Droids
A Youtini Collection

Star Wars books you should read if you like
Droids

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            From the time they bleep-blooped on the screen in 1977, droids have captured the hearts of Star Wars fans. C-3PO and R2-D2 argued and shuffled through the halls of the Tantive IV, across the deserts of Tatooine, and straight into film history. They even received their own stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame decades before Mark Hamill! There’s something endearing about the childlike and mischievous nature of R2-D2 and C-3PO’s talkative know-it-all mentality that forms a dynamic duo that just works perfectly alongside the likes of Jedi, smugglers, Wookiees, princesses, and bounty hunters.

            Since ’77, Star Wars storytelling has had a long tradition of standout droids to grace both the screen and the page: the armies of the Trade Federation and subsequent Separatists in the Prequels were able to provide both a threat and comic relief in the Clone Wars, BB-8 bounced from the Force Awakens into the Last Jedi and into Star Wars immortality with a thumbs-up from everyone young and old, K-2SO brought his brutal honesty in Rogue One, L3-37 liberated the droids of Kessel with her quirky panache. And that’s not to mention Rebels’ Chopper, AP-5, Darth Vader & Doctor Aphra’s Triple Zero and Beetee One, Star Wars Legends books’ standout droid 1-5, bounty hunter IG-88, the red droid R5 unit featured in From a Certain Point of View, or other fan-favorites like R2-KT and Wedge’s droid “Gate” from the X-Wing novels! Star Wars isn’t quite Star Wars without a good droid in the mix.

            This collection is a mix of the best stories about the droids of Star Wars, ranging from canon to Legends, novels to comics to children's’ books, astromechs to protocol droids, delightful to demented. None of the books featured here require prior knowledge of prior Star Wars storytelling, with the exception of Doctor Aphra, for which we recommend starting with Kieron Gillen’s Darth Vader run if at all possible. We won’t tell you the odds, but chances are, there’s something here for you to discover!

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Books in this Collection

The Youtini Collections team has hand-selected the books in this collection
Legends
Legends
Adult Novel

X-Wing: Solo Command

Written by
Aaron Allston
Artwork by
Part of the
X-Wing Series
Very Good
8.4
8.4
8.4

Wraith Squadron, a hodge-podge strike team of last-chance rebels, is in pursuit of Warlord Zsinj and his Super Star Destroyer, Iron Fist. Han Solo is tasked with leading the Wraiths against Zsinj. Along the way, squadron member Lara Nostil's secret past comes back to haunt them. Plus, an army of sleeper agent droids!

It would be helpful to have an awarenesses of the characters heading into this story. The storyline begins in book 5 of the X:Wing series, Wraith Squadron.

Very Good
8.4
8.4
8.4
Legends
Legends
Adult Novel

Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter

Written by
Michael Reaves
Artwork by

Plans for the Trade Federation’s blockade of Naboo is at risk of being compromised, so Darth Sidious sends his skilled apprentice to Coruscant to take care of the problem. Completely loyal to his master, Darth Maul vows to crush any threat that is prone to delivering their secret agenda to the Jedi.

Shadow Hunter is a spectacular display of a Sith apprentice’s devotion to their master. Darth Maul had been trained by Darth Sidious since he was a child, and it shows in the way he hunts his prey and fuels on his anger to finish the job.

Legends
Legends
Adult Novel

The Force Unleashed

Written by
Sean Williams
Artwork by

What if Vader had taken on a forbidden apprentice with whom he planned to overthrow the Emperor’s reign? The Force Unleashed answers this question by following the story of the nameless apprentice as he carries out several missions at Vader’s bidding. However, as he explores the galaxy and builds new relationships with those other than his merciless master, the apprentice begins to question his own role in the fate of the galaxy.


In The Force Awakens, Sean Williams composes a brand new story perfectly wedged into a well-known time period complete with a full cast of refreshing new characters. As a stand-alone or a part of the larger saga, this story is a fun read for any fan.

