After reading Inferno Squad, I will never view Star Wars the same again. Christie Golden is an amazing author, and this book really shows that. I’m just going to warn you right now that this review will contain MAJOR spoilers for this book, so if you have read it or don’t care to be spoiled, continue on.
Still with me? Alright! Anyway, Inferno Squad tells the story of a team of four Imperials collectively known as Inferno Squad. The leader, Iden Versio, is the focus of the story. She is the daughter of the famous Admiral Garrick Versio, and she strives to make him proud. When Inferno Squad gets sent to on an undercover mission to get information about a group called the Dreamers, things get interesting. The Dreamers are what’s left of Saw Gerrera’s partisans, and they are getting desperate to take down the Empire. Del Meeko and Gideon Hask, two members of Inferno Squad, must act as brothers and get smuggled into the Dreamer’s team. Seyn Marana, another Inferno Squad member, must pretend to be a slave to join in. But Iden Versio is given the hardest task of all; she must make the galaxy think that she’s defecting from her beloved Empire. The leader of the Dreamer’s, Staven, never once trusts Iden when she comes into the group, and that makes things difficult. What’s even worse, Inferno Squad forms friendships with some of the people on their enemy’s side.
The first two people that I want to talk about is Seyn an Sadori, a Kage warrior on the Dreamer’s team. Even though Seyn tries not to, she eventually falls in love with the boy. There was many subplots in the book, but this one was one of the saddest ones. Once again, I’m just going to warn you about spoilers, because I’m about to talk about a big one here……
Anyway, one thing about the Dreamer’s is that if a mission goes wrong, they always have a backup plan. You see, a Dreamer never leaves base without a few bombs strapped to them, so if something doesn’t go the way they want it to, they blow up whatever it is they want gone, but that means sacrificing themselves in the process. One part in particular is the death of Sadori. Now, I already was pretty upset about the mission itself that they were going on. Staven wanted to make a statement to the Empire by killing 400 Imperial school children that were going on a field trip, so obviously I had a problem with that. Inferno Squad wasn’t happy with it either, in fact, some of the Dreamers didn’t much care for the plan. But they had to go through with it. Seyn and Sadori, as the youngest of both teams, had to pretend to be school children to get into the building a set up bombs. Seyn was really stressed about the mission, and ended up hijacking the bomb to go off a little too late. This made Sadori run back into the Imperial factory to blow it up himself. Unfortunately, while the school children were able to escape, Sadori didn’t make it. Of course, later on, Sadori’s parents and the rest of the Dreamers found out that Sadori had died because of what Seyn had done, it didn’t end well for her, if you know what I mean…
Next, I obviously want to address The Mentor and Iden. So, The Mentor became fast friends with Iden. When he started to train Iden in the ways of public speaking, she began to suspect that he used to be someone really important; and she was right. Again, another spoiler warning since what I’m about to say is the biggest spoiler in the book!
If your still with me, throughout the book, they gave the tiniest little hints of who he could have been, but I never saw them. I just want to say real quick, that I am very bad with spoilers. When The Force Awakens came out, I had to lock up my phone so I wouldn’t look up stuff about it. I’m really that bad. It’s even worse with Star Wars Rebels. I will usually know what happens before watching the cartoon. Like, Fulcrum, for example. I already knew that Fulcrum was Ahsoka before I even watched the episode that revealed her. Though, I am getting better, since I had managed to let this spoiler slip by me. It turn out that The Mentor is, in fact, Lux Bonteri himself. I literally lost it when I read this! Hopefully you watched the Clone Wars TV series, because if you didn’t, you wouldn’t have a clue of who he was. Lux was the son of two Separatist senators. After his parents died, he turned to the Republic. He fell in love with Ahsoka Tano, joined Saw Gerrera in his fight to free Onderon, watched Saw’s sister, Steela, die, and eventually came to the Dreamers. He reveals to Iden that he had gotten married, had a goddaughter (who had died) and a stepdaughter, a bunch of stuff that creates a ton of questions. In the end, they made it seem like Iden had shot Lux, but guess what? She had only stunned him, causing another question; where is he now?
To sum it up, I’m just going to say that there were only a few character who made it to the end of the book. Now, I have something I want to say. Now that I’ve read Inferno Squad, it made me realize something. There is a thin line that divides the Empire and the Rebellion; humanity. It is a very thin line. It makes me wonder if the rebels really are the good guys. Yes, the Empire does terrible things. Blowing up planets, wiping out entire species for no good reason at all. But that doesn’t mean that the Rebellion has any right to do what they’re doing. There are a lot of times that they just stoop down to the Empire’s level. The Rebellion has been fighting the Empire for a long time, and it has made them desperate. Don’t get me wrong, though, I would rather the Rebellion win! But they must balance between Mon Mothma’s ways and Saw’s ways, and that will not be an easy thing to do.
Inferno Squad is the prequal to the game Battlefront II, which will release on November 17. The game will continue the story of Iden, Del, and Gideon. You can watch the trailer for the single player campaign below. What did you think about Inferno Squad? Let me know in the comments!
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