The Force Awakens
A Youtini Reading Guide
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Star Wars books you should read if you like
The Force Awakens

After years of uncertainty and a major Disney acquisition, the Star Wars fandom changed forever when it was announced JJ Abrams would be directing the first of the three final films in the long-running Skywalker saga.

Bringing back legacy characters like Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Leia Organa would prove to be enough of a challenge for Abrams. Even more challenging was the task of creating a new generation of heroes and villains that would capture the hearts of fans around the world.

Abrams rose to all the challenges before him and created a movie that would set the next four years of the Skywalker saga in motion. But there’s only so much you can put into one film. Leave it to the Expanded Universe to do its part to fill in most of the gaps.

The following books not only expand upon the beloved film -- they also provide more background information about the key events leading up to the first installment of the sequel trilogy. You’ll learn more about the Battle of Jakku, the early seeds of the Resistance movement, and even a few of the legends that may or may not explain Luke Skywalker’s travels before exiling himself on Ahch-To.

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Adult Novel
Canon

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

January 5, 2016
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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YA Novel
Canon

Lost Stars

September 4, 2015
Claudia Gray
11 BBY - 5 ABY

You may be familiar with the events of Star Wars’ Original Trilogy, but Lost Stars manages to re-explore its major plot points through the eyes of brand new characters Ciena Ree and Thane Kyrell, recruited to join the Rebel Alliance by Wedge Antilles. Along the way, it tells a love story that rivals that of Anakin and Padme.

Claudia Gray is among the elite Star Wars authors when it comes to crafting compelling stories. This book excels by giving a fresh take on the Star Wars story fans already know and love.

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Adult Novel
Canon

Bloodline

May 3, 2016
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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Adult Novel
Canon

Alphabet Squadron

June 11, 2019
Alexander Freed
4 ABY

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.

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Adult Novel
Canon

Aftermath

September 4, 2015
Chuck Wendig
4 ABY

What many still don't know about the Empire is that it did not instantly crumble with the destruction of the second Death Star. For a long time, those who remained loyal to the Emperor held on, refusing to surrender and accept defeat. In the aftermath of the Battle of Endor, there is still a war to be won. And it's not just up to the high-profile heroes we know and love to get the job done.

Follow an unlikely team of rebel heroes, from old heroes like Wedge Antilles to new ones like Temmin Wexley, as they struggle against what remains of Palpatine's forces and try to save the galaxy from coming undone again.

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YA Novel
Canon

The Legends of Luke Skywalker

October 31, 2017
Ken Liu
34 ABY

Legends of Luke Skywalker explores the myths surrounding Luke. The book is set on a ship traveling to Canto Bight, and crew members swap stories of their experiences or encounters with Luke. One story, for example, comes from a droid that details Luke leading a droid rebellion, while another comes from a former Imperial officer that details how the legend of Luke is a complete myth.

This novel does not add much to the actual canon story of Luke, but, instead, takes a more whimsical approach to help convey the reputation that Luke has gained in the Star Wars universe. It was published as part of the Journey to the Last Jedi series and helps to expand upon the larger-than-life character that is Luke before the movie that details the end of his story. It is a fun and easy read!

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YA Novel
Canon

Before the Awakening

December 18, 2015
Greg Rucka
33 ABY

Before an unknown scavenger left her home in search of greater meaning; before a stormtrooper deserted his post; before a pilot found the map his general was looking for; Rey, Finn, and Poe were just ordinary people trying to survive a war-torn galaxy.

This young adult novel features stories about the new heroes of the galaxy, an essential read for anyone curious about what life was like for key The Force Awakens characters before the film begins.

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