The Rise of Skywalker Novelisation by Rae Carson
Our heroes must locate a wayfinder in order to reach Exegol, where a malevolent puppet master has been pulling the galaxy's strings for decades. But their search will only be worth it if the Resistance can pull together enough allies to take out the First Order once and for all.
I enjoyed this book a lot more than I did the movie. The first thing I noticed was that the frantic, chaotic opening was replaced by something that made more sense. And then I continued to notice how small explanations and details really added to the story. The writing itself was really quite good. But there's only so much Rae Carson can do - she can't rewrite a movie (I don't hate it, but I am still frustrated about many things). That said, her novelisation of The Rise of Skywalker is my preferred version.
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Alyce Caswell, when she isn't buried in a book or drinking her way through a giant pot of tea, is a keen writer of science fiction and romance. She has published two novels and four novellas in her space opera family saga, The Galactic Pantheon Series.