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Resistance Reborn

(Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  6,493 ratings  ·  933 reviews
The heroes of the Resistance must fight back from the edge of the oblivion in this pivotal prequel to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

The Resistance is in ruins. In the wake of their harrowing escape from Crait, what was once an army has been reduced to a handful of wounded heroes. Finn, Poe, Rey, Rose, Chewbacca, Leia Organa - their names are famous among the oppressed w
Hardcover, 295 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Del Rey
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Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really great book. This is the perfect bridging book needed. After the Last Jedi the Resistance survived but it was decimated in personal, weapons and support. The other thing is the time span between the Force Awakens and the Last Jedi is so tiny reading this book I realised how little time the characters have with each other. That is the main point of this book it really give the characters new and old time and a chance to grieve and bond.

One of the great things I always loved about Star War
Sadly, a filler story.


After barely got escaped from the planet Crait, the Resistance is outnumbered like never before and the First Order seems like in its best moment.

While the Resistance's remaining members in different teams are looking for old aquaintances to leveled up their decimated numbers, the First Order is precisely looking too for those so called old aquaintances to kill them or imprison them.

Along the book you read about the efforts of the Re
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Resistance Reborn is one big family reunion. Set almost immediately after The Last Jedi, it begins with the biggest question for the Resistance: what comes next and how the heck do we go on from here? Leia’s comment about how “we already have everything we need” was nice and inspirational but not entirely true: they need supplies and they need allies. Sweet Force, did I dance around with glee at some of the allies the Resistance collected here. As the world’s biggest Battlefront II fan, the incl ...more
Neil R. Coulter
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, star-wars
It's hard to root for the Resistance when they seem so consistently idiotic. And it's hard to root against the First Order when there is no logic to how politics and government work in the galaxy. How can the First Order rule the galaxy, but without an official government, and when it is staffed entirely by either hapless buffoons or mindlessly cruel officers? So little of the sequel-trilogy era makes sense.

The surprise of this book is that Rey is mostly silent and does nothing of importance. Re
* A Reader Obsessed *
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021, not-mm, audio
5 Amazing Audio Stars

Seriously, if you’re a Star Wars fan then this interlude between the movies The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker will serve as a fantastic adventure portraying the Resistance trying to get their bearings after devastating losses.

Mainly focusing on Poe, as he struggles to become the leader needed in times of severe crisis, this tells of the remaining Resistance members that take up 3 missions to start anew, each with their own risky challenges that could end up in capture
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Guys, I was so excited when I found out about Star Wars: Resistance Reborn and that Rebecca Roanhorse would be writing it. Rebecca Roanhorse, as in The Sixth World Rebecca Roanhorse? I love that series! And couldn’t have been more thrilled that she was tapped for this project. But she also has her work cut out for her, given the challenging task of bridging The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker.

Reduced to only a handful
Tait Sougstad
Nov 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
Roanhorse: I'm so excited to write an amazing Star Wars book! So, what plot points can I use?

Story Group: Well, we don't really have a final concept for the big movie that's coming out in a few months, but you can do pretty much anything as long as it won't contradict what we decide to do with it.

Roanhorse: Ok... great. I'll just... I know, I can invent a new, sinister bad guy. Star Wars novel standard. And I can dump her like Phasma by the end so it doesn't affect the movie plot! Or if you like
Library Queen
A book with Poe?


Finally got to read this! This book is apparently very popular at my library.

This was... a bit disappointing. Poe wasn't very fleshed out, and they didn't have much of Rey or Finn at all. I did like Leia's parts, and the last 30% of the book got better. 3.5 rounded up to 4.
Holly (The Grimdragon)
"Leia stood among them, a small figure that radiated power. But at what cost? Poe wondered. She couldn't be well, not after what she had been through. She must be running on fumes. And it's my job to help her through this, he reminded himself. I'm supposed to be her right hand, her go-to commander, and, more important, her friend. He felt buoyed by the scene in the hangar moments ago but he knew he needed to check in with Leia, too. Make sure she was doing okay."

