Book Review: Cobalt Squadron by Elizabeth Wein

Author: Elizabeth Wein
Title: Cobalt Squadron
Narrator: Kelly Marie Tran
Publication Info: Listening Library (2017)

Other Books Read by the Same Author:

  • Code Name Verity
  • Rose Under Fire


When browsing downloadable audiobooks on my library’s ebook app I immediately hit borrow when I saw that Elizabeth Wein wrote a Star Wars novel! As an added bonus, the audiobook is narrated by Kelly Marie Tran who portrayed Rose Tico in The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker. Wein’s expertise at writing stories of women pilots and the relationships among them is perfectly suited for the story of sisters Rose and Paige Tico.  The story is about their involvement in a covert Resistance effort to provide supplies to a planet under the thumb of the First Order.  But overall it’s a character story about Rose learning to emerge from her sister’s shadow and assert her own skills.  It makes me wish all the more that we got to see more of Paige in the movies than the one scene in The Last Jedi and that Rose wasn’t done dirty in The Rise of Skywalker by having her screentime cut to appease MRA manbabies who whined about a woman of color having a prominent role.

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Rating: ***1/2