t have the clout that an adult has, as he learns once they land.

I said at the end of my review of Crossfire that I was looking forward to reading something by Hand, but it turns out that I already have: The Frenchman. It was a tie-in to the Fox show Millennium (man, remember that? With Lance Henriksen?), and, true to form, I can’t remember a thing about it. I guess it’s a good thing I’m writing this blog, so twenty years from now I’ll be able to look back on these reviews and remember something about all these books.

Anyway, Hand seems to be more adept at writing for a younger crowd than Bisson is. Yes, the narrative is simplified, but it’s not simple. The story is compelling, as Boba goes from trial to trial in his search for his inheritance, and Hand creates an intriguing setting for this adventure. She also writes convincingly toward the lessons he learns from the book that Jango left him, in regards to whom to trust and how to act.

Bisson’s strength was in his characterization, and while I didn’t see the kinds of relationships he created in Hand’s take on the story, neither were there any relationships in this book like Bisson created in his. Hand still writes convincing characters, but there wasn’t room for her to show how Boba related to someone he could trust. This could be intentional, since Boba is learning that he can trust no one, but he’s still a child, and still naive enough to have to learn that lesson.

Where Bisson’s stories felt firmly written for a younger crowd, Maze of Deception feels better suited for adult readers as well as juvenile readers. They still don’t quite reach the level of what Jude Watson did with her books, but on the bright side, Hand’s book doesn’t follow the formula that Watson’s books started to take. It’s nice to see a new writer in the Expanded Universe, and I look forward to seeing how Hand continues the series.

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