WE HOPED FOR IT! WE PRAYED FOR IT!
And here it is.
On this glorious May the 4th, Lucasfilm has officially announced the Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Publishing Line in an exclusive article on StarWars.com.
Here are some highlights!
Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Resistance Reborn by Rebecca Roanhorse
“In this Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker novel, Poe Dameron, General Leia Organa, Rey, and Finn must struggle to rebuild the Resistance after their defeat at the hands of the First Order in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
This adult novel will mark the first time that the Star Wars Canon has gone past the events of The Last Jedi (aside from a small frame story in the Poe Dameron comic), and oh MAN are we excited! The end of Episode VIII surely put the Resistance in a horribly precarious situation with the amount of living members being able to fit into the Millennium Falcon, so this novel announcement raises some key questions.
- Will we see the recruitment of Lando in this novel?
- How will our main cast react to the tragic losses in the skies above Crait now that they have a moment to grieve?
- How will this novel handle the legacy of Leia now that she has lost her husband, her brother, and spiritually, her son?
Roanhorse will be bringing her Hugo and Nebula award winning talents to this story, and we can’t wait for it’s official release on 11/12/19
Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Force Collector by Kevin Shinick
“ In this Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker young adult novel set just before The Force Awakens, a restless teenager sets out to discover what connection his mysterious Force powers have to the fabled Jedi and what the Force has in store for him.”
At Youtini, we are HUGE fans of the Young Adult novels that make up the Star Wars Canon, so this coming of age addition sounds right up our alley. Just like Resistance Reborn, this tiny peek already begs some important questions!
- Will this mysterious protagonist find himself on the run from the Empire?
- Will he encounter any of Luke's students on the way - particularly the Knights of Ren?!
- Will this collector possibly make his way to a being looking for a lightsaber, specificially Maz Kanata?
You’ll hear us screaming with excitement all the way up until Shinick’s tale is released on 11/19/19.
Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Allegiance by Ethan Sacks & Luke Ross
“On the run since the destruction of the Starkiller Base, General Leia and the remaining handful of Resistance have barely managed to survive, much less strike back against the superior forces of the First Order. Running low on options, Leia decides to reach out to her former allies, the Mon Calamari, whose shipyards once powered the Rebel Alliance.”
On the comics side of things, we have a new mini-series from Ethan Sacks and Luke Ross that will give us even more content guaranteed to be post-Episode VIII. If you’ve been following the main Star Wars comic, you know how important the Mon Calamari have been in the history of the Rebellion, and I’d be surprised if we don’t get to witness the return of some of our EU favorites when this weekly series hits comic store shelves starting on 10/9/19.
Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Spark of the Resistance by Justina Ireland
“When a distress plea goes up from the isolated planet Minfar, Resistance heroes Rey, Poe, and Rose hear the call! Together they will face down a First Order battalion, terrifying flying creatures, and a weapon that could change the course of the war!”
Rey. Poe. Rose. TOGETHER! An adventure with three of our favorite characters who have never actually worked on the same mission?! Count us in without any remote hesitation. Phil Noto has been illustrating these middle grade novels since The Force Awakens, and they have been wonderful, fun adventures to give some brilliant individual moments to our protagonists. We’ll get to see this new team in action on 10/4/19.
For the FULL lineup of Star Wars: Journey to The Rise of Skywalker titles, head over to StarWars.com, and for your all your future EU wants and desires (including pre-order links once they’re available), keep it tuned to Youtini!
The Fourth IS With Us!