"At this very moment in a system far from here, the New Republic lies to the galaxy while secretly supporting the treachery of the rogues of the Resistance."
Not long after Palpatine’s demise during the Battle of Endor, the Empire he had built finally fell. For a time, the New Republic ruled the galaxy without fear of oppression … until a new regime began to rise from the ashes of the evil Vader and his master left behind.
With Snoke, Hux, and Kylo Ren at its helm, the First Order once seemed unstoppable. Of course, Palpatine clearly had other plans, and it became a casualty of war the same way so many others did. But not before it caused plenty of pain and hearrbreak for the characters we grew to know and love.
Still not much is known about the origins of the First Order and how Supreme Leader Snoke came to power. But now that the Skywalker saga has come to an end, and the universe outside the films continues to expand, we can only hope for more stories that tell of how this new darkness came to power.
Until then, there are a handful of books and comics that feature key characters and events essential to uncovering the secrets of the First Order’s tyranny over the galaxy.
The Force Awakens introduced Star Wars fans to a new kind of villain -- a female stormstrooper commanding her troops behind reflective chrome armor. Through the end of the film, Captain Phasma remained mostly a mystery. Who was she? Where did she come from? And why did she look different than all the other stormtroopers?
Delilah S. Dawson managed to answer all of our burning questions about this antagonist in her adult novel, Phasma. Throughout the book, readers learn the ruthless extremes the character takes in order to survive, and how she finds herself among the high ranks of the First Order, despite never having heard of them before.
This collection of character-focused one-shots focused on sequel-trilogy villains is a satisfying blend of being entertaining and informative. It fills in the gaps, answers “what if…” and “what about…” questions about the likes of Kyo Ren, Supreme Leader Snoke, Captain Phasma, and General Hux. Travel from the shiny hallways of a First Order Star Destroyer to the mirky swamps of Dagobah and deep into the recesses of villainy with these characters we’ve been dying to learn more about!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.