‘Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel’ Review: The Jedi Council Crew Breaks Down the New Book

     December 12, 2016


Note: This review does contain spoilers for the book.

On this special edition of Jedi Council, Perri Nemiroff, Kristian Harloff and Ken Napzok review the latest book in Star Wars Canon, Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel.

Ever since George Lucas handed over the rights to Disney, things revolving around the Star Wars universe began to change rapidly. New movies were announced and the lore behind Star Wars, whether it was video games, comic books, novels, etc., got a well deserved restart. Several years later, one new Star Wars film in with another on the way and several new canon books later, Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel has emerged.

Author of Catalyst, James Luceno, is a certainly familiar face to the expanded universe. Having written several Star Wars novels, now considered Legends, such as Darth Plagueis, Millennium Falcon, Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader and much more. Luceno was also responsible for last years hit new canon novel, Tarkin.

His latest novel is a set up for the newest and first Star Wars spinoff film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The synopsis follows:

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 their 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.

Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel is out now!


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