Book Review, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Rebel Rising by Beth Revis 

When Jyn Erso is eight years old, her mother is murdered and her father taken from her to serve the Empire. But despite the loss of her parents, she is not completely alone. Saw Gerrera, a man willing to go to any extremes necessary to resist Imperial tyranny, takes her in as his own daughter and gives her not only a home but all the abilities and resources she needs to become a rebel.

Jyn dedicates herself to the cause—and the man. But fighting alongside Saw and his people brings with it danger and the question of just how far Jyn is willing to go as one of Saw’s soldiers. When she faces an unthinkable betrayal that shatters her world, Jyn will have to pull the pieces of herself back together and figure out what she truly believes in . . . and whom she can really trust.

First Star Wars novel of the year! Rogue One is my favorite Star Wars movie from Disney and this story added more to that love. The pacing was great. It fluctuated between being medium and fast, which is great for this type of story. This book style reminded me of some of the other Star Wars young adult novels written by other authors.

Jyn Erso made her Star Wars debut in the movie Rogue One. She immediately became a favorite character of mine. When I heard this book was coming out, I was excited. In this story, we see most of Jyn’s character development as she is in the other two Rogue One tie ins. She develops her views about the empire, rebellion, and Saw Gerrera while learning how to survive on her own. Jyn was already a well-written character in Rogue One, but this book added more depth. It was interesting to learn how she became the warrior we see in the movie.

The rest of the cast in this story was enjoyable. Each one had their own personality and talents, which fit into this universe and story. Even though some only had a short part, they all helped shape Jyn into becoming the character we know in Rogue One. What I liked was how these characters felt. They did not fall flat. They felt loved and written well for their purpose.

The way the story intertwines with Rogue One was well done. I felt I was in the Star Wars universe. There were planets I knew because of previous books, movies, and television shows, but one does not have to understand this universe to enjoy this book.

If you love Star Wars and enjoy action-adventure Sci Fi, I defiantly recommend this book.

I give this book a 4/5

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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