Star Wars Book Review: Resistance Reborn

  • Author: Rebecca Roanhorse
  • Published in 2019
  • 400 Pages
  • Canon
  • Placement in Timeline: Between The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker

What It’s About:

Resistance Reborn is a kind of prequel to The Rise of Skywalker–a prequel to a sequel. It’s the story of how the Resistance recovered after the Battle of Crait in The Last Jedi. If you recall, no one answered their call for help, and only Luke Skywalker’s sacrifice kept them alive to fight another day. The entire Resistance–what’s left of it–can fit onto the Millenium Falcon.

They need allies, and not only fighters and pilots, but leadership–tactitions, strategists, and the like–as well as ships. Leia remembers on old friend from Ryloth, and they go there to regroup.

Poe Dameron heads to the planet Ephemera to find Maz Kanata and enlist her help. She won’t go to Ryloth with him, but she makes him aware of a First Order document that lists subversives, as well as political prisoners.

Meanwhile, Snap Wexley and his wife Kare head to Akiva to bring his mother, Norra Wexley, and her husband Wedge Antilles, out of retirement to help the hurting Resistance. Snap is reluctant to bother them on their farm, but Poe convinces him they’re needed.

Leia hatches a three-prong plan: one group–Dross Squadron, as it’s dubbed–will try to retrieve some ships on a First Order junker planet; Wedge, Norra, and Snap’s team will try to rescue the prisoners, who they learn are being held on Corellia; and Poe and Finn’s team will try to obtain the actual list of subversives–potential allies–at a private auction, also on Corellia. The list had been stolen from the First Order by a criminal organization–The Collective–and were now auctioning it off to the highest bidder.

With the ships, prisoners, and the list of potential allies, perhaps the Resistance can rebuild and become a force to be reckoned with once again.

What I Thought:

I loved this book, because it filled in some gaps that existed between The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker. How did the Resistance rebuild after the disaster at Crait? How did they go from a handful of people to the larger group we see working on the rebel base on D’Qar?

This book tells us, but what I really loved, of course, were the character arcs and relationships in the story.

It’s in this book that we see Poe struggling with his guilt over what happened on the Raddus, and wondering if he can truly be a leader. Here we see Leia struggling to simply continue on after so much loss, as well as deal with the physical damage that was done to her when she was blown off the Raddus into space.

Here we see Wedge coming back into the story (was I the only one who thought, “Where the heck did he come from?” at the end of TROS during the Battle of Exegol? Though happy to see him, of course).

I have a feeling that I’ve missed some connecting stories, with Poe and Black Squadron, Snap and Kare, and Wedge and Norra–perhaps in comics, or other books I haven’t read yet. Inferno Squad. Phantom Squadron. All those pilots and squadrons I don’t know much about (I’ve said before that I’m not big on the pilot stories, and it shows here). But that’s all right. It didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the book.

Finn and Rey are present, but they have small, supporting roles, as well as Rose Tico and Lt. Connix. I didn’t mind; Finn accompanied Poe in his mission, and Rey had a few illuminating conversations with Leia. And that was fine.

The main antagonist (besides the First Order in general) is a First Order records manager on Corellia named Winshur Bratt, a pathetic man who thinks he’s more important than he actually is. His blustering at the beginning of the book is annoying and kind of laughable, but he turns into something more dangerous as the story progresses and his carefully constructed world begins to fall.

One thing that delighted me was the return of a particular character from Bloodline, a character I thought long dead. A surprise to be sure, but a welcome one. And more proof that in Star Wars, if you don’t see a body, they ain’t necessarily dead.

All in all, I loved this book; it’s a great addition to the sequel-era line of books I have on my shelf, including the aforementioned Bloodline and Phasma, a line I’d like to keep adding to. Some people may think the sequels were a mess (especially TROS) and while I understand what they might mean, I still think they’re wonderful additions to the canon. These books only add to that, and perhaps make a few things more clear or enjoyable.

Anyway, if you like the sequels or the characters of Poe, Leia, and/or Wedge Antilles, this book is for you.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Lightsabers

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8 thoughts on “Star Wars Book Review: Resistance Reborn

      1. Black Squadron is in the Poe Dameron comic (I’m similar to you though and hadn’t read that), The Aftermath Trilogy has a lot about Snap and Norra and brings in Phantom Squadron, then Inferno Squad would be the story mode of Star Wars Battlefront II. The story definitely works without any of these, but like with having read Bloodline, it really felt like the prior knowledge added to the story

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      2. Chuck Wendig’s writing style takes a little getting used to, and I don’t think the first book is the strongest, but it’s a good set-up for the other 2. There are some characters I really enjoy in there and some of the events like Operation Cinder have now appeared in a number of stories, so the trilogy helps connect them all

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