It’s been a while since I’ve posted any reviews, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been reading any EU. I’ve found time to sneak in some novels like little kids sneak cigarettes. This has been a good year for the EU but my second favorite novel this year (because, of course, Darth Plagueis is my favorite) has got to be Alex Wheeler’s Rebel Force #1: Target.
This is a novel for young readers (probably ten to twelve) but it has all of the characteristics that made me fall in love with the films and EU. Target begins immediately after Episode IV. The Rebels are still on Yavin 4 and everyone is how we left them in a A New Hope: Luke is still naive and attracted to Leia (Got some bad news for ya there, buddy), Han is smug and anxious to leave the Rebellion, and Leia is still a determined leader and as dedicated to the cause as ever. They and the Rebellion have encountered several problems, though.
A lot of the Rebellion’s assets were on Alderaan, assets that they’ve now lost. This is an interesting point to focus on as the films never made clear how the Rebellion was really able to operate. To continue functioning they must try and access “secret accounts” on Muunilinst. Second, the Emperor is (understandably) furious about the destruction of the Death Star. Rezi Soresh, an Imperial commander, hopes to win favor with the Emperor by sending X-7, a highly trained assassin (they’re always highly trained, aren’t they?), to infiltrate the Rebellion and discover the identity of the pilot responsible.
The novel is an extremely quick read at 186 pages. I’m a sucker for any novels set in the OT, and Alex Wheeler did an excellent job of capturing the spirit of those early films. Target and the rest of the Rebel Force series are highly recommended.
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