Resistance Reborn (Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, #1)
The heroes of the Resistance must fight back from the edge of the oblivion in this pivotal prequel to 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 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 tripple an empire. Battles will be fought, alliances will be forged, and the Resistance will be reborn.

Resistance Reborn (Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, #1) Details

TitleResistance Reborn (Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, #1)
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ReleaseNov 5th, 2019
PublisherDel Rey
ISBN-139780593128428
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GenreMedia Tie In, Star Wars, Science Fiction, Fiction, Fantasy, Audiobook, Science Fiction Fantasy, Space, Space Opera, Adult, Novels

Resistance Reborn (Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, #1) Review

  • Khurram
    January 1, 1970
    A really great book. This is the perfect bridging book needed. After the Last Jedi the Resistance survived but it was decimated in personal, weapons and support. The other thing is the time span between the Force Awakens and the Last Jedi is so tiny reading this book I realised how little time the characters have with each other. That is the main point of this book it really give the characters new and old time and a chance to grieve and bond.One of the great things I always loved about Star A really great book. This is the perfect bridging book needed. After the Last Jedi the Resistance survived but it was decimated in personal, weapons and support. The other thing is the time span between the Force Awakens and the Last Jedi is so tiny reading this book I realised how little time the characters have with each other. That is the main point of this book it really give the characters new and old time and a chance to grieve and bond.One of the great things I always loved about Star Wars was the continuity between the movies, the books, the comics and even the games. That is something that has been missing in the Disney era. Yes new characters need to be created but fir me things had not really com together till this book. Here I saw characters from the Aftermath triligy, one of whom has made a name for himself in the comic universe, Bloodlines, Rebels, and old heroes as well.No huge revelations in this book, but definitely a very necessary book to pull all the characters together. New characters, old and new heroes, new roles to be stepped into, and a renewed fire to fight injustice. A great book. Rey is very quite in this book only making a couple of appearances, I a guessing she is saved for the movie, but it would be a crying shame if the rest of these characters did not get any recognition. This is a must read before the Rise of Skywalker.
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  • Alejandro
    January 1, 1970
    Sadly, a filler story. RESISTANCE LOOKING FOR NEW ALLIES After barely got escaped from the planet Crait, the Resistance is outnumbered like never before and the First Order seems like in its best moment.While the Resistance's remaining members in different teams are looking for old aquaintances to leveled up their decimated numbers, the First Order is precisely looking too for those so called old aquaintances to kill them or imprison them.Along the book you read about the efforts of the Sadly, a filler story. RESISTANCE LOOKING FOR NEW ALLIES After barely got escaped from the planet Crait, the Resistance is outnumbered like never before and the First Order seems like in its best moment.While the Resistance's remaining members in different teams are looking for old aquaintances to leveled up their decimated numbers, the First Order is precisely looking too for those so called old aquaintances to kill them or imprison them.Along the book you read about the efforts of the Resistance to get back a reasonable number to be able to make some impact against the First Order.While well written, nothing that relevant happens and it's obvious that it's a filler story since they can't do anything really relevant since Episode IX still is ahead.
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  • Bria
    January 1, 1970
    Resistance Reborn is one big family reunion. Set almost immediately after The Last Jedi, it begins with the biggest question for the Resistance: what comes next and how the heck do we go on from here? Leia’s comment about how “we already have everything we need” was nice and inspirational but not entirely true: they need supplies and they need allies. Sweet Force, did I dance around with glee at some of the allies the Resistance collected here. As the world’s biggest Battlefront II fan, the Resistance Reborn is one big family reunion. Set almost immediately after The Last Jedi, it begins with the biggest question for the Resistance: what comes next and how the heck do we go on from here? Leia’s comment about how “we already have everything we need” was nice and inspirational but not entirely true: they need supplies and they need allies. Sweet Force, did I dance around with glee at some of the allies the Resistance collected here. As the world’s biggest Battlefront II fan, the inclusion of Zay and Shriv delighted me to no end and I was thrilled to see them make their return and to have fairly significant roles. I was also happy to see more of Wedge Freaking Antilles. This is also very much a Poe Dameron book. He’s still coming to terms with his mutiny and all of its ramifications and learning how to move on from it. It feels incredibly necessary and Rebecca Roanhorse handles his state of mind deftly. Honestly, there’s a heck of a lot to love about the book but I really don’t want to spoil any more of it for readers as each new revelation or character inclusion was a joy to discover as I read. The short version is this: Resistance Reborn is a story that will delight readers who’ve read broadly across canon and that feels like a necessary step forward for the Resistance between Episodes VIII and IX.(Full review will be on ToscheStation.net on release day.)
