Cobalt Squadron

Cobalt Squadron

Rose and Paige Tico are sisters, refugees from a planet devastated by the fearsome First Order. After their escape, Rose and Paige join General Leia Organa's Resistance to make sure that no other worlds will suffer the way theirs did. Paige is a top-notch gunner for the Resistance bomber group Cobalt Squadron, and Rose is a technician who helps make sure the ships run smoo...

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Title:Cobalt Squadron
Author:Elizabeth E. Wein
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Cobalt Squadron Reviews

  • Christy

    After TLJ, I was like, I really want a Tico sisters book. Well past Christy is smart...she had preordered this book and it showed up yesterday. So great. Finished it from the time I woke up this morning!

  • Jeramy Lord

    Clearly a book designed to give is background info on Rose, who I an quite fond of. They damn well better not make her a love interest of Finn. Because Finn and Poe belong together....anyway.

    Good background on Rose. An interesting story....still doesn't justify the existence of those ugly ass bombers.

    TL:DR Backstory on Rose. Fun story.

  • Shadowdenizen

    3.5 stars.

    I confess: I loved the Last Jedi, but don't hold it against me. (That's a discussion for another time!)

    That said, I love teading more about Paige and Rose (who I found to be an endearing character in the film). But was this the greatest SW novel ever written? Not by a stretch: personally, I would have liked to see what Claudia Gray could have done with these characters!

  • Amy Sturgis

    is a short YA novel that describes a mission undertaken by these Resistance fighters (think of the Berlin Airlift) that ends up coinciding with the First Order's attack on the Hosnian System. The story ends with the squadron following Vice Admiral Holdo as she goes to assist the evacuation of the Resistance base at D'Qar, thus blending seamlessly into the first scenes of

    .

    Though this is a brief work, readers get a clearer sense of the relationship between Rose and Pa

    is a short YA novel that describes a mission undertaken by these Resistance fighters (think of the Berlin Airlift) that ends up coinciding with the First Order's attack on the Hosnian System. The story ends with the squadron following Vice Admiral Holdo as she goes to assist the evacuation of the Resistance base at D'Qar, thus blending seamlessly into the first scenes of

    .

    Though this is a brief work, readers get a clearer sense of the relationship between Rose and Paige Tico, their backstory, their lives together in the Resistance, and how they came to be separated (for the first time!), flying on two different ships, in

    . It also gives another window into the state of the galaxy at the time of the new trilogy. The ending is suitably wrenching.

  • Lucille

    Awww my heart 💔 it was really nice reading about Paige and Rose, understand their background and relationship, what led them to be where they were on The Last Jedi.

    A really nice short novel

  • Neil R. Coulter

    Elizabeth Wein had an uphill battle for me with

    , because I really don't care much about the central character, Rose. (And I don't mean any criticism of Kelly Marie Tran; she did her best with very weak material in

    .) But I was still curious to see if some backstory could help me appreciate Rose a little more. As it turns out, it didn't help much, and I found the story a little bland. But the end of the book has an interesting connection to

    , and it a

    Elizabeth Wein had an uphill battle for me with

    , because I really don't care much about the central character, Rose. (And I don't mean any criticism of Kelly Marie Tran; she did her best with very weak material in

    .) But I was still curious to see if some backstory could help me appreciate Rose a little more. As it turns out, it didn't help much, and I found the story a little bland. But the end of the book has an interesting connection to

    , and it also explains why Rose isn't in the bomber with Paige in

    , so that is a helpful contribution.

    Reading

    right after Daniel Jose Older's

    made me like

    more than I would have otherwise. What the pairing of these two novels showed me is that Star Wars ages down to a younger audience much better than it ages up to an adults-only audience. Star Wars is relatively simple and straightforward, and so to make it even simpler, totally accessible to a 10-or-under reader, works just fine. Though

    is very,

    simple, it still feels like Star Wars to me.

    , on the other hand, adds coarse language, a contemporary sarcastic attitude, and other supposed complexities not generally found in other iterations of Star Wars, and the end result isn't at all recognizable to me as Star Wars.

    I've sometimes wished that a writer or filmmaker could bring a little more complexity to the politics of the Star Wars galaxy, but I now think that I don't really want to sacrifice the fundamental simplicity of the mythology if that little bit of gain also brings with it a lot of the ugliness that marred

    .

    Minor criticism: Someone at Lucasfilm/Disney always needs to check how authors write about orientation in space flight. It doesn't seem like up/down/sideways ought to be meaningful in space. In

    , for example, we read that "Finch jinked, throwing the heavy bomber practically on its side. When it was upright again . . . " (30-31). How can a ship in space be "on its side" or "upright"?

    "I've got a bad feeling about this" alert: p. 171.

  • Khurram

    A very disappointing book. Personally I think there was a huge waste of potential. The story’s main characters are Rose and Paige Tico. There are cameos from general Leia and Vice Admiral Holdo, and there side characters of Hammer (heavy bomber/Star fortress).

    There is not much good I can actually say about this book. This book The pacing of the book is very slow and there is very little action, apart from a couple of tense moments not much going on. Personally I did not really like the Star Fort

    A very disappointing book. Personally I think there was a huge waste of potential. The story’s main characters are Rose and Paige Tico. There are cameos from general Leia and Vice Admiral Holdo, and there side characters of Hammer (heavy bomber/Star fortress).

    There is not much good I can actually say about this book. This book The pacing of the book is very slow and there is very little action, apart from a couple of tense moments not much going on. Personally I did not really like the Star Fortress ships they seemed to be big giant targets.

    The main character is Rose, this again I think this is a mistake, as I learned almost nothing new about her that was not on the movie. The rest of the crew we are likely never to hear about or from again including her sister Paige who died on duty taking out a Dreadnaught in the first battle in the movie, has an even smaller part in this book. I think this book should have been about the other characters or they should have added something to Rose I did not see in the movie. The only small spark of hope in this book is a comment Leia made to/about Rose early in the book.

    This book did not bring anything new that was not in the movie. The book is supposed to be for younger readers but I can’t see anyone but the most determined Star Wars fans getting to the end of it. The story is as slow and ploddingly along as the Star Fortresses. Not a good read.

  • Trin

    I love the Tico sisters, but I am unfortunately reminded that I find Elizabeth Wein to be an incredibly boring writer.

  • Lauren James

    sucks that SOMEONE had already used the title 'rose under fire', smh

  • Jessica {Litnoob}

    Dnf at 55% I just couldn’t force myself to care which makes me sad because I really wanted to like it, I wanted to know more about Rose.

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