I maybe sorta kinda like Star War
Unseen Library
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of Star Wars: Resistance Reborn from Penguin Random House Australia to review.

Rating of 4.5.

The road to the final movie in the Skywalker Saga, Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, begins here with this intriguing tie-in novel, Star Wars: Resistance Reborn, by recent fantasy phenomenon Rebecca Roanhorse. Resistance Reborn is a fantastic and action-packed book that attempts to bridge some of the gaps between The Last Jedi and the upcoming The Rise of Skywalker.

Following o
Chris Evans
AKA, "The Last Jedi Is Retconned"

Update: Turns out "Canon" in the Disney universe isn't as cohesive as they promised. A lot of this book is either irrelevant (big surprise there), or is outright contradicted by the movie, there is no reason to read it.
Shanna Cranston
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
I feel like I paid money to read a fanfic that's been done a dozen times.

Now, I haven't 100% read through the novel as of this review, but if I knew ahead of time it was going to be like this, I wouldn't have bothered. As an avid Star Wars fan that keeps up with the canon religiously, I've been very disappointed with the tie-ins for Rise of Skywalker. Most of the content reads like filler and nothing particularly interesting comes out of it like the tie-ins for The Force Awakens and The Last Jed
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-read
3.5 stars

Not quite a 4 star read, but among the Star Wars books I've read, this one measures up well so I'm rounding up.

The story picks up immediately after the battle at Crait, with the Resistance basically down to, well, the Millenium Falcon and whoever fits on her. Resistance Reborn explains a bit about why no one ever answered Leia's call for help (apparently they were all being rounded up preemptively by the First Order), and the efforts to rebuild the Resistance in terms of both people and
Scott Rhee
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: star-wars
I’m hoping I’m not alone in saying this: I really miss the Star Wars Expanded Universe, and I’m really conflicted about the “new canon” of Star Wars started in “Episode VII: The Force Awakens”. While I’ve enjoyed the new offerings from J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson (in “Episode VIII: The Last Jedi”), I haven’t quite enjoyed them enough.

Don’t get me wrong: I really liked both movies, and I’ve found many things to love about this new canon, but it hasn’t captured me in quite the same way that the S
Jim C
May 13, 2020 rated it liked it
This book picks up the events at the end of The Last Jedi. The Resistance has been decimated by the events that happened in The Last Jedi. They need to find a safe place to regroup and basically begin anew as their fight with the First Order continues.

I really considered giving this a higher rating because there were parts I did really enjoy. The three star rating seems fair considering the following factors. I have not been a fan of the newest trilogy but this book did make me care about the ti
Ben Brown
Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars-canon
Set in between the events of “The Last Jedi” and “The Rise of Skywalker,” “Star Wars: Resistance Reborn” is kind of an odd book: a busy mishmash of ideas, plot lines, and narrative teases that tries to a.) act as a lead-in for the final film in the Skywalker saga, b.) serve as a culmination to much of the “Star Wars” tie-in storylines from the past 4-5 years, and c.) work as a satisfying story on its own terms. That it manages to succeed fairly well at all three is a testament to Roanhorse's ski ...more
Dec 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you, Rebecca Roanhorse, for the scene of Poe tying Finn's tie, possibly the greatest scene in any Star Wars novelization.

I have no further comments.
I danced at the edge of 3 stars when I was at 80% but, at the end, the last chapters didn't had the pay off I expected. But let's go back to the beggining.

Resistance Reborn is supposed to be in line with the rest of the "adult" books of SW -think Bloodline, Last Shot, Aftermath, Thrawn- but it actually feels like a YA one, and not a particulary good one.

There are chuncks of the book that are good, mainly the bits that are more heavy with descriptions than dialogue, because freaking hell was the
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
No real story to tell.
A custard donut with tasteless filling.
A waste of time. I have nothing good to say about this. It was almost a dnf but as a big fan of Star Wars i carried on without hyper-drive.