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  • Neil R. Coulter
    January 1, 1970
    It's hard to root for the Resistance when they seem so consistently idiotic. And it's hard to root against the First Order when there is no logic to how politics and government work in the galaxy. How can the First Order rule the galaxy, but without an official government, and when it is staffed entirely by either hapless buffoons or mindlessly cruel officers? So little of the sequel-trilogy era makes sense.The surprise of this book is that Rey is mostly silent and does nothing of importance. It's hard to root for the Resistance when they seem so consistently idiotic. And it's hard to root against the First Order when there is no logic to how politics and government work in the galaxy. How can the First Order rule the galaxy, but without an official government, and when it is staffed entirely by either hapless buffoons or mindlessly cruel officers? So little of the sequel-trilogy era makes sense.The surprise of this book is that Rey is mostly silent and does nothing of importance. Resistance Reborn focuses instead on Poe, telling us every few pages that he is very handsome and has great hair. We also learn that Finn covers his heart with his hand a lot. Meanwhile, Leia dreams of eating sausages and "big fluffy biscuits" (76), and then says a lot of stuff about "hope," of course.One could wish that Star Wars books were better.
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  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    January 1, 1970
    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/11/19/...Guys, I was so excited when I found out about Star Wars: Resistance Reborn and that Rebecca Roanhorse would be writing it. Rebecca Roanhorse, as in The Sixth World Rebecca Roanhorse? I love that series! And couldn’t have been more thrilled that she was tapped for this project. But she also has her work cut out for her, given the challenging task of bridging The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker.Reduced to only a handful 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/11/19/...Guys, I was so excited when I found out about Star Wars: Resistance Reborn and that Rebecca Roanhorse would be writing it. Rebecca Roanhorse, as in The Sixth World Rebecca Roanhorse? I love that series! And couldn’t have been more thrilled that she was tapped for this project. But she also has her work cut out for her, given the challenging task of bridging The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker.Reduced to only a handful of survivors after the harrowing events at the battle of Crait, the Resistance now they must decide their next steps. Leia Organa, unwilling to give up, sends out a call for help to whoever would listen. But it appears most of her support have abandoned her—or have been captured and detained by the First Order. Wracked with guilt for his actions, Poe Dameron is ready to do anything to make amends. At Leia’s request, he takes it upon himself to search for more allies.And at its heart, that’s what this book is all about: Poe’s road to redemption. He knows he screwed up royally in The Last Jedi, and Resistance Reborn is merciless in making you feel the full brunt of the repercussions to his actions.So this, in essence, is really Poe’s story. The consequence of his recklessness that effectively led to the end of the Resistance is a shadow that looms over the entire novel. But just as the rebellion needs to be reborn, so does our commander of Black Squadron. No one is harder on Poe than Poe himself, and throughout this journey, filled with moments both heartwarming and heart-wrenching, he realizes that he still has teammates and true friends who will fight by his side, lifting him out of that dark place. And then there are the kind of allies who won’t take such a direct route, choosing instead to empower him and set him on the right path by teaching him how to help himself.Which brings me to the cast of characters, and I was pleasantly surprised to find we got to follow some major players. In my experience, whenever we get a “bridge book” or a “prequel novel” in the Star Wars expanded canon that promises to fill in the gaps, what we usually get instead is a fun but fluffy throwaway piece starring a bunch of expendable one-use characters because you just know they’ll save all the most important developments for the movies. A prime example of this is the first book of Aftermath (though to be fair, some of the characters in that trilogy ultimately became quite prominent, impacting the Star Wars universe quite significantly, but more on that later).Such is life when it comes to media tie-ins, after all, but Resistance Reborn on the other hand features all our old favorites: Leia, Rey, Finn, Poe, Rose, Chewbacca, and the list goes on. It helped make this feel like a real Star Wars novel, lending weight to its people, events, and places. It also made me feel like what I read mattered on a greater level, and you’d be surprised how few canon novels thus far have passed this