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When a distress plea goes up from the isolated planet Minfar, Resistance heroes Rey, Poe, and Rose hear the call! Together they will face down a First Order battalion, terrifying flying creatures, and a weapon that could change the course of the war!


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When a distress plea goes up from the isolated planet Minfar, Resistance heroes Rey, Poe, and Rose hear the call! Together they will face down a First Order battalion, terrifying flying creatures, and a weapon that could change the course of the war!

30 review for Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Spark of the Resistance

  1. 5 out of 5

    Khurram

    A good medium sized story. This is definitely sumed at younger readers as all the Resistance heroes have their blasters set to stun and are capturing the First Order. This is after the Last Jedi, the Restistance is cut to the bone in terms of personal and resources. However when a call for help is intercepted by Rey, Rose, Poe and BB8, they cannot ignore it. Figuring it would be better to ask forgiveness then permission they take the side mission to stop the First Order finding new we A good medium sized story. This is definitely sumed at younger readers as all the Resistance heroes have their blasters set to stun and are capturing the First Order. This is after the Last Jedi, the Restistance is cut to the bone in terms of personal and resources. However when a call for help is intercepted by Rey, Rose, Poe and BB8, they cannot ignore it. Figuring it would be better to ask forgiveness then permission they take the side mission to stop the First Order finding new weapons and enslaving a civilisation. No more clues as to Rey's heritage but this is a decent to a good story for catch up before the movie or the next book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nicis

    I have a big problem with the Resistance: They are absolutely boring, have been since the beggining and Lf has done nothing to make them more interesting. This book doesn't help either. How is it that the First Order has been described as this big bad organization but every time they show us part of it in the extra material the officers and generals are these completely useless and cartoonish villians? They bad guy in SotR literally use the phrase: "I don't like to read" and then spea I have a big problem with the Resistance: They are absolutely boring, have been since the beggining and Lf has done nothing to make them more interesting. This book doesn't help either. How is it that the First Order has been described as this big bad organization but every time they show us part of it in the extra material the officers and generals are these completely useless and cartoonish villians? They bad guy in SotR literally use the phrase: "I don't like to read" and then speaks like a baddie from Scooby Doo. Of course the super nice Resistance (we-always-help-everyone-and-use-the-words-spark-and-hope-every-time-we-can) is going to win if that is the level we can expect from the First Order. I will say I at least enjoyed the Rose w/Porgs and Rose w/Rey moments and interactions. BB is always a delight. Poe and everyone obssesed with his hair were kind of annoying but ok. The description of the creatures on the planet were not that good so the Phil Noto art was really appreciated to help visualize everything. All in all, it was an ok-ish not that interesting story that showed how the Resistance is building their support so it doesn't seem like such a surprise in the movie. I really REALLY hope that Resistance Reborn is better. It needs to be if Lucasfilm wants me to actually care about the good guys winning as they are fated to do bc this is Star Wars.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ben Brown

