About the Author:
Greg Rucka lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, Jennifer Van Meter, and their two children, Elliot and Dashiell.
AVERAGE REVIEW SCORE:
4 out of 5
Star Wars: Guardians Of The Whills
Taking place around 1 BBY, this book focuses on Chirrut Imwe and Baze Malbus; two of the characters introduced in the movie 'Rogue One' (as novelised by Alexander Freed). Former members of the titular religious sect, Chirrut and Baze become increasingly concerned by the Empire's cruelty on their homeworld Jedha. When the rebel Saw Gerrera and his partisans arrive, they seem like natural allies but soon find that their goals are far from the same.
Of all the great characters introduced in 'Rogue One', these two were the ones I found most endearing. It is the curious mix of Baze's cynicism, Chirrut's sense of humour and the clear devotion to one another that makes them so compelling. Rucka tells the story here entirely from their points of view, allowing us to truly inhabit these characters and explore their feelings and motivations. I liked the difference in tone the author manages to achieve when switching between Baze and Chirrut and, in the case of the latter, I don't think I've ever really read a POV story about a blind character before. It makes for fascinating reading as Rucka has to convey situations and events without using visual markers.
I also enjoyed seeing a bit more of Saw and his partisans. Some of the background characters from the movie get a bit of fleshing out, but it is reading the meetings between the Guardians and the embittered Saw that I found particularly enjoyable. Perhaps the best character moment I've seen for Saw so far in Star Wars media comes when he and Baze simply have a drink and a chat together.
A far more engaging book than the comic-bookish cover and 'young adult' marketing would have you believe.
4 out of 5