test.Not only that though, Resistance Reborn is like a gift to the superfans of Star Wars who have really embraced the franchise beyond the movies. If you’ve also enjoyed the books, comics, video games, TV shows, etc., there will be quite a few references and appearances by characters you’ll recognize from elsewhere. Snap Wexley, for example, who made his debut on the aforementioned Aftermath and was brought to life on the big screen in The Force Awakens. Shriv Suurgav and Zay Versio, from Battlefront II. Even Ransolm Casterfo, the handsome rogue senator from Claudia Gray’s brilliant Leia Organa novel Bloodline will show up, with some answers as to what he’s been up to all these years. Not only that, we have some highly recognizable names like Wedge Antilles, who has married Snap’s mother Norra and are living together as farmers on Akiva. Maz Kanata, who understands more than most how the Force works in mysterious ways. And of course, there are ties aplenty to the Poe Dameron and Black Squadron comics. It was fascinating to see this book gather all these disparate characters together, forming the basis of a new resistance. There’s a sense of renewed hope, but also this bittersweet acceptance of an end to an era. The coming battle will be fought by this new line-up of rebels, and I’m curious to see who will show up in The Rise of Skywalker.As for Rebecca Roanhorse’s writing, I think her style translates well to Star Wars, despite the occasional turn of phrase which would jolt me out of the immersion. Her best portrayals were of the female characters (there was one particular scene I loved, involving a heartfelt conversation between Leia and Rey), while a couple of her male characters like Wedge and Finn could have used some fine-tuning, and there were a few telling-not-showing moments where Poe came across just a bit too detached. But overall, I couldn’t be happier with Roanhorse’s work and her dedication to detail. The book was peppered with little Easter Eggs, calling back to everything from Star Wars: Rebels to the original trilogy.But when it comes to story, admittedly the plot was on the flimsier side, and it worked out too neatly. Yes, we get this whole build-up to a nail-biting finale, but at the end of the day, we are still left with an awkward sense of being back to square one. Granted, we now know the Resistance isn’t as alone as we thought it was; the most important elements of Black Squadron are intact and we we’ve dug up some new allies. Poe, the linchpin of the novel, also gets his absolution. But really, all this could have been inferred from the end of The Last Jedi. I guess the point I’m trying to make is, Resistance Reborn ends in a way that seems purposely designed not to affect the third movie at all, but again, this just goes back to the nature of media tie-ins. Like most, it’s a standalone, supplementary rather than required, and the most important characters are kept from making any huge decisions or weren’t developed much because obviously you save those things for the movie.That being said, should you read Resistance Reborn? Yes, if you’re a diehard Star Wars fan and are going all in on Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, you absolutely should. Despite its weaknesses (many of which are related to the tie-in genre rather than anything negative to do with the book itself) this was one of the better novels from the new canon. Rebecca Roanhorse did a fantastic job writing a fun new adventure to fill the gap between the two films, even fixing or clarifying a few things from The Last Jedi, while providing lots of geek-out moments for those of us who love everything Star Wars.
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  • Holly (The Grimdragon)
    January 1, 1970
    "Leia stood among them, a small figure that radiated power. But at what cost? Poe wondered. She couldn't be well, not after what she had been through. She must be running on fumes. And it's my job to help her through this, he reminded himself. I'm supposed to be her right hand, her go-to commander, and, more important, her friend. He felt buoyed by the scene in the hangar moments ago but he knew he needed to check in with Leia, too. Make sure she was doing okay."I maybe sorta kinda like Star "Leia stood among them, a small figure that radiated power. But at what cost? Poe wondered. She couldn't be well, not after what she had been through. She must be running on fumes. And it's my job to help her through this, he reminded himself. I'm supposed to be her right hand, her go-to commander, and, more important, her friend. He felt buoyed by the scene in the hangar moments ago but he knew he needed to check in with Leia, too. Make sure she was doing okay."I maybe sorta kinda like Star Wars. Just a wee bit!Ahhh, fuck it. Who am I kidding?! STAR WARS IS LIFE!Resistance Reborn is one that I have been highly anticipating all year! I was excited to see what Rebecca Roanhorse would bring to the franchise, considering I'm a fan of her work already. Getting to learn more about Poe on top of that? YES PLEASE!!Set