Alphabet Squadron (Star Wars)
The first novel in a new trilogy starring veteran New Republic pilots!
On the brink of victory in a brutal war, five New Republic pilots transform from hunted to hunters in this epic Star Wars adventure. Set after Return of the Jedi, Alphabet Squadron follows a unique team, each flying a different class of starfighter as they struggle to end their war once and for all.
The Emperor is dead. His final weapon has been destroyed. The Imperial Army is in disarray. In the aftermath, Yrica Quell is just one of thousands of defectors from her former cause living in a deserters’ shantytown—until she is selected to join Alphabet Squadron.
Cobbled together from an eclectic assortment of pilots and starfighters, the five members of Alphabet are tasked by New Republic general Hera Syndulla herself. Like Yrica, each is a talented pilot struggling to find their place in a changing galaxy. Their mission: to track down and destroy the mysterious Shadow Wing, a lethal force of TIE fighters exacting bloody, reckless vengeance in the twilight of their reign.
The newly formed unit embodies the heart and soul of the Rebellion: ragtag, resourceful, scrappy, and emboldened by their most audacious victory in decades. But going from underdog rebels to celebrated heroes isn’t as easy as it seems, and their inner demons threaten them as much as their enemies among the stars. The wayward warriors of Alphabet Squadron will have to learn to fly together if they want to protect the new era of peace they’ve fought so hard to achieve.
Part of a Marvel and Del Rey crossover event, Alphabet Squadron is the counterpart to Marvel’s TIE Fighter miniseries, which follows the exploits of Shadow Wing as they scheme to thwart the New Republic.
It seems awesome!
I say "it seems" because I heard of it on the Star Wars app; Star Wars book club.
Cool New Characters
This was my first Star Wars novel, and I was impressed! I found the main character, Quell, intriguing as an Imperial defector flying for the New Republic, and Freed does an excellent job of character exposition both for Quell and the rest of her squadron.
It was also interesting to see some lesser-known worlds, and the impact of the war on average citizens. The book does a very good job of capturing the feel of the movies with ink and paper; I could hear Star Wars music playing in my head during some passages.
I now know that you don’t have to be a Star Wars super fan to enjoy one of the books. I look forward to the second installment in the Alphabet Squadron trilogy!