Get ready for the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker with this vital prequel story, Resistance Reborn. While I am using the full title in the header of this article I will be referring to the book solely by the shorter, and more manageable title for the entire review. Set in the wake of the harrowing escape from Crait the Resistance has been reduced to a handful of wounded heroes. While the names Finn, Poe, Rey, Rose, Chewbacca, and Leia Organa are known throughout the worlds, those who are oppressed can only do so much with merely names. With Leia Organa’s final call for aid going unanswered work must be done to rebuild the Resistance with the presence of the First Order ever looming.
The Resistance will have to journey throughout the galaxy from the jungles of Ryloth to the shipyards of Corellia to seek out those who are brave enough to fight back against the darkness. These new forces are scattered and isolated, but as they search for new people to join their forces they will also be looking for more leaders, some of whom helped the young rebellion topple an empire in years past. In order for hope to survive all the Resistance will have to work to regain their power and be reborn in the fight against the forces of evil that threaten the galaxy.
For those who are unfamiliar with the Del Rey Star Wars timeline, this imprint of Random House has a remarkable number of books that provide information beyond all of the Star Wars movies. With prequels to the prequel trilogy and books that span the original trilogy timeline as well as the new movies, Del Rey opens the universe up even more for fans. Rebecca Roanhorse’s book, Resistance Reborn is one of two books noted as being part of the Del Rey timeline between The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker, the other is Galaxy’s Edge: Black Spire. Whether you have read any of these other books from Del Rey, Resistance Reborn is a great way to delve in, especially since it allows you to learn more about how the Resistance is rebuilding in preparation for The Rise of Skywalker.
The first chapter of the book, excluding the prequel, actually made me tear up, which was probably not the intention, but happened nonetheless. Looming large for me going into this movie is the passing of Carrie Fisher and the story opens with Leia having a dream about being trapped in the void of space. While Fisher will still be present in the upcoming movie, it will not be her living presence that is there, but in essence a sort of force ghost. Yes, that’s what I’m calling the movie magic keeping her there for this movie. After her dream she wakes up and the moment shifts into a comedic interaction with another member of the Resistance, which did make me chuckle through the emotional opening. The story itself is action packed and includes moments with Poe and his squadron as well as with Rose, Rey, and Finn. Resistance Reborn is a read that will keep you hooked and if you are excited for the release of The Rise of Skywalker you won’t want to put this down. For those who aren’t big readers or just don’t think they’ll have the time to sit down with a book, there is also an audiobook version available. Narrated by Marc Thompson, who is a dynamic voice within the world of Star Wars audio works, this listen will bring the world to life for you in a dramatic way. You can get your copy of Resistance Reborn, the book or the audiobook, today.