Resistance Reborn by Rebecca Roanhorse is a canon novel and part of the Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. It was published in November 2019 by Del Rey in the US and Penguin in the UK.
Set in the aftermath of ‘The Last Jedi’, it tells the story of how Leia, Poe, Finn and the remaining Resistance fighters are struggling to rebuild the Resistance after the escape from D’Qar and the battle against the First Order on the planet Crait. Leia’s distress call at the end of ‘The Last Jedi’ has gone unanswered.
The adventure takes place in the far reaches of the galaxy, including the planets of Akiva, Corellia and Ryloth, the home of the Twi’leks. The First Order are expanding their sphere of influence and have occupied more planets including Corellia.
The Resistance are desperately trying to find a hiding place and regroup. Leia decides to send out teams to different parts of the galaxy to search for old allies, new recruits and equipment. Poe reunites with Back Squadron and we once again meet old favourites such as Snap Wexley, his mother Norra, the Twi’Lek Yendor and his family plus an old favourite of mine from the original trilogy (and later novels) Wedge Antilles!
Some of the books released since ‘The Force Awakens’ have been a bit hit-and-miss but this is an awesome read! I can already see a few links between the book and what we have seen of ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ from the trailers. I really hope that some of this story is reflected in the opening scrawl and that we see some of the characters, including Wedge, in the film.
If you are a big Star Wars fan then I cannot recommend this enough. It’s a great story from start to finish and was quite nostalgic for me in many ways. It fits in with established canon not just from the movies but also from the various animated shows and novels.
The artwork for this book is beautiful- Scott Woolston and Scott Biel have done an amazing job. It would make a great poster!
Finally, one nice little addition to the book is the Rebel/Resistance Starbird logo at the start of each chapter. At the start of the story, the logo is very feint. As the story progresses the Starbird gets darker- a great way of adding more detail to the book and showing the growth of the Resistance.
If I had to have one complaint it would be that there isn’t enough Rey, but she has been the main character in other novels so its not a problem.
If you want to purchase this book you can find it here at the Penguin website.
Go buy it, enjoy and as always….
….May The Force Be With You!