Barnes and Noble Exclusive Edition
The official novelization of the upcoming film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, starring a band of rebels on a daring mission to steal the Death Star plans.
This Barnes and Noble Exclusive Edition contains an exclusive movie photo insert featuring 8 pages of thrilling photos from the brand new movie.
I loved Rogue One. This novelization actually improves upon its source material. It fleshes out and clarifies some character motivations & intentions. Freed infuses each of the characters with
more personality: Jyn's driving need to find something to believe in and her complicated abandonment issues about both her fathers; Cassian’s guilt over actions he has done in the name of the
rebellion; Chirrut strength and knowledge as a Guardian of the Whills along with his connection to Baze; the effect of Jehda’s destruction through the eyes of nameless citizens as well as Baze;
Bodhi’s life before and after meeting Galen Erso.
The best novelizations contribute to their films rather than just being a shallow money-grabbing tie-in (almost anything recently written by Alan Dean Foster). The snippets of scenes that ended up on the cutting room floor are intriguing. While I would have like a little more time developing the relationship between Cassian and Jyn, particularly in the last chapter when their mission is finally over, all-in-all this is a fantastic book with strong characters and a gripping storyline. This book is about the characters and how the Rebellion has affected them, a completely new layer in the franchise, which serves to grey the line between the Rebellion versus Empire. Both organizations have hurt people in the name of their causes.
I am so excited to read more books by Freed. Just as Rogue One’s director should do every subsequent Star Wars film, Alexander Freed should do every subsequent movie novelization. I loved these characters even more.
"Descendants of Avalon"
Released via Inklings Publishing
("The Forgotten" volume 2)
Reviewed and awarded the
2016 Indie Editor's Choice
by the Historical Novel Society.
Long listed for the Historical Novel Society 2017 Indie Award.
Goodreads profile at: https://www.goodreads.com/JElse