REY – MAY THE FORCE BE WITH HER
The Force has awakened in Rey. But for her powers to be put at the service of the Resistance, she needs guidance.
Abandoned by her parents as a child, Rey lived alone on the desert planet of Jakku, waiting—hoping—for her family’s eventual return. To survive in this harsh, unforgiving environment, she became a scavenger and a fighter, but each night she gazed up at the stars, longing for something more.
Rey’s life radically changed when she encountered Finn, a fugitive stormtrooper on the run from the First Order, and BB-8, an astromech droid belonging to Resistance fighter Poe Dameron. Forming an alliance, Rey, Finn, and BB-8 fled an attack by the nefarious First Order, blasting away from Jakku aboard a starship they stole from a junkyard: the Millennium Falcon.
Linking up with the ship’s rightful owners, Han Solo and Chewbacca—former heroes of the Rebel Alliance against the Empire who had returned to a
life of smuggling, they joined the Resistance against the First Order.
On the planet Takodana, Rey learned about the Force, a mystical, invisible energy that surrounds and penetrates all living things, binding the galaxy together. To her surprise, she discovered she had a strong connection to the Force, so strong that, on Starkiller Base —an entire planet converted into a superweapon by the First Order—she was able to hold her own against the powerful Kylo Ren in a lightsaber duel… and even best him.
Even so, Rey’s nascent abilities could easily lead her to the dark side of the Force. Realizing that she needed the wisdom of a Jedi Master to guide her along the right path, Rey sought out the legendary Luke Skywalker. She found him on an island on the remote world of Ahch-To—a place familiar to
her from visions she experienced whilst still on Jakku—but when she hands Luke his old lightsaber, the weapon built by his father Anakin Skywalker, alias Darth Vader, he rejects it. Moreover, when she asks him to help her and the Resistance, by rejoining their ranks and opposing the First Order, he refuses. As far as Luke is concerned, the Jedi must end.
As stubborn as she is tenacious, Rey doesn’t relent—the stakes are far too high for her to give in now. Finally, with a little assistance from Luke’s old astromech droid, R2-D2, she persuades the old master to teach her the ways of the Force. Initially, Luke merely wants her to understand his reasons and then leave, but Rey proves to be of a different order from anyone else he has ever trained. Her mysterious bond to the dark side and to Kylo Ren is something Skywalker has never seen before —a, powerful and dangerous connection. But it’s only through that bond that Rey will be able to understand who she really is.