Yes, Rey is a Palpatine. Yes, Rey is a very powerful Force user. And yet, it comes as a surprise when she suddenly manifests Force lightning while she’s battling with Kylo Ren for control of the First Order transport on Pasaana – you know, the one in which she thinks Chewie’s being held prisoner.
Well, one of the great things that The Rise of Skywalker: Expanded Edition novelization does is take us inside Rey’s head during that confrontation. (Thanks again to Penguin Random House Audio for sharing a copy of the audiobook with me for review purposes.) What Rae Carson does with this scene will absolutely enhance your next viewing of the movie, and we’ll talk about why today. Punch it!