Rebel Alliance
A Youtini Reading Guide
"Rebellions are built on hope."

Star Wars Books You Should Read If You Like
Rebel Alliance

In a time when most of the galaxy had long since lost its hope, a rebellion rose up against an enemy no one believed could lose … and won.

With foundations dating back to before the Clone Wars, the Alliance to Restore the Republic -- commonly called the Rebel Alliance -- sought one goal: to defeat the Galactic Empire, the dark force that cast so many innocent lives in shadow.

Bail Organa, and later Mon Mothma, formed the Alliance in secret and quietly began to gather allies in the early days of the Empire. Informants collected intel. Senators met behind closed doors. At least one princess eventually joined the cause -- and risked her life on more than one occasion to save it.

Eventually, the rebels defeated the Emperor and his lingering forces before finally restoring the Republic Palpatine so masterfully destroyed. But not before heroes of all ages and skill sets gave everything they had to make this ultimate victory possible.

In this collection, you will find stories that establish characters significant to the formation and function of the Rebel Alliance, as well as key novelizations from the original trilogy that tell of the rise of the Rebellion in even greater detail.

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Young Adult Novel


October 11, 2016
E.K. Johnston
18 BBY

After the events of Order 66, survivors of the Jedi Purge must navigate the galaxy undetected. It's been a year since Ahsoka Tano watched the Galactic Republic fall, and she's leaving yet another planet to dodge Imperial suspicion and start over. Again. Something strange is happening, however, and she can't help but let her curiosity get her into serious trouble.

E.K. Johnston's young adult novel builds an important bridge between the Ahsoka we knew from The Clone Wars and the Fulcrum we meet in Star Wars Rebels. It's in this story that our hero must come to terms with her past and discover the role she is meant to play in her darkened galaxy's future.

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Young Adult Novel

Rebel Rising

May 2, 2017
Beth Revis
13 BBY - 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 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

Rogue One

December 20, 2016
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

Leia: Princess of Alderaan

September 1, 2017
Claudia Gray

In keeping with Alderaanian tradition, Princess Leia undergoes her Day of Demand, where she claims her right as heir to the throne and sets forth how she will prove herself worthy. Yet things have been tense between her and her adopted parents, Queen Breha and Viceroy Bail Organa. As Leia - also a member of the Empire's Apprentice Legislature - undertakes her challenges of the Body, Mind, and Spirit, she learns more about her adoptive parents than she ever suspected and begins her own journey that will forever change the galaxy.

Claudia Gray excels at taking on the challenge of portraying one of the most important and beloved characters in the entire Star Wars mythos, and along the way treats us to compelling depictions of other on-screen characters as diverse as the former Captain Panaka, the future Vice Admiral Holdo, and Bail Organa. This book presents the not-to-be-missed backstory of how Leia became the fearless rebel we meet, and love, in the films.

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Adult Novel

Heir to the Jedi

March 3, 2015
Kevin Hearne

Heir to the Jedi, published in 2015, was the third novel in the new canon and picks up just after a New Hope in the timeline. The novel describes a mission given to Luke by Admiral Ackbar, to go undercover and rescue a captured cryptographer that is being used by the Empire. Luke teams up with Nakari, who also desires to fight against the Empire, aboard her yacht, as the two undertake the espionage mission.

The novel is unique in its first-person narrative, giving us a look inside the mind of Luke just after the death of Obi-Wan and destruction of the first Death Star. It provides an interesting perspective on Luke acquiring new Force abilities as he learns more. Reviews on the novel are mixed and reception was generally lukewarm–the story is not outstanding, but it is recommended reading for fans of Luke Skywalker and those looking to read more about his exploits with the Rebellion.

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Adult Novel

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

August 21, 1995
Donald F. Glut

You’ve probably seen the movie a hundred times, so why not give the novelization a try? You just might enjoy the story in a whole new light, especially if you keep in mind that the novel came out shortly before the film’s release so this is how some fans experienced Empire Strikes Back for the first time. Imagine finding out about THAT spoiler through the book!

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Adult Novel

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

May 12, 1983
James Kahn

Return of the Jedi was the conclusion to a trilogy many never thought would take off the way it did. But seeing the final duel between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker and the destruction of the Empire -- and so much more -- made it one of the biggest events of its era. You've seen the movie a dozen, if not a hundred times. You can experience it again in the form of a book.

In the original novelization of the movie Star Wars fans are treated to what is claimed to be one of the best film-to-book adaptions in the franchise.

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