Finn might have decided to rebel against the First Order when he found that he couldn’t bear to kill anyone in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but it seems like there’s a deeper reason as to why the former Stormtrooper decided to leave the First Order.
Lucasfilm just recently released the junior novelization of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and like the full adult novelization written by Rae Carson, the book adds and changes a few things to Star Wars lore.
One of the most recent additions is an explanation to why Stormtroopers like Finn rebel against the First Order despite the fact that they had been heavily trained to follow the commands of their superiors (via Screen Rant).
The book seems to hint at the use of the Dark Side in the brainwashing of stormtroopers.
"What was worrisome was if someone who lacked Rey's principles wielded such powers. Was that what had happened with the First Order? Had Finn's own mind, and the minds of all the children taken to be soldiers, been somehow warped and influenced by a dark power?" the book reads.
It might seem a bit unrealistic, but then again, using the Dark Side of the Force to condition young children into obeying the First Order seems like something that Palpatine would do. After all, Darth Sidious did experiment on children at one point in Star Wars lore.
The only reason why Finn and Jannah were able to break out of the mold was that they could sense the mind trick/ conditioning that had been played on them.
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