Way back in October last year we were told that we were going to get some new Star Wars books based on the heroes we were going to meet in Rogue One. Well...we now know some more information as well as the covers.
First, Rebel Rising. This will tell the tale of Jyn Erso before Rogue One as we find out much more about her relationship with Saw and how she came to the rebel we met within the film. Here's the official synopsis:
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.
This book is being marketed as a young adult novel which will be the third in canon along side Ahsoka and Lost Stars, if it's anything like the latter then we are in for one hell of a novel. I for one am looking forward to seeing how she got her ferocity and I'm slightly intrigued by this "unthinkable betrayal". The book is due to come out on May 2nd and I really hope we don't have the same problems as we did with Ahsoka...aka, outside of the USA we just didn't get the book...
Secondly, Baze and Chirrut. I loved these two and we finally get more background on them in Greg Rucka's novel. Greg has already written a few novels in the canon and they've all been pretty good so I'm delighted he's back on board. Synopsis time!
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?
This has young readers novel all over it - so I'm not expecting too much revelation about the relationship between these two - but...it'll be great to read more about the Whills and what they exactly are. It's also very interesting that Baze and Chirrut had met Saw before the film as I'm not sure I quite got that impression when watching it so it promises to be an insightful read! This book will also be released on May 2nd.
Probably see you on the other side of Empire's End!