Jyn Erso
A Youtini Reading Guide
"Rebellions are built on hope."

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Jyn Erso

When all hope seems lost, where do we go? How do we move forward? How do we survive?

Young Jyn Erso likely asked herself these very questions on repeat as she hid alone in fear after the Empire took her parents away. Even after Saw Garerra rescued her and took her in, the heartbreak of losing all she knew and loved likely never left her.

It may have taken years. But the resulting anger started a fire within her. And from that fire rose a rebel.

From her birth and early life in Catalyst to her heroic sacrifice at the end of the Rogue One novelization, the Star Wars Expanded Universe opens our eyes to the tragically short yet iconic life of one of the Rebel Alliance’s many unforgettable martyrs. 

Several volumes of the Forces of Destiny comics offered brief glimpses into Jyn’s life before she joined Cassian and crew on their life-changing mission on behalf of the Alliance. But it wasn’t until Rebel Rising that we learned the heartbreaking details of Saw’s betrayal. 

Jyn’s ideologies no longer aligned with his, and though it devastated her to watch him abandon her without looking back, it turned out all for the better in the end.

When rescued from Imperial imprisonment, the Alliance offered Jyn a deal she could not refuse: Help them locate her father, and she would be free.

Only after reuniting with Saw -- after years of resentment -- did Jyn learn the truth.

The message Galen Erso left revealed he had deliberately sabotaged the Empire’s production of a certain superweapon. He inserted a fatal flaw in the Death Star’s design, and retrieving its schematics was the only way to destroy it.

All along, her father had been risking his life behind enemy lines every single day … to protect her.

Jyn lost her mother, her father, and the father figure who took her in when she found herself alone and abandoned. But she still found something to fight for. She found a reason to stand up to the Empire that took away everyone and everything she loved … and her actions changed the galaxy forever.

Because of Jyn and her team, the Alliance was able to retrieve the Death Star plans, hide them from the Empire, add a questionably experienced pilot from Tatooine to its ranks, and avenge the billions of lives lost at the hands of Grand Moff Tarkin, Darth Vader, and every other power-hungry being responsible for holding the galaxy hostage for over two decades.

The fight wasn’t over after the first Death Star went down -- there were plenty more obstacles for the Alliance to overcome. But it was a victory that inspired the hope the galaxy needed to finally set itself free.

If Jyn Erso can help save the galaxy and hold onto a cause to fight for -- right up until the end -- so can we.

For more about Jyn, her life, and her legacy, check out the books and comics featuring the unforgettable, inspirational Stardust.

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Adult Novel

Rogue One

Alexander Freed

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.

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Young Adult Novel

Rebel Rising

Beth Revis
13 - 0 BBY

When Jyn Erso joined the ranks of the Rebellion in an attempt to free her father from the Empire's grasp, she brought along a remarkable set of skills. These abilities allowed her to complete the most crucial mission of her life in service of the Rebels, but where did she acquire those techniques in the first place?

Enter Rebel Rising. Beth Revis takes us into the depths of Gerrera's Partisans as a young Jyn Erso learns how to fight, how to survive, and perhaps most importantly...how to know who to trust. Loyalty and betrayal intermingle marvelously in this Young Adult foray into the Erso Family Canon.

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Adult Novel

Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel

James Luceno
22 - 17 BBY

When Director Krennic arrives on Lah'mu to bring Galen Erso back into the arms of the Empire, he greets him as an old friend. While his nefarious motivations are clear to any viewer, we can't help but wonder...did this friendship truly exist?

Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel answers this question by introducing us to the two men as they both attempt to climb the professional ladder in their respective fields. Galen's obsession with kyber crystals proves to be an irresistible draw to Krennic as well as a distinct hindrance to the family life that Galen and Lyra are trying to create.

If you ever wondered how the most brilliant scientist in the galaxy could walk away from his life's dream in order to hide on a farm at the edges of the universe, this is exactly the place to start.

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Children's Book

Forces of Destiny: Daring Adventures: Volume 1

Emma Carlson Berne

The animated micro-series Forces of Destiny has since been adapted into several chapter books featuring the same art and characters from several of the renowned video shorts.

The chapter book adapts four separate episodes of the series: Star Wars: Forces of Destiny: Sands of Jakku, BB-8 Bandits, Newest Recruit and The Imposter Inside, and features beloved characters such as Rey, Sabine Wren, and Padme Amidala.

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Children's Book

Forces of Destiny: Daring Adventures: Volume 2

Emma Carlson Berne

Forces of Destiny: Daring Adventures Volume 2 adapts three episodes of the Star Wars: Forces of Destiny series: The Padawan Path, Beasts of Echo Base, and The Stranger, while adding new scenes and introductions. The Padawan Path revolves around an adventure of Ahsoka Tano, while Beasts of Echo Base focuses on Leia and The Stranger primarily features Jyn Erso.

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Adult Novel

Solo: A Star Wars Story: Expanded Edition

Mur Lafferty
13 BBY - 10 BBY

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!

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Reference Book

Women of the Galaxy

Amy Ratcliffe

All of your favorite Star Wars ladies get a special spotlight in this gorgeous book by Amy Ratcliffe. Women of the Galaxy recognizes female characters that have made their name either on screen or within the pages of the Expanded Universe (or both). This encyclopedia contains beautiful artwork exclusive to this book, making it worthy enough to take up the best spot on your shelf for years to come.

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