    Part of the “Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” multimedia project that’s currently enveloping the “Star Wars” novel and comic lines, “Spark of the Resistance” is the first canon release of the line, as well as – unless I’ve missed something major – the first major piece of “Star Wars” fiction we’ve gotten that’s set post-“Episode XIII.” For those fans who read that and immediately start to nerd out, let me quickly put a bit of a damper on your excitement: there be no major revelations Part of the “Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” multimedia project that’s currently enveloping the “Star Wars” novel and comic lines, “Spark of the Resistance” is the first canon release of the line, as well as – unless I’ve missed something major – the first major piece of “Star Wars” fiction we’ve gotten that’s set post-“Episode XIII.” For those fans who read that and immediately start to nerd out, let me quickly put a bit of a damper on your excitement: there be no major revelations found here (unless you count the fact that the First Order is still evil and the Resistance is still fighting back). Writer Justina Ireland plays things pretty safe, both in her writing style and in her plotting – this isn’t the most slam-bang exciting of “Star Wars” novels, nor is it the most boring (“Thrawn,” I’m looking at you). Mostly, it’s a diverting-enough stopgap, clearly designed to help build excitement for the upcoming movie for those not in-the-know, while also giving die-hard fans something to nibble on in the interim. While the lack of juicy nuggets is a bit of a bummer, the disappointment is mitigated ever so slightly when you consider that a.) the novel is clearly written for a younger demographic, one likely less interested in digging deep into the canon than the typical “Star Wars” fan, and b.) that Episode IX is officially less than two months away (!!!). “Spark of the Resistance” may not be the most rousing of “Star Wars” novels, but as a tee-up for “The Rise of Skywalker,” it wets the palate well enough.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I loved this one so, so, so much. I love Rey. I loved Rose. I loved Finn. I loved Poe. Of course, being a middle-grade book, this story wasn't deeply complex, but it did feel more balanced character-wise than the adult release book from the same time. I just really, really loved it. Rose's heart. Rey's waffling. Poe's .... hair. Including my live plurk below: ɑรรɑรรiɳcɑptɑiɳ ALL MY FAVORITE NEW BABIES MENTIONED IN THE FIRST PAGES. ɑรรɑรรiɳcɑptɑiɳ Oh, no. It's so cute so far. Rose has I loved this one so, so, so much. I love Rey. I loved Rose. I loved Finn. I loved Poe. Of course, being a middle-grade book, this story wasn't deeply complex, but it did feel more balanced character-wise than the adult release book from the same time. I just really, really loved it. Rose's heart. Rey's waffling. Poe's .... hair. Including my live plurk below: ɑรรɑรรiɳcɑptɑiɳ ALL MY FAVORITE NEW BABIES MENTIONED IN THE FIRST PAGES. ɑรรɑรรiɳcɑptɑiɳ Oh, no. It's so cute so far. Rose has named all the Porgs. Poe really, really, really wants to fly the Falcon. Rey is still uncertain about the Force. ɑรรɑรรiɳcɑptɑiɳ Magical new race, that is very hospitable! ɑรรɑรรiɳcɑptɑiɳ I love that there is so much Rose in this (especially given the drastic loud rumblings of the internet since Rose got removed from so much of the merchandise). ɑรรɑรรiɳcɑptɑiɳ “How did you know it was Poe Dameron?” “Who else has that hair?” ɑรรɑรรiɳcɑptɑiɳ I love their name, and I love Rose feeling the thing following her/them, and no one else doing it. Just her and BB-8. ɑรรɑรรiɳcɑptɑiɳ I love Rey continually trying to figure out 'this Force thing.' ɑรรɑรรiɳcɑptɑiɳ Totally listening to storm troopers scream as creatures carry them off today then for breakfast. I may collect them all in hardcover, but my first foray into each book may always be in audio, given they are all done radio play style. I like foe the sweeping music themes. ɑรรɑรรiɳcɑptɑiɳ SPY SPY SPY SPY ɑรรɑรรiɳcɑptɑiɳ ɑรรɑรรiɳcɑptɑiɳ All the narration and thoughts about fanning the spark of rebellion/resistance into a flame the whole galaxy could see and rally behind. ɑรรɑรรiɳcɑptɑiɳ I’m laughing. ɑรรɑรรiɳcɑptɑiɳ The junior officers know its Poe because he’s got that hair. Main evil guy of the book even thinks Poe is irritatingly good looking.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lois

    We have no idea how this connects, if at all to The Rise of Skywalker, but regardless, it's a nice little story of Rey, Rose and Poe helping these beings on this planet against the First Order from in between episodes 8 and 9. This is the first time with this narrator, and I really liked her!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alyson Kent

    Fun, fast paced.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Chris Wermeskerch

    I wasn't entirely impressed with Ireland's Lando's Luck - while it had some great character moments between Lando and L3, and I liked the new characters, I thought the plot was way too basic. I feel similarly here, BUT unlike in Lando's Luck, I felt the positives outweighed the simple story. The moments between Rey, Rose, Poe, and BB-8 were really well done on quite a few layers. (One thing I appreciated was how Ireland talked a bit about the dynamics between Poe and Rose considering he led the I wasn't entirely impressed with Ireland's Lando's Luck - while it had some great character moments between Lando and L3, and I liked the new characters, I thought the plot was way too basic. I feel similarly here, BUT unlike in Lando's Luck, I felt the positives outweighed the simple story. The moments between Rey, Rose, Poe, and BB-8 were really well done on quite a few layers. (One thing I appreciated was how Ireland talked a bit about the dynamics between Poe and Rose considering he led the mission which led to the loss of her sister.) Oh, and monsters and Star Wars-weirdness abound - thank the Maker!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mario

