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Cobalt Squadron

(Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi)

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3.31  ·  Rating details ·  1,183 ratings  ·  228 reviews
Rose and Paige Tico are sisters, refugees from a planet devastated by the fearsome First Order. After their escape, Rose and Paige join General Leia Organa's Resistance to make sure that no other worlds will suffer the way theirs did. Paige is a top-notch gunner for the Resistance bomber group Cobalt Squadron, and Rose is a technician who helps make sure the ships run smoo ...more
Hardcover, 251 pages
Published December 15th 2017 by Disney Lucasfilm Press
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Khurram
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A very disappointing book. Personally I think there was a huge waste of potential. The story’s main characters are Rose and Paige Tico. There are cameos from general Leia and Vice Admiral Holdo, and there side characters of Hammer (heavy bomber/Star fortress).

There is not much good I can actually say about this book. This book The pacing of the book is very slow and there is very little action, apart from a couple of tense moments not much going on. Personally I did not really like the Star Fort
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Jessica {Litnoob}
Dnf at 55% I just couldn’t force myself to care which makes me sad because I really wanted to like it, I wanted to know more about Rose.
Christy
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
After TLJ, I was like, I really want a Tico sisters book. Well past Christy is smart...she had preordered this book and it showed up yesterday. So great. Finished it from the time I woke up this morning!
Amy Sturgis
Cobalt Squadron is a short YA novel that describes a mission undertaken by these Resistance fighters (think of the Berlin Airlift) that ends up coinciding with the First Order's attack on the Hosnian System. The story ends with the squadron following Vice Admiral Holdo as she goes to assist the evacuation of the Resistance base at D'Qar, thus blending seamlessly into the first scenes of The Last Jedi.

Though this is a brief work, readers get a clearer sense of the relationship between Rose and Pa
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Jeramy Lord
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Obvious lead in is obvious.

Clearly a book designed to give is background info on Rose, who I an quite fond of. They damn well better not make her a love interest of Finn. Because Finn and Poe belong together....anyway.

Good background on Rose. An interesting story....still doesn't justify the existence of those ugly ass bombers.

TL:DR Backstory on Rose. Fun story.
Shadowdenizen
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars
3.5 stars.

I confess: I loved the Last Jedi, but don't hold it against me. (That's a discussion for another time!)

That said, I love teading more about Paige and Rose (who I found to be an endearing character in the film). But was this the greatest SW novel ever written? Not by a stretch: personally, I would have liked to see what Claudia Gray could have done with these characters!
Lucille
Awww my heart 💔 it was really nice reading about Paige and Rose, understand their background and relationship, what led them to be where they were on The Last Jedi.
A really nice short novel
Trin
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
I love the Tico sisters, but I am unfortunately reminded that I find Elizabeth Wein to be an incredibly boring writer.
Neil R. Coulter
Aug 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: totally safe for any age
Shelves: fiction, star-wars
Elizabeth Wein had an uphill battle for me with Cobalt Squadron, because I really don't care much about the central character, Rose. (And I don't mean any criticism of Kelly Marie Tran; she did her best with very weak material in The Last Jedi.) But I was still curious to see if some backstory could help me appreciate Rose a little more. As it turns out, it didn't help much, and I found the story a little bland. But the end of the book has an interesting connection to The Force Awakens, and it a ...more
Emily Hebert
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-wars
Ahhh, I loved this book so much! I listened to the audiobook because it was narrated by Kelly Marie Tran, and her narration combined with the fantastic, emotional storytelling made for a great read!

This story helps connect Rose, her sister Paige, and—surprisingly—Amilyn Holdo to the events in the Force Awakens. More importantly, it provides a great look into the relationship of Rose and Paige, and I’m sure I’ll be crying over it the next time I see the Last Jedi.

