Star Wars

Star Wars

Catalyst

Book - 2016
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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.
Publisher: New York :, Del Rey,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780345511492
0345511492
Branch Call Number: SF
Characteristics: 330 pages ; 25 cm

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gumball12
Mar 17, 2017

Read this book if you watched Rogue One. Everybody dies in the movie. (Spoilers)

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williamottens
Feb 13, 2017

James Luceno doesn't disappoint! If you enjoyed Rogue One movie, definitely check this one out. You learn much more about Jyn Erso's family and background and her father's involvement with the Death Star's laser weapon. Also connects some dots between the prequels and Rogue One.

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green_badger_541
Jan 28, 2017

I loved this novel, however, I made the mistake of reading it after the Rogue One novel, and therefor, the events were mixed up and it was hard to follow. I highly recommend this catalyst but make sure you read it before the rogue one novel. I'd give it four stars

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Cali_Ren
Dec 29, 2016

An excellent prequel by James Luceno of the movie, Rogue One. It is a well-written story that gives extra details on the life of a young Jyn Erso and her family as they try to escape the shadows of the growing Empire.

LPL_FisherA Dec 13, 2016

Star Wars novels are often hit or miss for me, and I haven't been too terribly impressed with what Disney has published over the past year or so. That said, I enjoyed the heck out of Catalyst. The story primarily follows Galen Erso and his research to create an alternative energy source using kyber crystals (what jedi's use to power their lightsabers). Woven into Galen's narrative is the story of Orson Krennic's involvement in the construction and engineering of the Death Star, all of which tie into the film series beautifully. Catalyst provides some solid background on what is going on politically during the events post Episode III and helps set the tone for the upcoming Rogue One film. Although not necessary to understand the film itself, Catalyst does add some nice context and layers of depth and dimension to the story. It is fun, entertaining, and brings quite a bit of drama to this epic space opera series.

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Yavin
Nov 28, 2016

Catalyst is a prequel novel to the upcoming Rogue One movie. It gives the background for the main villain Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) and his involvement with the Ersos. An excellent novel, it's a fairly fast read that is highly enjoyable. It is a bit continuity heavy which might give some readers pause. However, I think (not having seen Rogue One yet) that it will enhance your viewing of the film.

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kramer1988
Nov 18, 2016

Audio version??

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