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Star Wars Rebel Rising Hardcover – 2 May 2017
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- Publisher : Disney Lucasfilm Press (2 May 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1484780833
- ISBN-13 : 978-1484780831
- Reading age : 12 - 17 years
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 3.18 x 21.59 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 122,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Beth Revis is the author of the New York Times bestselling Across the Universe series, thecompanion novel The Body Electric, a twisty contemporary novel A World Without You, andnumerous short stories. A native of North Carolina, Beth is currently working on a new novel forteens. She lives in rural NC with her boys: one husband, one son, and two dogs roughly the sizeof Ewoks.
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Characters come and go throughout REBEL RISING, and they are all excellently drawn and beautifully presented to the reader. The writing style, too, is excellent, and despite the fact that the book clearly felt, and read like, a YA novel in the first half, the moment of truth for Jyn, when she began to love, instead of simply living, was also a moment if truth for the book, and it rose to the occasion like a trooper in a bad storm (pun intended).
There is little to no humour in the book (since when is war ever funny?) and there is certainly no happy ending for our Jyn, either. Fans of the movie will love this book, and yet the principal reason for its existence is also the principal object holding it back. The story ended when it had to, since REBEL RISING is nothing more than a prologue to an arguably awesome saga movie. But what if it wasn't? Everybody who picks this book up and reads it deserves a happy ending. The author certainly deserves the chance to write a full and complete independent saga novel. And as the force knows, Jyn Erso deserves a happy ending. But we all know how that turned out, don't we.
Four stars for a book that was held back by its own existence.
I dedicate this book, this review, and the next twenty four hours of my life to the memory of Jyn Erso, the lady, the woman, the young girl who deserved so much more than she ever got.
Jyn Erso: May she be one with the force, and may the force be with her. Always.
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In some ways the title is a slight misnomer as this is not the story of Jyn becoming a rebel. That happens during the course of ‘Rogue One’. In fact, Jyn’s journey during the course of this novel leaves her more and more disillusioned with the cause of the rebels as she struggles to live some type of life free of both them and the Empire, slowly beginning to see them as little better than each other when it comes to the average lives of the denizens of the galaxy.
After all, she needs to lose her ‘hope’ before regaining it. This novel explains her journey that leads to the mindset of the character at the opening of ‘Rogue One. This makes for a more interesting story than a sequence of rebel adventures and activities and gives Jyn a multidimensional characterisation that fits well with her early cinematic portrayal.
For a reasonable portion of the book, particularly earlier on, Saw Gerrera plays a major role. There is certainly more of him than there is ‘Rogue One’ and this novel shows, at least partially, how his group is established and a little about his division from the larger conglomerate that becomes the Alliance. It ties in more with his original appearance in ‘The Clone Wars’ television series and provides a better understanding of him and his objectives.
Throughout the course of the book there are various interludes that take place during Jyn’s imprisonment on Wobani. They aren’t used in any type of flashback way but function as a method of jumping to the significant stages and changes in Jyn’s life. Although not greatly interesting in themselves and at times a little bit disruptive to the overall narrative they do serve this structural purpose quite effectively.