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Rebel Dream (Enemy Lines, #1)

(Star Wars: The New Jedi Order #11)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  6,240 ratings  ·  79 reviews
As the Yuuzhan Vong�s spectacular conquests continue unchecked, Luke Skywalker, Han and Leia Solo , and Wedge Antilles are forced to destroy what they have risked their lives to create. . . .

Scattering like rats before the Yuuzhan Vong�s invasion of Coruscant, the panic-stricken members of the New Republic Advisory�s Council pause just long enough to set up a moc
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 26th 2002 by Del Rey
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Crystal Starr Light
Jul 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
The Return of the Rebel Alliance

The New Republic forces have taken Borleias as a staging area for the evacuation of the Inner Core. Self-appointed Chief of State, Pwoe, orders Wedge Antilles and gang to set up a defense for evacuees. But Wedge, Luke, and Mara have other plans...the plans for a new way of fighting. Meanwhile, Jaina the Trickster Goddess explodes onto the scene with the help of some old Wraiths.

NOTE: Based on audiobook and novel.

If I had to mark a book that began the turning of th
Scott Rhee
Dec 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
The New Republic, for all intents and purposes, has collapsed in the wake of the Fall of Coruscant and the scattering of the surviving members of the Galactic Senate. The confused and incompetent members of the New Republic Advisory Council---the only remaining governmental body left somewhat intact to issue orders---has ordered the fleet to take and hold planet Borleais as a staging area for an attempt at re-taking Coruscant.

Wedge Antilles, the leader of the fleet, knows that the order is merel
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
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The aftermath of the Yuuzhan Vongs invasion of Coruscant. Luke Skywalker chooses a dangerous mission to try and change the tides of the ongoing war.
Wade Schacht
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The mock defense of Borleias is an interesting storyline that I love. Pwoe's declaration as Chief of State is so absurd I almost laughed, but hey, who knows, maybe the Star Wars galaxy is a lot more like America than we think! ...more
Jeff Diamond
Mar 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-wars
I had not read anything by Aaron Allston prior to this book, and I have to say that I think that I have a new favorite in the Star Wars Galaxy. Michael Stackpole is good, and has some very engaging battles, but Allston has a more conversational style. More like he is telling you a story rather than writing a story. I feel like this can make it so that you feel more engaged in the narrative. It also allows for more idioms and more humor. The humor part is nice, because sometimes, I feel like an a ...more
Apr 28, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
So, after several books of them being scattered, we once again see all of the primary cast of the NJO get brought back together. This allows for some good character moments, and also allows the action to stay somewhat more focused around the events at hand.

And "action" is definitely the word to keep at hand with this book. It's fast-paced, with a lot more focus on the ship battles and space warfare than a lot of the other books in this series, which is fine for now, but could easily get boring i
Jim C
Aug 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is now part of the Legends story line and continues the war with the Vong. In this one, the New Republic has lost Coruscant and this is their answer to that crushing defeat.

This book surprised me as I wasn't expecting much. It was good to see the whole gang together and I liked the inclusion of other characters from other books. The highlight of this book was the characters and how this author portrayed them. I was glad to see that not all characters were despondent and dramatic with their
Gordon Summers
Aug 12, 2020 rated it liked it
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Rogers Cadenhead
As a fan of Aaron Allston going back to his earliest RPG designs for Car Wars and Champions in the 1980s, I liked this book but felt like his creativity was constrained by the plot requirements required of the 12th book in a 19-book series (which I haven't read prior to this installment). The novel follows the fall of Coruscant to the Yuuzhan Vong. Starfighter squadrons and Jedi commanded by Wedge Antilles must take and hold the planet Borleias to help Coruscant refugees escape and regroup. Luke ...more
Darryl Dobbs
Sep 06, 2017 rated it liked it
An entertaining setup to Book 2, this story focuses on the New Republic retaking the planet Borleias - almost as a 'lark' and really just to give the people of the NR something positive in this war. But when the surviving NR council members charge Wedge with holding the planet for as long as possible, he sees through their agenda (lose the planet, negotiate/surrender to the Vong) and adopts old Rebellion tactics. So we're left with some unorthodox and sneaky battle methods, including building Ja ...more
Arlene Kellas
Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Michelle Bacon
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I have never read a Star Wars novel until now. I've only ever watched the movies, but after delving into this great read, I want so much more. The book takes you way beyond the movies. Luke Skywalker is married to Mara Jade and has their infant, Ben. Anakin Solo has been killed and Jacen Solo is missing. Jaina has been found after her bout with the dark side and trying to get back her Jedi training. The Jedi are trying to regain control of Coruscant from Yhuuzang Von before the planet is consume ...more
Ronald Kelland
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rebel Dream has reinvigorated my interest in the Star Wars Extended Universe novels. Sure, I still feel that the New Jedi Order series is dragging on interminably and needlessly long, but Rebel Stand has an excitement and energy to it that I miss. The novel has the flair of the old X-Wing series, not surprisingly considering that Aaron Allston was one of the authors of that series. My one criticism is that Rebel Dream is quite obviously just a set-up for the next novel, Rebel Stand and I really ...more
Aaron Allston finally makes his glorious return to Star Wars literature with Rebel Dream , the first book in the Enemy Lines duology.

