Title: Rebel Rising
Author: Beth Rising
Series: Star Wars Canon Novels
Genre: Science Fiction
Audience: Young Adult
Narrator: Rebecca Soler
Length: ~10 hours (410 pages)
Publisher: Disney Lucasfilm Press; Penguin Random House Audio
Release Date: May 2, 2017
Source: Library (Libby app)
Recommended for Fans of: 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.
Rebel Rising follows Jyn Erso’s life between the time jump at the beginning of Rogue One, from when she lost her family as a child until she was freed from prison by the Rebels.
It was interesting learning how Saw raised and trained Jyn, as well as further understanding his politics and tactics, which were anti-Empire but did not align with the Rebel Alliance. We also learn how Saw and Jyn parted ways, and it turns out that there was a significant period of Jyn’s life between leaving Saw and being captured by the Empire.
This book covered a long span of time, and the time jumps always came out of nowhere with a casual mention of Jyn’s age, making the story a little hard to follow. I love Jyn Erso, and I enjoyed this book, but it didn’t stand out to me compared to other Star Wars novels.