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The New Rebellion

(Star Wars Legends Universe)

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  6,270 ratings  ·  90 reviews
Somewhere in the galaxy, millions suddenly perish in a blinding instant ofpain, anguish, and despair--a disruption of the Force so shocking, it is feltby Luke at his Jedi academy on Yavin 4 and by Leia at home on Coruscant. It isa deed that rivals the terrifying power of the Death Star, the long-destroyedweapon of the defeated Empire. But where did it happen? And how? And ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 532 pages
Published October 1997 by Del Rey Books (first published December 1996)
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Kevis Hendrickson
May 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-wars
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
Scott Rhee
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 24, 2007 rated it really liked it
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.
For 2020, I decided to reread (in publication order) all the Bantam-era Star Wars books that were released between 1991 and 1999; that shakes out to 38 adult novels and 5 anthologies of short stories & novellas.

This week’s focus: The New Rebellion by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.


Rusch has written and co-written a lot of books in a variety of genres, from sci-fi and fantasy to mysteries and romances. She was also the editor of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction from 1991-1997, win
Sophi Link
Feb 07, 2016 rated it liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 19, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Ai Miller
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is such a delight to read. There are about 800,000 different plot lines but there is no struggle to keep them straight, and they all tie together so nicely at the end, it's just so soothing and good to read. Plus it has Luke getting the shit kicked out of him repeatedly which is just delightful and funny, and Leia uses the force and a lightsaber, and there's just. Anything you want out of this book, I guarantee it gives you. It's why it's my favorite EU book, because it's so buckwild and de ...more
Daniel Kukwa
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Jun 24, 2007 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: nerds
another book about another rebellion with another super weapon
Michael Parker
Apr 07, 2011 rated it did not like it
Second Worst Star Wars Novel.... EVER
J.M. Brister
Jul 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2012
I didn't like the book when I originally read it, and I didn't like it with a second read-through.
Mar 27, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: complete-tripe
Could not finish it. Poor writing. Poor plot. Rarely have I put a Star Wars book down...
Colin McEvoy
Oct 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-wars
As I'm currently reading the Star Wars Legends books in chronological order, without skipping any, the quality has been hit-or-miss; some have been quite good, and others... significantly less so. I'm please to say that The New Rebellion fell into the former category for me. This one grabbed me right from the start, with the mysterious genocide event perpetuated by a new villain by unknown means, followed very quickly by a bombing at the Senate Hall in what appeared to be an assassination attemp ...more
Arlene Kellas
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-wars
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Aug 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it. One of the better EU entries. My only quibble is the writer's tendency towards melodrama. Almost every chapter ends with some sort of last sentence along the lines of "<> is about to die, or will die if this goes wrong, or is blacking out as if dead already." Probably close to 90% of the chapters end like this, on the brink of death. I mean, c'mon, this is Han, Lando, Luke. I am 100% sure they're not dying. No need for the melodrama. ...more
David Brush
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Overall, I really enjoyed this novel. I feel like Kristine did a great job with the characterization of the established characters, as well as with the ones she created herself. There was some iffy dialogue here and there, particularly with Han Solo, but the lines were few and far between. The plot is a little shaky as well, but the story is told well enough that it doesn't really detract too much.
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The best Star Wars book since the Thrawn trilogy (reading in chronological order). Well written, easy to follow, and the characters don't feel out of character. The story starts off with a bang (pun intended) and I enjoyed that it's a simpler story and doesn't involve some super planet destroying weapon of mass destruction. Job well done. I just want Leia to start really taking her jedi training seriously.
Elisabeth Schnöll
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
To be honest I think this is a great book. It really feels like the films- the plot, the charakters, everything. The story is dark and gloomy and I absolutely loved it.
Only thing I didn't like is that the language is really simple.
Derelict Space Sheep
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars

Kristine Kathryn Rusch was one of few authors who managed to tell a proper Star Wars story without bemiring herself in the minutiae of that universe. Granted, the dénouement leaves something to be desired, but the preceding narrative is hard to fault.
Jeff Pfeiffer
Jul 12, 2019 rated it liked it
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Oct 24, 2017 rated it liked it
R2d2 saves millions and gets no Credit BOOM!!!! Still a Good Read. Not Awesome but good
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really liked this one, fast paced action and it felt like it had all the dash and danger of the movies
May 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Rounding up from 2.5/5. This wasn't my favourite Star Wars book.
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not a huge fan of the Star Wars EU, but I loved this, really recommend.
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyable story in the EU saga. Feels like it could of been one of the movies.
Thomas Myers
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Bonus points for putting Wedge Antilles in a major role.
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Mar 12, 2017 rated it liked it
On a very positive note, I think that Rusch is better at writing these familiar characters than I tend to find most Star Wars authors. I felt like I was reading the characters that I know. I felt like they behaved and spoke the way that they should (particularly Luke, which is often one I am most critical of as people tend to have a hard time getting him right). So, for that, a definite thumbs up.

On the negative side. The mystery was easily solved very, very early in the book, and I found it d
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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.

Her awards range from the Ellery Queen Readers Choice Aw

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