The newest Star Wars book explores Poe Dameron’s spice-running days. Written by Alex Segura, Poe Dameron: Free Fall starts off when Poe Dameron is 16 years old and just wants to fly around the galaxy like his mother, when she was a pilot in the Rebellion. Unfortunately, his mother passed away when he was eight years old and all he has left is his father, who wants to keep him around at home on Yavin 4. One fateful evening though, a crew is looking for a pilot and Poe Dameron is looking to both leave his home planet and fly a ship, and both get what they want.

Zorii Bliss is a central part of Poe Dameron’s involvement with spice-running

Background for The Rise of Skywalker

Well, sort of. Poe Dameron enjoys his months of flying around the galaxy with this crew, especially since one of them is the similarly-aged and attractive Zorii Bliss, whom we see on-screen in The Rise of Skywalker, and a teenage relationship blooms. Yet, this crew turns out to be spice runners.

Throughout this book, we see a lot of retconning of material in The Rise of Skywalker, such as his spice-running days and learning to lightspeed skip. While Poe does not enjoy the spice-running activities, he does greatly enjoy the piloting and his time with Zorii Bliss.

We learn about what makes the Guavian Death Gang so dangerous in Poe Dameron: Free Fall

Galactic Underworld

Because this book takes place largely in the underside of the galaxy, we learn about the Pyke Syndicate no longer having such a strong hold on the spice market in the galaxy. We also learn about the Guavian Death Gang and how they can wear such strange helmets, and what makes them so deadly.


This book is geared more towards teenagers, and, at the end, Poe departs from his spice-running activities, and on to the next adventure in his life, which is presumably joining the New Republic Navy. Published by Disney-Lucasfilm Press, Poe Dameron: Free Fall hits bookshelves August 4th. If you’re interested in reading more about this book, you may visit my expanded coverage on Poe Dameron: Free Fall.

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Drew Kaplan enjoys Star Wars; his writings may be found on his Star Wars Maven website, as well as other Star Wars-related content on his social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

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