As we inch closer to its Nov. 15 release, Del Rey Books has unveiled the official synopsis for the "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" prequel novel "Catalyst":
"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.
Written by bestselling author James Luceno, the novel of course details the events leading up to "Rogue One." Lucen is no stranger to the "Star Wars" universe, having written three "Star Wars: The New Jedi Order" novels, a history of the Millennium Falcon, and, most recently, "Star Wars: Tarkin." The seasoned science fiction writer has also lent his talents to film adaptations of "The Shadow" and "The Mask of Zorro."
"Catalyst" is expected to delve deeper into the "Star Wars" universe and the mystique surrounding "Rogue One" explicitly. The novel will be released Nov. 15, one month before "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" hits theaters.
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