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The New Rebellion (Star Wars Universe)

3.43  ·  Rating Details ·  5,388 Ratings  ·  65 Reviews
Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch brings her remarkable talents to the Star Wars(r) universe, where the New Republic faces sudden and total annihilation....

Somewhere in the galaxy, millions suddenly perish--a disruption of the Force so shocking it is felt by Luke at his Jedi academy and by Leia on Coruscant.  While Leia must deal with an assassination attempt, a
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Published June 28th 2011 by Del Rey (first published December 1996)
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Kevis Hendrickson
May 08, 2009 Kevis Hendrickson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of all the countless Star Wars novels that have been released, Kristine Kathyrn Rusch's The New Rebellion feels as though it really is one of the films. In fact, this book seems more like a Star Wars movie than some of the films themselves. I've read nearly all of the Star Wars expanded universe novels including the film adaptations and can personally vouch for this title. The New Rebellion is superb! Although I won't say it is the best Star Wars novel there is (it isn't), it is the ONLY novel t ...more
Crystal Starr Light
Luke and Leia feel a disturbance just moments before the great Senate Hall explodes. Luke senses that Brakiss, one of his former students turned Dark has something to do with it, and he leaves to seek him out. Han, who had been meeting with a smuggler with apparent knowledge of the explosion, leaves for Smuggler's Run to learn more about this plot, leaving Leia at home to protect Han from negative implications and to balance the power held precariously by the former Imperial senators who now pop ...more
Jul 24, 2007 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Definitely one of my favorite Star Wars pieces. It's dark, it's innovative, and it's fast-paced - a surprisingly good read for sci-fi.
Scott Rhee
Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s “The New Rebellion” is one of the top ten best novels in the Star Wars Expanded Universe (SWEU) series. Like the original trilogy, it is fun, exciting, fast-paced, and reminiscent of the classic pulp sci-fi stories from which George Lucas was inspired.

It is also one of the few SWEU novels that blatantly attempts to interject relevant social commentary within its fantasy setting, using the Star Wars universe as a way to examine current events. In this novel, Rusch cleverl
Daniel Kukwa
Jan 10, 2017 Daniel Kukwa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
This is wonderful: a fast paced action adventure, with an interesting sprinkling of post-Empire politics, and a plot where everyone has something interesting to do. In fact, its command of character is by far the best aspect of the novel; Han Solo has never been more laugh out loud fantastic, and both Threepio & Artoo get to show why they are the most heroic droids in the galaxy. A gem of a "Star Wars" novel that deserves far wider appreciation.
Sophi Link
For some reason, I've always been loath to pick up books based on movies, tv shows, video games, or what have you. Maybe it's because the authors are so rarely (are they ever?) the same people who created the fictional world and characters, or because the movie/tv show/video game/what have you feels complete in itself, or maybe I'm just a book snob. Who knows.

Whatever the reasons behind my ingrained biases, this weekend I had a horizon-broadening experience as I read this lovely Star Wars novel,
Matthew Vinueza
Apr 30, 2014 Matthew Vinueza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Star Wars The New Rebellion

Somewhere in the galaxy, millions of people are suddenly eradicated in seconds that then triggers a moment of sadness horror and pain. A moment so mentally traumatizing that it triggered a disturbance in the force, so shocking in the mind of Luke sky walker at his Jedi academy on Yavin 4 and Leia at home on Coruscant. As Leia head of the republic heads to discuss important matters with the senate, a immense explosion demolishes the meeting hall and obliterates a huge
Not a bad SW story, but they're so repetitive. All the usual folks going through the same motions. Little growth or change. That's the trouble with this kind of fiction, of course, if someone introduces something genuinely unique, it throws off everyone else.

Leia chiding herself for not doing Jedi drills is about as tiresome as whats-her-name pulling her braid in that other endless stream of stories (the Wheel of Time).

The biggest disconnect was Rusch's portrayal of the Force has a matter of pe
JR Simons
Jan 22, 2017 JR Simons rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Completed my first read of the year. This was a nice wide-ranging adventure within the "Star Wars" universe and following the plights of all of the original characters. At over 500 pages, it's a bit on the long side, but when you separate all the main characters and have them going on five separate adventures, you need a lot of pages to cover each of them adequately. Good, exciting action and plot. Well worth the read.
Jan 02, 2017 Steph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In my opinion, this is the book about Leia that Claudia Grays' "Bloodline" should have been. Though this narrative encompasses more that just her (it also follows Luke, Han, and the current villains), the portions of the novel that follow her as Chief of State of the New Republic give a far more plausible depiction of her and her relationships within the New Republic, her family, and with her husband. We again see her strength, passion, and determination on full display as she fights for what sh ...more
Michael Otway
3.5 Stars. Not Quite The Thrawn Trilogy quality, but better than all the rest.

