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Hey, hi, hello! I hope you’re doing well. I just wanted to send a quick dispatch from the Carbonite Freezer (io9's Star Wars Facebook group). Now that everyone has stopped screaming so much about The Last Jedi, we’re trying to find something to occupy our time while avoiding thinking too much about whatever is going on with Solo.

So what we’re going to do is read a good, old-fashioned book, and the one we’ll be reading is Leia, Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray. I haven’t read it yet, so here’s the plot summary, straight from Amazon:

Sixteen-year-old Princess Leia Organa faces the most challenging task of her life so far: proving herself in the areas of body, mind, and heart to be formally named heir to the throne of Alderaan. She’s taking rigorous survival courses, practicing politics, and spearheading relief missions to worlds under Imperial control. But Leia has worries beyond her claim to the crown. Her parents, Breha and Bail, aren’t acting like themselves lately; they are distant and preoccupied, seemingly more concerned with throwing dinner parties for their allies in the Senate than they are with their own daughter. Determined to uncover her parents’ secrets, Leia starts down an increasingly dangerous path that puts her right under the watchful eye of the Empire. And when Leia discovers what her parents and their allies are planning behind closed doors, she finds herself facing what seems like an impossible choice: dedicate herself to the people of Alderaan including the man she loves or to the galaxy at large, which is in desperate need of a rebel hero...



Right now the plan is to give you all through next Thursday (February 1) to get your copy and read the first chapter. And on Friday (February 2), we’ll start a discussion thread in the Freezer for those of us reading together!

I don’t really care if five, 50, or 500 of us read together—however it turns out, I think this will be a fun way to delve more into the Star Wars universe, and we’ll all probably learn some things about Leia, and maybe The Last Jedi. If you’ve read the book before, we hope you’ll join us again for a re-read. You can’t have too much Star Wars. 

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