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New York Times best-selling author Beth Revis brings to life the early adventures and heartbreaks of the heroine of the smash hit movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

When Jyn Erso was five years old, her mother was murdered and her father taken from her to serve the Empire. But despite the loss of her parents, she is not completely alone - Saw Gerrera, a man willing to go to any extremes necessary in order to resist Imperial tyranny, takes her in as his own and gives her not only a home but all the abilities and resources she needs to become a rebel herself.

Jyn dedicates herself to the cause - and the man. But fighting alongside Saw and his people brings with it danger and the question of just how far Jyn is willing to go as one of Saw's soldiers. When she faces an unthinkable betrayal that shatters her world, Jyn will have to pull the pieces of herself back together and figure out what she truly believes in...and who she can really trust.

©2017 Beth Revis (P)2017 Listening Library

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Disappointing

Going into this, I had high expectations. Catalyst and the Rogue One novelization were both excellent and enhanced the characters introduced in the film. I thought Rebel Rising would be similar in delving deeper into Jyn. Unfortunately, the Jyn of this novel is impossible to reconcile with the Jyn of Rogue One.

In the film and novelization, we were introduced to a fierce but damaged young woman who was raised as a child soldier by an extreemist. That’s not who we get here. This girl is not a child soldier. Though Saw raised her and trained her to fight, he kept her comparatively safe and distant from most of his missions. She never kills anyone not does she develop the moral ambiguity that made Rogue One great. Her contribution to the team is forgery. While that is essential, that shouldn’t have been her sole job on his team. This is a girl he referred to as his best soldier. This novel doesn’t show that.

Everything that happens after Saw leaves Jyn is dull and sloppy. Nothing happens that isn’t expected. The only surprise was the horrible way the book tried to overlap with Rogue One in the end. This ending contradicted everything from Jyn’s introduction in the film to her offer from the Rebel Alliance. That makes this book seem non-canon.

Given the quality of the previous canon novels, I’m surprised by how poorly done Rebel Rising is. Its as though no one edited it before publishing.

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Long & Somewhat Dull

I'm a huge fan of Star Wars books and have read quite a few, both legends and canon. This book was somewhat disappointing, which was a let down. I agree with several other reviews on certain topics. First, this book really should not have been a young adult book. Rogue One as a film was a bit darker in time and favorite of mine. Jyn's story would've been better served as an adult novel. While it has a darker tone that I didn't mind, it read too much like a youth book. The middle section dragged the entire book down and the constant reminders of what she'd been through and lost detracted from the story. The middle section read way too much as a young adult book. I've read several youth Star Wars books, most notably by Jude Watson that were far better and more exciting than this. The Rebels series, Servants of the Empire and Jedi Quest had more of a kick to them. I actually got bored through most of this book. I read this using immersion reading while listening to the audio book as well. The narrator Rebecca Soler had a pleasant voice that worked well for narration and Jyn's voice, though she kept varying on a British accent. Her male voices were awful. The production was excellent as usual. While parts of it are interesting, notably the first and last sections, you are better off reading Catalyst and the novelization of Rogue One. This book is not a must read.

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Good but not?

I really expected more after the movie. This was too simple, too easy. The story craved more action, more hate from Jyn. The performance was nothing special.

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Worst Star Wars book

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I've read all of the new Star Wars canon books, and this is by far the worst yet. The performance was good, but the material is horrible. I highly recommend avoiding this Star Wars book.

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boring, thin on plot, mediocre voice acting.

one if the few books I want my money back from. so boring it was unbearable.

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not to standard of other sw audiobooks

thought the voice actor did horrible on male voices. the story did not advance enough of the time period for me.

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Boring and a waste of time

This is not just a boring Star Wars book, it is a boring book in general. Move along, this is not the book you are looking for.

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Great read for someone, just not me...

I tried and tried to get into the book. However, even with the always WONDEROUS Star Wars sound effects and great voice acting...I couldn't get into the zone.

I am certain others may love this book, but again, it's not for me. Guess I'm not an Erso guy.

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Amazing Story, That Fills in the Gaps

I absolutely loved Rogue One (Even more than The Force Awakens) and Jyn Erso was such a great, mysterious, strong character. She clearly had a lot of backstory, but the film never dug into it.

This book Released yesterday covers the years between Saw rescuing Jyn from the cave after her mother's death, and her father going With the Empire / to her rescue by K-2SO at the beginning of Rogue One. 

Saw watches over a Young Jyn and teaches her how to fight and enables her forgery skills. We learn how and why Saw and Jyn parted ways and what happened to her next. That was only alluded to in the movies, This 2nd part is where the story picks up as Jyn builds a new life away from the Empire and the start of the Rebellion. After her rather impersonal life with Saw,

I enjoyed the second half of the story where Jyn finds her humanity again as she starts to form opinions on the big galactic conflict.

Her early years with Saw are (by necessity) dreary and sterile and, well, lengthy, but the second half really does pick up the story

While we know the ultimate outcome of these characters this does not detract from the story at all.

Very very good book everyone should check it out, Highly Recommended.

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Made me care about Jyn

Rebel Rising made me care about Jyn as a character. She had so much hardship in her life, but she was still able to care enough to help save the galaxy despite everything, and she got nothing in return. It was a tragic story that this novel really fleshed out.

Unfortunately I had some issues with the narrator. Compared to someone like Mark Thompson, who is excellent at impressions of different Star Wars characters, Rebecca Solar seemed to have a hard time doing the different voices, especially men. Her Cassian for example, which only had a few lines near the end, was really bad. But I will give her credit for doing a decent voice for Jyn, and doing a good job describing the scenes.

A good novel, but one that has a few slow moments. If you half liked Jyn in Rogue One, give it a shot

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  • Mr. I. A. Fairhurst
  • 05-09-20

Fill In

This is a mixed opinion book. It depends on how much you like Star Wars. It fills in the missing part of Jane Eso life before she becomes part of the rebellion.

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  • Simon
  • 09-08-19

Really great job

Big fan of the old EU growing up, had to very slowly dip my toes into the new 'canon' but I absolutely loved this book, a great backstory for Erso, have recommended this to other SW fans looking for new content and will recommend again

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  • Kevin
  • 10-27-19

Best Star Wars book

I have read a few Star Wars related books over the years, and they all seemed lacking. This, however, was not (mostly). Usually I have a few groan moments, but only had one in this book, and it was minor. If you enjoyed Rogue One, this book should be enjoyable.