    In this lovely junior book, Rey, Rose, Poe and BB-8, return from a mission aboard the Millennium Falcon when they pick up a distress call on a Resistance secret channel. When they arrive to the origin planet, they find a First Order warship and while avoiding TIE Fighters, their ship is damaged and they must land. On the surface of the planet, they find a new rodent-like alien species, who have been fighting the First Order who are on the look for a powerful weapon kept on abandoned I In this lovely junior book, Rey, Rose, Poe and BB-8, return from a mission aboard the Millennium Falcon when they pick up a distress call on a Resistance secret channel. When they arrive to the origin planet, they find a First Order warship and while avoiding TIE Fighters, their ship is damaged and they must land. On the surface of the planet, they find a new rodent-like alien species, who have been fighting the First Order who are on the look for a powerful weapon kept on abandoned Imperial laboratories. This search is led by an inept First Order officer and an alien scientist. The Resistance members and their new friends must work together, with some unexpected help, to defeat the First Order and prevent them from obtaining the dangerous weapon. This is interesting and with some tidbits regarding the reconstruction of the Resistance. Besides it has excellent illustrations by Phil Noto.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Koan

    This is the first Middle Grade Book in the Canon that I've been able to get and I'm happy to say that it was a very enjoyable read. The first thing going in that readers need to know is that it's a middle grade book, not an adult book, and therefore is written to a younger audience. That being said, it was a fun, short adventure that was for the most part predictable, but still had some fun twists and turns. I have typically been dissapointed with the "Journey to..." books This is the first Middle Grade Book in the Canon that I've been able to get and I'm happy to say that it was a very enjoyable read. The first thing going in that readers need to know is that it's a middle grade book, not an adult book, and therefore is written to a younger audience. That being said, it was a fun, short adventure that was for the most part predictable, but still had some fun twists and turns. I have typically been dissapointed with the "Journey to..." books because they don't have as many connections as I would normally wish. I am assuming that any references between this book and the movie are incredibly small. I would hazard to guess that the speices in this book might cameo in the background, but nothing more than that. That being said, I always enjoy the stories themselves and am hopeful with this new batch for the "Journey to the Rise of Skywalker". The interaction between Rey and Rose was interesting, though not where it would have been had this been an adult novel. You can tell Rose is still pining over Finn, but it's not too obvious, and Rey seems to be over him. I really liked how Rey has continued to make friends with Poe, even though he is written as pompous at the beginning of the book. Thankfully, his story improves throughout and I think that these books are helping set up a Rey/Poe relationship in The Rise of Skywalker(though that is purely speculation). Overall, fun, short read. I don't reccomend this unless you're a huge Star Wars fan. If you have to read anything leading up to TROS, I would expect that Resistance Reborn or Force Collector will serve you better. Still, this book gets a 7.0 out of 10! Good job Justina Ireland.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Spencer

    As I tend to read everything Star Wars related I inevitably picked this up, knowing that this is for younger fans I tried to keep an open mind but to be honest this was simply awful. Just because your intended audience is young doesn’t mean you should write like a child yourself. The story, dialog and overall quality was completely lacking skill, it felt like no care was put into this at all so I don’t think that I would bother recommending this to anyone.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Bulthaupt

