Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens tie-in books revealed
Back in March, it was revealed that at least 20 “Star Wars” books, ranging from adult and teen-centric novels to storybooks and stickerbooks for young kids, will be published later this year in order to connect Return of the Jedi and this December’s The Force Awakens. Now, Lucasfilm has released the first details on some of these titles, including cover art and plot descriptions. Check them out below.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set to open December 18. It stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Anderson, Christina Chong and Miltos Yerolemou,
Star Wars: Aftermath (Del Rey), written by Chuck Wendig
As the Empire reels from its critical defeats at the Battle of Endor, the Rebel Alliance — now a fledgling New Republic — presses its advantage by hunting down the enemy’s scattered forces before they can regroup and retaliate. But above the remote planet Akiva, an ominous show of the enemy’s strength is unfolding. Out on a lone reconnaissance mission, pilot Wedge Antilles watches Imperial Star Destroyers gather like birds of prey circling for a kill, but is taken captive before he can report back to the New Republic leaders.
Meanwhile, on the planet’s surface, former Rebel fighter Norra Wexley has returned to her native world — war weary, ready to reunite with her estranged son, and eager to build a new life in some distant place. But when Norra intercepts Wedge Antilles’s urgent distress call, she realizes her time as a freedom fighter is not yet over. What she doesn’t know is just how close the enemy is—or how decisive and dangerous her new mission will be.
Determined to preserve the Empire’s power, the surviving Imperial elite are converging on Akiva for a top-secret emergency summit — to consolidate their forces and rally for a counterstrike. But they haven’t reckoned on the Norra and her newfound allies — her technical genius son, a Zabrak bounty hunter, and a reprobate Imperial defector — who are prepared to do whatever they must to end the Empire’s oppressive reign once and for all.
Star Wars: Lost Stars (Disney-Lucasfilm Press), Young Adult novel written by Claudia Gray
The reign of the Galactic Empire has reached the Outer Rim planet of Jelucan, where aristocratic Thane Kyrell and rural villager Ciena Ree bond over their love of flying. Enrolling at the Imperial Academy together to become fighter pilots for the glorious Empire is nothing less than a dream come true for the both of them. But Thane sours on the dream when he sees firsthand the horrific tactics the Empire uses to maintain its ironclad rule.
Bitter and disillusioned, Thane joins the fledgling Rebellion — putting Ciena in an unbearable position to choose between her loyalty to the Empire and her love for the man she’s known since childhood.
Now on opposite sides of the war, will these friends turned foes find a way to be together, or will duty tear them — and the galaxy — apart?
Star Wars: The Weapon of a Jedi — A Luke Skywalker Adventure (Disney-Lucasfilm Press), written by Jason Fry
Luke Skywalker returns in an all-new adventure! In this story, set between Star Wars: A New Hope and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Luke finds himself drawn to a mysterious planet, where he must use the Force to save a young girl — and survive in a dangerous duel against a strange new villain.
Star Wars: Moving Target — A Princess Leia Adventure (Disney-Lucasfilm Press), written by Cecil Castellucci and Jason Fry
Princess Leia returns in an all-new adventure! In this story, set between Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Princess Leia must lead a ragtag group of rebels on a treacherous decoy mission against the evil Galactic Empire.
Star Wars: Smuggler’s Run — A Han Solo & Chewbacca Adventure (Disney-Lucasfilm Press), written by Greg Rucka
Han Solo and Chewbacca return in an all-new adventure! In this story, set between Star Wars: A New Hope and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Han and Chewie must fly the Millennium Falcon on a top-secret mission for the Rebellion, while evading ruthless bounty hunters and a relentless Imperial agent.
Star Wars: Ships of the Galaxy (Studio Fun)
Featuring starships old and new, this clever book uncovers amazing facts and little-known trivia about your favorite ships in the galaxy. From the Jedi starfighters and Star Destroyers to the one and only Millennium Falcon, each craft is explored in fun detail — and some even include comprehensive diagrams. An exclusive foldout in the back of the book reveals special blueprints of ships from The Force Awakens!
Star Wars: Droid Factory (Studio Fun)
Some roll on wheels, others walk on legs — some can even fly! They’re droids, and in the Star Wars galaxy they can do almost anything. With the Droid Factory, you’ll learn all sorts of fun facts about many different Star Wars droids and even build a few. Includes a paperback filled with cool images and droid data, instructions and press-outs to construct models of C-3PO, R2-D2, and BB-8, and two wind-up bases to make R2-D2 and BB-8 move! Also includes poster and collectible Star Wars stickers!
Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know (DK Publishing), written by Cole Horton
What takes 1,000 years to digest its victims? Which monks keep their disembodied brains floating in jars? Why must Nightsisters take the Test of Fury? Who cleans the floors of the Death Star? Find out the answers in this new book — and tons more — including answers to some questions in Star Wars: The Force Awakens![Gallery not found]