A spoiler-free look at Battlefront II: Inferno Squad.
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a pretty big fan of the previous Star Wars Battlefront (2015). I was already excited about this new novel, Inferno Squad, because it centers around the upcoming Battlefront II game. But I realized that, even if you don’t care in the slightest about the game, this is still a book you need to check out.
Set immediately following the events of A New Hope, this fantastic novel by Christie Golden (Dark Disciple) takes a real-world look at the galaxy far, far away. She exposes the humanity of the characters, for lack of a better phrase. Golden gives the reader such a vivid feel of the events, personalities, and locations that it sometimes feels as if you are living the events with the characters. Even though it is set in the period after Episode IV, it still feels fresh and relevant from its organic ties to Rogue One. While this story certainly stands on its own, the reader still has an appreciation for the events of the Star Wars series as seen by the characters in our story.
Now, there are two ways to approach this novel. One way is as someone who is excited for the game and wants to get into it as soon as possible. The other way is as someone who really doesn’t care much about the game. Either way, should you chose to read it, you will not be disappointed.
Personally, I am someone who really likes multiplayer online games. Because of that, the 2015 Battlefront was not a disappointment to me at all. In fact, I was a rather big fan of the game. The lack of a campaign mode didn’t ruin anything for me, and I was mostly excited about this Battlefront for its multiplayer. I was. But now, I would say I am equally excited about the story mode as I am the multiplayer solely because of Inferno Squad. I got to know these characters and, while I do not support their Imperial goals, you almost start to root for them that they do the right thing. Just one of the many intriguing things this story has to offer is how, for once, you truly do not know what your characters are going to do. They’re the bad guys, after all. It is genuinely unpredictable. Partly because of that, now I can’t wait to see what will happen next in their stories. I want to be there for the next chapter, and that only excites me more for the game.
However, even if you don’t own a system to play any games, you should still give yourself the pleasure of reading Inferno Squad. Strictly as a Star Wars novel, it has everything you’d want. It has the mysterious, romanticized, stealthy, anxious, action-oriented moments that Star Wars needs. But beyond that, it has an incredibly enticing moral ambiguity of the good side versus the bad side. Since this is told from the perspective of the Imperial agent Iden Versio, you get to discover new elements of Star Wars along with the characters. You get to experience some of the more dirty, hands-on side of the galactic war. It feels relatable in a way similar to that of Rogue One. It is the familiar Star Wars in its essence, yet it is also a new and completely fresh adventure.
And without giving anything away, there’s someone involved in the story who, upon being revealed, will give Star Wars fans a reason to smile.
Whether you are someone interested in the game or not, you owe it to yourself as a Star Wars fan to read Battlefront II: Inferno Squad. Pick it up now on Amazon.
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