Star Wars: Resistance Reborn

The Resistance is in ruins. In the wake of their harrowing escape from Crait, what was once an army has been reduced to a handful of wounded heroes. Finn, Poe, Rey, Rose, Chewbacca, Leia Organa—their names are famous among the oppressed worlds they fight to liberate. But names can only get you so far, and Leia’s last desperate call for aid has gone unanswered.

From the jungles of Ryloth to the shipyards of Corellia, the shadow of the First Order looms large, and those with the bravery to face the darkness are scattered and isolated. If hope is to survive, the Resistance must journey throughout the galaxy, seeking out more leaders—including those who, in days gone by, helped a nascent rebellion topple an empire. Battles will be fought, alliances will be forged, and the Resistance will be reborn.

Author: Rebecca Roanhorse
Cover artist: Scott Woolston (Art)/Scott Biel (Design)
Publisher: Del Rey
Release date: November 5, 2019
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780593128428

Rebecca Roanhorse is an author new to Star Wars but having heard a lot of good things about this book I have been eagerly been anticipating having the time to finally read it. And she has delivered an excellent addition to the sequel era canon, with this book being part of the ‘Journey to The Rise of Skywalker’ series, which encompasses books and comics filling out some of the character back story leading up to the events of the concluding chapter of the Skywalker saga.

Picking up after the battle of Crait from The Last Jedi, *spoilers* the Resistance have only a handful of their number left to fight the tyranny of the First Order. With General Leia Organa and her second in command Poe Dameron, Resistance Reborn sets the groundwork for the task of trying to swell support for the Resistance.

Leia and the Crait survivors head to the neutral world of Ryloth and again this ties in some of the stories and characters from both The Clone Wars and Rebels animated series. Helped by the head of the Ryloth Defence Agency, Ambassador Yendor, from here the remnants of the Resistance set out on several missions to bolster their ranks by enlisting help from known allies and former Rebellion leaders, and to attempt to capture a document being used by the First Order to track down known Resistance sympathisers and imprison them.

Among those entering into the fray is one Wedge Antilles who, following the events of the popular Aftermath series, is married to Nora Wexley, mother of Temmin ‘Snap’ Wexley (portrayed on-screen by Greg Grunberg). Also joining the group are several other familiar old names, Hoth veteran General Rieekan and Orrimaarko (better known by his Return of the Jedi action figure name, Prune Face) as well as members of Phantom and Inferno Squadrons – neatly tying in some of the other canon material released over the last few years. This ragtag bunch of veterans and wanabees are split into several teams to capture the elusive First Order ‘hitlist’ and find ships for this emerging group to fly.

With undercover teams going to the First Order controlled Corellia to free some of the known prisoners and Bracca, a scrapper planet, to liberate some ships we then follow their escapades as well as the group including Poe and Finn who are invited to a birthday party, which is a front for the auction of the First Order’s list of opponents or potential Resistance sympathizers.

We also get to see some of the First Order from the ‘inside’ with the Executive Records Officer for the Corellia shipyards Winshur Bratt, and his two subordinates. The character of Winshur Bratt is every bit the scheming, career-obsessed individual we have come to expect – think along the lines of Tarkin, General Hux or Rogue One’s Director Krennic and you’re not too far from the cut of his jib.

The books also sees Poe take much more of a leadership role, with Leia still recovering from her near death experience on the Raddus and the loss of not only her friends in the Resistance but also her brother. Poe comes across very well in this story and steps up to his new responsibility with ease, although constantly troubled by his actions in The Last Jedi, which led to the death of most of the bombing fleet, and his mutiny aboard the Raddus. Likewise the characters of Wedge and Nora are key to many of the events, and despite their origins as a couple being in Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath series, Roanhorse writes them as if they were her own and has them displaying the traits that they displayed in previous books. The same can be said for all of the characters, with Leia, Finn, Rey, Rose and even Threepio given dialogue that fits perfectly with the on-screen portrayals of the characters. This may seem a bit of a ‘given’ but for me demonstrates the author has spent time researching the characters to keep them true to the rest of the canon and not just written a story and mapped it on to the ‘cast’.

This is especially heartening as Rebecca is a relatively new author, and on the strength of this book it is easy to see why following the success of her debut novel, Trail of Lightning, she has come to the attention of the team at Disney/Lucasfilm and hopefully this is the first of many Star Wars books from her.

Resistance Reborn (Star Wars): Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
  • Hardcover Book
  • Roanhorse, Rebecca (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 320 Pages - 11/05/2019 (Publication Date) - Del Rey (Publisher)