The larger-than-life conclusion to the Skywalker Saga sees the return of the infamous Emperor Palpatine as he looks to complete his ultimate goal - absolute, uncontested control of the galaxy. He recruits Kylo Ren to aid his conquest and to defeat the Jedi one last time by eliminating the powerful scavenger, Rey. The Rise of Skywalker is a blisteringly-fast-paced team-up adventure of epic proportions, with plot twists and breathtaking action at every turn. At its heart is a story of legacy, bloodline, and found family. Written by Most Wanted’s Rae Carson (a Youtini favorite), we expect a thrilling and personal perspective as she takes the movie from the big screen to the page.
The Skywalker saga reaches its epic conclusion in this expanded novelization of Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker.
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A brilliantly written adaptation that succeeds in capturing all of the emotion of the film while also adding much-needed additional content.Read the full review
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The Rise of Skywalker: Expanded Edition is the most successful novelization in Star Wars history if you're judging by how much the novel improves its source material. The TROS we got in theaters left some wanting, and this book delivers on those wants. Rae Carson took the pieces she was given and elevated them into a story that any Star Wars fan is bound to enjoy, regardless of how you felt about the film. No, it doesn't change the ending or any major plot points (so don't come in expecting that), but it does throw in so much "extra" that it truly makes the story feel complete. From now on, when I think about TROS, it will be the story from within these pages that I will actually think about—and that's about as high a compliment as I can pay to a novelization.
Rae Carson takes the breakneck pace of The Rise of Skywalker and adapts it into a slightly longer tale that will further entice fans of the film and possibly sway the opinion of those still on the fence. Carson's added scenes and dialogue is up there with some of her best work in the Canon, but the dialogue from the film, itself, feels slightly stilted as a result.
Overall, the Expanded Edition of TROS does exactly what it promises by expanding the film to provide an immensely satisfying conclusion that will have even the harshest critics wiping away a tear by book's end.
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I was extremely excited to read this book by Rae Carson as it was my first movie novelization and because the anticipation of the "never before seen" details were finally going to be revealed! I think Rae Carson did a great job reenacting the scenes from the movie; it felt like I was watching right along with the book. Rose felt much more prominent as a character and a key to the Resistance in this novel than what the movie portrayed. I feel that the book did lack certain points of symbolism and elaboration to specific scenes and plot points in the movie. The descriptions and action sequences seemed a little too concrete but there were instances where I had to put the book down and think, which I love. This book could have been at least 100 pages longer but I think they may have been looking to capture a wider audience and a 400 page novel may turn some people off. Having said that, the last 30 pages of the book left me speechless, if not gasping for breath. It's almost as if the author saved her best writing for the last chapters, and the Palpatine survival reveal was encapsulating to say the least. I was choked up like I've never felt before when the group of resistance fighters from all over the galaxy accompanied Lando to rid Exegol of the Final Order Star Destroyers. The combination of Rae Carson's writing and the images from the movie really allowed me to enjoy the end of the Skywalker Saga.
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