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Star Wars: Guardians Of The Whills Book Review

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“Star Wars: Guardians of the Whills” is strong with the force.

Of all of the 2017 Star Wars novels that have been announced thus far, “Guardians of the Whills” piqued my interest the most. As a huge fan of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and the film’s breakout characters Baze and Chirrut, I was eager to learn more about them. Thankfully, author Greg Rucka does not disappoint in providing more insight into the two fan favorite characters.

Set before “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Star Wars: Guardians of the Whills” takes place during the Imperial occupation of Jedha. In this time period, the Temple of the Kyber has been taken over by the Empire, the Disciples of the Whills and the Guardians of the Whills have essentially become jobless, and Jedha has become a shell of its former self. We find former Guardians and devoted friends Chirrut and Baze here on this downtrodden planet doing the best they can to protect their home and help those in need whether it be their friends, orphans, or the community at large. In order to accomplish their goals, they rob the Imperials of supplies and eventually team up with Saw Gerrera and his band of rebels. Unfortunately, their blows against the Empire complicate matters on Jedha as a seemingly endless cycle of violence begins to grow.

“Star Wars: Guardians of the Whills” is short and simple, but it succeeds at adding to what we saw in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” After reading this novel, you have so much more context as to who Baze and Chirrut are, how Saw set up shop on Jedha, and what Jedha is really like and how it has decayed since the Empire arrived there. Of course, there’s more going on here than just that as readers also get to learn about some spirituality (including passages from “Poems, Prayers and Meditations on the Force”), how Baze acquired his big gun, further characterization for Saw, and the bond between Chirrut and Baze.

Now, granted, it would have been intriguing to see a story set during the time when they were Guardians, but who is to say we won’t see that down the line whether it be in a film, show, book, or comic book?

Overall Thoughts: After the deeply disappointing “Thrawn,” “Guardians of the Whills” was positively refreshing. Not only is it a great lead in to “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” but it’s also a fast paced story that develops established characters more. Check it out.

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April 30, 2017 - Posted by | Book review | , , , , , ,

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