    I listened to this book via Audible. Spark of the Resistance takes place in between The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker and follows Rey, Rose, Poe, and BB-8 on a mission to bring supplies to the Resistance that is struggling after the Battle of Crait. Of course things never go according to plan and the First Order gets involved, so our heroes find themselves in a very different situation, helping people instead of looking for help. Over the course of the story, we get t I listened to this book via Audible. Spark of the Resistance takes place in between The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker and follows Rey, Rose, Poe, and BB-8 on a mission to bring supplies to the Resistance that is struggling after the Battle of Crait. Of course things never go according to plan and the First Order gets involved, so our heroes find themselves in a very different situation, helping people instead of looking for help. Over the course of the story, we get to see a lot more interaction between the three heroes than we've seen on screen, and it's great to be able to watch them get to know each other more. As a story targeted at younger readers, this isn't going to add any new or major revelations, but it is a nice way to fill in some of the time between the two films. I am curious to see if any of the new characters or elements introduced here show up in the movie or other places. It would certainly be interesting to see some far-reaching repercussions, but I won't get my hopes too high. All in all this was a great little jaunt into the galaxy far far away and will help tide me over until the new movie is released!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    Review forthcoming on geeksofdoom.com.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Deni

    3.5 A good adventure for middle school fans.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Heather Meadows

    A delightful Star Wars romp! I read this fun book in a single sitting, because I couldn’t put it down. The characterization is wonderful and the adventure is very Star Wars. I truly enjoyed seeing Rey, Rose, Poe, and BB-8 all have an adventure together. The new characters were great, especially Glenna. And the First Order commander was hilarious!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jordan Anderson

    Another reviewer stated that the resistance is boring and I 100% agree, especially when it comes to the main characters in Spark of the Resistance. For 224 pages of Justina Ireland’s book, Rey, Poe, Rose, and BB8 just told around on a planet and do...things. Things that are so boring that I can’t even remember them after just finishing the book. They’re also saccharin sweet, doing all the requisite good guy things and not being even slightly morally ambiguous. And, on the other side of the coin, th Another reviewer stated that the resistance is boring and I 100% agree, especially when it comes to the main characters in Spark of the Resistance. For 224 pages of Justina Ireland’s book, Rey, Poe, Rose, and BB8 just told around on a planet and do...things. Things that are so boring that I can’t even remember them after just finishing the book. They’re also saccharin sweet, doing all the requisite good guy things and not being even slightly morally ambiguous. And, on the other side of the coin, the First Order is chock full of stereotypical bad guys who are so “evil” and “bad” that they’ll do anything to get ahead. Furthering that problem, they’re bumbling idiots who constantly make mistakes and do such asinine behaviors. It’s a wonder they’ve gotten as far as they have, because every time they make an appearance, all they do is screen things up. I get this book was geared more towards younger readers, skipping over a lot of the intricacies of plot and structure, but that’s no excuse for such a pedestrian effort. Other books on this “series” are far more informative and entertaining without being dumbed down for less intellectual minds. And those previous books actually made sense and set up things in the associated movies. I have zero idea what Spark of the Resistance is going to set up in Rise of Skywalker because nothing even remotely interesting takes place. Even the lackluster Allegiance did a much better job setting up possible storylines for Episode IX I sincerely hope this isn’t yet another disaster in the making like almost all of the roll out canon has been before each new film...fingers crossed that Resistance Reborn gets things right.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jay Gabler

    Although this book is aimed at ages 8-13, it’s significant for Star Wars fans of all ages if they’re breathlessly anticipating The Rise of Skywalker, the upcoming movie billed as the last of nine installments in “the Skywalker Saga.” As with previous films The Force Awakens (2015) and The Last Jedi (2017), Lucasfilm is publishing a series of books leading up the movie. That gives Justina Ireland’s book its two-colon title. “Journey to” titles for the earlier movies introduced key characters and settings. Although this book is aimed at ages 8-13, it’s significant for Star Wars fans of all ages if they’re breathlessly anticipating The Rise of Skywalker, the upcoming movie billed as the last of nine installments in “the Skywalker Saga.” As with previous films The Force Awakens (2015) and The Last Jedi (2017), Lucasfilm is publishing a series of books leading up the movie. That gives Justina Ireland’s book its two-colon title. “Journey to” titles for the earlier movies introduced key characters and settings. For example, the YA book Leia: Princess of Alderaan took the young princess to the salty land of Crait and featured a young Amilyn Holdo. Does Spark of the Resistance offer any clues as to what’s in store for moviegoers on December 20? Maybe. I reviewed Spark of the Resistance for The Tangential.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Judah-Ben Morales

