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Spark of the Resistance

(Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker)

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  1,089 ratings  ·  165 reviews
When a distress plea goes up from the isolated planet Minfar, Resistance heroes Rey, Poe, and Rose hear the call! Together they will face down a First Order battalion, terrifying flying creatures, and a weapon that could change the course of the war!
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 4th 2019 by Disney Lucasfilm Press
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Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good medium sized story. This is definitely sumed at younger readers as all the Resistance heroes have their blasters set to stun and are capturing the First Order.

This is after the Last Jedi, the Restistance is cut to the bone in terms of personal and resources. However when a call for help is intercepted by Rey, Rose, Poe and BB8, they cannot ignore it. Figuring it would be better to ask forgiveness then permission they take the side mission to stop the First Order finding new weapons and en
I have a big problem with the Resistance: They are absolutely boring, have been since the beggining and Lf has done nothing to make them more interesting. This book doesn't help either.

How is it that the First Order has been described as this big bad organization but every time they show us part of it in the extra material the officers and generals are these completely useless and cartoonish villians? They bad guy in SotR literally use the phrase: "I don't like to read" and then speaks like a ba
I loved this one so, so, so much. I love Rey. I loved Rose. I loved Finn. I loved Poe. Of course, being a middle-grade book, this story wasn't deeply complex, but it did feel more balanced character-wise than the adult release book from the same time. I just really, really loved it. Rose's heart. Rey's waffling. Poe's .... hair.

Including my live plurk below:


Oh, no. It's so cute so far. Rose has named all th
A light adventure tale with Rey, Rose, Poe and BB-8, leading up to the upcoming movie. On a resupply run for the Resistance, the gang intercept a distress call and make their way to Minfar. Unfortunately, the First Order is there, too, looking for a rumoured fearsome weapon and abandoned labs.
The gang makes friends with a race of never-before encountered aliens, and, of course, win this small engagement—this isn’t a spoiler as this is a kids’ book and they don’t usually end on a downer.
The pace
Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was fun and cozy and it was cool having Rose, Rey, and Poe together (I miss Finn obviously).
Ben Brown
Part of the “Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” multimedia project that’s currently enveloping the “Star Wars” novel and comic lines, “Spark of the Resistance” is the first canon release of the line, as well as – unless I’ve missed something major – the first major piece of “Star Wars” fiction we’ve gotten that’s set post-“Episode XIII.” For those fans who read that and immediately start to nerd out, let me quickly put a bit of a damper on your excitement: there be no major revelations ...more
A fun and fast-paced story on a magnificent planet. It's nothing new or shocking but fulfils its purpose of hinting at what the Resistance has been up to. I wasn't surprised by any twists and turns but Spark of the Resistance has an appealing antagonist (and one very boring one) and beautiful illustrations by Phil Noto, which makes it perfect for the intended target audience of young readers.

For my full review in German, click here:
Chris Wermeskerch
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I wasn't entirely impressed with Ireland's Lando's Luck - while it had some great character moments between Lando and L3, and I liked the new characters, I thought the plot was way too basic. I feel similarly here, BUT unlike in Lando's Luck, I felt the positives outweighed the simple story. The moments between Rey, Rose, Poe, and BB-8 were really well done on quite a few layers. (One thing I appreciated was how Ireland talked a bit about the dynamics between Poe and Rose considering he led the ...more
This book has a super low rating and I was nervous to start it, but I gotta be honest-- this was one of my favorite adventure of the new canon. It dove in deeper to the new characters, and we are filling in the blanks and seeing how truly devious the first order is. One of the main take aways was it was darker-- for a middle grade book, it has some moments were you're kinda nervous. But it also adds a depth to the story telling. I also love this author! She writes some amazing books, so for her ...more
Tyler Sampson
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book was such a drag to get through, even though it was only 224 pages long. The story was boring and side-questy.

I have very little to say about this book. Though it might not be too fair to criticize as I am in no means the target audience. This is a young reader novel after all. But even still I think kids can deal with a better story than this.
Zahira⚡️ Azriel’s mate
okay this is an amazing audiobook! I didn't know that star wars books had special audio effects, it felt like i was listening to a movie! it was amazing to see more of Poe, Rose & Rey interacting! I loved the friendship between Rose & Rey... & TROS didn't show it at all. shame on this movie!

also, star wars is actually good, it's TROS that's trash :')

rating : 4 stars
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
We have no idea how this connects, if at all to The Rise of Skywalker, but regardless, it's a nice little story of Rey, Rose and Poe helping these beings on this planet against the First Order from in between episodes 8 and 9. This is the first time with this narrator, and I really liked her! ...more
Eva B.
A solid kid's book. If I wasn't so attached to the characters, I don't think I'd have enjoyed this one as much, and a bit of the dialogue, especially for Rey. Still a cute story, and the Rose content watered my crops and cleared my skin. Also the aliens were adorable. ...more
Alyson Kent
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun, fast paced.
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this lovely junior book, Rey, Rose, Poe and BB-8, return from a mission aboard the Millennium Falcon when they pick up a distress call on a Resistance secret channel. When they arrive to the origin planet, they find a First Order warship and while avoiding TIE Fighters, their ship is damaged and they must land.

