Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker by Rae Carson
Published March 17th by Century
“Rey,” he said. “That doesn’t sound like you.”
Oh, but it did. Maybe she was revenge made flesh. Maybe she had been all along.”
The Resistance has been reborn. The spark of rebellion is rekindling across the galaxy. But although Rey and her fellow heroes are back in the fight, the war against the First Order, now led by Supreme Leader Kylo Ren, is far from over.
Rey, Finn, Poe, and the Resistance must embark on the most perilous adventure they have ever faced. And this time, they’re facing it together. With the help of old friends, new allies, and the mysterious guidance of the Force, the story that began in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and continued in Star Wars: The Last Jedi reaches an astounding conclusion.
Anyone who even remotely knows me knows that like the other two novelisations I’ve been stupidly excited for this book. I was left feeling a little let-down by The Last Jedi novelisation despite loving the film and so I tried to keep my expectations low with this book where possible but there was so much I felt that was left unsaid in the film or that didn’t feel right and I was hoping that, as is often the case with the novelisations, also called expanded editions that we could get more info, more moments and more closure. As you can probably tell from my rating for this instalment I got all of that and more. Although I tend to keep all of my reviews spoiler-free I will say this might touch on a few vague details here and there so to please keep that in mind when proceeding.
I want to say that I did enjoy the film itself, although it wasn’t without problems, these novelisations do not change events that happen in the film hugely but instead expands on them which is the reason I enjoy these so much. I really feel that Rae has done exceptionally well with the additions made to the story. One of the main problems with the film, in my opinion, was that, despite its length, there just wasn’t enough time to cram everything in well and even with this book being a little on the shorter side than I had imagined at 247 pages it does a lot of those lost moments justice and we get some brilliant insights.
For me, this has definitely been my favourite of the novelilastions, especially of the sequel trilogy; I found The Force Awakens a little too dry and clinical, The Last Jedi lacked heart but The Rise of Skywalker hit all of the right marks and then some. The second two novelisastions were classed as ‘expanded editions’ and as such we expect extra content, for TLJ the extra things felt surplus to requirements for the most part (apart from that one scene with Poe giving his jacket back to Finn) but every extra snippet and piece of information felt right and added to the story in every way in this latest, and for the time being, last installment. Without giving much away there is one particular single line of dialogue that made the ending of this film easier to deal with for me personally and I’m extremely grateful for that as it definitely helped me to come to terms with some heavy moments from the film.
All in all I feel like this novelisastion breathed some much needed love and care to what we saw on screen, it added new layers and just gave it that extra bit of heart that I feel the film itself was lacking and I believe Rae Carson could have easily made this a five ‘star’ read had she been given free range. That being said, it was still a very enjoyable read and everything I had hoped it would be.
If you enjoyed the film but wanted more out of it, weren’t sure how you felt about the film or straight up loved it I think you’ll enjoy this novelisastion, if you hated it it, make sure you don’t come into reading this with the expectation that it will change things on a huge scale but maybe give it a try anyway as you never know what a fresh perspective may bring.