TITLE: Catalyst (Star Wars): A Rogue One Novel
AUTHOR: James Luceno
I’m just going to warn right now for potential spoilers for Rogue One, even though it’s been out over a month. Also, yes, I am a huge Star Wars fan if you hadn’t guessed from my name.
Catalyst is a prequel novel to Rogue One, the latest movie in the Star Wars universe. It starts near the end of the Clone Wars, and introduces us to Galen and Lyra Erso, their newborn daughter Jyn, and the complicated interaction between Galen Erso and Orson Krennic, the men behind the construction of the Death Star and it’s weaponry – whether they worked on it willingly or not.
The novel is an interesting bridge between the end of the Clone Wars and the rise of the Galactic Empire. It mainly focuses on the two men, but we also get a look at Lyra Erso and her view of the war and how it affects the galaxy – and her family. And how the players get from where they are at the end of the war, to where they are at the start of Rogue One.
This is not a book that can be read without any knowledge of the Star Wars universe, for certain. At least familiarity with the prequel movies (Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith) is needed as events in those movies are heavily referenced – and it actually answers a few questions I know I had about certain things seen at the end of Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. And the author’s writing keeps the story flowing well from start to finish.
For those who are fans of the Star Wars universe, this book is a good addition to the canon. I give it 4 of 5 pages.