On this year’s Star Wars Day, Lucasfilm pulled the curtain back on their upcoming The Rise of Skywalker books leading up to the film’s release!
During last month’s Star Wars Celebration, Lucasfilm revealed that later this Fall would bring the Journey to The Rise of Skywalker tie-in materials (much like they did for The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi). The reveal didn’t come with any information, however, but fans got a treat on this year’s Star Wars Day with a full reveal!
The Journey to The Rise of Skywalker will run the gammut from children’s books (pop-ups, Golden Books, sticker books, etc) all the way to adult novels and the traditional behind the scenes companions we’ve come to expect.
“The Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker publishing program is our biggest and boldest film tie-in program yet,” Michael Siglain, Lucasfilm’s creative director of publishing, tells StarWars.com. “We’ve got exceptionally talented authors, artists, and publishers creating content for fans of all ages.
“While these titles will include some hints and Easter eggs for the new film, the majority of these titles will feature all-new stories set following the events of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Our ‘Journey to’ books and comics will star Rey, Finn, Poe, Rose, and, of course, Leia, Chewie, the droids, and the First Order.”
Among these are some cool looking Adult/Young Adult novels that seem like they’ll offer the most clues to what’s been going on since the end of The Last Jedi and where we find our heroes by the time of The Rise of Skywalker:
Resistance Reborn By Rebecca Roanhorse (11/12/2019)
In this Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker novel, Poe Dameron, General Leia Organa, Rey, and Finn must struggle to rebuild the Resistance after their defeat at the hands of the First Order in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Force Collector by Kevin Shinick (11/19/2019)
In this Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker young adult novel set just before The Force Awakens, a restless teenager sets out to discover what connection his mysterious Force powers have to the fabled Jedi and what the Force has in store for him.
Spark of the Resistance by Justina Ireland (10/04/2019)
When a distress plea goes up from the isolated planet Minfar, Resistance heroes Rey, Poe, and Rose hear the call! Together they will face down a First Order battalion, terrifying flying creatures, and a weapon that could change the course of the war!
On top of those, there are all manner of other children’s books to pick up throughout the month of October:
Then we have the non-fiction books that I’m really looking forward to! These are always fascinating and offer a much deeper look at the film and what we see on screen (especially the Visual Dictionaries), while the Art of Book brings some stellar behind the scenes information:
The Ultimate Star Wars – New Edition (10/4/2019)
This fully updated, comprehensive, and detailed encyclopedia explores the characters, creatures, locations, vehicles, and technology found throughout the entire Star Wars galaxy. Ultimate Star Wars New Edition is an in-depth visual guide packed full of exhaustive information about Star Wars, including The Last Jedi, Solo: A Star Wars Story, and Star Wars: Resistance and a sneak peek at Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker by Phil Szostak (12/20/2019)
The official behind-the-scenes concept, production, and post-production art for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Go inside the creative process behind the most anticipated film of the century. The latest trilogy in the Star Wars film series brings the Skywalker Saga to a close and The Art of The Rise of Skywalker will take readers into the creative process behind visualizing the epic worlds, creatures, characters, costumes, weapons and vehicles of the landmark conclusion more than 40 years in the making.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary by Pablo Hidalgo (12/20/2019)
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary is a 200-page definitive guide to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, revealing the characters, creatures, droids, locations, and technology from the new film. Packed with 500+ images and information, plus cross-sections of new vehicles, as penned by Star Wars scribe Pablo Hidalgo, it’s a must-have for all fans who want to go beyond the movie experience.
There are tons more coming, but you can check out the full list over on the official Star Wars website. All of these will arrive starting on October 4th (this year’s Triple Force Friday) through the month of December leading to the film’s release on December 20th. There’s a lot to look forward to. Which are you wanting to pick up the most?