Resistance Reborn by Rebecca Roanhorse takes place after the Battle of Crait at the end of Star Wars: The Last Jedi and helps set up the final chapter in The Skywalker Saga, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
“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“.
At the end of The Last Jedi, General Leia Organa had sent a broadcast throughout the galaxy asking for any support in the war against the First Order, this followed with what was left of the Resistance fleeing Crait aboard the Millennium Falcon. Resistance Reborn sees the Resistance looking for a new base to hole up after Crait.
The character development throughout is really strong, with Leia and Poe Dameron the two standouts. Poe is the main character in the story, seeing how he is recovering after his mutiny during the events of The Last Jedi. He is learning how to become leader whilst also learning to listen and admit when he has made a mistake. Rebecca Roanhorse has moulded Poe into a leader who fully understands that his actions have consequences. Resistance Reborns see’s Leia passing everything she knows on to the future leaders of the Resistance, she is training both Rey and Poe whilst acting as a mentor to the likes of Rose Tico, Finn and Lieutenant Connix.
A book like Resistance Reborn will leave fans feeling extremely excited for the future of Star Wars canon as it connects the three trilogies in the Star Wars Universe. Roanhorse was challenged with integrating characters for various different platforms into this one story and it paid off immensely. Zay and Shriv from Battlefront II, Snap and Norra Wexley from the Aftermath book trilogy are featured as well as Wedge Antilles who features in both the original trilogy and the Aftermath boooks. Ransolm Casterfo from Star Wars: Bloodline features as a part of the plot and Jessika Pava, Karé Kun, Suralinda Javos from the Poe Dameron comic series also feature.
Of those characters, it is Snap, Norra and Wedge who play the biggest part in the storyline. Norra helps train the leaders that will lead the Resistance in the near future and Snap is Poe’s right hand man, who is an exceptional compliment to Poe. Roanhorse does a fantastic job of illustrating how Wedge has been turning pages in the same book his whole life and that the war against the First Order is something he is all too familiar with. Wedge has been a mentor to a lot of the Resistance’s pilots, Poe in particular, but as fans know, he is a pilot and always will be.
Even as the Skywalker saga draws to a close, Roanhorse reminds us how many more stories there are to tell in this universe. Resistance Reborn is about retaining hope amongst all of the dark in the galaxy and also believing in yourself even in the face of devestating odds. Resistance Reborn is the perfect story to set up the events set to take place during The Rise of Skywalker, and I would highly recomment fans to read this story before watching the film for added context.