almost immediately after The Last Jedi, Resistance Reborn is the bridge between it and the upcoming final movie in the Skywalker Saga, The Rise of Skywalker. This tie-in novel follows the few that remain in the Resistance after the Battle of Crait.Poe and General Leia are on a mission to find more allies to rebuild the Resistance. Throughout, Poe struggles with his previous actions and the guilt that he now must deal with. He isn't as confident in his leadership abilities as he once was, although he still has fucking glorious hair!This is the first tie-in novel to truly focus on the core group of Poe, Finn and Rey together. There were fans who were left unhappy with Poe's role in The Last Jedi, like the fact he destroyed the First Order ship, but got everyone killed in the process. There were clearly more than a few questions left unanswered. But have no fear! Resistance Reborn is Poe's redemption. Roanhorse tackles many of the questions, providing a welcome insight into the link between what we know happened in The Last Jedi and that of The Rise of Skywalker trailer (GAH! FULL BODY CHILLS AND UNCONTROLLABLE SOBBING!!) I was slightly disappointed by the lack of Rey (one of my all-time favorite characters), but then I realized that left room for secondary characters to shine, where they probably won't have much upcoming screen-time. This isn't Rey's feature, after all. Her story will be saved for the movie. Resistance Reborn is about Poe making amends.Along with the star-studded cast of characters from the movies, TV shows, novels, comics and video games, Roanhorse also integrates fresh faces into the mix! None more delightful to my warrior heart than Teza Nasz. Oh, how I fucking adore her! She is such a brilliant character and I must insist that Roanhorse write her backstory for us to devour! Teza, an ex-Imperial warlord who is now a member of the Black Squadron and just.. the ultimate badass! She's also a woc. HELL YEAH!I cannot applaud Roanhorse enough for her depiction of Leia. Save for Chuck Wendig, she has been the only other writer in the new canon to truly capture her essence, in my opinion. Leia has been through so much, yet she remains so strong. Reading those scenes with her absolutely wrecked me. So damn bittersweet. I'm.. honestly not sure how I'm going to react when I see her last moments on screen next month. Oof.Then there is FinnPoe. Or Stormpilot, if you so choose. ::sigh:: Unfortunately, Star Wars continues to suffer from queerbaiting. For anyone unfamiliar with the term, queerbaiting is defined as 'when creators hint at, but then don't actually depict, a same-sex romantic relationship between characters in a work of fiction. They do so to attract ("bait") a queer audience with the suggestion of relationships that appeal to them, while at the same time attempting to avoid alienating other consumers.'With Finn and Poe, we imagined that finally.. FINALLY, there would be a queer character ON SCREEN. We wanted it to happen so badly. Yet, with The Last Jedi, it felt like we are just being strung along once again with enough to keep us interested, without having to represent those of us that are, well, queer. Yet we keep on hoping.. because it's too special to pass up. These characters, their story. The fact that they are two non-white dudes.. it would be a massive step for Star Wars. One that needs to fucking happen already! But I digress. Keep your eye holes peeled for an upcoming post from yours truly regarding this very topic!Though Resistance Reborn is mostly coy with regards to the FinnPoe relationship, there are some utterly gorgeous scenes between them. Take what you will from them (WE STAN!!) There are a few wondrously diverse moments throughout, although of course I wish there were more. However, Roanhorse *has* given us another non-binary character. This is so important, especially for this franchise. BREAK THOSE GLASS CEILINGS!!"You are a light in the darkness."Roanhorse has made a fierce entrance within the book side of Star Wars. Wheels have been set in motion for one of the last prequel stories leading up to the final installment in the epic Skywalker saga with these beloved characters. You certainly don't have to read this before heading into The Rise of Skywalker, but why wouldn't you want to?! We are given a wee bit more to hold us over until December. More Leia. More Big Three. New faces. Old characters taking on the freedom fighters. Connections all over the place. JUST DO THE DAMN THING ALREADY!Seeing these characters from various mediums join forces in this book made me so damn happy! The OG's are stepping up with the rookies and they are going to do everything they can to make sure that good prevails. Now, more than ever, the canon is beginning to flesh out, filling in details and expanding upon the galaxy far, far away. Resistance Reborn is such a well-constructed story, one that should excite fans of the EU and new canon alike. For those of us that love it all.. it will tick most (if not all) the boxes! There is truly something for everyone.May the Force be with you. Always.
