Three New YA Novels Take Readers Further Into Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Three new books from Disney Publishing will be diving deeper into the characters of Rogue One on May 2.

First, Guardians of the Whills by Greg Rucka will show us what life was like on Jedha for Chirrut Imwe and Baze Malbus protecting the Kyber Temple when the Empire showed up and started mucking around.

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The book will also show Saw Gerrera show up on the planet to take down the Empire. From the official synopsis:

Baze and Chirrut used to be Guardians of the Whills, who looked after the Kyber Temple on Jedha and all those who worshipped there. Then the Empire came and took over the planet. The temple was destroyed and the people scattered. Now Baze and Chirrut do what they can to resist the Empire and protect the people of Jedha, but it never seems to be enough. When a man named Saw Gerrera arrives with grand plans to take down the Empire, it seems like the perfect way for Baze and Chirrut to make a real difference and help the people of Jedha. But will it come at too great a cost?

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Next is Rebel Rising by Beth Revis and that novel will focus on Jyn Erso's time with Saw Gerrera and his band of rebels prior to when we meet her in the film. The official description:

When Jyn Erso was five years old, her mother was murdered and her father taken from her to serve the Empire. But despite the loss of her parents she is not completely alone—Saw Gerrera, a man willing to go to any extremes necessary in order to resist Imperial tyranny, takes her in as his own, and gives her not only a home but all the abilities and resources she needs to become a rebel herself.

Jyn dedicates herself to the cause—and the man. But fighting alongside Saw and his people brings with it danger and the question of just how far Jyn is willing to go as one of Saw's soldiers. When she faces an unthinkable betrayal that shatters her world, Jyn will have to pull the pieces of herself back together and figure out what she truly believes in…and who she can really trust.

Both of these will be awesome reads, as their offerings that came out around Force Awakens were very entertaining and was the first place we learned the identity of FN-2199. I am looking forward to getting a deeper understanding of these characters and also for whatever gorgeous artwork they include as well. Plus: anytime we get new Greg Rucka is welcome, especially in the Star Wars universe.


They will also be publishing a junior novelization of Rogue One on March 28 by Matt Forbeck.

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All three books are available for preorder right now.


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