    I have read other books directed for a younger audience, and have been satisfied by many of them. Since English is not my native language I find those books way easier to grasp than novels written with a mature audience in mind. But I have come to understand that a story for young readers doesn't have to depict characters as if they were children. It's just the way the story is written that is simpler. Regarding this book I have to say that the story itself had much potential, if only I have read other books directed for a younger audience, and have been satisfied by many of them. Since English is not my native language I find those books way easier to grasp than novels written with a mature audience in mind. But I have come to understand that a story for young readers doesn't have to depict characters as if they were children. It's just the way the story is written that is simpler. Regarding this book I have to say that the story itself had much potential, if only it would have been written better. The naivety of the characters is absurd. It felt like watching an old Tiny 'Toons show, as if the book were showing how the sequel trilogy characters thought and behaved when they were in their teens or even in their childhood. And for the Force's sake, please... It's war, warriors kill their enemies, don't just stun them. If you do not want to show much violence in an action sequence, just say that the stormtrooper was shot. It is not necessary to say that he/she is agonizing and choking on his/her own blood. But to say that the Resistance soldiers and heroes only stun their enemies... It is unrealistic, childish, and stupid when written over and over again. That and many more small flaws added up made me rethink my rating. I had initially thought of a 3-star rating, but I cannot rate a book for its potential, but for the final result, so 2 stars it has to be.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

    I'm eagerly devouring any and all Star Wars content set between Episodes 8 and 9. While it was cool to see the interactions between Rey, Poe and Rose in this novel, it kinda seems as though they left Finn out of the story to avoid advancing his respective plots with any of the other three. Additionally, this book (aimed at younger readers) played the war aspect a little odd - none of the heroes shot to kill (except in ship battles), and Poe takes the unusual step of stunning & knocking uncon I'm eagerly devouring any and all Star Wars content set between Episodes 8 and 9. While it was cool to see the interactions between Rey, Poe and Rose in this novel, it kinda seems as though they left Finn out of the story to avoid advancing his respective plots with any of the other three. Additionally, this book (aimed at younger readers) played the war aspect a little odd - none of the heroes shot to kill (except in ship battles), and Poe takes the unusual step of stunning & knocking unconscious, rather than killing, his enemies... before blowing up the entire ship they are on. The author employs euphemisms when talking about the destruction in the book's climax, to the point of it being a bit intellectually and morally disingenuous. I've read younger-aimed Star Wars books before, and they handled the war differently than this one did. (I should note that I lean pacifist and so I don't mind the lack of violence, but knocking people out instead of shooting to kill, before blowing them up, or feeding them to beasts, seems like a weird moral fake-out.) The book also made it sound like Rose hasn't got much experience with the Resistance, which disregards the prior novel in this series ("Cobalt Squadron") which focused almost exclusively on Rose's missions, as well as her trajectory for the next film. This book treated Rose like a blank slate, but she has a history, some of which we have seen already, and more of which we have read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Saimi Korhonen

    Spark of the Resistance was a fun little junior novel about an adventure Rey, Rose, Poe and BB-8 go on after they hear a distress call come from a far-away planet called Minfar. The planet is threatened by the First Order who are looking for a mysterious weapon that could help them destroy the Resistance once and for all, so naturally our heroes head to Minfar to help. This book is part of the "Journey to the Rise of Skywalker" -line so it takes place after the Last Jedi and there are some hints Spark of the Resistance was a fun little junior novel about an adventure Rey, Rose, Poe and BB-8 go on after they hear a distress call come from a far-away planet called Minfar. The planet is threatened by the First Order who are looking for a mysterious weapon that could help them destroy the Resistance once and for all, so naturally our heroes head to Minfar to help. This book is part of the "Journey to the Rise of Skywalker" -line so it takes place after the Last Jedi and there are some hints to where the characters of Poe, Rey and Rose might be in Ep 9. Rey is struggling with connecting with the Force, Poe is learning to become a more sensible leader and Rose is doing all she can to defeat the First Order. There isn't much to learn about Ep 9 here, but it's still an enjoyable story. The new planet, Minfar, is also an interesting world, and the native people of the planet, the Zixon, were really nice, as was the original character of Glenna. My favorite thing about the book though were the friendships between Rey, Poe, Rose and BB-8. This is the first time we really get to see how Rey interacts with Poe and Rose, and I enjoyed her dynamics with both of them, especially with Rose. They were so supportive of each other and I just really, really loved the sisterly bond between the ladies. BB-8 was also super cute, as always. Would highly recommend this book!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ben