Fathiers have never been more i
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Julia
Mar 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Ich bin ein großer Fan des aktuell noch neusten Star Wars Films „The Last Jedi“. Passend zum Film kam eine ganze Reihe neuer Star Wars Bücher raus, die begeisterte Fans mit neuen Infos rund um den Film versorgen. Die Kobalt-Staffel ist eines davon und sofern ihr diese Rezension auf meinem Blog lest, findet ihr untern alle weiteren Bücher dieser „Reihe“. Besonders Die Kobalt-Staffel zog mich jedoch an, da sie sich mit den Tico-Schwestern Rose und Paige auseinandersetzt, von denen ich gerne mehr e ...more
Lizz
Jan 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
3.5 stars. The mission/plot of the story was okay but the book shines in the scenes between Rose and Paige, when we get a chance to see how devoted to and protective of each other they are (were). Because The Last Jedi just wasn’t sad enough. Will someone please hug Rose for me?!
Godspeed, Rebels.
Lata
Not as tension-filled as I was hoping, though it was wonderful to focus on Rose and her older sister Paige and their close and loving relationship. Most of the story’s action takes place while a squadron of Star Fortresses (those ridiculous looking bombers in Last Jedi) make secret drops of vital supplies on a planet suffering under the First Order. Rose is responsible for creating and maintaining baffle systems to muffle each bomber’s energy output. She’s quite dependent on Paige, as the sister ...more
Marlowe
Feb 19, 2018 rated it liked it
After watching The Last Jedi, I wanted to know more about Rose Tico. She's an intriguing character who doesn't get much exploration in the movie, but just enough to hint at a lot more depth.

Unfortunately, she doesn't get much exploration here, either. The story is about Rose and her sister, Paige, trying to help a local rebellion on the planet Aterra Bravo. Set before the outbreak of war with the First Order, Rose and Paige have to operate in secrecy while the rebellion gathers evidence against
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Ross Buffa
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: star-wars
I really didn’t care for this book. It was like the X-Wing books in the Legends where there is just a lot of fighting in space. Reading that isn’t like seeing it. If that is enjoyable then the book was okay. The only thing that was great was Roses’ backstory and how she relates to Episode VII. So the last part of the book was good. Overall, worth reading as a tie-in, but it’s just a really boring time.
Shane Phillips
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Just ok
DiscoSpacePanther
This took me far too long to get through than a lightweight children's Star Wars novel ought to. Perhaps I am burnt out after reading too many of these children's novels in quick succession (the Star Wars completionist in me insists that I must read them all), this being the fifth one I've tackled in the last few months, but I found myself struggling with the lack of depth in characterisation in Star Wars: Cobalt Squadron.

Like Star Wars: Before The Awakening, Cobalt Squadron suffers from being a
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Neil
This was an okay read. For a book as small/short as it is, it sure seemed to take "a while" to read hahahah. It details a "final" mission of Cobalt Squadron that takes place just before the events of The Force Awakens and ends just before the start of The Last Jedi. I guess it is supposed to provide more background to the relationship between Rose and her sister, Paige? I would say the book focuses more on Rose than on Paige, as it does not really seem to add much depth to their interpersonal re ...more
Jean
Beautifully written, as expected from author Elizabeth Wein, of Code Name Verity fame. I liked the tone, steering away from the typical Star Wars kind of adventure and more towards suspense. Again, as expected from the author of Code Name Verity. And I'm sort of in awe of how well she fits the story into the timeline, how masterfully it's done.

But I had a few basic problems. For someone who is not used to "doing talking" with Resistance heroes, Rose sure has a lot of interaction with Leia, and t
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rachael ♡
"Rose swallowed. Then, suddenly, she gave a sharp nod. She let go of Paige's hand. She knew that now she was going to be able to navigate new uncharted stars alone."


Probably more like 3.5 stars! Damn the whole star only Goodreads rating scale.

