"During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire's ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR..."
A Brave New Universe
ith the Disney acquisition of Star Wars, a new era of Star Wars began. Suddenly, a story that appeared to have been told in its cinematic entirety was once more open to creators, and the story began to broaden.
First, we were introduced to a hotshot pilot, a reformed trooper, and a scavenger as they fought a burgeoning new evil in the galaxy alongside some of our most treasured heroes, but then...something very different arrived onscreen.
A tale plucked from a single stanza in the opening crawl of A New Hope, Rogue One represented a first in Star Wars storytelling as it deviated from the pre-established structure of the saga. There was no crawl. There was no number. There was simply a cast of characters on a mission to save the universe, and the second the screen was filled with the likes of Jyn, Cassian, K2, Chirrut, Baze, and Bodhi, we knew we were in good hands yet again.
The film succeeded in telling its own story while simultaneously enriching the overall Star Wars narrative, and surrounding its success was a host of novels and comics that let us spend more time with characters that were so painfully ripped away before their time.
Check out the following collection for more adventures surrounding the mission to Scarif.
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Books in this Collection
Guardians of the Whills
When Rogue One soared into theaters, fans were introduced to the newest in a line of tremendous Star Wars duos: Baze Malbus and Chirrut Îmwe. From the moment they stepped onscreen, we could tell that the pair would do anything for each other, but all we knew of their past history was a single title: Guardians of the Whills.
This novel gives us a little more of the backstory surrounding Chirrut and Baze as they are faced with the dark consequences that may be necessary in the ultimate fight against the evil of the Empire. Featuring Saw Gerrera and a number of new faces, this Young Adult feature brings us right back into the fold with two of our favorite heroes.
Baze Malbus and Chirrut Îmwe used to be Guardians of the Whills, who looked after the Kyber Temple on Jedha and all those who worshipped there. Then the Empire came and took over the moon. The temple was sealed and the people scattered. Now Baze and Chirrut do what they can to resist the Empire and protect the people of the Holy City, but it never seems to be enough. When a man named Saw Gerrera arrives with grand plans to take down the Empire, it seems like the perfect way for Baze and Chirrut to make a real difference and help the people of Jedha. But will it come at too great a cost?
Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel
When Director Krennic arrives on Lah'mu to bring Galen Erso back into the arms of the Empire, he greets him as an old friend. While his nefarious motivations are clear to any viewer, we can't help but wonder...did this friendship truly exist?
Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel answers this question by introducing us to the two men as they both attempt to climb the professional ladder in their respective fields. Galen's obsession with kyber crystals proves to be an irresistible draw to Krennic as well as a distinct hindrance to the family life that Galen and Lyra are trying to create.
If you ever wondered how the most brilliant scientist in the galaxy could walk away from his life's dream in order to hide on a farm at the edges of the universe, this is exactly the place to start.
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 the Republic’s 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.
Plucked directly from the opening credits of A New Hope, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story brought us exactly the type of adventure that fans had been longing for. The dark yet hopeful tone of the film is mirrored beautifully in the words of Alexander Freed in this novelization as he weaves the tale of Jyn and her compatriots.
As opposed to some other film adaptations, Freed uses this opportunity to create a novel that can truly stand on its own regardless of the reader's previous history with the film. And if you loved Rogue One as much as we did, you'll be awed by his masterful characterizations of the beloved team as they're plunged into the most harrowing moments of their lives.
As the shadows of the Empire loom ever larger across the galaxy, so do deeply troubling rumors. The Rebellion has learned of a sinister Imperial plot to bring entire worlds to their knees. Deep in Empire-dominated space, a machine of unimaginable destructive power is nearing completion. A weapon too terrifying to contemplate . . . and a threat that may be too great to overcome.
If the worlds at the Empire’s mercy stand any chance, it lies with an unlikely band of allies: Jyn Erso, a resourceful young woman seeking vengeance; Cassian Andor, a war-weary rebel commander; Bodhi Rook, a defector from the Empire’s military; Chirrut Îmwe, a blind holy man and his crack-shot companion, Baze Malbus; and K-2SO, a deadly Imperial droid turned against its former masters. In their hands rests the new hope that could turn the tide toward a crucial Rebellion victory—if only they can capture the plans to the Empire’s new weapon.
But even as they race toward their dangerous goal, the specter of their ultimate enemy—a monstrous world unto itself—darkens the skies. Waiting to herald the Empire’s brutal reign with a burst of annihilation worthy of its dreaded name: Death Star.