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Going into this, I had high expectations. Catalyst and the Rogue One novelization were both excellent and enhanced the characters introduced in the film. I thought Rebel Rising would be similar in delving deeper into Jyn. Unfortunately, the Jyn of this novel is impossible to reconcile with the Jyn of Rogue One.
In the film and novelization, we were introduced to a fierce but damaged young woman who was raised as a child soldier by an extreemist. That’s not who we get here. This girl is not a child soldier. Though Saw raised her and trained her to fight, he kept her comparatively safe and distant from most of his missions. She never kills anyone not does she develop the moral ambiguity that made Rogue One great. Her contribution to the team is forgery. While that is essential, that shouldn’t have been her sole job on his team. This is a girl he referred to as his best soldier. This novel doesn’t show that.
Everything that happens after Saw leaves Jyn is dull and sloppy. Nothing happens that isn’t expected. The only surprise was the horrible way the book tried to overlap with Rogue One in the end. This ending contradicted everything from Jyn’s introduction in the film to her offer from the Rebel Alliance. That makes this book seem non-canon.
Given the quality of the previous canon novels, I’m surprised by how poorly done Rebel Rising is. Its as though no one edited it before publishing.
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I really expected more after the movie. This was too simple, too easy. The story craved more action, more hate from Jyn. The performance was nothing special.
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