Rogue One: a Star Wars Story
The Empire has finally succeeded in building a weapon that no one can fathom: they call it the Death Star, a planet-killer in the truest sense. Cassian Andor brings the rumors of its existence back to the rebel base on Yavin 4. The engineer? Galen Erso. The only person with any hope of extracting critical information for the rebel alliance? His daughter Jyn.
“Rescued” from prison, Jyn is tasked with helping the rebel alliance learn of the Empire’s plans. But Jyn is battling her own inner demons whose presence is continually heightened with the re-emergence of individuals from her past; Saw Gerrera, the man in white, and finally her father. At the same time, she is a resistor to both the Empire and the rebel alliance. How can someone who prefers to simply survive by whatever means necessary—including betrayal—cast her instincts aside and serve in a bloody war?
Meanwhile, Cassian Andor is used to obeying orders from the rebel leaders. But what about when those orders cross a line between right and wrong? What about when he has an actual chance to make a difference, but it means turning his back on his superiors?
Bodhi Rook believed in the Empire until Galen Erso told him of the crimes he was unknowingly helping to commit. All he wants is redemption, and he is promised that under the symbol of the rebellion. When the rebellion refuses to act, Bodhi wonders if his betrayal was worth it after all. Does he have the courage to do what’s right and necessary at all cost?
Chirrut and Baze have no home to go to, no temple left to defend. Will the Force guide them to the right path? Is the Force even real, or is it a part of the mythological past?
And, more important than anything, will a small band of rebels be able to take down the Death Star when the entire Empire is against them?
I am on a real Star Wars kick right now, and it is all fuelled by my love for the movie based on this novel. Rogue One is my favourite SW movie, and right now it’s my favourite novel of this year.
Right away, if you’re a fan of the movie, you’ll love this book. They adapted the movie essentially word-for-word. All of the best lines are here in print, and you get to relive the action from each viewpoint just like you did with the film—but this time in more detail.
I have to say that I liked the movie version of Jyn more; in the book she is portrayed as much more mentally unstable than you ever see in the movie. In fact, I don’t think that her mental instability came across in the movie at all, only her anger and grief. But in the book, she is very much mentally scarred by her abandonment as a child and this carries on throughout the novel. It became a bit too repetitive in my opinion, and took away from the strength of her character. At the same time, she does overcome all of her anxiety and mental blockades to ultimately succeed, which shows her strength of character… She’s definitely a highly complex MC, which has me feeling confused over how I feel about the book’s portrayal of her, but both book-version and movie-version Jyn are awesome at the end of the day.
Krennic is just as awful as ever, but I’m glad I read the book because while the movie portrays him as kind of a grovelling idiot, you see more of why he is like that in the book. I certainly don’t view him as simple as I did when I had only experienced the movie. That said, I maintain my opinion that he is a big old d**k.
The book does flip to Darth Vader’s perspective at the end, but it lacks in any real depth. It would have been really cool to have more exposure to his thoughts and motivations.
And finally, and coolest of all, is that we see, very briefly, a Jedi-like character appear in the rebel base. Unnamed and described as middle-aged, we know that it can’t be Obi-Wan. Some fellow fans have suggested it could be Lor San Tekka. Definitely possible, but I wonder if we’re being introduced to a Jedi that we didn’t know about, who might make an appearance in upcoming films…?