Galaxy’s Edge: Black Spire explores the state of the Resistance after the events of The Last Jedi whilst also shining a light on even darker sides to The First Order. Delilah S. Dawson does what she does best with Black Spire: creating characters and a story that almost makes you forget Batuu is now a “real” place.Continue reading “Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge: Black Spire – Book Review”
‘As an engineer in Cobalt Squadron, Rose Tico invents life-saving solutions that protect her colleagues, and she eventually finds herself on the frontline of the war serving General Organa and the Resistance. This captivating book is told in a journalistic style from the writings of Rose herself and features all new artwork and full-page foldouts of ship schematics and more. Gear up and join Rose on her journey to becoming a determined member of the Resistance.’ – Publisher’s Summary.Continue reading “Star Wars – Rose Tico: Resistance Fighter – Book Review”
When The Last Jedi hit theatres in 2017, Jason Fry released two books that complement the events and character arcs of the film. Both Rose Tico: Resistance Fighter and Bomber Command feature diaries, mechanical drawings, photos and maps. Paige Tico, is the focuse of Bomber Command, a book that offers a load of background information on the character.Continue reading “Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Bomber Command – Book Review”
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.Continue reading “Star Wars: Resistance Reborn – Book Review”
Despite being aimed at the YA audience, Lost Stars by Claudia Gray tells one of the most eye-opening stories from the Star Wars universe, shedding a light on past events whilst also revealing new ones with a focus on two new characters, Thane Kyrell and Ciena Ree.Continue reading “Star Wars: Lost Stars – Book Review”
After devastating losses at the hands of the First Order, General Leia Organa has dispatched her agents across the galaxy in search of allies, sanctuary, and firepower—and her top spy, Vi Moradi, may have just found all three, on a secluded world at the galaxy’s edge.Continue reading “Star Wars: Black Spire – Book Review”
Before the Awakening is one of the many books released in preparation for the release of The Force Awakens back in 2015; It provides a glimpse in to where Rey, Finn and Poe are building up to the events of the film whilst also providing information about the state of the galaxy as a whole.Continue reading “Star Wars : Before the Awakening – Book Review”
Jesse Holland re-tells the narrative of The Force Awakens through Finn’s eyes. The book, surprisingly, opens at the ending of Finn’s story in Before the Awakening rather than starting at the beginning of the film. This was really well done as it adds a bit more depth to certain elements of the story.Continue reading “Star Wars The Force Awakens: Finn’s Story – Book Review”
Smuggler’s Run sees an older Han Solo recounting a story from his past. Han’s story is about a mission he and Chewbacca were sent on by Leia and the Rebellion in order to find Rebel spy Ematt who has been stranded on the planet Cyrkon.Continue reading “Star Wars: Smuggler’s Run – Book Review”
Star Wars: Thrawn – Treason, the third book in this series, is an ideal way to wrap up this current-canon story of Grand Admiral Thrawn. After Thrawn: Alliances connected the prequel and Original trilogies together, Treason delves in to the early days of the Galactic Civil War where the Rebellion is barely present and Orson Krennic’s Death Star project is well underway.Continue reading “Star Wars: Thrawn Treason – Book Review”
Following the plot of Hudlin’s 2005-2008 run on Marvel’s Black Panther, Jesse J Holland’s adventure shines the spotlight on the technologically superior kingdom of Wakanda and its king T’Challa as he fends off invasion led by M’Butu, Ulysses Klaw, The Rhino, and the Black Knight.Continue reading “Who is the Black Panther? – Book Review”
Author Timothy Zahn returns once again for a follow up to Thrawn. In Star Wars: Thrawn Alliances, the Grand Admiral has been assigned a mission to work alongside the dark lord himself, Darth Vader.Continue reading “Star Wars: Thrawn Alliances – Book Review”
Timothy Zahn’s newest Star Wars trilogy promises to fill in some of the backstory for the version of Grand Admiral Thrawn seen in the animated series Star Wars Rebels, a character introduced to Star Wars fans by Zahn many years ago.Continue reading “Star Wars: Thrawn – Book Review.”
