Revisiting The Last Jedi Novel

Ahead of the newest Star Wars novel to join my collection, Resistance Reborn, a must-have prequel to The Rise of Skywalker, I’m revisiting one of the best novels I’ve ever read, The Last Jedi. Heading to November 5, I will share every day a mini-review of a few chapters in the novel and how those chapters compare to the actual movie. And then, as soon as I get my hands on Resistance Reborn (which I’m super excited about!!!!) I’ll deliver a review asap.

So, with no further delay, here’s my first review of the Prologue-Chapter 4. Enjoy!

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It’s always fun opening up a novel and seeing the words of the “opening crawl” looking back at me. But the next scene following those words immediately make you realize this is not going to be the same as the movie.

We get a different opening that starts the story with Luke Skywalker. It’s a look at an alternate reality where Luke Skywalker has remained on Tatooine, gotten old, gotten married to a woman who was briefly seen in a deleted scene from A New Hope, and The Empire has destroyed every last remnant of the Rebellion.

For Star Wars fans, it’s a haunting reality that immediately displays the idea that The Last Jedi is going to be a very different movie. A movie that is designed to be more thoughtful than The Force Awakens could ever be.

This is the prologue.

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The first chapter of The Last Jedi once again delves away from the norm, providing us the Han Solo funeral that we were hoping to see in the movie. It’s not very emotional, nor is it very ceremonious, but it’s there giving fans solace that Rian Johnson didn’t forget what would’ve been a very important thing to happen in the story.

And, in actuality, it’s the perfect funeral for the smuggler; quick and to the point. Han Solo was never an eloquent person. A grand funeral would’ve been unfitting.

 

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In the movie we are never afforded a scene with Paige and Rose Tico together but the novel’s second chapter does give us a beautiful scene with them together that is not only emotionally impactful but gives us a better understanding of the two sisters’ relationship. Reading it, it makes you feel so sad because we all know what happens next.

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The third chapter gets to the point of the battle between the Resistance and the First Order and it is riveting. One, we get a deeper look into the evacuation process and more with Lieutenant Connix. Secondly, Captain Peavey is given more time to shine, giving us an idea of how the First Order officers think of General Hux. And apparently they think he’s pretty annoying.

The prologue and the three first chapters of this story are absolutely amazing to start this story and a great precursor as to what’s to come.

I’m scoring these few chapters at a solid A.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day. May the Force be with you.

 

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