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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

I need to say that before we any further I do not really read any Star Wars books….The ones I do read are the novelisation of the movies, books that bridge the gap between movies and anything that can give me a background to Leia.

It was with the latter in mind I decided to buy Resistance Reborn by Rebecca Roanhorse. I bought this book with the hope it would answer some of the questions I had between The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker, and that it would give me an insight into Leia’s journey and how she became the Jedi Master for Rey.

Having read Claudia Greys books Bloodline and Lost Stars, I started this book ready for the journey and to be taken on a Star Wars adventure. I wasn’t disappointed. I was on a plane heading off on holiday it had my full attention for the week. If a book gets me, I simply cannot put it down, and so it was with this.

The sheer desperation of the Resistance is clear, they are at the lowest and almost you can sense a lack of hope but Leia’s strength and character does appear to come through. As the book progressed it was clear that the release time of the book wasn’t going to give answer my questions, but nevertheless I could see Leia’s motivation and the determination of Poe to do the right thing this time. The humour is obvious, as is the rebuilding of the bridges damaged in the relationship between Leia and Poe, who is trying to make right what he did in The Last Jedi.

The return of Wedge and Nora Wexley was welcome, and it gave clarity to Wedge’s appearance in The Rise of Skywalker. I can see that there will be plenty of spin offs from their story arc as leadership is not for them.

The First Order officer Winshur who we meet is great, so blindsided by power and privilege he actually becomes weak and pitied! It latches onto what drives a person, and what happens when they come into a position of power and pick on the weak, driven by their own inadequacies. His journey is one that has been told before in other stories, and it made me think that you must live your life with compassion and understanding so in the end when you go, you regret nothing.

The link to Bloodline and finding Leia’s ally Ransolm Casterfo was great I look forward to reading more about the development of the leadership of the Resistance and having key players back into the fold should make for a good read and perhaps explain that missing link to their base on Ajan Kloss in The Rise of Skywalker.

Ultimately for me the book posed more thoughts and questions than it actually answered. It was an enjoyable read and as a precursor to The Rise of Skywalker it certainly bridged the gap without really giving anything away.

I found Rebecca Roanhorse’s style of writing easy to engage with, the characters were well developed and in the main you felt like you were in a galaxy far, far away!

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)