There hasn’t been a better time to be a Star Wars fan than right now. With the sequel trilogy continuing on with Episode VIII next Christmas, and of course Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opening this Holiday season, the fact that we are now getting this many Star Wars films each year feels like a dream.
Of course, you cannot have Star Wars without all the extra tie-in merchandise that comes with it. With Rogue One on the horizon, more toys are going to be hitting the store shelves, but what other hardcore fans are really excited about are the new books that expand George Lucas’ universe.
The upcoming book Catalyst written by James Luceno (Star Wars: Tarkin) is a prequel novel to Rogue One. Del Rey has revealed the synopsis to the upcoming novel, and it seems to confirm the identity of Mads Mikkelsen’s character, Galen Erso. Not only that, it explores where we see Galen before the events of Rogue One. You can check out the synopsis down below, but just a fair warning, this may contain mild spoilers for the book as well as Rogue One.
War is tearing the galaxy apart. For years the Republic and the Separatists have battled across the stars, each building more and more deadly technology in an attempt to win the war. As a member of Chancellor Palpatine’s top secret Death Star project, Orson Krennic is determined to develop a superweapon before their enemies can. And an old friend of Krennic’s, the brilliant scientist Galen Erso, could be the key.
Galen’s energy-focused research has captured the attention of both Krennic and his foes, making the scientist a crucial pawn in the galactic conflict. But after Krennic rescues Galen, his wife, Lyra, and their young daughter, Jyn, from Separatist kidnappers, the Erso family is deeply in Krennic’s debt. Krennic then offers Galen an extraordinary opportunity: to continue his scientific studies with every resource put utterly at his disposal. While Galen and Lyra believe that his energy research will be used purely in altruistic ways, Krennic has other plans that will finally make the Death Star a reality. Trapped in their benefactor’s tightening grasp, the Ersos must untangle Krennic’s web of deception to save themselves and the galaxy itself.
This sounds like a compelling story worthy of a day one purchase. The new, official canon novels of the Star Wars universe have a variety of entertaining stories with both old and new characters from a galaxy far, far away. I cannot wait to also listen to the audiobook, which I assume will have great production value to it as well.
Catalyst will hit store shelves on November 15. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will hit theaters on December 16.
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