Reviewed by Amanda Gazzard
Synopsis: As the shadows of the Empire loom ever larger across the galaxy, so do deeply troubling rumours. The Rebellion has learned of a sinister Imperial plot to bring entire worlds to their knees. Deep in Empire-dominated space, a machine of unimaginable destructive power is nearing completion. A weapon too terrifying to contemplate… and a threat that may be too great for overcome,
If the worlds at the Empire’s mercy stand any chance, it lies with an unlikely band of allies: a resourceful young woman seeking vengeance; a rebel commander on a mission of assassination; a defector from the Empire’s military; a blind holy man and his crack-shot companion; and a deadly Imperial droid turned against its former masters. In their hands rests the new hope that could turn the tide toward a crucial Rebellion victory – if only they can capture the plans to the Empire’s new weapon.
But even as they race toward their dangerous goal, the spectre f their ultimate enemy – a monstrous world unto itself – darkens the skies. Waiting to herald the Empire’s brutal reign with a burst of annihilation worthy of its dreaded name: Death star.
Characters: Jyn Erso, Rebel Alliance Captain Cassian Andor, Imperial pilot Bodhi Rook, Baze Malbus, Director Orson Krennic.
This was the first novel I have read by Alexander Freed and having seen Rogue One at the cinema I was slightly apprehensive on reading this novel as I thought it would have a lot to live up to. I can safely say I was not left disappointed.
For any die hard Star Wars fan this novel answers the lingering questions that the film left out. The inspirations of the characters were explored effortlessly. From the opening chapter Freed intertwines the major characters roles and sets the basis of the story which is to steal the Death Star plans from the Empire.
Freed’s representation of Jyn’s psychological and emotional journey was refreshing and very enlightening as the novel allowed for more of an insight to her character than the film ever did.
The novel allowed for scenes which were not in the film and allowed your imagination to picture these events. One of which was when the Death Star opened fire for the first time on a planet. The result was mass destruction of human life.
Between some chapters were memos from the Imperial and Rebel Alliance. It gave you an insight of background details of the conflict which would have been out of place in the chapters, this was very well executed.
I found the book easy to read throughout. Having seen the film this novel did not leave me disappointed, but I would not have read the book before seeing the film as I don’t think it would have worked so well due to the spoilers.
RRP: £20 (Hardback)
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