By: James Luceno
Published: November 15, 2016 By Del Rey Books
Length: 336 pages
Series: Stand Alone Star Wars Novel
My: Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2
Galen Erso is a scientist doing research on the planet Vallt along with his pregnant wife Lyra during the Clone Wars. He is studying Kyber Crystals the source of power for a Jedi’s Lightsaber. He believes the crystals can be used to supply renewable energy for the galaxy, when The Sepratist gain control of the planet. Refusing to work for The Sepratist, Galen is imprisoned. Orson Krennic is a very ambitious Imperial trying to get in good with The Emperor . He knows that the only one who can possibly build a super weapon for the Emperor’s new battle station “The Death Star” is Galen. He is able to rescue Galen from The sepratist, but knowing that Galen would never willingly allow his research to be weaponized he begins to manipulate and trick Galen into believing that all the work he is doing is towards his goal of renewable energy. Krennic needs to keep fooling Galen and his wife but at the same time get the results he needs, all the while keeping one step ahead of Tarkin who is ready and willing to take over his project at a moments notice.
A must read for any Star Wars fan waiting to see Rogue One. While it is not neccesary to read to enjoy the movie it does give a lot of more insight into why things are, and how they come to be. The novel opens up right after Attack of the Clones, and ends I’m guessing about 15 years before Rogue One. I did at times find the story to be lacking in action there is a lot of political intrige. You see how The Empire went from being The Republic to being The Empire.A young Jen Erso is also in the novel I’m guessing she is around six years old at the end of the novel. Saw Gerrera also makes an appearance. Overall I feel that this book expands on Rogue One and having read it I will be a step ahead when I see the movie. The best way for me to describe it is like when you really enjoy a movie and have seen it a bunch of times and then a new version comes out with a lot of deleted scenes. While not having seen those scenes doesn’t take away anything from the movie in does give you some more insight on things. Which is what Star Wars fans live for, any extra information of this galaxy far far away.
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