Canon
Canon
Graphic Novel

Darth Vader (2015) Vol. 1: Vader (Trade Paperback)

Written by
Kieron Gillen
Artwork by
Salvador Larroca, Adi Granov
Very Good
8.8
8.8
8.8
This ongoing series by prolific Star Wars comics writer Kieron Gillen kickstarted some of the best aspects of Marvel’s stewardship with the license. Taking place immediately after the events of A New Hope, Gillen’s Vader run sees the Dark Lord on a short leash after the destruction of the Death Star. It revolves around Darth Vader’s secrets that he keeps even from the Emperor himself, all while he seeks out who exactly was piloting that X-Wing in the trenches of the battle station. All of this, plus Gillen introduces Doctor Aphra, a twisted archeologist, accompanied by her demented droids, BT-1 and Triple Zero! This is a series you don’t want to miss.
Very Good
8.8
8.8
8.8
Canon
Canon
Graphic Novel

Poe Dameron Vol. 1: Black Squadron (Trade Paperback)

Written by
Chris Eliopoulos, Charles Soule
Artwork by
Chris Eliopoulos, Phil Noto, Phil Noto
The Force Awakens introduced fans to the best pilot in the Galaxy—the Resistance's X-Wing pilot, Poe Dameron. In this, his ongoing comics series set in the months leading up to Episide VII, we get introduced to to the full cast of characters who comprise Black Squadron. We also meet Agent Terrix, Poe's arch nemesis, a high-ranking First Order officer with a complex backstory explored throughout the series. Not to mention BB-8's wonderful role as Poe's sidekick!
Canon
Canon
Adult Novel

Rogue One

Written by
Alexander Freed
Artwork by

Plucked directly from the opening credits of A New Hope, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story brought us exactly the type of adventure that fans had been longing for. The dark yet hopeful tone of the film is mirrored beautifully in the words of Alexander Freed in this novelization as he weaves the tale of Jyn and her compatriots.

As opposed to some other film adaptations, Freed uses this opportunity to create a novel that can truly stand on its own regardless of the reader's previous history with the film. And if you loved Rogue One as much as we did, you'll be awed by his masterful characterizations of the beloved team as they're plunged into the most harrowing moments of their lives.

Canon
Canon
Short Story

Droid Dilemma

Written by
Chris Eliopoulos
Artwork by
Chris Eliopoiulos, Jordie Bellaire, Chris Eliopoulos
Part of the
Canon
Canon
Short Story

Probe Droid Problem

Written by
Chris Eliopoulos
Artwork by
Chris Eliopoiulos, Jordie Bellaire, Chris Eliopoulos
Part of the
Canon
Canon
Short Story

SaBBotage

Written by
Chris Eliopoulos
Artwork by
Chris Eliopoiulos, Jordie Bellaire, Chris Eliopoulos
Part of the
Canon
Canon
Single Issue Comic

Droids Unplugged 1

Written by
Chris Eliopoulos
Artwork by
Chris Eliopoiulos, Jordie Bellaire, Chris Eliopoulos
Part of the
This light read is a collection of short comics. Featuring Darth Maul's probe droids, R2-D2, and BB-8. Each of the three stories shares a bit of insight into a droids day-to-day life outside of battle. It is worth mentioning that the story focusing on Maul's droid has been printed before in the Darth Maul miniseries.
Canon
Canon
Single Issue Comic

Rogue One – Cassian & K-2SO Special 1

Written by
Duane Swierczynski
Artwork by
Fernando Blanco, Julian Torino Tedesco
Rogue One introduced two dynamic partners to the Rebel Alliance: a morally grey spy who will do whatever it takes to get the job done and a former imperial spy Droid who says wherever is on his mind without a second thought about how his painfully honest remarks will be received. This comic is the story of how their partnership began. Looking forward to the new Cassian and K2 Disney+ TV show? Start here!
Canon
Canon
Adult Novel

From A Certain Point of View

Written by
Various Authors
Artwork by

A truly unique and heroic feat in Star Wars publishing, From a Certain Point of View is a compilation of forty short stories by more than forty incredible authors to retell the story of A New Hope in celebration of its fortieth anniversary. Not only did Del Rey assemble a massive team consisting of their catalog of regular Star Wars writers such as Chuck Wendig, John Jackson Miller, and Claudia Gray, they managed to rope in many award-winning authors to pen their first stories in a galaxy far, far away. Such authors include Ken Liu, Sabaa Tahir, Zoraida Córdova, and Rae Carson. All of the book’s authors donated their pay to First Book, a nonprofit dedicated to improving literacy.

The stories represent the points of view of many of the notable side characters from A New Hope, such as Wedge Antilles, Greedo, and Grand Moff Tarkin. But they don’t stop there. The book benefits from forty years of expanding the Star Wars universe, and as such many characters not originally in the original film provide perspective in creative ways–Lando Calrissian, Yoda, Breha Organa, and even Qui-Gon Jinn! It is a compilation not only of characters and authors, but also styles and tones. At times heartbreaking, hilarious, and head-scratching. Some stories will connect differently with different readers. It certainly has something for everyone and is a remarkable read.

