Rebel Force: Target

February 8, 2018 at 6:00 pm (Reads) (, , )

targetRebel Force: Target by Alex Wheeler

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When you think of Star Wars, what’s the first kind of adventure that comes to mind? If you said, “How to keep the Rebellion funded!”, then I have the story for you: Target, the first book in the Rebel Force juvenile series.

Yep. Wheeler takes us on an adventure with the main characters from Star Wars, and takes us to the planet Muunilinst, where the banking clans exist, so they can extract the remaining funds from the Rebellion’s account. With Alderaan destroyed, it’s the only way they can keep the Rebellion going, and it will take some subterfuge to get the money out of the account.

To be fair to Wheeler, the book isn’t about just that; he also tells us that the Empire is on a search to find the name of the person responsible for destroying the Death Star, and he introduces us to X-7, a brainwashed soldier of the Empire whose purpose is to discover just that. That will be the plot point for the entire series, so we get to see more than just Luke, Leia, and Han trying to withdraw money from a bank account. It just seems like such a mundane start for a Star Wars story.

It’s actually somewhat refreshing to see a story start with the logistics of how to keep something as big as the Rebellion going (haven’t we always wondered how much money it would take to build the Death Star? Why not go in the other direction, too?), and considering that one of the previous books in the timeline was about a pop singer touring the galaxy, I guess I should expect some stories to buck the traditional adventure story trend, but a trip to the bank? This isn’t even a heist!

Wheeler captures the characters well, and the storytelling is decent, it’s just not the most gripping plot. I’m holding out that the rest of the series will rise above this dull start, and start giving us what we expect out of Star Wars: lightsabers, space battles, and the Force!

Started: November 25, 2017
Finished: November 27, 2017

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