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The larger-than-life conclusion to the Skywalker Saga sees the return of the infamous Emperor Palpatine as he looks to complete his ultimate goal - absolute, uncontested control of the galaxy. He recruits Kylo Ren to aid his conquest and to defeat the Jedi one last time by eliminating the powerful scavenger, Rey. The Rise of Skywalker is a blisteringly-fast-paced team-up adventure of epic proportions, with plot twists and breathtaking action at every turn. At its heart is a story of legacy, bloodline, and found family. Written by Most Wanted’s Rae Carson (a Youtini favorite), we expect a thrilling and personal perspective as she takes the movie from the big screen to the page.
Witness the epic final chapter of the Skywalker saga with the official novelization of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, including expanded scenes and additional content not seen in theaters!
The Resistance has been reborn. The spark of rebellion is rekindling across the galaxy. But although Rey and her fellow heroes are back in the fight, the war against the First Order, now led by Supreme Leader Kylo Ren, is far from over.
Rey, Finn, Poe, and the Resistance must embark on the most perilous adventure they have ever faced. And this time, they're facing it together. With the help of old friends, new allies, and the mysterious guidance of the Force, the story that began in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and continued in Star Wars: The Last Jedi reaches an astounding conclusion.
The Rise of Skywalker: Expanded Edition is the most successful novelization in Star Wars history if you're judging by how much the novel improves its source material. The TROS we got in theaters left some wanting, and this book delivers on those wants. Rae Carson took the pieces she was given and elevated them into a story that any Star Wars fan is bound to enjoy, regardless of how you felt about the film. No, it doesn't change the ending or any major plot points (so don't come in expecting that), but it does throw in so much "extra" that it truly makes the story feel complete. From now on, when I think about TROS, it will be the story from within these pages that I will actually think about—and that's about as high a compliment as I can pay to a novelization.
Rae Carson takes the breakneck pace of The Rise of Skywalker and adapts it into a slightly longer tale that will further entice fans of the film and possibly sway the opinion of those still on the fence. Carson's added scenes and dialogue is up there with some of her best work in the Canon, but the dialogue from the film, itself, feels slightly stilted as a result. Overall, the Expanded Edition of TROS does exactly what it promises by expanding the film to provide an immensely satisfying conclusion that will have even the harshest critics wiping away a tear by book's end.
The Rise of Skywalker gave me one of the best in-theater Star Wars experiences that I could ever ask for. Not a second of the film is wasted and there are surprises around every corner. A few months after seeing it in theaters, I started this novel not expecting much since I already knew the bulk of the story. I learned the hard way that this version of the story would hit me in a much different way. Getting into the minds of our favorite characters helped me fully understand their internal struggles on a deep, emotional level and the references to other Expanded Universe stories made my arm hairs stand up. Grabbing this novel is definitely worth it even if you've already seen the movie and it's so easy to blow through it in a single day.
So far, every expanded edition of a Star Wars novelization has exceeded the expectations of the masses, and The Rise of Skywalker is no exception. There's only so much you can do with the limited screen time a screenplay allows, and Rae Carson stepped up to the task of improving upon an already captivating story and somehow managed to turn it into something even better than the original. Leia's character gets more pages, we get a glimpse inside Ben Solo's head, and there are a few surprises exclusive to this book you definitely won't want to miss out on. Even if you tend to skip these film novelizations, seriously consider giving this one your undivided attention.
Easily the best sequel trilogy novelization, Rae Carson knocked this one out of the park. While the plot was still jam packed and somewhat messy, the added scenes and dialogue do a lot to help smooth out the pacing of the story. There were a number of things that I wish we had gotten in the movie that were thankfully included in the book, including deeper character insight and interactions. While this book is not likely to sway your opinion if you disliked the film, it certainly will enhance your appreciation if you did enjoy it.
I was extremely excited to read this book by Rae Carson as it was my first movie novelization and because the anticipation of the "never before seen" details were finally going to be revealed! I think Rae Carson did a great job reenacting the scenes from the movie; it felt like I was watching right along with the book. Rose felt much more prominent as a character and a key to the Resistance in this novel than what the movie portrayed. I feel that the book did lack certain points of symbolism and elaboration to specific scenes and plot points in the movie. The descriptions and action sequences seemed a little too concrete but there were instances where I had to put the book down and think, which I love. This book could have been at least 100 pages longer but I think they may have been looking to capture a wider audience and a 400 page novel may turn some people off. Having said that, the last 30 pages of the book left me speechless, if not gasping for breath. It's almost as if the author saved her best writing for the last chapters, and the Palpatine survival reveal was encapsulating to say the least. I was choked up like I've never felt before when the group of resistance fighters from all over the galaxy accompanied Lando to rid Exegol of the Final Order Star Destroyers. The combination of Rae Carson's writing and the images from the movie really allowed me to enjoy the end of the Skywalker Saga.