Does Catalyst answer all the Rogue One questions you have? Read on to find out.
Despite what the rabid fanboys will tell you, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was a solid entry in the Star Wars franchise – in fact, it may be even better than Star Wars: The Force Awakens. One of the biggest plot points of the film was Galen Erso and his involvement in the Death Star project. How did he get involved and why? It’s unlikely he found a job opening on Bizcommunity, that’s for sure.
This is where Catalyst, by James Luceno, steps in to help you out. Acting as a prequel to the movie, the book fills in the blanks, discussing how Erso become indebted to Orson Krennic, a member of Chancellor Palpatine’s top-secret Death Star project, and unravelled the ambition and betrayal at play. Naturally, Erso starts off with the best of intentions before discovering that all is not what it seems, with the fate of the universe resting in his hands. It attempts to answer all those burning questions you had about Erso, Krennic, Saw Gerrera, and Grand Moff Tarkin after watching Rogue One.
As with any Star Wars book, there’s a lot of the lore explored here. The worlds and characters come to life in an exciting way, and there are enough nods and winks to the greater universe at large to delight the most ardent of fans. Once you flip past the last page, you get a true sense of satisfaction in knowing more about the Erso family.
Catalyst‘s biggest success, however, is Luceno’s unmatched knowledge of the franchise. Having written over a dozen Star Wars novels and books, Luceno is an expert in his field and it shows in his fearless and incisive prose. He knows exactly where this fits into the grander scheme of things and you’ll have to really nitpick for any continuity errors.
While there will still be some who’ll point out how Rogue One‘s characters weren’t the most interesting of the universe, how can you not be excited to read about the history of the Death Star? Once you read this prequel, you’ll find a lot more appreciate for the film and its in-depth characters than you had to begin with.
Well-written and compelling, Catalyst is a must-read for fans of the franchise – particularly Rogue One. The story flows like a dream, with the plots and twists making it incredibly difficult to put down. Luceno shows once again that no one writes Stars Wars quite like he does, so be prepared for this novel to cut into your sleeping time!