Star Wars: Battlefront: Twilight Company Book Review
“Battlefront: Twilight Company” is a ho-hum “Star Wars” novel.
To tie in with the hotly anticipated “Star Wars Battlefront” video game, Random House has released a new novel titled “Star Wars: Battlefront: Twilight Company.” Written by Alexander Freed, this “Star Wars” story takes place after Episode 4 and revolves around the ongoing battle between the Rebels and the Imperials. Specifically, the story revolves around a band of Rebel soldiers known as the Twilight Company which is comprised of characters such as Sgt. Namir, Charmer, Gadren, Brand, Hober, Captain Howl, Fektrin, Von Geiz, Lt. Sairgon, Ajax, Zab, Roach, Roja and Corbo. While we do follow Twilight Company on various battle campaigns across different planets, the primary story here involves the imprisonment of a high ranking Imperial (Governor Chalis) who is giving the Rebellion some much needed intel. In turn, the intelligence will allow Twilight Company to strike surgical blows against the Empire (assuming everything goes as planned of course). Knowing the defection of Chalis could be bad news for the Emprie, a Star Destroyer (The Herald) run by Prelate Verge and Captain Seitaron have been tasked with capturing Chalis. Other key plot points here involve a stormtrooper (Thara) on the Imperial occupied Planet of Sullust and flashbacks to the war torn Planet Crucival where we learn about the past of a certain character (I won’t spoil who).
Since the “Band of Brothers” style of story has been done on “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” already, “Star Wars: Battlefront: Twilight Company” feels like old hat right off the bat. It doesn’t help that the Rebel soldiers are a lot less interesting than the Clone Trooper characters we came to know and love on that series. Part of the reason it fails to work here is that there are too many new characters and very little established characters. Yes, there are some major iconic character cameos and clever connections to “The Empire Strikes Back”, but aside from those rewarding moments, the characters of “Twilight Company”are rather bland. I found myself yearning for familiar faces on more than one occasion.
Another critical issue here is that the book is rather dry for an action heavy story. This is mostly due in part to Freed’s writing style which often reads like a diary stating “This happened and then this happened.” More puzzling than that, however, is the lack of drama. In addition to the rather tedious and predictable chase sequences and endless discussion of plans, characters frequently die as a side note which makes it hard to invest in them.
Overall Thoughts: The writing style of “Star Wars: Battlefront: Twilight Company” is often labored and it only truly comes alive when characters, planets, and events from the films are woven in.
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