Star Wars Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel
The newest Star Wars novel, “Star Wars Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel” describes the events that set up Lucasfilm’s first standalone movie “Rogue One”.
Written by James Luceno, Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel takes places before Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and prior to the events of the Star Wars Anthology film Rogue One due out in theaters December 16, 2016.
Catalyst explores the backstory of key characters for the new film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, following them as they survive the Clone Wars and the newly formed Galactic Empire. More specifically, it tells the stories of Galen Erso, a scientist manipulated into helping build the Death Star, and Orson Krennic, the Imperial commander in charge of building the new super-weapon.
Characters in Star Wars Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel
Vice Chancellor Mas Amedda – advisor to Emperor Palpatine and in charge of the battle station construction
Galen Erso – research scientist involved in energy crystal and energy enrichment research
Lyra Erso – wife of Galen, and mother of Jyn
Saw Gerrera – Smuggler and former soldier
Lieutenant Commander Orson Krennic – Commander in the Republic Corps of Engineers, Special Weapons Group
Captain Has Obitt – Dresselian smuggler
Archduke Poggle the Lesser – leader of the planet of Geonosis
Wilhuff Tarkin – Commander Tarkin, Adjutant General for the Republic Navy
Star Wars ‘Rogue One: Catalyst’ Prequel Novel Synopsis
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.
Below is a five minute sample of “Catalyst” from the Audiobook