Rogue One: A Star Wars Novel Review

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story by Alexander Freed


Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is exactly what it claims to be. It’s literally the Rogue One movie in book form. So if you loved the movie, and have a pining for some rebellious hero’s whilst you await the next instalment of the franchise, you’ll probably enjoy this story.

It pretty much follows the movie scene from scene, except it explores more of the going on’s inside Jyn, Cassian and other’s heads. From Jyn’s anxiety to Cassian’s need to justify his at times questionable actions. I liked having this elaboration of what they were thinking and feeling as it added to their characters, however I didn’t always feel it fitted well with what I saw in the movie (but of course everything is open to interpretation, and it has been a while since I saw the film).

I think the biggest disappointment with the novel was with K-2SO. I don’t think his random humour was really captured in text as well as was in the movie, often feeling a bit forced.

There’s not really much else to say after that. Except that because you get to see inside the character’s heads, you get a little bit more of their backstories. Not a must read, but definitely a good way to spend an afternoon.

For those of you looking for more insight into a Jyssian romance, I’m sorry to say you won’t find it here (*sniff*). But that’s ok, because what you have instead is a group of fighters, capable of saving themselves (*another sniff*), and living (interesting?) lives that aren’t shaped around a romantic interest. They’re bold and courageous for a cause, and the hope of a better tomorrow. That said, I still can’t help but wonder what would have been if they had survived.

However, if you’re looking to learn more about Jyn’s childhood and her father, perhaps try reading Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel.

“Rebellions are built on hope”


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