You were always scum. Rebel scum.
Before he crashed into the desert sands of Jakku and into Star Wars infamy, Finn was FN-2187, a First Order stormtrooper with a less than notable role in the grand scheme of things—sanitation on Starkiller base!Raised as a tool of the First Order, Finn never knew his family and struggled to find purpose in the unforgiving structure of the organization. Under the thumb of Captain Phasma, Finn never quite fit in and couldn’t execute helpless villagers in the opening scene of The Force Awakens. That single act of defiance would change his life forever and set him on afar different trajectory set not by a ruthless commander, but by the the Force itself.
Finn is known for his intense loyalties in his friendships–specifically with Rey, Poe, and Rose. He risks his neck at every turn, fights for what he loves, and will use whatever tool he needs to get the job done—whether it’s a blaster, lightsaber, gun turret the Millennium Falcon, or even a sandskimmer! Across the Sequel Trilogy, we see Finn evolve from a cowardly lion of sorts, constantly looking to escape the grip of the First Order, to a fierce leader that leads the Resistance as a general in the Battle of Exegol.
While the heart of Finn’s story is found in Episodes VII, VIII, and IX, a handful of insightful and entertaining stories have expanded Finn’s story. Much of this material is backstory—fun stories of what kind of trouble Finn got into while working sanitation as a stormtrooper. However, Rebecca Roanhorse's smash hit Resistance Reborn places Finn in the action alongside his companions where he further navigates the shift from being a First Order deserter to a committed Resistance leader.
There’s so much more about Finn left to be told. Who knows where his adventures will lead him next? In a sense, his character is only beginning to solidify at the close of The Rise of Skywalker as he steps up to the plate as a general in the Resistance, filling the shoes of great leaders like Leia Organa and Admiral Ackbar. Regardless of what he does next, one thing’s for sure: he may be scum...but he's Rebel scum.
Before an unknown scavenger left her home in search of greater meaning; before a stormtrooper deserted his post; before a pilot found the map his general was looking for; Rey, Finn, and Poe were just ordinary people trying to survive a war-torn galaxy.
This young adult novel features stories about the new heroes of the galaxy, an essential read for anyone curious about what life was like for key The Force Awakens characters before the film begins.
Resistance Reborn is a striking initial entry from author Rebecca Roanhorse that is a crucial prequel to Episode IX and a beautiful love letter to the Canon. Featuring the main protagonists from the Sequel Trilogy alongside some of our favorites from the latest books and comics, Roanhorse follows the broken Resistance as they attempt to regroup after their decimation during the Battle of Crait.
General Leia Organa knows that the Resistance needs leaders and strategists if they have any chance of winning the war, and it's time for everyone to call in some favors. Leia enlists the help of allies new and old from every corner of the Star Wars Canon in an attempt to create the fearsome fighting force that will finally burn the First Order down.
Alan Dean Foster brings his fantasy and sci-fi storytelling experience to Star Wars canon for the first time in his adaption of the highly-anticipated 2015 film The Force Awakens.
The official novelization of the film expands upon the events shown onscreen, giving readers the chance to see the Resistance engage in battle with the First Order from the unique points of view of different characters. Whether you’re a fan of Rey, Poe, Finn, or a combination of figures old and new, this book will take you on a journey across the galaxy you’ll not soon forget.
Jason Fry gets the honor of continuing Star Wars’s rich history with novel adaptation. In particular, his novelization shines in adding additional material to enhance the story in written form, such as Luke’s Force vision introduction and re-insterting deleted scenes from the film–even Rey’s third lesson! The novel allows us to get an inside look at certain characters such as BB-8 during the space battle over D’qar. Reading the novel of Episode Eight will allow you to soak up the story like never before, taking your time with the characters and getting the story from all-new perspectives.