After reading through the pretty average New Republic Era of Stackpoles atrocious X-Wing books, to the slack Jedi Academy Trilogy, it was like a breath of fresh air reading this book. Other than Zahn's work, this is the best of the new Republic era books. I would go as far as to say in this era you should really only read this and Zahn's books. However it is not without it's flaws.


- It was a solid story a
Jan 24, 2015 Pieter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
- This review contains spoilers! May the Force be with you.
- At the end of episode VI, I would have expected that creating a new republic would be a piece of cake. The first 20 pages of this novel prove me wrong …
- This is the first Star Wars book I read that takes place after ‘Return of the Jedi’.
- There are several books between ‘Return of the Jedi’ and this book, so those might have given me a better insight on the situation the New Republic is in. - - However, these books are not canon, as f
Mark Oppenlander
As "The New Rebellion" opens, a number of former Imperial functionaries have been appointed to seats in the New Republic's Senate. Leia, as the Chief of State, does not like this and does not trust the former Imperials, but knows that democracy must be allowed to run its course. Then, an explosion rocks the Senate chamber on Coruscant, and when the dust settles and the wounded and injured are counted, accusations begin to fly. Leia must deal with the political fallout, which grows even worse whe ...more
Dec 04, 2011 Sebastien rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fan de Star Wars
Recommended to Sebastien by: Sc Fiction Book club
Shelves: star-wars
Avec ma commande de Shadow of the Empire j'ai commander 2 autre livres: New Rebellion et Corellian Trilogy.

Je dois dire qu'après avoir lu Shadow of the Empire, la commande était sévère que d'avoir un roman aussi satisfaisant. De par ma critique vous croierez que ce ne fut pas le cas, mais je dois dire que j'ai lu ce roman en 2 semaine et que ce fut une de mes lecture les plus rapide à l'époque.

Pourquoi ai-je donc coté ce livre 3* seulement, c'est parce que ce qui m'a pousser à en lire plus c'est
Oct 20, 2016 JJ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Star Wars: The New Rebellion is the first Kristine Kathryn Rusch novel I've ever read. The "About the Author" page in the back of the book indicates that, at the time the novel was published in 1996, Rusch had received nominations for and won a handful of prestigious awards. Regretfully, then, I must admit that I didn't care for this book very much. There were many fine ideas in the book, but many of the plot threads felt padded, too drawn out. The resolution of the story was anti-climactic afte ...more
Darryl Dobbs
The Star Wars books had been waning of late (reading them chronologically), but they got a 'little' better with this one. A former Jedi-in-training (looks like they don't use the term 'Padawan' in the new, rebuilt Jedi Order) has turned to the dark side and tries to destroy both Luke and Leia. He also manages to cobble together a pretty big army and, with his followers under the guise of the Empire, infiltrates the New Republic. The plotlines involve Luke going after his former student, Han tryi ...more
Ian Reay
Jan 15, 2015 Ian Reay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
The New Rebellion begins with a bang and doesn't stop the tension until the very last page. This wonderful page turner by Kristine Kathryn Rusch brought out every element in the Star Wars expanded universe by executing a flawless narrative that wound around an intense plotline.
By reading the narrative, it was clear that the author had done her homework. Every character down to the evil Kueller and fallen Brakiss were very round and dynamic. Also, many of the expanded universe books fail to illus
Jul 16, 2010 HeavyReader rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Wars geeks
Shelves: sciencefiction
I got this book from the free shelf outside St. John's Rummage House, and I'm reading it during a drug study. I am actually enjoying it, although science fiction doesn't tend to be my favorite genre.