Canon
Canon
Adult Novel

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi: Expanded Edition

Written by
Jason Fry
Artwork by
Part of the

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.

Canon
Canon
Adult Novel

Last Shot

Written by
Daniel José Older
Artwork by

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.

Canon
Canon
Adult Novel

Solo: A Star Wars Story: Expanded Edition

Written by
Mur Lafferty
Artwork by
Very Good
8.3
8.3
8.3

More than just a novelization, in her Expanded Edition Mur Lafferty offers us glimpses of scenes cut from the film and gives further development to some of the other characters. We learn more about what happened to Qi’Ra after the spaceport and get more insight into Tobias Beckett and his relationship with Val. Lafferty gives us a new insight into L3’s fate and ends with a wonderful epilogue that nicely links the movie to yet more parts of the Star Wars lore.

From a prologue that nicely captures young Han’s personality, to looks into the White Worms den that are somehow even more cringe-inducing than seeing it on screen, to Han’s time in the military and that wonderful epilogue, Lafferty’s adaptation is what we imagine reading a director’s cut would be like!

Very Good
8.3
8.3
8.3
Canon
Canon
Graphic Novel

Lando: Trade Paperback: Double Or Nothing

Written by
Rodney Barnes
Artwork by
Paolo Villanelli, Joe Caramagna, Andres Mossa, W. Scott Forbes
A young Lando accompanied by the eccentric droid L3, new owners of the Millennium Falcon, find themselves in the middle of a messy job involving a crime lord and a beautiful woman—and L3 throws herself into the middle of a droid rebellion!
Canon
Canon
Graphic Novel

Doctor Aphra (2016) Vol. 4: The Catastraphe Con (Trade Paperback)

Written by
Simon Spurrier
Artwork by
Kev Walker

Rogue archaeologist Chelle Aphra is in hot water—an Imperial prison ship where she is close supervised at all times by guard droids. Despite her sketchy past, she might prove to be the Rebels' only hope. She teams up with a delightful crew consisting of a colorful and exesiential destroyer droid, a wimpy shapeshifter named Lopset, and ex-lovers Sana Starros and Imperial Inspector Tolvan. They’re on the run from Imperial authorities, a self-righteous lawman, the bloodthirsty droid Triple Zero, and even the psychotic ghost of a long-dead Jedi trapped in a fungus trapped in the hull of a crashed ship!

The characters of Doctor Aphra, Triple Zero, and BT-1 are first introduced in Kieron Gillen’s run on Darth Vader. When that series concluded, Aphra received her own solo series. This series is Si Spurrier’s run on these dark, twisted, and never boring characters.

Canon
Canon
Single Issue Comic

Age Of Republic Special

Written by
Jody Houser
Artwork by
Various
This is one jam-packed one-shot! Featuring stories about Mace Windu, Asajj Ventress, Jar Jar Binks, and Captain Rex, there’s enough for everyone. Brought to life by a variety of writers and artists, this issue shines in all the right ways.
Canon
Canon
Adult Novel

Alphabet Squadron

Written by
Alexander Freed
Artwork by
Very Good
8.1
8.1
8.1

The Emperor is dead. But the Empire is still clinging to what remains of its resources to survive. It’s up to a mismatched team of pilots to finish chipping away at what remains of one of the worst threats the recent galaxy has ever known.

If you’re a fan of the X-Wing books on the legends timeline, you will love the debut novel in this trilogy set just after the events of Return of the Jedi. With so little known about the events leading up to The Force Awakens, this is the perfect book to introduce you to the Galactic Empire’s final end.

Very Good
8.1
8.1
8.1
Canon
Canon
Adult Novel

Last Shot

Written by
Daniel José Older
Artwork by

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.

Canon
Canon
Single Issue Comic

Age Of Republic Special

Written by
Jody Houser
Artwork by
Various
This is one jam-packed one-shot! Featuring stories about Mace Windu, Asajj Ventress, Jar Jar Binks, and Captain Rex, there’s enough for everyone. Brought to life by a variety of writers and artists, this issue shines in all the right ways.
Canon
Canon
Graphic Novel

Lando: Trade Paperback: Double Or Nothing

Written by
Rodney Barnes
Artwork by
Paolo Villanelli, Joe Caramagna, Andres Mossa, W. Scott Forbes
A young Lando accompanied by the eccentric droid L3, new owners of the Millennium Falcon, find themselves in the middle of a messy job involving a crime lord and a beautiful woman—and L3 throws herself into the middle of a droid rebellion!
Canon
Canon
Single Issue Comic

