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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Lauded Star Wars author James Luceno returns to pen an intense tale of ambition and betrayal that sets the stage for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
November 15
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

greystonegirl16 ,

Required Reading for Rogue One

Super mild spoilers.

This book should be required reading before seeing Rogue One. The story brings so much depth to the characters we will see in the film, especially Galen Erso and Orson Krennic. The novel also went a lot deeper into kyber crystals than we've seen in the new canon (which was nice timing after the Ahsoka novel - I feel like we've gotten a lot on kybers recently). The book left me wanting more about Jyn's character, but perhaps that's the best way for it to end since it is a prequel to Rogue One!

The good cpt ,

Enjoyed thoroughly

Great prequel to Rogue One it enriches the understanding of one of the best movies in the genre

mchan1 ,


Barely made it through Chapter 3 and I had to close the book.
The book provides the background which leads up the events of the movie, Rogue One.
Unfortunately, it's slow as heck and the narrator shows NO signs of excitement in Reading the book.
Forget about adding different tones for each characters either.

Not a fan of James Luceno if this is the author's writing style as he should literally just QUIT the Star Wars universe.

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