Star Wars Guardians of the Whills (Star Wars: Rogue One) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-09 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings

" Rucka seems to have this slightly annoying tendency to use the word "friend" when the one he was probably looking for was "husband", but other than that I have no complaints ;) " said.

" Another short and interesting read for some background on two of the Rogue One characters. I'd like to read a fuller novel about the Temple of Kyber and the Guardians and such but this will do for now. Just like A Perfect Weapon I wouldn't say it's necessary but it was fun. " said.

" Greg Rucka infuses Chirrut Imwe and Baze Malbus with wonderfully understated personalities that make it seem like we've known these characters for a lot longer than just one movie. Definitely a must read for fans of Rogue One. " said.

" This book was a gorgeous example of all the reasons why I love Chirrut and Baze. The characters that we met in the movie were brilliantly displayed in this work and felt consistent through and through. The story was very exciting and wonderfully written. All in all this book was everything that I wanted and more. " said.


[Baze:] "Most believed they had come because of the temples. We thought, they have come to crush belief, because belief leads to hope, and hope can topple monsters. They will stay long enough to crush hope, but they do not understand that hope can be a very small thing. It doesn't need much to survive. An occasional breath of air. A flicker of warmth. Hope can live in a vacuum."

"You sound like your friend."

"Only when he is not around." Baze grinned.


This book gave me everything I wanted wrt fleshing out Chirrut and Baze, and their dynamic and history and relationship with each other. The Rogue One novelisation (which ftr is one of the best novelisations I have ever read) understandably didn't get to spend too much time with them, but this one dives deep even despite its short length. As a "Junior Novel", this is marketed as middle-grade -- but the language & sentence structure is sophisticated enough that I shelved it as young adult instead.

Each short chapter is bridged with touching, spiritual sayings & aphorisms from the records of the Guardians of the Whills, which fits so perfectly with Chirrut's quiet faith, and the general importance of belief (or lack thereof) for these two. Chirrut is wry and clever and thoughtful, and I loved seeing how his chapters were written, lacking visual description due to his blindness but piecing together details from sound, vibration, and a faint hint of the Force. Baze is bitter and damaged, but Chirrut always, without fail, knows how to make him laugh. They make for a wonderful, odd couple dynamic -- the muscle and the priest -- and this book puts them through their paces in Jedha, crossing paths with Saw Gerrera, and watching the extremists vs. Empire conflict escalate and get worse and worse as they attempt to save an orphanage.

Basically, it gave me a lot of feelings. 4.5 stars; rounded up because although it isn't as good as the Rogue One book, this is still exactly the sort of thing I want to read, and I just want more more more like this. God bless u, Greg Rucka.

(Also: They're not outright written as being in a romantic relationship, but for all intents and purposes, they're about as close as one could be and it doesn't refute #spacemarrieds at all. They know each other with a deep and wordless understanding, and their relationship & importance to each other is front-and-center in the novel.)

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"This is presented as a junior novelization but reads more like a short story. It was enjoyable and well written. the banter between Baze and Chirrut helped expand on the characters from Rogue one. Rucka has shown again how adept he is at writing characters from the Star Wars universe in a way that has you "hearing" the dialogue as if said by the actual actors. If you're looking for any revelations regarding the Whills or in depth origin story this is not the book for you. If you loved Baze and Chirrut though, this will be a perfect read. " said.

"Star Wars: Guardians of the Whills was a relatively fast read but that isn't what I liked most about it. What I liked most was the fact that it delved more deeply into who both Chirrut Imwe and Baze Malbus are as well as the deep-seeded friendship between the two (former...for there no longer is a Temple of the Kyber over which to keep watch) Guardians. With a more sweeping ensemble cast in "Rogue One", Star Wars fans didn't get too much of a chance to see who each of the RO crewmembers were. (Besides, there's a lot going on in the galaxy at the time.) In any case, it was fun to learn about my two favorite "Rogue One" characters. I can't say readers learn everything about Chirrut and Baze but that really isn't necessary. With luck, we'll learn more in upcoming books/graphic novels.
Please be advised that, although this novel is geared toward a Middle School reading audience, adult readers will enjoy it, too.
Happy Reading!
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"Greg Rucka has done an impressive job with this book, he makes the characters feel as though we've know them far longer than their appearance in Rogue One and although I already loved their characters in the film I grew to love them even more. The writing was true to their depictions in Rogue One and the quality overall really surprised me considering that this is for a younger audience. Greg doesn't talk down to the reader and actually depicts war and the suffering of innocents in an affecting way that is understated and effective. The story doesn't add to much to the Star Wars expanded universe but it is touching and certainly enjoyable." said.

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