I recently finished the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker audio book. I went through the book and annotated interesting moments and connections I’ve seen come up in my conversations and some of yours. I’ll try and make some of the interesting connections for you to check out and to facilitate discussion during our self quarantine. I highly recommend the audio book as it enhances the movie in positive ways. There’s a few times moments where I was frustrated by Abrams playing the ambiguity card too much but the novel clears some of that up and actually makes it easier as a fan to enjoy the film instead of being distracted by the lack of explanation (Palpatine content and context in particular).
In chapter 5, 13, and 22 author Rae Carson lays out Rey’s thoughts on her future saber, how evil Rey uses it, and how Rey Skywalker handles the weapon in the end. I found this to be pretty rewarding overall. I made a short podcast video to lay it out.
I hope you enjoy the video and I’ll continue to share my thoughts and connections I found while reading/listening to the expanded novel. I found I enjoyed the movie more after experiencing the audio book so I recommend it.
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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. 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. Just as the spark of rebellion is rekindling, a mysterious signal broadcasts throughout the galaxy, with a chilling message: Emperor Palpatine, long thought defeated and destroyed, is back from the dead.
Has the ancient Lord of the Sith truly returned? Kylo Ren cuts a swath of destruction across the stars, determined to discover any challenge to his control over the First Order and his destiny to rule over the galaxy—and crush it completely. Meanwhile, to discover the truth, Rey, Finn, Poe, and the Resistance must embark on the most perilous adventure they have ever faced.
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