The Star Wars franchise has a long history of so called in-universe books; books that read as if they were written in the fictional universe for Jedi, bounty hunters, Sith Lords… and visitors to the planet Batuu.
Galaxy’s Edge opened in the American Disney parks; a place located of the
planet Batuu where people can experience the world of Star Wars by riding in
the (full scale built) Millennium Falcon, hanging out in a Cantina or even
build their own lightsaber.
presented hardcover) book by Cole Horton provides information about this place.
It delves into the history of the spaceport, and describes the places of
interest in several chapters:
Black Spire Outpost
a Quick Reference Guide with things like ‘helpful phrases’ and local holidays
(one of them is Life Day; a nice nod to the 1978 Holiday Special)
For fans of
in-universe books it will no doubt be a feast to read all this, especially if
you have a trip to the Disney Parks planned. For the more casual Star Wars fan
I doubt if they’re interested in the current politics on Batuu but I bet they’d
love to read something about the actual rides for instance. And that is why in
my opinion this book could have been so much better. What is missing is real-world
background information. Production sketches, artwork, interviews with the
creators of the rides, a ‘making of Smuggler’s Run’ chapter, practical
information about the cantina. It’s fun to read that the Bespin Fizz will fizz
and bubble or the Blurrgfire can be found in taverns across the galaxy, but isn’t
it more interesting if it’s alcoholic, what it tastes like and what the
wouldn’t have been an in-universe book anymore, but it really would have
benefited if things like that were included.
Nevertheless, if you’ve been to the Black Spire Outpost this would make a fun souvenir.