Wedge, Snap, Pava, Suralinda, Winshur, Calay, Yama, Norra, and Kare...Who?
I thought this was going to be a story with Rey, Finn, Poe, Chewie, Leia, and BB-8. The ole gang hanging out in Maz Kanata's watering hole having a couple green drinks.
I added a star because it's Christmas. For hard co
C.T. Phipps
Nov 28, 2019 rated it liked it
RESISTANCE REBORN is the first novel set in the post-Last Jedi world and sets up the galaxy for the upcoming RISE OF SKYWALKER film. The tattered remnants of the Resistance struggle to recruit a new army of leaders and soldiers to fight against the triumphant First Order.

THE LAST JEDI was a controversial movie among Star Wars fandom, even more so than THE FORCE AWAKENS. For many people, the themes of "kill the past" and that the Heroes of the original trilogy had feet of clay (but were still adm
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Just what I wanted to tide me over until TROS comes out next week.

This audio production was fantastic, accompanying sound effects etc. giving a really great, immersive feel. Creepy how the narrator made Poe sound just like Oscar Isaac. The plot lagged a bit for me in the middle so I took my time, but the final act had me glued to my app. There were some cute FinnPoe moments, I think as much as this franchise is gonna let us have. Not everyone makes it out and parts were scary, but that's Star W
Clara (The Bookworm of Notre-Dame)
Now *that* was hopeful.

TW: death, violence
Jan 04, 2020 rated it did not like it
Man am I getting tired of these new canon books being this particularly dull shade of underwhelming. Everyone seems to like this book but I can't see why. There's nothing to it. It takes a giant handful of canon characters who weren't dead at the end of TLJ and gives them a handful of adventures that do little more than mark time before TROS. Everyone is here, from Rey, Rose, Finn, Poe, Leia, Konnix, and Nien Nunb to Black Squadron from the Poe Dameron comics, Norra and Wedge Antilles from the A ...more
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
I have far too many feelings over The Rise of Skywalker rn to talk about this, so I'm just going to go and continue intensely sobbing and get this review done at a later point. ...more
I really enjoyed this! I was not sure I would, since I was afraid it would be too depressing, considering the Resistance has almost no resources and very few people going into this story. And those alive are hurting, and feeling deeply discouraged.
Leia is still recovering from her time in vacuum, and still trying to motivate everyone around her, figure out who the tiny Resistance can turn to, and where they can hide for a little while so they begin rebuilding. The lack of response to their call
Nov 11, 2019 rated it liked it
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Should have reviewed this right after reading it :P My favorite parts are with Leia and Rey. Really hoping for Bendemption in The Rise of Skywalker in a couple weeks when I go see it :) Y'all have your tickets yet? I got mine about a month ago xD ...more
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rating: 7.5/10

Thanks to PRH Audio, the author, and the narrator for a listening copy of Resistance Reborn (Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker) in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this LC did not influence my thoughts or opinions on the novel.

First off, can we talk about how amazing Marc Thompson is as a narrator for the Star Wars franchise? He absolutely nails Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron in this one, almost as if Isaac popped into the studio for a time to record his parts. On top
Ai Miller
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just a really fun Star Wars book! Poe's characterization was spot on, and the story of rebuilding was really compelling and interesting. I feel like the book FLEW by, with interesting things happening all the time, but not in an overwhelming sense. Just really enjoyed this quite a bit, had a really fun time with it and it left me wanting to read more! ...more
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Rebecca Roanhorse is a NYTimes Bestseller and a Nebula, Hugo and Locus Award-winning speculative fiction writer and the recipient of the 2018 Astounding (formerly Campbell) Award for Best New Writer.

Her novels include TRAIL OF LIGHTNING, STORM OF LOCUSTS, STAR WARS: RESISTANCE REBORN, and RACE TO THE SUN. Her upcoming novel BLACK SUN is set to release 10/13/2020.

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“Finn stepped forward immediately. "Used to be a stormtrooper, but now I'm rebel scum," he said, pressing a fist over his heart. "Until the end."
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