Catalyst by James Luceno
(Star Wars): A Rogue One Novel


7 Critic Reviews

Regardless the depth of your Star Wars knowledge, this book goes into detail everyone will appreciate. Key characters for the new film are introduced, and their stories are told incredibly well.
-Boing Boing


Lauded Star Wars author James Luceno returns to pen an intense tale of ambition and betrayal that sets the stage for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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.

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Paul S. Kemp is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels Star Wars: Crosscurrent, Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived, and Star Wars: Riptide, as well as nine Forgotten Realms fantasy novels and many short stories. Paul S. Kemp lives and works in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, with his wife, children, and a couple of cats.  Karen Traviss is a science fiction author and full-time novelist from Wiltshire, England. Originally from the Portsmouth area, Traviss is a graduate of the Clarion science fiction and fantasy workshop. Her first published novels include City of Pearl and its five sequels: Crossing the Line, The World Before, Matriarch, Ally, and Judge.  James Luceno is the New York Times bestselling author of the Star Wars novels Millennium Falcon, Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader, Cloak of Deception, and Labyrinth of Evil, as well as the New Jedi Order novels Agents of Chaos I: Hero’s Trial and Agents of Chaos II: Jedi Eclipse, The Unifying Force, and the eBook Darth Maul: Saboteur. He lives with his wife and youngest child in Annapolis, Maryland.  Joe Schreiber is the author of Star Wars: Death Troopers, Chasing the Dead, Eat the Dark, and No Doors, No Windows. He was born in Michigan but spent his formative years in Alaska, Wyoming, and Northern California. He lives in central Pennsylvania with his wife and two young children.  Matthew Stover is perhaps best known for his four Star Wars novels, Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Traitor; Star Wars: Shatterpoint; Star Wars: Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor; and the novelization of the movie Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith. He has also written several fantasy novels, including Iron Dawn and Jericho Moon, and four science fiction/fantasy stories featuring a hero named Caine.  Michael A. Stackpole is the New York Times bestselling author of the Star Wars X-Wing novels, as well as a number of other titles in the ever-expanding Star Wars universe, including the New Jedi Order: Dark Tide novels Onslaught and Ruin. He lives in Arizona with Liz Danforth and a small pack of Cardigan Welsh corgis.  Timothy Zahn is the author of more than forty novels, nearly ninety short stories and novelettes, and four short-fiction collections. In 1984, he won the Hugo Award for best novella. Zahn is best known for his Star Wars novels, of which there are more than four million copies in print. Zahn lives with his family on the Oregon coast.  R. A. Salvatore, is a fantasy author best known for The DemonWars Saga, his Forgotten Realms novels, and Vector Prime, the first novel in the Star Wars: The New Jedi Order series. He has sold more than 15 million copies of his books in the USA alone, and over twenty of his titles have been New York Times bestsellers. R. A. Salvatore resides with his wife, Diane, in his native state of Massachusetts.  Aaron Allston is the New York Times bestselling author of the Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi books Conviction, Outcast, and Backlash; the Star Wars: Legacy of the Force novels Betrayal, Exile, and Fury; the Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Enemy Lines adventures Rebel Dream and Rebel Stand; novels in the popular Star Wars X-Wing series, including Mercy Kill; and the Doc Sidhe novels. He is also a longtime game designer and in 2006 was inducted into the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design (AAGAD) Hall of Fame. He lives in Central Texas.
Published November 15, 2016 by Del Rey. 352 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
Bestseller Status:
Peak Rank on Dec 04 2016
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All: 7 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 1

NY Daily News

Reviewed by SEAN KEANE on Nov 15 2016

"Catalyst" proves to be a superb prequel for "Rogue One," creating momentum for that movie while telling a great tale of its own.

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Boing Boing

Reviewed by Jason Weisberger on Nov 16 2016

Regardless the depth of your Star Wars knowledge, this book goes into detail everyone will appreciate. Key characters for the new film are introduced, and their stories are told incredibly well.

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Geeks of Doom

Reviewed by Waerloga69 on Dec 01 2016

I’d hazard a guess that any Star Wars fan would love to have a copy of this and it would make one heck of a gift this holiday season.

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Reviewed by Robert Bradley on Nov 21 2016

The book is peppered in pages filled with pace. Staying true to Luceno’s style, the action is throughout, yet he is able to carefully weave his characters to life through his command of details.

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Reviewed by Kay on Nov 22 2016

While I was intrigued while I read it, I’m torn as to whether I liked Catalyst. If you’re really interested in this background I’d almost recommend watching Rogue One, then coming back and reading this book before watching the movie again.

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Reviewed by Swank-mo-tron on Nov 15 2016

Overall, I would say this book is a must-read for those thirsty for more information about Rogue One. It lays the groundwork for a number of important character relationships for the film, explains the context we want to know to better understand the construction of the Death Star, and is just an entertaining book to boot.

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Reviewed by AMY RATCLIFFE on Nov 18 2016

Though I’ve had troubles getting through Luceno’s prose in previous works, I was rarely bogged down here, and felt compelled to keep turning the pages. The action and tension pushed the story and characters, and I found myself invested in the Erso family early on.

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