Poe Dameron: Free Fall is a canon young-adult novel written by Alex Segura that focuses on Poe Dameron during his time with the Spice Runners of Kijimi. It was first published in hardcover by Disney–Lucasfilm Press on August 4, 2020.
Poe Dameron has always wanted to fly. His mother, Shara Bey, who was an A-wing pilot for the Rebellion against the Empire, was more than happy to show her son everything she knew about flying. But she died an untimely death, and Poe was left alone with his father, Kes Dameron, who struggles with grief and a desire to keep his son safe.
Now sixteen, Poe wants nothing more than to leave his home on the quiet moon Yavin 4 to find adventure in the wider galaxy, while his father wants nothing more than for him to stay put. So when a group of smugglers offers Poe a job piloting them off-world, it feels like an opportunity he can't refuse. And by the time he finds out the smugglers are actually part of the fearsome criminal enterprise called the Spice Runners of Kijimi, Poe is already in deep. His burgeoning friendship—and perhaps more—with one young Spice Runner, Zorii, is even more incentive for Poe to stick around. But is this the life he's meant to have, is it even the life he wants? With danger closing in, Poe will have to figure out where he stands—and what he stands for.
Crashing the A-wing
- "You could have died, Poe."
- ―Kes Dameron
Poe Dameron flew his mother's A-wing in space above his homeworld of Yavin 4. The planet's Civillian Defense Force caught up to him and warned him to land. Poe didn't listen and flew around more, but then was shot out of orbit and crash-landed into a lake.
Kes Dameron stood outside his home reminiscing about his late wife and Poe's mother Shara Bey. He lamented to himself about how he and Poe had grown apart and that one day Poe would leave Yavin 4 with or without his permission. Then two officers from the Civilian Defense Force approached him and told him to come down to the station.
Poe woke up in a jail cell at the Civilian Defense headquarters. He was distraught to learn that he had destroyed his mother's A-wing beyond repair. The CDF officer Elia Litte escorted Poe to the vestibule where his father was waiting. Litte told Poe he was lucky to have a father who was loyal to him. Poe limped out of the station, his father rushing after him.
Kes caught up to Poe, and they got into another argument. Poe lashed out at his father by mentioning his mother, but then quickly apologized, but then hobbled off. Kes struggled whether or not to go after him.
L'ulo caught up to Poe in his landspeeder on the way to the docking bay. He let Poe vent about his father not letting him go out and have adventures. Poe understood that he was all his father had and that he didn't want him to die alone in space like his mother did. L'ulo talked about the Battle of Endor, then Poe's parents wanting to be there for him. Shara once told L'ulo that she will always be flying. L'ulo struggled with whether or not he should encourage Poe to fly off on adventures like Shara did. Poe felt overwhelmed and ran off.
- "Well, if it isn't the best damn pilot on Yavin Four, Mr. Poe Dameron!"
At the local cantina, the Devorronian bartender Fontis observed the patrons in his crowded cantina. He saw a group of people he's never seen before and hoped they wouldn't bring trouble into his tavern. He overheard them talking about needing a pilot to get off-world since their previous one died. Just then, Poe walked in and Fontis yelled for the whole cantina to hear that Poe Dameron, the best pilot on Yavin 4 just arrived.
Meanwhile, New Republic Security Bureau Officer Sela Trune had just arrived at the Civilian Defence Force station. She received intelligence that the Spice Runners of Kijimi, whom Trune had a personal vendetta against, were on Yavin 4.
- ISBN 9781368051668; August 4, 2020; Disney–Lucasfilm Press; US hardcover
- ISBN 9781368056595; August 4, 2020; Disney–Lucasfilm Press; US eBook
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- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary states that Poe Dameron joined the Spice Runners of Kijimi sixteen years before the Starkiller Incident, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 34 ABY. Therefore, since the events of Poe Dameron: Free Fall include Dameron joining the Spice Runners, it can be deduced that the events of the novel are set around 18 ABY.