Go beyond the film with a novelization featuring new scenes and expanded material.
As the shadows of the Empire loom ever larger across the galaxy, so do deeply troubling rumors. The Rebellion has learned of a sinister Imperial plot to bring entire worlds to their knees. Deep in Empire-dominated space, a machine of unimaginable destructive power is nearing completion. A weapon too terrifying to contemplate...and a threat that may be too great to overcome.
If the worlds at the Empire's mercy stand any chance, it lies with an unlikely band of allies: Jyn Erso, a resourceful young woman seeking vengeance; Cassian Andor, a war-weary rebel commander; Bodhi Rook, a defector from the Empire's military; Chirrut Îmwe, a blind holy man; his crack-shot companion, Baze Malbus; and K-2SO, a deadly Imperial droid turned against its former masters. In their hands rests the new hope that could turn the tide toward a crucial Rebellion victory - if only they can capture the plans to the Empire's new weapon.
But even as they race toward their dangerous goal, the specter of their ultimate enemy - a monstrous world unto itself - darkens the skies. Waiting to herald the Empire's brutal reign with a burst of annihilation worthy of its dreaded name: Death Star.
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Better than the movie!
Okay! This is more like it.
I have written reviews of other Star Wars novels that I was less impressed with, mainly because they were light on story and long on the talky-talky. I complained about the lack of action- stuff happening. I realize this book is based on a screenplay for a movie- which, by the way, I HAVE NOT seen yet, this review is solely based on the book- so the translation from the visual medium is going to contain the "something happening every ten minutes" paradigm that movies follow.
Things happen in this book, things happen a lot, and the things are action packed. My contention is that books can do the same thing and be wildly exciting. Instead the books that I reviewed moved at a glacial pace and included very little tension.
Stuff happens. Boom!
Jyn is the character that we follow the most and get to know best. Probably her. She's a less principled and ballsier Princess Leia, but she is also a young child who hasn't been allowed to grow up. I'm excited to see the portrayal in the film.
How much can you say without giving away the story? Spoilers... I guess.
Many of the characters meet their final fate in the story, and a couple of them die well. There were characters that I liked a lot, whose names I can't spell from listening, that I would like to know more about. The Guardian of the Whills is a character I knew existed in Star Wars lore (and it's pretty much a lock that somebody will write about soon) but we have never been exposed to before. He's described as "the last of the Guardians," and that's too bad. His passing was a moment that gave me pause.
I have read every Star Wars movie adaptation since TESB before I saw the movie. Ep VII and Rogue One I LISTENED to before seeing the flicks. It doesn't take away from the movie when I see it. In fact I believe it enhances the experience. I suspect, when I see it, I'll find Rogue One to be the best SW movie since 1980. The audio book was wonderfully written and produced, masterfully read by Jonathan Davis. I'm such an Alan Dean Foster fan that it's hard to decide which book I preferred. Rogue One is the better story, in my opinion.
I haven't listened to Episode VII a second time, but I'm certain I will listen to Rogue One many more times.
But first I want to see the movie!!!
- DARBY KERN