Ben Solo
A Youtini Reading Guide
“The boy had seemed to light up the whole world when he'd first arrived: this simple, impossible sliver of hope amid so much death and destruction.” ― Daniel José Older, Last Shot

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Ben Solo

Before he called himself Kylo Ren, Ben Solo was born into a family full of heroes.


Was he destined for trouble before joining his uncle’s Jedi academy? We may never know for sure. But we do know that Snoke’s influence sent him down a reckless path. Much of his descent into his dark persona is still clouded in mystery, but the more time that passes, the more we learn about the last Solo.


Perhaps now that you’ve seen The Rise of Skywalker, you’re desperate for more content that explains how Ben Solo stumbled into the path of darkness before finding his way back to the light. There’s still a lot we don’t know, but there is also a lot the movies don’t tell you.


Outside the sequel trilogy films, we’ve seen glimpses of a young Ben Solo throughout the post-Return of the Jedi timeline thanks to the expanded universe. From his youngest years to his final stand against Darth Sidious alongside Rey, here’s where you can find him at different points throughout Star Wars history.


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Adult Novel
Canon

Aftermath: Empire's End

Chuck Wendig
5 ABY

In this, the final volume of Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath trilogy, we find the epic conclusion to the journey of Nora, Temmin, Mr. Bones, Jas, Jom, and Sinjir, in the events following the destruction of the second Death Star. The book focuses on the Battle of Jakku one year after Return of the Jedi. It deals with the master plan of Gallius Rax, the trilogy’s mysterious villain, and the future of the galaxy. This book also tells the story of the birth of Ben Solo and the early days of Han and Leia’s family. Wendig weaves a complex plot to its culmination through a diverse cast of compelling and mostly original characters.

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Adult Novel
Canon

Last Shot

Daniel José Older
10 BBY - 7 ABY

When a common foe from Han and Lando's past shows up on the latter's doorstep, the recent hero of the Rebellion and new father to Ben Solo must rush off once more to save both his friend and possibly, the entire galaxy.

Last Shot uniquely employs a number of different eras throughout the novel, and while jumping between time periods, we get to experience Han, Lando, L3-37 and more at various points in time, allowing us to witness the maturation and evolution of our favorite characters right before our eyes.

With a host of new characters right alongside the classics, including a villain that can't help but terrify all those who encounter him, Last Shot is an essential addition to the Han Solo story.

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Adult Novel
Canon

Bloodline

Claudia Gray
28 ABY

After the fall of the Empire, the Senate is split into the Populist and Centrist parties. Both profess the goal of restoring the Republic, though they are unable to set aside their opposing views. Tired of the pointless bickering within the Senate, Leia takes on one final mission before retiring. However, the mission proves to be bigger than she originally thought, inducing chaos and unveiling corruption.

Leave it to Claudia Gray to make politics exciting with action and drama! Bloodline is also an excellent gateway into the sequel trilogy, making this an essential read for fans interested in that era.


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Single Issue Comic
Canon

The Rise of Kylo Ren 1

Charles Soule
Exact placement unknown

Legendary Marvel Star Wars writer Charles Soule finally fills in some gaps with Ben Solo's fall to the dark side. He describes the series as “from Ben to Ren.” It tells the story of leaving Luke’s Jedi academy and donning the dark helmet as an enforcer in the First Order.

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Single Issue Comic
Canon

Age Of Resistance: Supreme Leader Snoke

Tom Taylor
33 ABY

This exceptional one-shot serves as the one and only glimpse to date of Supreme Leader Snoke training a young Kylo Ren. They go to an infamous locale for Star Wars fans—the swamps of Dagobah—to a mysterious Force cave where Kylo must do battle with none other than Luke Skywalker. . .

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Adult Novel
Canon

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

Alan Dean Foster
34 ABY

Alan Dean Foster brings his fantasy and sci-fi storytelling experience to Star Wars canon for the first time in his adaption of the highly-anticipated 2015 film The Force Awakens

The official novelization of the film expands upon the events shown onscreen, giving readers the chance to see the Resistance engage in battle with the First Order from the unique points of view of different characters. Whether you're a fan of Rey, Poe, Finn, or a combination of figures old and new, this book will take you on a journey across the galaxy you'll not soon forget.

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Adult Novel
Canon

Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Expanded Edition

Jason Fry
34 ABY

Jason Fry gets the honor of continuing Star Wars’s rich history with novel adaptation. In particular, his novelization shines in adding additional material to enhance the story in written form, such as Luke’s Force vision introduction and re-insterting deleted scenes from the film–even Rey’s third lesson! The novel allows us to get an inside look at certain characters such as BB-8 during the space battle over D’qar. Reading the novel of Episode Eight will allow you to soak up the story like never before, taking your time with the characters and getting the story from all-new perspectives.

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Adult Novel
Canon

The Rise Of Skywalker - Expanded Edition

Rae Carson
35 ABY

The larger-than-life conclusion to the Skywalker Saga sees the return of the infamous Emperor Palpatine as he looks to complete his ultimate goal - absolute, uncontested control of the galaxy. He recruits Kylo Ren to aid his conquest and to defeat the Jedi one last time by eliminating the powerful scavenger, Rey. The Rise of Skywalker is a blisteringly-fast-paced team-up adventure of epic proportions, with plot twists and breathtaking action at every turn. At its heart is a story of legacy, bloodline, and found family. Written by Most Wanted’s Rae Carson (a Youtini favorite), we expect a thrilling and personal perspective as she takes the movie from the big screen to the page.

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