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Star Wars Rebel Rising Hardcover – May 2, 2017
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About the Author
Beth Revis is the author of the New York Times bestselling Across the Universe series, thecompanion novel The Body Electric, a twisty contemporary novel A World Without You, andnumerous short stories. A native of North Carolina, Beth is currently working on a new novel forteens. She lives in rural NC with her boys: one husband, one son, and two dogs roughly the sizeof Ewoks.
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On a side note - why did Disney decide to create Jyn's story in the YA realm? I mean, Ahsoka worked as a YA novel because the character came from a cartoon targeted at the YA audience. But Jyn's character comes from the most mature Star Wars to date, so...IDK. Seems odd to me.
Also, I'm ready for the Star Wars novels to move on to something other than "Here's a Story about a Character", i.e. Tarkin, Ahsoka, Thrawn, Rebel Rising, Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel, etc. Time to start thinking bigger. Maybe now that the Aftermath trilogy is done, they will. Please.
First and foremost, Beth Revis succeeds in telling the story of Jyn Erso with the depth and sincerity that it deserves. Working from the fragments we know about Jyn's life before the events of Rogue One, Revis develops new aspects of Jyn's character and life that merge seamlessly with what we already know. Jyn is portrayed as inquisitive, intelligent, and emotionally guarded. We're treated to episodes of her more headstrong behavior, her impulsivity and creativity, and come to understand her struggles with trust and rebellion. Only two problems come up in telling Jyn's story, and both can be dismissed with some creative thinking. First, Jyn's insight and comments at an early age seem a bit precocious; this isn't unusually as it's often hard to write young children! That said, given what we know about Jyn's parents and early life it's reasonable to assume she might be ahead of the curve. Second, the passage of time is somewhat hard to track, and it's often unclear exactly how old Jyn is. While confusing, Revis addresses this herself as Jyn struggles to remember her own age within the novel. Neither is a particularly major problem or prevents enjoyment of the book, but they can lead to some minor confusion. They are certainly offset by the attention to detail in other aspects of her life - for instance, there's a brief aside where Jyn meets with a female rebel to learn about health issues and care, a detail that's important in a female coming of age story that many authors would omit.
That said, while the books is about Jyn Erso, I think it's fair to say that the book is definitely NOT about Jyn Erso. It's about the world and people around her.
Beth Revis breathes new life into Jyn's mother, Lyra Erso. After seeing Lyra being such a strong influence on Galen and Jyn in Catalyst, it was greatly frustrating to me that she was struck down and essentially ignored in Rogue One. In Rebel Rising, we see how Lyra's love, faith, and trust shaped and supported Jyn through a combination of memories and reflections. Similarly, Jyn's relationship to Galen is given a more complete arc. Far from the redemption and forgiveness we see in Rogue One, Revis acknowledges and explores the feelings of abandonment and anger that define Jyn's relationship with her father, and by proxy with the Empire. While I appreciated this not being a theme in the film, I found it very fitting for the novel.
Finally, the book provides a critical window in to Saw, and helps show his transformation from the strong-willed leader of the Clone Wars to the madman of Rogue One, with equal attention to him as a caring person and a paranoid terrorist. This book humanizes him like no other.
Beth Revis has succeeded in writing a serious and impactful Star Wars novel. I look forward to seeing what she writes next.