This book was great for drug study reading. It was mind candy, but not such total fluff that it didn't require any of my attention. It was definitely plot--and not character--driven. I don't think any of the characters developed in any way, but the plot kept me interested. It wasn't a book where I kn
Steph Moyer
So, Star Wars...
Okay, so New Republic is all up and running. The senate voted to let former Imperials into the Senate, Leia doesn't like it and she keeps wearing white dresses as... protest or something. Han meets an old "friend" who says a bunch of smugglers are getting rich and dying. Luke is... being a Jedi... And Lando is still trying to make up for selling Han, Leia and Chewie to Vader a few years back. Threepio is panicking and Artoo is out-smarting everyone.
Then there's a BOOM! in the Sen
Apr 21, 2014 Wuher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Leia had been preparing herself for a large diplomatic event, one that would host hundreds of officials from all over New Republic space. When all of a sudden out of nowhere: a great disturbance in the Force spanned the galaxy, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced. Could it have been another Death Star, or even a Sun Crusher? Leia had barely even recovered when she had to put the thought aside and attend the event. An event soon to be ruined in a fier ...more
This is, in my humble opinion, the best Star Wars book there is. I'm not sure what exactly is is about this book that pleases me so intensely, but here's a few ideas: It has some of the best Han and Leia scenes ever written, it has a fantastic scene involving Luke, Jacen, Jaina and Anakin, it's a great showcase into how the relationship has developed between Luke and Leia and how much each will risk for the other, and it's got a genuinely exciting plot and a really scary bad guy. Rusch's descrip ...more
Dec 22, 2014 Phil rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Rusch serves up the story of a man driven to overthrow the New Republic government because he feels it hasn't done a good enough job of protecting everybody. He proceeds to go about this by killing lots and lots of people quickly and efficiently (No, it makes sense, I promise). I enjoyed this one, if for no other reason it had a bad guy who wasn't the Empire. It also explores a little the idea that even though the New Republic started with the noblest of intentions, it’s not immune to corruption ...more
Dec 03, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up at a book faire for $1. It's a bit battered (the cover and the first few pages had rips in them) but the story makes up for the bad condition. It had strong imagery helped with the well written characters and our favourites Leia, Luke, Han, Cherie ect. acted the way they would in the movies. It was interesting to get to know about Han and Leia's children and I wish that they featured more in this book. I liked that 'The New Rebellion' referenced events from the movies as we ...more
Jul 24, 2011 Yves rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars, sf
Ce livre se passe 17 ans après l'Épisode 4. Un méchant nommé kueller décide de faire exploser le sénat, ce qui entrainera plusieurs morts. Luke Skywalker enquêtera pour savoir qui est ce Kueller. Il se rendra vite compte que c'est un de ses anciens élèves de l'Académie de Jedi.

Ce livre est vraiment ridicule. Le début avec l'attentat au sénat est bien mais c'est après que ça se gâte. Il y a plein de stupidité dans ce livre. Luke a de la difficulté à se défendre contre des genres de bulles roses q
Sep 20, 2012 Shaun rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 24, 2013 Bret rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
For the most part, this was a decent Star Wars story. Well, until the ending.

My main grievance with this book is how Luke, once again, comes off looking like a weak Jedi. He almost dies about four times throughout the book. It is clear that no author, to date, has any clue how to handle the Luke version of the story. For the only living Jedi Master, Luke is portrayed as barely a Force novice.
May 16, 2009 Kegel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This book was sufficiently enjoyable to read and that's why I give it 3 stars.
There are really some logic problems in the plot though. What made it totally feel like fanfiction were the silly cliffhangers that ended almost every chapter. It doesn't do anything for tension if you pretend for the 30th time at the end of a chapter that everybody is going to die and there are still 24 chapters to go.
B. Reese
I really give this about 2.5 stars.

I finished it, and I guess I recall liking it, but it was one of the last Star Wars books I read before the NJO. It really felt like a potboiler and I didn't understand the motivation of the villain, or even when Luke had trained him. I'll have to read it again some day.

This is a halfway decent read in a time when a lot of stinkers were flooding the market.
Amanda Kay
Sep 16, 2012 Amanda Kay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Wars Fans
I don't understand why this book is liked so much by other reviews. In my opinion it is not anywhere near the best SW novel out there. There are problems with the story. Some things are just silly and yes the author repeats things with NO originality! It was worth reading but it's not the best by any means in my eyes. My full review can be found at my blog here...
Nov 04, 2015 Johnny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid piece of SW Expanded Universe lit. Had the feel of the movies, the characters were consistent, and it had that grand scope that so many other EU books lack. Dolph and Brakiss were good additions to the SW universe, and while the mist blobs and droid factory keep it from five stars, the Smugglers Run and Almania scenes were well written, and the Thernbee was fun too. Enjoyed this one, four stars.
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Kristine Kathryn Rusch is an award-winning mystery, romance, science fiction, and fantasy writer. She has written many novels under various names, including Kristine Grayson for romance, and Kris Nelscott for mystery. Her novels have made the bestseller lists –even in London– and have been published in 14 countries and 13 different languages.

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