During Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, fans of the novels (or at least canon) got a bit of a shock when we learned something about Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac). The fearless fighter pilot of the Resistance had a secret past as a spice runner. Not only did he smuggle drugs, but he was also in deep with bounty hunters. Wild! Well thanks to author Alex Segura, we’re going to learn a bit more.

Thanks to Polygon, we learned a bit about the young adult novel titled Star Wars: Poe Dameron: Free Fall and just what we should expect from this new adventure. First things first – Dameron will be a teenager going through that very typical teen angst, as we can read from the book’s description.

It’s been a few years since Poe’s mother, who was a pilot for the Rebellion, passed away, and Poe and his father have had more and more trouble connecting. Not sure what he wants to do with his life, teenage Poe runs away from home to find adventure, and to figure out what kind of man he is meant to be.


Segura told Polygon that he was excited to tackle the character and his checkered past. “Poe is, of course, a hero — but that doesn’t mean he woke up one day fully formed in terms of his beliefs and experiences,” Segura said. “Poe’s loyal, driven, extremely sharp, and stubborn – but the chance to tell the story of how he came to be that Poe, and the shady, dangerous corners of the galaxy he had to walk through to get there, was extremely appealing to me as a storyteller.” Segura also shared that the book will answer the biggest questions fans have about his smuggler past. 

Frankly, I’m excited about this galactic crime novel. While watching Rise of Skywalker,  I was shocked to hear about his smuggling days. I knew him to be a Resistance pilot for his entire career. His parents were fighters in the Rebellion, of course he was going to follow in his footsteps. This new information about his past does lead to exciting new possibilities and I’m curious to see where Segura takes it.

What do you think of the novel? Are you looking forward to it or will you skip it? Let us know! Be sure to come back to Geek Girl Authority for more Star Wars news! 

Erin Lynch