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'Star Wars': Poe Dameron's History to Be Explored in YA Novel

Mystery writer Alex Segura will pen 'Free Fall,' which spins out of 'The Rise of Skywalker' and is set to be released in August.
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Mystery writer Alex Segura will pen 'Free Fall,' which spins out of 'The Rise of Skywalker' and is set to be released in August.

Who is Poe Dameron? Oscar Isaac’s breakout Star Wars character won the hearts of fans as soon as he debuted in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but revelations about his history in last year’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker underscored just how little anyone actually knew about him.

With Dameron’s onscreen adventures at an end, it makes sense that the slack would be picked up elsewhere, and Star Wars Poe Dameron: Free Fall — a newly announced YA novel by mystery writer Alex Segura — looks set to fill in some of the gaps surrounding Dameron’s history with Zorii Bliss and Babu Frik.

“I think Free Fall will answer some of the biggest questions fans will have coming out of The Rise of Skywalker: what was Poe Dameron’s secret history as a spice runner, and what does it have to do with the mysterious, helmet-wearing Zorii Bliss?” Segura told Polygon, which on Wednesday broke the news of the book’s release. “The book will spend a lot of time with Poe during his formative teen years, where we see him grow into the man we meet at the beginning of The Force Awakens.”

The official description of the title reveals that the book will follow Dameron as he runs away from home as a teenager following the death of his mother, a former pilot for the Rebellion.

Star Wars Poe Dameron: Free Fall, with cover art from Alice X. Zhang, is set to be released Aug. 4.

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