Canon
Adult Novel

Alphabet Squadron

By
Alexander Freed
Released
Jun 11, 2019
Artwork by
Narrated by
Saskia Maarleveld
Takes place in
4 ABY
In the
New Republic
era
Collects
Very Good
8.1
8.1
8.1
Driven by its magnificent cast of characters, Alphabet Squadron is an exemplary addition to the Star Wars Canon. Freed’s dedication to the creation of his characters shines brightest throughout the novel, and while some may find themselves wanting a few more details in the overall plot, every reader won’t be able to help the burning desire to know what happens to each member of Alphabet as you turn the next page.
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The Emperor is dead. But the Empire is still clinging to what remains of its resources to survive. It’s up to a mismatched team of pilots to finish chipping away at what remains of one of the worst threats the recent galaxy has ever known.

If you’re a fan of the X-Wing books on the legends timeline, you will love the debut novel in this trilogy set just after the events of Return of the Jedi. With so little known about the events leading up to The Force Awakens, this is the perfect book to introduce you to the Galactic Empire’s final end.

Publisher's Summary

The first novel in a new trilogy starring veteran New Republic pilots.

On the verge of victory in a brutal war, five New Republic pilots transform from hunted to hunters in this epic STAR WARS adventure. Set after Return of the Jedi, Alphabet Squadron follows a unique team, each flying a different class of starfighter as they struggle to end their war once and for all.
 
The Emperor is dead. His final weapon has been destroyed. The Imperial Army is in disarray. In the aftermath, Yrica Quell is just one of thousands of defectors from her former cause living in a deserters’ shantytown—until she is selected to join Alphabet Squadron.
 
Cobbled together from an eclectic assortment of pilots and starfighters, the five members of Alphabet are tasked by New Republic general Hera Syndulla herself. Like Yrica, each is a talented pilot struggling to find their place in a changing galaxy. Their mission: to track down and destroy the mysterious Shadow Wing, a lethal force of TIE fighters exacting bloody, reckless vengeance in the twilight of their reign.
 
The newly formed unit embodies the heart and soul of the Rebellion: ragtag, resourceful, scrappy, and emboldened by their most audacious victory in decades. But going from underdog rebels to celebrated heroes isn’t as easy as it seems, and their inner demons threaten them as much as their enemies among the stars. The wayward warriors of Alphabet Squad will have to learn to fly together if they want to protect the new era of peace they’ve fought so hard to achieve.

Other Books in this Series

Alphabet Squadron
Alphabet Squadron: Shadow Fall
Alphabet Squadron: Victory's Price

Our Verdict

Very Good
8.1
8.1
8.1
Driven by its magnificent cast of characters, Alphabet Squadron is an exemplary addition to the Star Wars Canon. Freed’s dedication to the creation of his characters shines brightest throughout the novel, and while some may find themselves wanting a few more details in the overall plot, every reader won’t be able to help the burning desire to know what happens to each member of Alphabet as you turn the next page.
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Characters
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Writing
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Entertainment
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Meg Dowell - Alphabet Squadron - Adult Novel
Meg Dowell
Editor-in-Chief
The Empire is a mess following the demise of its Emperor, and it's up to the New Republic to secure control of the galaxy once and for all. Along the way, a group of pilots is forced to work together to help eliminate evil in the galaxy once and for all -- and it's a fun and entertaining flight! Alexander Freed is a master in character development and keeping his readers curious, and the return of a familiar character fan-favorite makes the book even more enjoyable. While the writing style can take some getting used to in the very beginning, once you really get into the story and all it has to offer, you're going to have a hard time putting it down.
Charles Hanckel - Alphabet Squadron - Adult Novel
Charles Hanckel
Vice President, Podcast Department Coordinator, Podcast Host
Alphabet Squadron is a fantastic read! The characters that Freed created for this story are incredibly interesting both individually and as a unit. The vast majority of the book is spent inside the different characters' heads and very slowly revealing small facts about their pasts and small hints about their intentions for the future. Admittedly, spending so much time on character development doesn't leave a ton of room for the larger plot to be developed. However, with two books left to go in this trilogy, there is plenty of time for that. Overall, one of the best Canon novels to date!
Karl Sander - Alphabet Squadron - Adult Novel
Karl Sander
Staff Writer
If you like starfighters and pilots, then you're going to enjoy this book. Alexander Freed introduces quite an ensemble, which might make the first few chapters a little harder to get through for some people, but the payoff is a thorough exploration of their personalities and motivations. Hera Syndulla (not much of a spoiler there, she's on the back of the dust jacket) makes more than "just" an appearance for the sake of fan service. The plot is straightforward, if not terribly adventurous, but with such a great example of character exploration and development, I have high hopes for the rest of the series.

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