Droids Unplugged 1

Written by
Chris Eliopoulos
Artwork by
Chris Eliopoiulos, Jordie Bellaire, Chris Eliopoulos
Part of the
This light read is a collection of short comics. Featuring Darth Maul's probe droids, R2-D2, and BB-8. Each of the three stories shares a bit of insight into a droids day-to-day life outside of battle. It is worth mentioning that the story focusing on Maul's droid has been printed before in the Darth Maul miniseries.
Canon
Canon
Single Issue Comic

Rogue One – Cassian & K-2SO Special 1

Written by
Duane Swierczynski
Artwork by
Fernando Blanco, Julian Torino Tedesco
Rogue One introduced two dynamic partners to the Rebel Alliance: a morally grey spy who will do whatever it takes to get the job done and a former imperial spy Droid who says wherever is on his mind without a second thought about how his painfully honest remarks will be received. This comic is the story of how their partnership began. Looking forward to the new Cassian and K2 Disney+ TV show? Start here!
Legends
Legends
Adult Novel

Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter

Written by
Michael Reaves
Artwork by

Plans for the Trade Federation’s blockade of Naboo is at risk of being compromised, so Darth Sidious sends his skilled apprentice to Coruscant to take care of the problem. Completely loyal to his master, Darth Maul vows to crush any threat that is prone to delivering their secret agenda to the Jedi.

Shadow Hunter is a spectacular display of a Sith apprentice’s devotion to their master. Darth Maul had been trained by Darth Sidious since he was a child, and it shows in the way he hunts his prey and fuels on his anger to finish the job.

Canon
Canon
Adult Novel

Alphabet Squadron

Written by
Alexander Freed
Artwork by
Very Good
8.1
8.1
8.1

The Emperor is dead. But the Empire is still clinging to what remains of its resources to survive. It’s up to a mismatched team of pilots to finish chipping away at what remains of one of the worst threats the recent galaxy has ever known.

If you’re a fan of the X-Wing books on the legends timeline, you will love the debut novel in this trilogy set just after the events of Return of the Jedi. With so little known about the events leading up to The Force Awakens, this is the perfect book to introduce you to the Galactic Empire’s final end.

Very Good
8.1
8.1
8.1
Canon
Canon
Adult Novel

From A Certain Point of View

Written by
Various Authors
Artwork by

A truly unique and heroic feat in Star Wars publishing, From a Certain Point of View is a compilation of forty short stories by more than forty incredible authors to retell the story of A New Hope in celebration of its fortieth anniversary. Not only did Del Rey assemble a massive team consisting of their catalog of regular Star Wars writers such as Chuck Wendig, John Jackson Miller, and Claudia Gray, they managed to rope in many award-winning authors to pen their first stories in a galaxy far, far away. Such authors include Ken Liu, Sabaa Tahir, Zoraida Córdova, and Rae Carson. All of the book’s authors donated their pay to First Book, a nonprofit dedicated to improving literacy.

The stories represent the points of view of many of the notable side characters from A New Hope, such as Wedge Antilles, Greedo, and Grand Moff Tarkin. But they don’t stop there. The book benefits from forty years of expanding the Star Wars universe, and as such many characters not originally in the original film provide perspective in creative ways–Lando Calrissian, Yoda, Breha Organa, and even Qui-Gon Jinn! It is a compilation not only of characters and authors, but also styles and tones. At times heartbreaking, hilarious, and head-scratching. Some stories will connect differently with different readers. It certainly has something for everyone and is a remarkable read.

Canon
Canon
Adult Novel

Rogue One

Written by
Alexander Freed
Artwork by

Plucked directly from the opening credits of A New Hope, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story brought us exactly the type of adventure that fans had been longing for. The dark yet hopeful tone of the film is mirrored beautifully in the words of Alexander Freed in this novelization as he weaves the tale of Jyn and her compatriots.

As opposed to some other film adaptations, Freed uses this opportunity to create a novel that can truly stand on its own regardless of the reader's previous history with the film. And if you loved Rogue One as much as we did, you'll be awed by his masterful characterizations of the beloved team as they're plunged into the most harrowing moments of their lives.

Canon
Canon
Adult Novel

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi: Expanded Edition

Written by
Jason Fry
Artwork by
Part of the

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.

Canon
Canon
Adult Novel

Solo: A Star Wars Story: Expanded Edition

Written by
Mur Lafferty
Artwork by
Very Good
8.3
8.3
8.3

More than just a novelization, in her Expanded Edition Mur Lafferty offers us glimpses of scenes cut from the film and gives further development to some of the other characters. We learn more about what happened to Qi’Ra after the spaceport and get more insight into Tobias Beckett and his relationship with Val. Lafferty gives us a new insight into L3’s fate and ends with a wonderful epilogue that nicely links the movie to yet more parts of the Star Wars lore.

