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A Second Review of ‘Resistance Reborn’

When last I read this novel it was roughly three weeks before The Rise of Skywalker would enter theaters. At the time, Resistance Reborn, the prequel novelization to the final installment in the Skywalker Saga, was not what I expected or wanted. Despite having a story featuring all three major characters in the Sequel Trilogy–Rey, Finn, and Poe–the novel only truly focused on Dameron, a fact that I wasn’t very happy about at the time. It also told a story that was a bit slow and less epic than I expected, leading me to not liking the novel very much.

Now, after having seen The Rise of Skywalker a total of eight times I revisited the novel with a new lens on the story and surprisingly it was actually kind of really good.

Rebecca Roanhorse, the author of this touching prequel, tells a story highlighting the resilience of the Resistance and the shocking cruelty of the First Order in a telling fashion that perfectly sets up the events of The Rise of Skywalker.

No, there are epic lightsaber duels and whispers of a phantom menace returning from the depths of the dead (Palpatine.) Yeah, Poe’s handsome looks and good hair are frequently pointed out in this story to a slightly annoying level. I mean, I get it, he’s a good looking guy, but I don’t think it needed to be broadcast so grandly in this novel. And maybe I’m still a bit peeved that Finn and Rose’s romance was “just a moment” and was thus eradicated, which was even more apparent in the actual movie, but beyond these gripes that I have about the story I did appreciate the tale Roanhorse tried to elaborate.

The Resistance is in shambles but a small group of people willing to risk it all are slowly able to build the rebellious faction back to prominence simply through sheer will. It makes the victory the Resistance finally receive at the end of The Rise of Skywalker all the more heartfelt and Leia’s death seems to have more impact when you realize just how important she was to the Resistance’s own moral support.

If you like a calmer Star Wars novel that focuses more on characters’ and self-exploration rather than action and mystical works of the Force, Resistance Reborn is a book worth reading.

I’ll give this novel a solid 4 out of 5 stars. It’s not as good as the novelization of The Last Jedi or the riveting prequel novel to Rogue OneCatalyst, but it is somewhat enjoyable, particularly the novel’s last 100 pages.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a remarkable day. May the Force be with you, always.

My Review of ‘Resistance Reborn’

Imagine if the Canto Bight sequence from The Last Jedi was an entire novel (and yes, I know there is literally Canto Bight, a novel released in the Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi campaign.) This is how Resistance Reborn feels.

Boring and pretty much unnecessary.

When Resistance Reborn was announced earlier this year I was practically bouncing off of the walls with excitement. A novel set before the events of The Rise of Skywalker featuring Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, and General Organa? Sign me up! Unfortunately, Rebecca Roanhorse doesn’t take advantage of such an opportunity to create something truly special, instead choosing to create a novel that is about as boring as boring can get.

I was thirty pages into the novel before I realized Resistance Reborn wasn’t going to be the novel I expected. So, from there on out, I decided to simply speedread the entire book in a matter of hours, skipping over chapters I found less interesting, which turned out to be half the book.

Resistance Reborn feels only essential to read to give us a heads up on why Wedge Antilles is out of retirement and now playing a role in The Rise of Skywalker. And it’s also to give us a hint of an idea on where the relationships forged between these characters stand by the arrival of The Rise of Skywalker. Continue reading My Review of ‘Resistance Reborn’

My Resistance Reborn Journey Begins

Resistance Reborn. It’s the book I’ve been talking about for months. Well, I finally own it and now, my sister and I are about to start delving deep into this novel that is sure to be a thrilling (and maybe very telling) prequel to The Rise of Skywalker.

I am so ready on so many different levels. I love these characters which I have followed since 2015 and now their individual stories are about to come to an end. Resistance Reborn gives us a chance to return to these characters and where their heads are after the tragic events of The Last Jedi. It should be (hopefully) rather thrilling.

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To only increase my excitement I opened the book and this is what I saw. Pretty mindblowing, right? Poe, Rose, Rey, Chewbacca, and Finn. They are the heroes, they are the ones the galaxy is counting on, and they will be the ones to bring this story to a close. I’m very excited to see where this story, in fact, takes us and I will be sure to offer my review as soon as my sister and I finish it.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a spectacular day. May the Force be with you, always.

Revisiting The Last Jedi Novel

Ahead of the newest Star Wars novel to join my collection, Resistance Reborn, a must-have prequel to The Rise of Skywalker, I’m revisiting one of the best novels I’ve ever read, The Last Jedi. Heading to November 5, I will share every day a mini-review of a few chapters in the novel and how those chapters compare to the actual movie. And then, as soon as I get my hands on Resistance Reborn (which I’m super excited about!!!!) I’ll deliver a review asap.

So, with no further delay, here’s my first review of the Prologue-Chapter 4. Enjoy!

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It’s always fun opening up a novel and seeing the words of the “opening crawl” looking back at me. But the next scene following those words immediately make you realize this is not going to be the same as the movie.

We get a different opening that starts the story with Luke Skywalker. It’s a look at an alternate reality where Luke Skywalker has remained on Tatooine, gotten old, gotten married to a woman who was briefly seen in a deleted scene from A New Hope, and The Empire has destroyed every last remnant of the Rebellion.

For Star Wars fans, it’s a haunting reality that immediately displays the idea that The Last Jedi is going to be a very different movie. A movie that is designed to be more thoughtful than The Force Awakens could ever be. Continue reading Revisiting The Last Jedi Novel

There’s So Much ‘Star Wars’ Stuff To Look Forward To This Year

I remember when there was a time I could’ve only dreamed of a new Star Wars movie. Then Disney bought the galactic franchise and my dream came true. Last year was the first year in recent years where we got a Star Wars movie in May, which was a bummer, considering that the end of the year was devoid of Star Wars happiness. But, because we’ve had a brief hiatus from the franchise, it seems that LucasFilm has gone on turbo for Star Wars fans.

This fall is going to be packed with enticing Star Wars entertainment, from novels and comic books to games and episodic series, and finally The Rise of Skywalker at the end of it all. I’m so freaking excited!

So, to celebrate the wondrous end of the year, I’m going to share with you all of the stuff I’m most excited for. Enjoy!

September

A Marvel mini-series focusing on some of the greatest characters and villains in the Star Wars trilogy will arrive. The characters the series are highlighting will be Rey, Finn, Poe, Rose, Kylo Ren, and Snoke. While each series seems interesting the ones I’m most looking forward to are the ones focusing on Kylo Ren and Snoke.

Kylo Ren

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Here is its synopsis: Anakin Skywalker casts a long shadow. Can Kylo Ren ever escape his infamous grandfather’s reputation? Or will he succeed where Darth Vader failed?

This series will focus on the young Solo in his years before The Force Awakens which I am SO excited about. I’ve always wanted to know about him in his younger years and finally, we’ll get to discover a piece of that relatively unknown past. Yes! Continue reading There’s So Much ‘Star Wars’ Stuff To Look Forward To This Year