Star Wars Calatyst





Chris Reigg, Chris Trevas


James Luceno


Del Rey


Release Date

November 15, 2016

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.

December 13th, 2016 marked a special day and a new era for the Star Wars franchise; the release of their first side story movie adventures. If you have read my Rogue One (movie) review, then you know how much I loved it, so it only made sense o pick up the novel itself.

It’s amazing how individuals in the Star Wars universe can have such influence in the universe; you can be a force user and fight against an army of droids or a non-force user and still have the same affect in the war. Rogue One, is perhaps the pinnacle of the non-force users who have had a create deal of influence that shaped the war.
Back in 1977 Episode IV (A New Hope) began with the family affairs of the Skywalker’s, but it was the Erso’s who were responsible for the pathway that lead to our very first Star Wars Episode.


 Following the movie release in December 2016, Catalyst written by James Luceno gives us in depth the trials and tribulations of the quiet but rather brilliant scientist, Galen Erso, before the events of Rogue One.

The war waged by the Galatic Republic and the Separatist, has been raged for years. Like many innocents caught in it,Galen and Lyra did not escape it’s wrath, despite both not weighting on either side of the Republic led by Supreme Senator Palpatine or the Separatist led by Sith Lord Count Dooku. There is no calm before the storm and despite beginning in the middle of the war where the Separatist seem to have the upper hand, with news that their superweapon will soon be completed, It feels very slow and stagnant. It was a struggle to get past the first four chapters. HERE COMES KRENNIC. I honestly couldn’t be happier with this character who gives so much and is rewarded so little but what a beauty and exciting it is to see his journey in this piece of Star Wars history.

Kennik, the destroyer and the maker. It is through Galen’s brilliance behind the Kyber crystals that the Death Star was born, but I is through Krennik’s vision and power to play the game (which so often seen by Palpatine) that the Republic was able to forge it’s greatest weapon.

Lucenno brings this war to life; the feuds between Krennik, Wilhuff Tarkin, Lyra and even the Geonosian archduke, Poggle is so intense, it draws us more and more into the galaxy. Whether being a Star Wars fanatic or not, you can easily fall for it’s characters and their current battles.
Lies and deceit is the name of the game for those involved, whether you’re a good guy or not most are drawn to it and if you’re to succeed or survive you must play your cards right.

Despite having few minutes of screen time in Rogue One, Lyra Erso’s backstory flourishes in this book. Her influence and presence narrates various decisions even to those who do not make direct contact with her. A great deal was put into her character, a time well spent for us to know more about her and the decisions of her family and friends even after her death in the movie.

There is so much trivia that can be picked up for us who live this Star Wars life. So many unasked questions are answered, while given small fragments of the war that has a huge weight of it’s outcome.

To buy or Not to buy?

Catalyst is one of those stories that if given a chance, it can be read by anyone. This is a must buy for the fans and those who follow Star Wars closely, even if you are not a book person I highly recommend picking up the audiobook instead.

Reviewed by Raven


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  • Smart and deceitful
  • Survival of the fitest
  • key characters
  • Lots of trivia


  • Slow at times
  • Very little of Palpatine and Vader