Saturday, May 13, 2017

Book Review: 'Guardians Of The Whills' by Greg Rucka

A really enjoyable read.

'Guardians Of The Whills' is set on Jedha, in the Holy City, not long after the Imperial occupation before the events of 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'. Despite the title, the story focuses on Chirrut Îmwe and Baze Malbus from the film, rather than delving into the religious order of the Force (although we do get quotes from collected poems, prayers and meditations on the Force between chapters).

Thankfully though, it's not another origin story, but more about the struggles of life under the occupation of Empire in a once thriving city.

I enjoyed the relationship between Chirrut and Baze, their connection to each other - coming across like brothers - and their duty to do good. In this case, being the guardians for a makeshift orphanage.

Due to the increased insurgency of Saw Gerrera's militia forces against the Empire, whom we also meet, albeit briefly, life becomes harder and a plan is hatched to save the orphan population.

Despite being classed as a YA title, don't let that put you off. It's definitely a worthy addition to the new Star Wars canon and it's great to learn more about Chirrut and Baze and and a bit more about a new location in the Star Wars universe that we didn't know too much about previously.

****/5