Rebel Force: Renengade

February 12, 2018 at 6:00 pm (Reads) (, , )

renegadeRebel Force: Renegade by Alex Wheeler

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My biggest complaint with Hostage, the previous book in this series, was how badly Wheeler characterized Leia. He doesn’t make anything better in Renegade, when the book starts with her accusing Han of trying to kill Luke. I get that Wheeler is trying to show the slow trust Leia gains for Han, but this was a bridge too far; even if she didn’t trust Han, she never would have thought he had anything to do with harming Luke.

The other weird thing about the book is that it shows the Rebellion still has a base on Yavin 4. This makes no sense, since by the time this story takes place in the Expanded Universe, the Empire knows the Rebellion has a base there. Why would they stay? More to the point, why does the Empire not turn around and destroy the base on Yavin 4 the very next day? Sure, the Death Star wiped out a lot of their forces, but that wasn’t all of them. It makes no sense to me.

To be fair, though, not a lot about the book makes sense. All of the characters make questionable decisions (more to carry the plot than to be true to the characters), so it’s hard to buy into the drama and the plot when the characters don’t carry it. By now, X-7 is outed as a member of the Empire and not the trusted member of the Rebellion he has become, so that subplot seems to have come to its end, though the character has not. We’ll have to wait to see where Wheeler takes that part of the story.

The book is readable, but that’s about the best I can say for it. When I was researching which EU books to read, this one came up near the bottom of the list for the juvenile works, and I can see why. I’d love to see what Jude Watson might have done with this era and these story ideas.

Started: November 28, 2017
Finished: November 29, 2017

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