[Warning: Article contains minor spoilers for the latest Star Wars novel from author Rebecca Roanhorse.] By now you’re sure to have watched the trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. In it we see a massive opposition fleet and what looks like hundreds of volunteers gathered in a hangar. However, at the end of The Rise of Skywalker, all that remained of the Resistance was those who made it aboard the Millennium Falcon. Rebecca Roanhorse’s new novel Resistance Reborn tells us how the it rises from the ashes.

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All that was left of the Resistance leadership at the end of The Last Jedi.
(Image: Lucasfilm Ltd.)

Picking up shortly after The Last Jedi, Resistance Reborn finds Leia and the remnants of the Resistance searching for sanctuary.  Eventually they find it on the Twi’lek home world of Ryloth. There the task of rebuilding truly begins. Thus far, few if any answered Leia’s plea for assistance from Crait…. And now we know why. The First Order is thwarting their attempts to contact allies at every turn.

Resistance Reborn sets up The Rise of Skywalker

Roanhorse utilizes an excitedly fast-paced writing style in Resistance Reborn to showcase the urgency of reforming the Resistance. As we learned from starwars.com, part of that effort includes calling on old heroes to rejoin the fight. Among them? None other than the veteran pilot of the Battles of Yavin, Hoth and Endor, Wedge Antilles.

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The final cover for Resistance Reborn, featuring Wedge Antilles. (Image: Del Rey)

Resistance Reborn provides Star Wars fans with a great deal of insight into the First Order’s actions following The Last Jedi. They’ll stop at nothing to prevent the Resistance from reforming. That includes compiling of list of any potential Resistance sympathizers, hunting them down, and eliminating them, in one way or another. It becomes your classic race against time adventure. Poe, Finn, Wedge and others make desperate attempts to find and save their allies, rebuild their fleet, and reignite the spark of hope before it’s too late.

At just over three hundred pages, Resistance Reborn is a very quick read. Perhaps a little too quick; my only criticism is that in some places the story and pacing felt a little rushed. Notwithstanding, that in no way diminishes the enjoyment readers will derive from the book. It’s chocked full of twists, turns and surprises to entertain any Star Wars fan.

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Stay tuned here to That Hashtag Show in the coming days as we’ll follow this article up with much, much more. Our Resistance Reborn coverage will continue with a follow-up interview with the author, and a detailed accounting of all the incredible spoilers and reveals the book contains!

Resistance Reborn will be available November 5 from Del Rey.