    As a Star Wars story "Spark of the Resistance" is a decent tie-in for Episode 9. However, the writing leaves A LOT to be desired. I understand this book is aimed at younger audiences but this book reads like it was written by an eight year old, that features a host of cringe inducing lines. I will say that it does slightly improve towards the end. What I liked about this book the most was that despite the dopey plot of a mind control machine, the story felt consequential to the Star Wars EU than As a Star Wars story "Spark of the Resistance" is a decent tie-in for Episode 9. However, the writing leaves A LOT to be desired. I understand this book is aimed at younger audiences but this book reads like it was written by an eight year old, that features a host of cringe inducing lines. I will say that it does slightly improve towards the end. What I liked about this book the most was that despite the dopey plot of a mind control machine, the story felt consequential to the Star Wars EU than prior tie-ins. This tie-in features prominent characters like: Rey, Poe and Rose post Last Jedi and I really enjoyed their interactions (and I fully ship Rey+Poe). The book also picks up (midly) on the aftermath and desolation of the Resistance and how they're picking themselves up. Again, this isn't a terrible book it just didn't satiate that Star Wars thirst post "Last Jedi" that I'm looking for. I'm hoping "Resistance Reborn" does just that! IMO this is a solid 7/10, but seeing as how Goodreads doesn't allow half stars I can't in good conscience give this a four so it remains a high three.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dennis Keithly

    Summary: This was a quick and fun Star Wars adventure set between The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker. It is clearly written with a middle grade audience in mind. It features some fun, very Star Wars-esque scenes, but it also has a villain that is something of a trope. Overall, I'd give it about 3.75 stars. PROS: As mentioned earlier, there are some scenes that are very much what one would expect from Star Wars. Many of these feature the Millennium Falcon. There are also a few min Summary: This was a quick and fun Star Wars adventure set between The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker. It is clearly written with a middle grade audience in mind. It features some fun, very Star Wars-esque scenes, but it also has a villain that is something of a trope. Overall, I'd give it about 3.75 stars. PROS: As mentioned earlier, there are some scenes that are very much what one would expect from Star Wars. Many of these feature the Millennium Falcon. There are also a few minor clues as to what Star Wars fans might be wondering about the Resistance and First Order as The Rise of Skywalker approaches. CONS: The villain is all too common. He is an arrogant, selfish officer plotting his way up the First Order hierarchy. Considering the intended audience, that is probably to be expected. Villains aren't usually subtle, but this officer lays it on a bit thick. Also, there is a moral in this book about how to treat your colleagues with respect. It is laid on a bit think. Overall, this was a fun and quick read. I'm glad I read it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Steven Shinder

    This is kinda what I felt was missing from Resistance Reborn: More interactions between the "new generation" characters. Unfortunately, Finn is not part of this adventure. But Rey, Rose, Poe, and BB-8 are part of it, and we get to see their dynamics. I liked the thought-provoking debate between Rey and Rose about whether or not things that could potentially be used for bad should be used at all. It's also clear that Rey and Poe remember how powerless they felt when Kylo Ren and Snoke used certai This is kinda what I felt was missing from Resistance Reborn: More interactions between the "new generation" characters. Unfortunately, Finn is not part of this adventure. But Rey, Rose, Poe, and BB-8 are part of it, and we get to see their dynamics. I liked the thought-provoking debate between Rey and Rose about whether or not things that could potentially be used for bad should be used at all. It's also clear that Rey and Poe remember how powerless they felt when Kylo Ren and Snoke used certain Force powers on them. The Porgs on the Falcon are addressed, and I still think it's really weird that the characters kept them on the ship and just let them be part of their journeys. I really like the Zixon species. Rabbit-like and green-furred, they seem reminiscent of Lepi, which is Jaxxon's species. There's also a moment that reminded me of James Cameron's Avatar. Perhaps both species are somehow related to each other. This wasn't quite a large scale story, but since it's a junior novel, I didn't expect it to be. It made use of the pages it was given, and it's a very quick read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    David

