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Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker: A Junior Novel Book Review


“Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker: A Junior Novel” offers up a few surprises

Based on the script by Chris Terrio and J.J. Abrams, “Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker: A Junior Novel” is a novelization for younger readers written by Michael Kogge. If you’ve seen the film (and even if you haven’t) you should know the story. Palpatine returns, the battle between the First Order and the Resistance comes to a close, Rey discovers who she is, and Kylo Ren must make some big decisions. I’ve covered the film and it’s story in greater depth with my review of the film if you want my thoughts on that. 

For those wondering if this novel is just a straightforward retelling of the film’s story (and dialogue), it mostly is. There are a few scenes from the film that don’t make the cut here, but the main selling point here is that there are scenes that are exclusive to this novel. I won’t spoil everything as to leave some surprises to the reader, but Kogge goes into more detail about the Mustafar sequence, Sith lore, Jedi texts, and new Leia scenes. While these may be considered minor details to some, they do offer more clarity on certain events than the film did!

Another element I think that greatly enhances this novel is that it explores Rey’s internal struggle with the dark side. To me, the film didn’t dig deep enough into this pivotal dilemma, but luckily this novel goes to greater lengths to show Rey’s conflicts. 

As for the rest of the novel, it’s simply a well written book that should appeal to SW fans of all ages. Whether you’re catching references to the “Spark of the Resistance” novel or seeing the end Resistance celebration through a different POV, the book offers a different experience than the film in a way that makes it stand on its own while also acting as a companion piece to it. Check it out.

April 29, 2020 - Posted by | Book review | , , , , , , , ,

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