Annlyel offers an alternate perspective on Rebecca Roanhorse’s prelude to The Rise of Skywalker

“In this pivotal prequel to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the heroes of the Resistance—Poe Dameron, General Leia Organa, Rey, and Finn—must fight back from the edge of oblivion”

I wish I could say that I loved Resistance Reborn. I wish I could say as soon as I read the first few pages it gripped me and never let go. Unfortunately, I can say neither of those things.

Star Wars: Resistance Reborn | By Rebecca Roanhorse


Like my fellow Future of the Force writer, Max Nocerino, I have found that Resistance Reborn is a boring hodgepodge of a novel that has done absolutely NOTHING to make me excited for The Rise of Skywalker. If anything, it’s made me more worried about the film’s chances of being as good as I hoped.

Resistance Reborn feels like it was designed to just give us a heads up on why Wedge is in The Rise of Skywalker. Beyond that, it seems pretty pointless. Rebecca Roanhorse takes these characters that we have grown to love in the Sequel Trilogy and somehow made them more annoying than anything else.


Rose is the excited Resistance fighter who seems to always have a smile on her face despite the very obvious fact that the Resistance is in shambles. Rey is a scared young woman who never gets the chance to use the Force or her lightsaber in this story. Instead, she panics about nearly everything and is lost in an avalanche of her own fear. Finn is depicted as this brave Resistance hero (yay) who apparently loves to eat and has little understanding of manners (really?) I’m going to be really happy when this sort of treatment of Finn is reduced in The Rise of Skywalker. And Poe. Oh, he’s the dashing pilot who loves his hair, has the looks, and now is a master of Captain America-worthy speeches.


I ended up speedreading this novel because it was that lackluster and I practically skipped over half of the chapters. To say that I’m disappointed is an understatement. I just knew this book was going to be amazing but how does the saying go?

Don’t judge a book by its cover.”

That quote has never seemed so accurate until now.


Star Wars: Resistance Reborn by Rebecca Roanhorse is published by Del Rey/Penguin Random House Books and is available to buy NOW.


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Annlyel James is a prolific Staff Writer for Future of the Force. She is passionate about Star Wars and Marvel but loves a wide variety of movie genres. Follow her on Twitter @annlyeljames where she channels the Force frequently!


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