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  • Unseen Library
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of Star Wars: Resistance Reborn from Penguin Random House Australia to review.Rating of 4.5.The road to the final movie in the Skywalker Saga, Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, begins here with this intriguing tie-in novel, Star Wars: Resistance Reborn, by recent fantasy phenomenon Rebecca Roanhorse. Resistance Reborn is a fantastic and action-packed book that attempts to bridge some of the gaps between The Last Jedi and the upcoming The Rise of Skywalker.Following I received a copy of Star Wars: Resistance Reborn from Penguin Random House Australia to review.Rating of 4.5.The road to the final movie in the Skywalker Saga, Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, begins here with this intriguing tie-in novel, Star Wars: Resistance Reborn, by recent fantasy phenomenon Rebecca Roanhorse. Resistance Reborn is a fantastic and action-packed book that attempts to bridge some of the gaps between The Last Jedi and the upcoming The Rise of Skywalker.Following on shortly after the devastating events that occurred on the isolated planet of Crait at the end of The Last Jedi, the Resistance has been decimated by the tyrannical First Order. Seemingly abandoned by their friends and allies throughout the galaxy, only a few members of the Resistance have survived and are now in hiding. Those remaining Resistance members are as determined as ever to fight and are willing to risk it all the save the galaxy.To that end, the leader of the Resistance, General Leia Orgena, has sent her few remaining compatriots out into the galaxy in an attempt to find more volunteers, supplies, ships and, most importantly, leaders and strategists who can help guide the Resistance to victory. While her teams are able to find a few valuable recruits, including some old friends from the days of the Rebel Alliance, the situation is looking grim.The First Order have started to establish their dominance throughout the entire galaxy, and few are willing to stand before them. Whatever allies or supporters the Resistance might have been able to count on have gone missing, apparently the victims of an oppressive roundup by the First Order. As Poe Dameron and the remains of his squadron attempt to recover a prisoner list that contains the details of the fate of these dissidents, it soon becomes apparent how far the reach of the First Order has grown. Can the Resistance survive, or will the shadow of the First Order overwhelm them all?For the full review, click the link below:https://unseenlibrary.com/2019/11/13/...An abridged version of this review ran in the Canberra Weekly on 14 November 2019:https://unseenlibrary.com/2019/11/14/...For other exciting reviews and content, check out my blog at:https://unseenlibrary.com/
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  • Justine
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsNot quite a 4 star read, but among the Star Wars books I've read, this one measures up well so I'm rounding up.The story picks up immediately after the battle at Crait, with the Resistance basically down to, well, the Millenium Falcon and whoever fits on her. Resistance Reborn explains a bit about why no one ever answered Leia's call for help (apparently they were all being rounded up preemptively by the First Order), and the efforts to rebuild the Resistance in terms of both people and 3.5 starsNot quite a 4 star read, but among the Star Wars books I've read, this one measures up well so I'm rounding up.The story picks up immediately after the battle at Crait, with the Resistance basically down to, well, the Millenium Falcon and whoever fits on her. Resistance Reborn explains a bit about why no one ever answered Leia's call for help (apparently they were all being rounded up preemptively by the First Order), and the efforts to rebuild the Resistance in terms of both people and materiel. There is also a redemption arc, where Poe attempts to make up for being a jackass and trying to start a mutiny, which wasn't very helpful when the rebels were trying to escape from the First Order (oh yeah, that). A pretty quick read, with lots of old and new characters, that reflects the author's obvious enthusiasm for the SW universe.
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  • Zoraida
    January 1, 1970
    CRYING
  • Ben Brown
    January 1, 1970
    Set in between the events of “The Last Jedi” and “The Rise of Skywalker,” “Star Wars: Resistance Reborn” is kind of an odd book: a busy mishmash of ideas, plot lines, and narrative teases that tries to a.) act as a lead-in for the final film in the Skywalker saga, b.) serve as a culmination to much of the “Star Wars” tie-in storylines from the past 4-5 years, and c.) work as a satisfying story on its own terms. That it manages to succeed fairly well at all three is a testament to Roanhorse's Set in between the events of “The Last Jedi” and “The Rise of Skywalker,” “Star Wars: Resistance Reborn” is kind of an odd book: a busy mishmash of ideas, plot lines, and narrative teases that tries to a.) act as a lead-in for the final film in the Skywalker saga, b.) serve as a culmination to much of the “Star Wars” tie-in storylines from the past 4-5 years, and c.) work as a satisfying story on its own terms. That it manages to succeed fairly well at all three is a testament to Roanhorse's skills: it’s not every writer who can take two dozen-or-so established characters and weave them together into a story that doesn’t feel forced or overly constructed, but Roanhorse manages it quite deftly here. Here’s hoping Ms. Roanhorse gets the opportunity to try her hand at more stories like these down the line – she’s got a real knack for it.
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