    I am a huge fan of the Legends timeline, I feel the stories told were more mature and better written in general. That being said, every since Disney took over the franchise, I feel the majority of the material coming out is oriented for kids and young adults, leaving adults and "long time fans" on the sideline, trying to attract the new younger audience and forgetting about the fans that have been around for 40 years. That being I am still giving the new Disney timeline it's fair chance and read I am a huge fan of the Legends timeline, I feel the stories told were more mature and better written in general. That being said, every since Disney took over the franchise, I feel the majority of the material coming out is oriented for kids and young adults, leaving adults and "long time fans" on the sideline, trying to attract the new younger audience and forgetting about the fans that have been around for 40 years. That being I am still giving the new Disney timeline it's fair chance and reading any book I get my hands on. But up until this point it does not compare to the legends timeline. The villains, especially in this book and lame, cartoony and completely incompetent. If they are all this stupid then the war should be done in no time. And I hate the fact that in this novel, Ray Poe and Rose simply stun all the stormtroopers instead of using regular blaster fire. Seriously? Since when have the resistance/ rebels just stun stormtroopers instead of killing them. That's just one example of when I say these books are childish.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Joshua

    A very slight story in the grand scheme of things, one of the Star Wars novelizations most clearly hampered by what is the sort of "comic book problem" of Lucasfilm's unified canon approach to Star Wars - like major comic book events, everything of relevance to this world has to occur in the cinematic films. "Lesser" media formats are left to tread water in terms of impact, even characterization can't get too far or else you would alienate people who don't read these things. Within th A very slight story in the grand scheme of things, one of the Star Wars novelizations most clearly hampered by what is the sort of "comic book problem" of Lucasfilm's unified canon approach to Star Wars - like major comic book events, everything of relevance to this world has to occur in the cinematic films. "Lesser" media formats are left to tread water in terms of impact, even characterization can't get too far or else you would alienate people who don't read these things. Within those confines, it does an admirable enough job. The trio at the heart of this (Rey, Rose, and Poe) are three characters we haven't seen interact, and they have a fun rapport (Rey and Poe are jealous about each other's piloting ego, Rose names all the Porgs, and so on). I was initially annoyed by the flipping POVs, especially to the First Order POV (every Star Wars novel seems to have this problem), but it eventually smoothed itself out.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tait Sougstad

    Rey must fly the Falcon. Poe musses his hair and is glad to at least smoke a few TIE fighters. Rose timidly hides in a corner of the engine compartment, trying to stay off screen unless absolutely necessary. A devious new bad guy... what was his name? Not at all important, I guess. Well, he twirls his mustache and grins deviously, avoiding action and dreaming of sweet, sweet promotions. Nothing motivates a bad guy like a promotion. Some dancing with strange and friendly ali Rey must fly the Falcon. Poe musses his hair and is glad to at least smoke a few TIE fighters. Rose timidly hides in a corner of the engine compartment, trying to stay off screen unless absolutely necessary. A devious new bad guy... what was his name? Not at all important, I guess. Well, he twirls his mustache and grins deviously, avoiding action and dreaming of sweet, sweet promotions. Nothing motivates a bad guy like a promotion. Some dancing with strange and friendly aliens ensues. And large monsters are averted with mirrors. Below cartoonish, as if Rey, Poe, and Rose somehow slipped into the Clone Wars universe. Character choices don't make any sense. Their discussions and thoughts show little understanding of reality. Everything is contrived. Hopefully there are some easter eggs for the movie, but I'm not holding my breath. Listened at 2x speed and wish I could have gone faster. The narrator to the audiobook has a disjointed reading style that was very difficult to follow.