The Centum books that tie into the new Marvel Studios film releases have allowed fans to get more information on the build-up to these big events. Captain Marvel: Starforce On The Rise focuses on some of Vers adventures during her time with StarForce, acting as a prequel to the Captain Marvel movie released earlier this year.Continue reading “Captain Marvel: StarForce On The Rise – Book Review”
Set after the Battle of Endor in Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron is the story of a group of Rebel pilots tasked sent on a mission against the remains of the Empire. Alphabet Squadron follows Yrica Quell, a defector from the Empire’s TIE Fighter group Shadow Wing as she enlists in the New Republic. As a member of the intelligence department she is tasked with hunting down her former squadron.Continue reading “Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron – Book Review”
Set several years before The Phantom Menace, taking place on the planet Pijal, Master & Apprentice sees Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan travel to Pijal to oversee the coronation of princess Fanry. The pair must navigate a complicated struggle between ancient monarchies, the slave-owning Czerka Corporation, all while dealing with personal conflict.Continue reading “Star Wars: Master & Apprentice – Book Review”
Set on Jedha, a world full of myth and legend, two friends Baze Malbus and Chirrut Imwe, former Guardians of the Whills and protectors of the Kyber Temple find themselves at odds when the Empire arrive and place the planet under Imperial rule.Continue reading “Star Wars: Guardians of the Whills – Book Review”
John Jackson Miller has provided the first official book from the new canon material. A New Dawn gives Star Wars fans an insight into the Life of Kanan Jarrus after the events of Order 66, highlighting how he began fighting the Empire, his love for women and how he met a very special woman who would have a huge impact on his life moving forward; that of course being Hera Syndulla.Continue reading “Star Wars: A New Dawn – Book Review”
When I read a film novelisation, I look for things that may not have featured in the film, or scenes that have been expanded on to further enhance the story; Alan Dean Fosters provides readers with some extra scenes, more character insight as well as answers several questions asked after watching the The Force Awakens.Continue reading “Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Book Review”
When writing a review for a film novelisation, I look for things that may not have featured in the film, or scenes that have been expanded on to further enhance the story; Alexander Freed’s second book in Star Wars Canon “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” was full of extra moments that have complemented my views on the film.
Readers will find out the motivations behind some of the characters actions, connective scenes that are useful with regards to continuity, as well as interactions from the movie that are expanded upon. Freed emotionally dives into the minds of some of the key characters throughout, and provides further insight into some of their actions and the resonance behind them. Jyn’s internal struggle about feeling abandoned by both her father Galen Erso and Saw Gerrera, Cassian’s conflict as he contemplates his orders from General Draven to kill Galen Erso, and also Mon Mothma’s feelings about the path the Rebellion is currently on.
The book allows readers to spend more time with some of the characters that only featured briefly in the film, take Lyra Erso for example. During the first few scenes in Rogue One we see Lyra stand up to a group of Death Troopers whilst aiming her gun at Orson Krennic, despite knowing she could have run away with her daughter Jyn. It turns out that she had misjudged Krennic, expecting him to surrender in fear. With regards to the Empire, readers get more of an insight into how Tarkin took over the Death Star and Krennic’s thoughts as he discovers how easily he was played by Tarkin.
As mentioned above, readers get to delve deeper inside the head of Jyn Erso, understanding her coping mechanisms with feeling rejected from Galen and Saw, and also how she came to trust and love the Rebel Alliance despite her rough introduction to the cause. There are also more conversations between Jyn and Mon Mothma that would have been great additions to the film.
A lot of the new canon book feature several interludes and Rogue One is no different. One of the interludes reveals how Galen’s revenge on Krennic and the Empire is nearly discovered. Supplementary information like this is always good for a story and it adds another layer to everything viewers see when they sit down and watch Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Movie novelisation’s are usually good for looking at scenes that weren’t featured in the movie, Freed provides and intimate look at Jedha as a whole, moments before the Death Star Strikes as well as an up close view of Pendra Siliu’s death when Jedha is destroyed (Pendra was the little girl Jyn saves when Saw’s Partisans attack an Imperial fleet).
To conclude, Rogue One is a book that enhances the story rather than just giving readers a like for like printed account of the film. I would consider this book required reading as it provides a clearer and more insightful look into the events of the film, as well as showing the moments that weren’t actually captured on screen. For an even better experience with the book, read “Tarkin” and “Catalyst” both written by James Luceno that give background to Tarkin’s rise in the Empire ,as well as the beginning of Galen Erso and Orson Krennic’s relationship and how that lead to Galen joining Krennic on his project.