By: Dominic Jones
May saw the release of two new tie-in books to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the young readers book Star Wars: Guardians of the Whills by Greg Rucka and the young adult novel Star Wars: Rebel Rising by Beth Revis. StarWars.com spoke with Revis recently about her novel, which tells the story of Jyn Erso between the Rogue One prologue, where she is separated from her parents, and the rest of the movie.
Revis discussed how she approached writing Jyn's relationships in the book, saying,
“Part of it is learning how to trust again because we see in the beginning that there’s a pretty big betrayal as a child that she sees and witnesses with her father, and then she’s with Saw and, obviously if you’ve seen the movie, you know that that relationship turns sour. So her learning who to trust is a huge part of who she is as a person and you can see echoes of that in how she interacts with people in Rogue One. That’s really the basis of her relationships and how she became who she is.”
She also spoke about writing the scenes with Jyn in the prison we see her in at the star of Rogue One, telling StarWars.com,
“I do like the way I was able to explore the prison life, as well. The story is told with interstitials of her in prison for the months that she was there. To me, her being in prison was the last moment before she lost all hope. It makes for a very good starting point in the movie, because obviously in Rogue One she has lost hope. So I had to utterly break this character. [Laughs] It’s not a happy story all the time. There are moments of happiness, though. But having her in prison and exploring what a prison in the Empire could be like, and that labor camp that she had to go through, is brutal.”
The book is available now in the US and Canada, and will hit shelves in the UK on June 1st. You can read the entire interview with Revis over at StarWars.com
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