To begin: Rose Tico was definitely a standout character in Episode 8. She felt so realistic and naive yet hardened at the same time. That characterization was definitely reflected here in COBALT SQUADRON. I love that we got to go on a journey with her
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Lisa Burgess
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
damn! I don't even know where to start. nach the last jedi wollte ich DRINGEND mehr über paige und rose tico erfahren so I bought this book. ich fand es allein deswegen ganz nett (und ich meine das wirklich), weil ich mehr darüber erfahren habe, was die resistance noch so alles tut - also abseits von großen schlachten, you know. das buch war nett, durchaus unterhaltsam, aber kein wunderwerk. die meiste zeit hätte ich ihm 3 sterne gegeben, aber weil ich a) eine emotionale bindung zu rose und paig ...more
Alicia
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
http://wordnerdy.blogspot.com/2018/01...

Are you FREAKING KIDDING ME?!? How did I not know that Elizabeth Wein, author of my beloved Code Name Verity, wrote one of the STAR WARS TIE IN NOVELS?? Just imagine a chorus of angels singing right now to fully understand my feelings on this matter. Anyway, this focuses on awesome sisters Paige and Rose Tico, flying spaceships and jerry-rigging equipment and doing reconnaissance missions for the Resistance. (And yes it does talk about their necklaces and
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Jonathan Hord
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
As a book intended for younger readers it doesn’t wow with beautiful prose or deal with heavy emotional issues and yet it packs an unexpected powerful punch. This book explains not just the backstory of the brilliant Tico sisters but also successfully explains away the absence of Bombers and Holdo from The Force Awakens while setting up their entrances into The Last Jedi.

A few of the New Canon books have taken side-quests that meant little to the greater narrative, and in someways Cobalt Squadr
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Christian
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
There are no epic space battles in this novel. Leia appears briefly. This is an intimate look at the deep relationship between Rose and Paige Tico and the lives of the rank and file members of the Resistance. It shows how limited the Resistance is and the treacherous political climate. The novel is very understated and that, for me, is what gives it its sentiment and poignancy. Briefly, the Tico Sisters aid a planet against the First Order by dropping supplies from their bomber. That’s it but I ...more
Annika Barranti Klein
This is, remarkably, the first Star Wars book I’ve ever read. It’s a lovely look at the Tico sisters, told mainly from Rose’s POV and taking place between TFA and TLJ. Wein’s writing is gorgeous as always—no one else can make technical jargon sound so interesting and smooth—but the book suffers from an apparent lack of editing (I’m guessing the publishing timeline was rushed) and includes jarring moments like a single paragraph from Paige’s POV. That said, the writing is stunning and it’s a wond ...more
Matej
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have Rose colored glasses about this book, surely, but after watching the Last Jedi I really wanted a deeper view into the Tico sistes and their bond, and it was perfect. A lovely short book with a gorgeous view into the new resistance, and it ties in perfectly into the Episode VIII. If you liked the Rose character and want more background, I cannot recommend this enough.
Shawn Walcott
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: star-wars
A slow story, made even more dull with lazy and cringe worthy writing. The stakes seem low and the plot unfolds in a bland and predictable way. The whole point of the book seemed to be to demonstrate how incompetent and childish Rose's character is, making it even harder to take her seriously in "The Last Jedi".
Wendy
May 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Not the greatest entry in the Star Wars saga, but still worth it for the extra details that it adds to the ever expanding (new) lore. This book focuses on Rose Tico and her sister Paige, members of Cobalt Squadron, and missions they were running directly prior to the evacuation that takes place in The Last Jedi. TLJ firmly established the strength of the sisters' bond, but this also gives us a chance to see Rose's skills, something that is largely brushed over in both the movie and the book. Nam ...more
Matthew Sciarrino
Feb 14, 2018 rated it liked it
The YA novel, like many in the new cannon nicely fills in some gaps. Here we get the story of Rose and her sister. The book clearly adds to the beginning of the The Last Jedi as it tells the story of a Resistance mission to aid a planet under First Order control. It explains how Rose was on Hoda’s ship, and you do get a greater appreciation of her character. You also learn about the bombers and the squad. The book spans the time of The Force Awakens and the later part of the book coincides with ...more
Ashley
Jan 15, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5. It was fast-paced and there's nothing I object to in particular, but honestly if you ask me a week from now what happened in this book, I think I'd be hard pressed to tell you.
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