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Star Wars Guardians of the Whills (Star Wars: Rogue One) Hardcover – May 2, 2017
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Rucka writes well, his prose if fast, punchy, and concise. He paints a sparing picture, but in a relatively short actioner such as this, that's only to be expected. I was hoping for some insight into the characters of Chirrut Imwe and Baze Malbus, two of my favorites from "Rogue One," and while this is far from an in-depth character study (a book I'd very much like to see) we do get a better sense of the bond between the two, and see them taking on the forces of the Empire in their own inimitable way. The story involves our reluctant heroes striving to protect a bunch of orphans from starvation. Along the way, we find out exactly how Baze obtained that heavy blaster cannon, how it is that Chirrut "sees" his surroundings, and come into contact with Saw Gerrera. This was a book that I really didn't want to see end, and I'm very much hoping that Disney allows Greg Rucka to tell more of their adventures. Highly recommended.
The title is misleading. It might make you believe this is an origin story of the Guardians and by extension of Baze and Chirrut. It is not. Jedha is already under Imperial rule and the Guardians are long gone for this book.
Instead this book details Saw arriving on Jedha and how Baze and Chirrut interact with his army and the Empire.
The primary purpose of the book is to provide more Baze and Chirrut moments interacting with each other while explaining how they could be freedom fighters but not hooked up with Saw.
The book is a fast read and doesn't dive very deep. The plot is good and the execution is tight. The action is light.
I would say if you crave more of Baze and Chirrut in any form then pick this up. If you are looking for a deep understanding of either character then this book will leave you unsatisfied.
I am pleased with the purchase because I enjoyed the plot and the subject matter. It was a brief read but enough to tell a decent story.
This is somewhere above A New Dawn but not as good as Ahsoka or Lost Stars.
The book starts by introducing readers to Baze Malbus and Chirrut Îmwe. We see them dealing with the small problems of the city, helping those they care about, and trying to get by. One of their vested interests is an orphanage, which becomes a central focus of the storyline later on. The Empire’s presence is there from the beginning, but it slowly becomes more and more impressive. Part of that is because of people like Baze and Chirrut who take it upon themselves to steal supplies from the Empire in order to help the orphans. Eventually Saw Gerrera shows up, and Baze and Chirrut end up joining him out of mutual interest. Through Saw, they see a way to keep helping the orphans. However, their involvement and Saw’s presence only worsens the conflict as the Empire escalates their retaliations. Chirrut is the first to notice this and to take concern. Eventually Baze and Chirrut have to make a decision and a big move in order to help the orphans, which serves as the climax of the story.
As far as revelations go, there aren’t many. The book doesn’t explore the history of the Whills, the Guardians, the Kyber Temple or any of the other religious doctrines on Jedha. Nor does it touch on the planet’s history. There are some interesting religious quotes at the beginning of each chapter showcasing all the various sects in Jedha, but the majority of the story focuses on the here and now of the story, not the past. This means Baze and Chirrut also remain a mystery as it does not explore how they met, how they become Guardians, or anything else about their past lives. The book does explore their attitudes on where they are now, which helps fans get an idea of their mindset heading into Rogue One. It’s also interesting seeing that they have a connection to Saw, which was not apparent in the film, but now adds a new angle to the events in the movie.
There might not be any big questions answered in the book, but nevertheless, it does spin out a fun tail that worth reading. Fans of Baze and Chirrut, no matter what your age is, will want to check this one out. It’s a quick read and an enjoyable one. Just don’t set your expectations too high on what you’re going to learn, and instead focus on experiencing a new adventure with two likeable characters. I give it a five out of five.