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Justina Ireland author of the newly released Spark Of The Resistance has spoke about the book with StarWars.com

When StarWars.com sits down with Spark of the Resistance author Justina Ireland in a Lucasfilm conference room, we start the conversation by asking how she approached crafting this story. After all, it stars Rey, Poe Dameron, Rose Tico, and BB-8, and is set in a brand-new point in the timeline — not long after Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s Battle of Crait, with the Resistance in shambles. As such, it’s something that Star Wars fans are anticipating.

Ireland stops herself before answering.

“Yeah, well, I wasn’t terrified about it until you asked that question,” she says, laughing heartily. “Now it seems like a lot more than just writing a story.”

Spark of the Resistance, part of the Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker publishing program, arrives on Triple Force Friday, October 4, and finds our heroes investigating a distress signal on the isolated world known as Minfar. “They go out and what they find is this indigenous population on this very far off planet that’s so far away from everything else. There’s no reason the First Order should be there,” Ireland says. “Except there are these secret laboratories and a legendary weapon that may or may not be there.” The whole situation presents moral conundrums for Rey and company. Do they interfere in any way with the local populace? If there is a weapon, do they try to secure it for the Resistance? “It’s a nice lead-in to the bigness of Episode IX,” Ireland says. “Because it’s kind of a smaller slice of ordinary Resistance life.”

A military veteran, Ireland cites the gritty Rogue One as her favorite Star Wars movie, and took care to ensure that the losses suffered by the Resistance in The Last Jedi, and the lessons learned, will impact its members going forward. “I wanted to continue that trajectory,” she says. “The idea that, to be a hero and to fight the First Order means more than just getting in a ship and shooting at them. There’s a whole ethical construct that goes on behind that identity.”

For the full interview head on over to StarWars.com

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Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Spark of the Resistance
  • Justina Ireland
  • Publisher: Disney Lucasfilm Press
  • Hardcover: 224 pages