For those of you who are disgruntled, and barely want to continue reading the New Jedi Order , I understand. However, if all the NJO books were as well written as Rebel Dream, your attitudes would be completely opposite. Allston has done a great job with this novel, and I must applaud him for it.

He brings great life to nearly all the characters, making none o
Allana Solo
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, star-wars, own
ugh such a good book! I've had this particular one for years now and I started reading it a long time ago, didn't like it and put the book back on the shelf. I opened it up again and started it again. I'm so glad I gave this book a second chance because I learned more about some of my favorite characters, and it was just a really good book. It explored a lot of classic characters and it seems to be the beginning of the loss of everyone's home planet and the discovery that the oldest Solo is stil ...more
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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One of the best New Jedi Order series books so far. Loved the writing and the dynamic character relationships and easy-to-understand, yet complicated plot. Builds off the slightly less well-written Dark Journey. I expect great things from the next book.
All-in-all, a great read.
Zachary Sell
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This might not be cannon anymore, but it has so many great characters I wish were cannon I can't ignore its greatness. This just feels like Star Wars! Amazing characterization even with so many characters. ...more
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book has a lot of story lines started, It is book 1 of the Enemy Lines series, not sure how many books for this one but felt a bit lost at the start, Still this is a Good Read. I look forward to continuing the rest of the series and see where it leads.
Michael Wiggins
Jan 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Thank goodness Jacen is still missing, so I don't have to read about his incessant dithering. Jaina puts away the force lightning but embraces the Yuuzhan Vong's trickster god as her mascot. She uses this new psychological weapon/persona to good effect. ...more
Secret Agent Gavin Ritsema
May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Story is centered at Borleas and focuses on Jaina (twins sun squadron, her relationships with kyp durron and jag fel). We also see alot of wedge as he leads the new republic forces. This was a fun, short read after star by star.
Matt Bergevin
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Picks up the pace from the previous book. Lots of space battles and action. Good development of the Jaina / Kyp / Jag relationship triangle. Sets up the next book well.
Jul 12, 2019 rated it liked it
The war continues. Janna grows stronger in the force.
Exactly the sort of book you want for a Star Wars novel. A touch of humor, the characters you love, good action sequences.
Kevin Christopher
Exquisitely entertaining

This book was as I like it. Chapters that aren’t too long but impactful. Chapters that keep you hooked and Pfening for more.
Mar 25, 2020 rated it liked it
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Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
Another transitional novel; not much happened here except maybe setup for the next one.
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This novel was so fantastic.
Jaime K
Oct 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
From the back: I'm glad to see that Luke is taking action - finally! But his strategies are inconsistent with the previous NJO books. He wants a new "Rebel Alliance," becomes frustrated with Mara when she wants to stay with Ben instead of fight, and then thinks that his wife is being irrational.
Meanwhile, he has been staying a pacifist through everything...

To me, Luke is a bit OOC.

I smile when reading the Dramatis Personae. The setup alone is great, but seeing that Wedge, Iella, Piggy, and Face
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Aaron Allston brings with him many of the characters from the Wraith Squadron books (part of the X-Wing series), actual military tactics, humor, and some great character moments.

This one is pretty short, and I almost feel like it should have just been combined with the sequel, Rebel Stand (which I haven't gotten to yet). However, it stands pretty well on its own, just keeping in mind it's the first in a duology within the New Jedi Order series.

Probably the biggest strength is the character devel
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