From a prologue that nicely captures young Han’s personality, to looks into the White Worms den that are somehow even more cringe-inducing than seeing it on screen, to Han’s time in the military and that wonderful epilogue, Lafferty’s adaptation is what we imagine reading a director’s cut would be like!

Very Good
8.3
8.3
8.3
Canon
Canon
Graphic Novel

Darth Vader (2015) Vol. 1: Vader (Trade Paperback)

Written by
Kieron Gillen
Artwork by
Salvador Larroca, Adi Granov
Very Good
8.8
8.8
8.8
This ongoing series by prolific Star Wars comics writer Kieron Gillen kickstarted some of the best aspects of Marvel’s stewardship with the license. Taking place immediately after the events of A New Hope, Gillen’s Vader run sees the Dark Lord on a short leash after the destruction of the Death Star. It revolves around Darth Vader’s secrets that he keeps even from the Emperor himself, all while he seeks out who exactly was piloting that X-Wing in the trenches of the battle station. All of this, plus Gillen introduces Doctor Aphra, a twisted archeologist, accompanied by her demented droids, BT-1 and Triple Zero! This is a series you don’t want to miss.
Very Good
8.8
8.8
8.8
Canon
Canon
Graphic Novel

Poe Dameron Vol. 1: Black Squadron (Trade Paperback)

Written by
Chris Eliopoulos, Charles Soule
Artwork by
Chris Eliopoulos, Phil Noto, Phil Noto
The Force Awakens introduced fans to the best pilot in the Galaxy—the Resistance's X-Wing pilot, Poe Dameron. In this, his ongoing comics series set in the months leading up to Episide VII, we get introduced to to the full cast of characters who comprise Black Squadron. We also meet Agent Terrix, Poe's arch nemesis, a high-ranking First Order officer with a complex backstory explored throughout the series. Not to mention BB-8's wonderful role as Poe's sidekick!
Legends
Legends
Adult Novel

The Force Unleashed

Written by
Sean Williams
Artwork by

What if Vader had taken on a forbidden apprentice with whom he planned to overthrow the Emperor’s reign? The Force Unleashed answers this question by following the story of the nameless apprentice as he carries out several missions at Vader’s bidding. However, as he explores the galaxy and builds new relationships with those other than his merciless master, the apprentice begins to question his own role in the fate of the galaxy.


In The Force Awakens, Sean Williams composes a brand new story perfectly wedged into a well-known time period complete with a full cast of refreshing new characters. As a stand-alone or a part of the larger saga, this story is a fun read for any fan.

Canon
Canon
Graphic Novel

Doctor Aphra (2016) Vol. 4: The Catastraphe Con (Trade Paperback)

Written by
Simon Spurrier
Artwork by
Kev Walker

Rogue archaeologist Chelle Aphra is in hot water—an Imperial prison ship where she is close supervised at all times by guard droids. Despite her sketchy past, she might prove to be the Rebels' only hope. She teams up with a delightful crew consisting of a colorful and exesiential destroyer droid, a wimpy shapeshifter named Lopset, and ex-lovers Sana Starros and Imperial Inspector Tolvan. They’re on the run from Imperial authorities, a self-righteous lawman, the bloodthirsty droid Triple Zero, and even the psychotic ghost of a long-dead Jedi trapped in a fungus trapped in the hull of a crashed ship!

The characters of Doctor Aphra, Triple Zero, and BT-1 are first introduced in Kieron Gillen’s run on Darth Vader. When that series concluded, Aphra received her own solo series. This series is Si Spurrier’s run on these dark, twisted, and never boring characters.

Legends
Legends
Adult Novel

X-Wing: Solo Command

Written by
Aaron Allston
Artwork by
Part of the
X-Wing Series
Very Good
8.4
8.4
8.4

Wraith Squadron, a hodge-podge strike team of last-chance rebels, is in pursuit of Warlord Zsinj and his Super Star Destroyer, Iron Fist. Han Solo is tasked with leading the Wraiths against Zsinj. Along the way, squadron member Lara Nostil's secret past comes back to haunt them. Plus, an army of sleeper agent droids!

It would be helpful to have an awarenesses of the characters heading into this story. The storyline begins in book 5 of the X:Wing series, Wraith Squadron.

Very Good
8.4
8.4
8.4
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