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Rebellions are Built on Hope – A Review of Rogue One

Rebellions are Built on Hope – A Review of Rogue One

It’s a dark time for rebellion in a galaxy far, far away. Rumors of a huge weapon that the Empire is creating are keeping the Rebel Alliance Intelligence officers busy. One young woman, pulled from her home and family, holds the key to helping the Rebel Alliance keep the galaxy safe. Jyn Erso goes from chains to freedom in her pursuit to escape the Empire and follow the path to the weapon’s plans. Standing in Jyn’s way is the Empire’s own Orson Krennic, who leads the project and Jyn’s father, Galen, to creating the weapon that will tip the scales forever in the Empire’s favor.

If you haven’t seen the movie, read this book so you get an idea of what is at stake–especially if you have seen Star Wars: A New Hope. If you have seen the movie, read this book so you can get some great character development on the Rebellion side and see a little more in-depth to the way things really work on the Imperial side.

Author Alexander Freed takes readers through a logical progression of the movie, scene by scene, but the little snippets of things that ended up on the cutting room floor (or edited for time) are intriguing. I am so excited to read more books by Freed–it looks like he writes things related to video game properties.

I am so completely happy that I picked up this book–it was so worth it!

Who would read this: Fans of Star Wars and associated properties, people who missed out on the movie, fans of strong female characters and books who pass the Bechdel test. Anyone ten-ish and up who enjoyed the movie.

Time to Read: The novelization of Rogue One, took just a little over 4 hours–which is just under double it’s 2 hour and 13 minute running time.
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars–I seriously enjoyed all aspects of this novel, much more than I thought I might.

Funny Story: I read the novelization of The Force Awakens (review here) and determined just how much might have been left on the cutting room floor. This (and a giftcard from my husband) propelled me to pick up Rogue One‘s novelization and I really enjoyed the time spent with the development of the secondary characters–in particular, the Pilot and Mon Mothma. 

Final thoughts: Alexander Freed did a great job with this book! I wish I had picked it up sooner, but I decided to pick this as my first book of 2017. If this years reads are anything like Rogue One, I am in a great spot!

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May the Force be with you in 2017!

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  1. Imaobong

    January 4, 2017 at 12:10 am

    Star wars — a personal favorite , I need to lay my hands on this book as well!
    It’ll make a great first book of the year for me too 😀
    Thanks for sharing, and may the forces be with you!
    (Love your blog layout btw!)

    1. gothamgal

      January 4, 2017 at 3:40 pm

      I picked up the Barnes and Noble edition with the photo inserts, but it looks to be in stock/available wherever books are sold. Good luck with this!

  2. Carolina Santamaria

    January 4, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    Thats the perfect choice to start the year! I recently watched the movie (my husband really wanted me to watch it with him) and I have to say I was really impressed. After reading your review I feel like I want to give the book a try! Thank you so much for sharing.

  3. Nikki

    January 4, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    That’s really good to know as I watched the movie and didn’t like it much! Maybe I’ll give the book a go . Sometimes it’s not the same though, I prefer to read the book before watching the movie x


  4. Amber Myers

    January 5, 2017 at 5:33 am

    I enjoyed this movie a lot so I imagine I’d like the book. I might have to pick it up.

  5. Shane

    January 5, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    I honestly have not seen the movie but I always prefer books so perhaps I will have to check this one out! Thanks!

  6. mah

    January 5, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    I keep saying I’m going to sit and watch the States Wars series one day. I hate to start out of order so I’m super behind. Great review I don’t think I’d feel guilty reading first and catching up later. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Tasheena @ SimplyTasheena.com

    January 5, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    I have to look into reading this book. It sounds like a good read. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Brittiny

    January 5, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Glad you enjoyed the book! We went to go see the movie and really enjoyed it!


  9. Jill Wiley

    January 5, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    I was never a Star Wars girl… I didn’t watch it as a child. Saw it the first time in college when they re-released it. So, I haven’t been into any of the new ones either… my daughter likes them though.

  10. blair villanueva

    January 5, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    I haven’t watch it yet, because still many people are lining up for this movie. However I think I will enjoy The Rogue One just like the previous sequels.

  11. Valerie

    January 6, 2017 at 9:18 am

    May the force be with you too. I love how long this has gone on. I can’t believe Carrie died. Boo.

  12. Nicole Aguilar

    January 6, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    It’s crazy how excited people get over Star Wars. I never got into it. It’s actually a great way to put me to sleep. haha

    1. gothamgal

      January 9, 2017 at 6:06 am

      Nicole, it must be the name… Action movies make me fall asleep, too. It was not until the third time (we picked all late showings, though) that I actually watched the whole movie–the whole way through–without falling asleep.

  13. Ana Ojha

    January 8, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    I watched the Rogue One on the first day of its release and liked the movie! Though I loved Force Awaken more!

    1. gothamgal

      January 9, 2017 at 6:05 am

      Hi Ana,
      Thanks for visiting. Some people liked it more than the Force Awakens, and other people don’t. I am really excited about the fact it’s a good time to be a Star Wars fan. LOL

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