Catalyst (Star Wars): A Rogue One Novel

Catalyst (Star Wars): A Rogue One Novel

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Catalyst (Star Wars): A Rogue One Novel

War is tearing the galaxy apart. For years the Republic and the Separatists have battled across the stars, each building more and more deadly technology in an attempt to win the war. As a member of Chancellor Palpatine’s top secret Death Star project, Orson Krennic is determined to develop a superweapon before their enemies can. And an old friend of Krennic’s, the brilliant scientist Galen Erso, could be the key.

Galen’s energy-focused research has captured the attention of both Krennic and his foes, making the scientist a crucial pawn in the galactic conflict. But after Krennic rescues Galen, his wife, Lyra, and their young daughter, Jyn, from Separatist kidnappers, the Erso family is deeply in Krennic’s debt. Krennic then offers Galen an extraordinary opportunity: to continue his scientific studies with every resource put utterly at his disposal. While Galen and Lyra believe that his energy research will be used purely in altruistic ways, Krennic has other plans that will finally make the Death Star a reality. Trapped in their benefactor’s tightening grasp, the Ersos must untangle Krennic’s web of deception to save themselves and the galaxy itself.

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Background on the scientist, Galen Erso, but not much else

So first let me start out by saying that I am a big Star Wars fan and have ready many Star Wars books over the years and enjoyed most of them. However, there just isn't enough of a story in Catalyst (Star Wars): A Rogue One Novel to give it a good rating.
This book is solely about Galen Erso and how he was recruited to develop the super weapon for the Death Star. Stop reading now if you don't want to read any spoilers but there isn't much to spoil in this book. One thing I can say is at least this book helps you understand who Galen is when you see him being captured by Orson Krennic during the beginning of the Rogue One movie.
So Galen is a universe-class scientist that specializes in kyber crystals. He is being recruited by both sides but is not interested in developing weapons. Yet he can't pass up an opportunity to work for Orson Krennic. Galen truly believes his research will lead to cheap power and only finds out at the end of the book that his research is being weaponized. He then flees with his family which leads to his being found at the beginning of Rogue One.
Sadly that is all there is to the book. I like scientists and have a technical job myself  but I don't think many people would want to read 352 pages about how I was recruited to my job and what I do each day. I give this book two out of five stars as there is some background to help you understand the movie but there are several far better Star Wars books to enjoy out there before Catalyst (Star Wars): A Rogue One Novel.

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