  26. 5 out of 5

    James

    Even knowing that Spark of the Resistance was written for a much younger audience than myself, I couldn’t help but be impressed by how accurately it captured the personalities of Rey and co. As simple as the prose was, I could practically hear the live-action actors reciting the lines as I read. That said, the book itself contains a fairly-forgettable narrative that I feel like I’ve read many times in Star Wars lit; that of the underdog-natives versus the brutal occupying force. Thoug Even knowing that Spark of the Resistance was written for a much younger audience than myself, I couldn’t help but be impressed by how accurately it captured the personalities of Rey and co. As simple as the prose was, I could practically hear the live-action actors reciting the lines as I read. That said, the book itself contains a fairly-forgettable narrative that I feel like I’ve read many times in Star Wars lit; that of the underdog-natives versus the brutal occupying force. Though it does introduce a few interesting concepts in terms of species and tech, I found myself basically sleep-reading to the book’s conclusion.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Marcelo Gonzalez

    Word to the Wise: if it says "Journey to [movie title]", just skip it. In a throwaway story, the First Order is after an Imperial mind control device (which has no place in Star Wars lore) while Rey, Poe, Rose, and BB-8 attempt to thwart their endeavor. I liked Ireland's 'Lando's Luck' story, so this is a disappointing release from her. It too was a throwaway story, but she did a wonderful job with Landon. The same cannot be said of her characterizations of our Resistance Era heroes.< Word to the Wise: if it says "Journey to [movie title]", just skip it. In a throwaway story, the First Order is after an Imperial mind control device (which has no place in Star Wars lore) while Rey, Poe, Rose, and BB-8 attempt to thwart their endeavor. I liked Ireland's 'Lando's Luck' story, so this is a disappointing release from her. It too was a throwaway story, but she did a wonderful job with Landon. The same cannot be said of her characterizations of our Resistance Era heroes. Rose is Slippy Frog from Star Fox, constantly yelling out encouragement nobody asked for, Poe is a sexist who thinks Rey can't fly, Rey is a whatever placeholder in all this, and we learn nothing about any of them through the course of this story. Unless you are a completionist, you can skip this without worrying about missing anything important.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Amelia

    Fun and easy read This was a wonderful fix for my Rey and Rose-deprived heart. I didn’t go in expecting anything truly revealing but it did give some insight into how the Resistance and First Order are rebuilding after TLJ. The new characters were easy to love and I especially loved the imagery as Ireland described it. The story could have been meatier but I think that’s more on Lucasfilm than the author since the film and other books are still to be released. I would reAd more from this aut Fun and easy read This was a wonderful fix for my Rey and Rose-deprived heart. I didn’t go in expecting anything truly revealing but it did give some insight into how the Resistance and First Order are rebuilding after TLJ. The new characters were easy to love and I especially loved the imagery as Ireland described it. The story could have been meatier but I think that’s more on Lucasfilm than the author since the film and other books are still to be released. I would reAd more from this author and hope to see her write another Star War!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    A fun and fast-paced story on a magnificent planet. It's nothing new or shocking but fulfils its purpose of hinting at what the Resistance has been up to. I wasn't surprised by any twists and turns but Spark of the Resistance has an appealing antagonist (and one very boring one) and beautiful illustrations by Phil Noto, which makes it perfect for the intended target audience of young readers. For my full review in German, click here: https://jedi-bibliothek.de/2019/11/re...

  30. 4 out of 5

    Eoui

    For me this book was just fun. It didn't need a super special unique villain, it didn't need a complicated plot. Because it had the one thing the movies have been lacking and that's the main characters interacting as people. Rose and Rey teasing Poe, the three of them learning about each other, just cute moments that show character. It made the book so enjoyable for me. There's nothing wrong with a straightforward plot, the world and creatures are something new, the interactions are like an oasi For me this book was just fun. It didn't need a super special unique villain, it didn't need a complicated plot. Because it had the one thing the movies have been lacking and that's the main characters interacting as people. Rose and Rey teasing Poe, the three of them learning about each other, just cute moments that show character. It made the book so enjoyable for me. There's nothing wrong with a straightforward plot, the world and creatures are something new, the interactions are like an oasis.

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