Rebel Rising - Beth Revis

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Rebel Rising by Beth Revis

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.

While this book unmistakably is young-adult, it's more like a bildungsroman, focusing on the disillusionment Jyn went through with the rebellion, with Rogue One as the final chapter. We meet Jyn just after her mother was killed and up until she’s liberated from prison.

The book covers a wide swath of time, and the voice sometimes feels like it wanted to shift to something older, even when she was a young teen, learning the skills that made her so valuable to the rebellion, how she learned to fight. Especially when she survives on her own, and then living by her wits, carrying truncheons and just trying to survive.

We also see the evils not only of the Empire, but of the Rebellion, or at least the extremists Saw Gerrera belongs to— and the wedge driven between her and the rebellion.

There’s very little love in Jyn’s life you realize, and the tragedy isn’t how her story ends, but how she was barely living, eeking out a meagre existence for such a long time. It’s powerful, but it’s sad. Time and again, she’s forced to adapt, to learn something new that breaks your heart. The love that comes into her life never seems to stay uncomplicated, as we see with the son of a freighter pilot who probably was her first and only love. Even the nameless, the momentary interactions, can sting— like a pilot who helps her escape at one point, whom we only see for two pages, but were so impactful.

This is some deep fan stuff. If you liked Rogue One, specifically Jyn Erso, you'll enjoy this.

(Also, because this is my first book from Beth Revis, and it was so good, I'm looking forward to reading more from her.)

Pages: 304
Year: 2 May 2017
Publisher: Egmont

Read: 14 September 2017 to 16 September 2017
Stars: 4 (really liked it)