The book is set mostly between Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back, and then crosses the events of Empire and continues onward for a span of time. The Rebellion, which pressed its advantage in the wake of the destruction of Death Star I, is now retreating back from the Mid Rim because it’s been overextended. And then the Empire shows up and wipes out Hoth, making matters worse.
Meanwhile, our Twilight Company heroes are falling back, and coming under attack due to the Imperials hunting down Twilight Company’s captive, Governor Everi Chalis. And when Hoth blows, Twilight Company is left alone in the galaxy, with no connection to the Rebellion. Which means they have to decide whether to give up or continue to fight on, under the direction of a captive Imperial who may or may not be telling them the truth about what she knows about the Imperial war machine…
That certainly makes for a compelling situation, and I’d love to have known more about Twilight’s connection to the Rebellion in the first place, aside from knowing it as the vanguard of the Rebellion’s push to the Mid Rim and the rearguard for its retreat. But I think much of the point of the novel is to set you in the trenches, not in the command centers, and therefore you get the same limited knowledge as the troops you follow in the novel. Which is thus all right with me.
What do you think of that perspective for this story? Have your say in the comments!
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