Wednesday, 18 March 2015

News: Disney to release 20 new Star Wars books

Image result for the force awakensNot so long ago, in a galaxy very close by, a new film was announced. This announcement sent a lot of people into a tailspin, including yours truly. In the run-up to the release of The Force Awakens in December Disney has decided to release 20 new books this autumn. The books will be set between The Return of the Jedi, released in 1983, and the new film, which is bound to slowly but surely build the anticipation, as they are 'loaded with foreshadowing about the upcoming movie, including new starships, planets, characters, and clues about what happened with Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo' (Source: EW).

Disney broke a few hearts not too long ago when it announced that all the previously published Star Wars novels were no longer canonical. Although initially I was sad about the Extended Universe "disappearing", I am now completely on board with the change. By not having all of these books be canon, Disney and Lucasfilm have given room to a new generation's imagination. New stories can be invented, while the old ones will become like myths and legends. 

As you will see some of these don't have a cover yet, which means we can look forward to fabulous cover reveals! Some of the new up and coming books will include:

Star Wars: Moving Target by Cecil Castellucci
Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure (Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens)Princess Leia returns for an all-new adventure in this thrilling upper middle grade novel. Set between Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi, the story follows the warrior princess as she leads a ragtag group of rebels on a dangerous mission against the evil Galactic Empire.
Hidden in the story are also hints and clues about the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, making this a must-read for fans old and new!
Yes, a Princess Leia book! I am extremely excited for this one. Between ESB and ROTJ Han Solo is frozen in carbonite, so Leia gets to hang out with her ragtag group, slowly but surely saving the Galaxy.

Star Wars: Aftermath by Chuck Wendig
Aftermath (Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens)Journey to The Force Awakens.
The second Death Star is destroyed. The Emperor and his powerful enforcer, Darth Vader, are rumored to be dead. The Galactic Empire is in chaos.
Across the galaxy, some systems celebrate, while in others Imperial factions tighten their grip. Optimism and fear reign side by side.
And while the Rebel Alliance engages the fractured forces of the Empire, a lone Rebel scout uncovers a secret Imperial meeting…
Ok, so there's not a lot on this on this one in relation to plot, but the cover is stunning and the sparse information has me plenty excited and happy to wait.

These are only two of the twenty we can expect, all part of the Journey to the Force Awakens-series. Will you be waiting for these books? And do you have an EU favourite book?

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