On the surface of the planet, they find a new rodent-like alien species, who have been fighting the First Order who are on the look for a powerful weapon kept on abandoned Imperial labo
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
In the aftermath of their defeat at the hands of the First Order on Crait that has left them with enough crew to populate the Millennium Falcon and not much else, the Resistance is scrambling to re-group while simultaneously attempting to shore up their forces through recruitment. Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – Spark of the Resistance highlights one such mission in which the crew of the Falcon receives a distress call from the planet Minfar. Despite orders to the contrary, they he ...more
Heaven Ashlee
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: its-a-star-war
Not gonna lie, I read this for the cover. Strong Rey on the front paired with Phil Noto's gorgeous artwork was enough for me. It ended up being quite enjoyable and cute, traveling to a new planet with new alien beings, showing the bad guys getting beaten by the good, with the overlying message of hope and a happy ending. Everything Star Wars should be.

Just keep in mind that this is written for kids so it's got simple writing and the plot is easy to figure out if you're an adult reading it. But h
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a fun middle grade novel that covers the rebuilding of the resistance before The Rise of Skywalker. It’s always exciting to learn about new planets and creatures in the Star Wars universe, especially because it makes you realize how important the fight against the First Order really is. Definitely a quick read, and while I don’t expect it to impact the story line of episode 9, it’s still fun to fill in the blanks between movies.

The best part is that everyone in the First Order recognizes Poe because of his hair and how dreamy he is.
Emily Forsyth
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book said Rose and Rey friendship RIGHTS
Star Wars: Spark of the Resistance is a children’s novel detailing a side-quest undertaken by some of the key characters from the Disney Star Wars Sequel Trilogy.

It is a simplistic story, probably age-appropriate (although I have some caveats about that), about hidden laboratories and secret weapons.

Early on in the story there is a trap lifted straight from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade:
“Only in the leap from the lion's head will he prove his worth.” If only the Falcon’s crew had been carr
Feb 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well this was small, contained side mission that was fast paced. This is obviously more for kids seeing as the guns our heroes possess are set for stun. The big bad is a mustache twirling villain from Saturday morning cartoons. Only one baddie is actually killed and it's done indirectly by one of our heroes... yeeeah this is definitely for a younger audience but I did enjoy the story. The characters kind of feel like theirselves. Rose is great. BB-8 is adorable. Poe seems to be himself. Rey... I ...more
Oct 15, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As I tend to read everything Star Wars related I inevitably picked this up, knowing that this is for younger fans I tried to keep an open mind but to be honest this was simply awful. Just because your intended audience is young doesn’t mean you should write like a child yourself.

The story, dialog and overall quality was completely lacking skill, it felt like no care was put into this at all so I don’t think that I would bother recommending this to anyone.
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It took me awhile to try this one, primarily because I don't love Rey the same way I do Leia. I wasn't sure I would stick with this book. However, I really love Justine Ireland's writing and Glenna Kip's character in particular. Spiftz is a fun little toady to hate and I kind of love the rixon. There should be more giant bunnies in the world anyway.

Good book to escape into for awhile.
Daniel Kukwa
Dec 08, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
A very easy, straightforward read that will delight the younger set, but has more than enough to keep older fans like myself engaged. Top marks for the character of First Order Commander Spiftz...a wonderfully hiss-able douche bag of a villain.
The First Orderer who gets flustered over Poe Dameron is iconic.
Apr 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Meh. Doesn't really add to the Saga ...more
Oct 05, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 A good adventure for middle school fans.
Sean D
Jan 23, 2020 rated it liked it
the theme of this book is always help someone in need
Apr 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick read with a fun little story. Nothing that affects the overall canon of the main Saga, but it's a good way to spend more time with these characters. Perfect adventure for young readers. ...more
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Justina Ireland is the New York Times bestselling author of Dread Nation and its sequel Deathless Divide (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins), the middle-grade novels Star Wars, Flight of the Falcon: Lando’s Luck and Spark of the Resistance, a Star Wars Story (Lucasfilm Books), and the fantasy young adult novels Vengeance Bound and Promise of Shadows (both Simon and Schuster). Her short science fiction a ...more

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