It’s Star Wars Day, and what higher option to discover the Star Wars galaxy than to learn one thing you’ve by no means learn earlier than? As I’ve written about before, I used to be pretty late to the Star Wars fandom. However ever since watching Episode IV in late 2016, I’ve been immersed in a galaxy far, far-off. However even after watching each film I may, it by no means actually occurred to me to learn the Star Wars books; I turned to the comics first.
Once I did begin studying the books, the primary one I learn was Bloodline, which to at the present time, I believe is the very best Star Wars e book. I selected it as a result of Leia was the principle character, and I wished extra of her thought processes.
The Star Wars e book world will be overwhelming and complicated. There are a whole lot of books, and should you spend time in any SW social media group, you’ll see discuss of Canon, Legends, and EU. For those who aren’t acquainted with the phrases, it’s straightforward to get misplaced.
Legends vs. Canon
Star Wars Legends was once often known as the Expanded Universe (EU). It consists of the entire background and licensed tales of Star Wars, save the primary six novelizations of the unique Star Wars films and The Clone Wars, earlier than April 2014.
In April 2014, Lucasfilm made the announcement that to arrange for the sequel trilogy, the EU could be retconned and made into Legends. The brand new timeline would include the unique six films, The Clone Wars (TV sequence and film), and all materials from that time on.
Typically characters in Legends can change into Canon, like Thrawn, however the tales are very completely different.
So the place do I begin?
For those who ask ten individuals which books to start out with within the SW galaxy, you’ll get ten completely different solutions. That’s one of many issues I like in regards to the fandom — there are such a lot of various things individuals fall in love with. Some individuals love the Sith, others love the droids, and but others observe sure characters. That being stated, you don’t essentially need to by chance begin your SW e book expertise by selecting a e book that’s the third in a trilogy. So should you have been to ask me the place to start out should you’ve by no means learn a SW e book earlier than, these are the books I’d recommend. I add a caveat, although: I’d additionally advocate the entire novelizations, particularly the prequels. They’re immensely higher than the flicks, and all of them supply further scenes, extra backstory, and flesh out the story.
There are such a lot of good ones that this isn’t meant to be a definitive listing. I selected these to offer a diversified glimpse on the SW universe and the various areas to discover. My focus was Canon, not Legends — though I did embrace Legends books that I believe are indispensable. For those who’re in search of much more Star Wars e book strategies, try this post and this post.
Observe: For a protracted, very long time, Star Wars authors have been largely white, and largely cis males. That has been altering lately.
Lost Stars by Claudia Grey
This YA novel was one I learn shortly after studying Bloodline, as a result of so many individuals advisable this as a must-read. Claudia Grey is a grasp of Star Wars. It’s set earlier than, throughout, and after the unique trilogy, and follows two childhood mates — Ciena Ree and Thane Kyrell — who find yourself on reverse sides of the warfare as soon as they’ve grown up. Will their relationship survive?
Queen’s Peril by E.Okay. Johnston
I’ve at all times thought Padmé obtained brief shrift, and so I’ve been actually completely satisfied to see Johnston convey her to life and develop her backstory. On this e book, Padmé Naberrie wins the election for Queen of Naboo, leaving her household and changing into Padmé Amidala. She chooses an array of handmaidens, every chosen for a selected motive. When the Commerce Federation invades Naboo, this group should come collectively.
Resistance Reborn by Rebecca Roanhorse
This e book takes place in between Episodes 8 and 9, and for me, was a much-needed addition to the story. The Resistance has taken an enormous blow. Poe has defied orders and gone rogue, and relationships have been deeply affected. Hope is working low, and the Resistance wants to start out rebuilding — which incorporates touring the galaxy and recruiting those that have helped up to now with the revolt. Particularly for readers newer to the SW books, for many who have seen the flicks, this can be a nice entryway into the books of the galaxy.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge — A Crash of Fate by Zoraida Córdova
I added this in as a result of Galaxy’s Edge is a current addition to the Star Wars world, and for some individuals, it could be entry level. Izzy and Jules have been childhood mates in Batuu, till Izzy and her household abruptly left. Years later, Jules is a farmer and Izzy is a smuggler. She finally ends up on Batuu for a job, and all she needs to do is to get the job performed and go away — till she runs into Jules. Their connection continues to be there, however a lot has modified — and when Izzy’s job goes awry, what is going to it imply for his or her reunion?
The Thrawn Trilogy (Legends) by Timothy Zahn
This trilogy consists of Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, and The Last Command. These three books by Zahn will at all times be on must-read lists for Star Wars, and for good motive. These Legends books happen about 5 years after Return of the Jedi. The books observe Han, Luke, and Leia and the rebuilding of the New Republic, in addition to Grand Admiral Thrawn, a navy genius. There are such a lot of nice characters in these books they usually’re a fantastic introduction to the remainder of the Legends books.
Thrawn Ascendancy (Canon) by Timothy Zahn
Sure, Zahn once more, as a result of his epic Thrawn trilogies are so widespread within the SW e book world. There are a number of Thrawn trilogies now, together with one other canon Thrawn trilogy by Zahn. The latest one, the Ascendancy trilogy, has two books out as of this writing (Chaos Rising and Greater Good), and is a prequel to the opposite canon Thrawn trilogy. These give us a fair deeper have a look at Admiral Thrawn and his rise. I began this trilogy being a bit of apprehensive, however the writing and the plot are Zahn at his best.
Have you ever learn any Star Wars books?