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Catalyst (Star Wars): A Rogue One Novel Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B01D7CP3GI
- Publisher : Del Rey (15 November 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 5815 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 335 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 208,110 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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For the most part, this means the focus is upon the relationship between Galen Erso and Orson Krennic; how their friendship has developed into Krennic manipulating Galen into working for the Empire. Opposed to this route is Lyra, who after her brief appearance in ‘Rogue One’ is a fully-fledged character in this novel. A fair portion of ‘Catalyst’ is involved with the power struggle between Lyra and Krennic over Galen. Somehow this leads to them becoming much more interesting characters than Galen himself. The bulk of the inspiration for this clearly comes from the brief flashback sequence in the early stages of ‘Rogue One’. Jyn, of course, is too young during this time to play any significant role.
Krennic’s rivalry with Tarkin is another key element. However, there is nothing really here that you don’t get from the film. There is some effort at creating an atmosphere of political intrigue but it doesn’t quite come across. Neither Vader nor the Emperor make an appearance. Instead Mas Amedda sort of fills in for them in representing the Empire’s leadership, giving him, perhaps, his largest role in a Star Wars story.
Has is an interesting addition to the characters that actually works quite well. He facilitates getting the other characters positioned and suggests the beginnings of the rebel alliance and its early formation.
Of course, in the background looms the development of the Death Star and this is still its story. Even at its conception it is a continual presence that consumes the lives of the novel’s main characters many years before it is ready to be unleashed upon the galaxy.
‘Catalyst’ is a well written but not a hugely eventful novel. It provides a good piece of groundwork for Rogue One’, but it is also a fairly unnecessary one. There is very little in this book that cannot be inferred from what is seen in the film and the storyline is much as might expect.
What is, perhaps, most interesting about the novel are the connections linking the Clone Wars to the formation of the Empire in how Palpatine uses that conflict to continue to instil enough fear into the populace of the galaxy to enable him to get his own way by cleverly associating the Rebels with the Separatists. It makes Palpatine’s achievement of taking over the galaxy even more impressive as you can see how he has sown seeds to maintain Sith domination far past his own existence.
I loved this book. It really gave me a sense of satisfaction when seeing the events of Rogue One unfurl when I watched it again. I think this novel may help solidify Krennic's position as one of the most fascinating members of the Galactic empire.
Nor does Lyra’s animosity towards their previously presumed ‘benefactor’
Orson is a self-serving schemer whereas Tarkin is more calculated and gets the job done.
Have to say, love Tarkin’s character and nice that there wasn’t an unnecessary cameo by the likes of Vader etc.
The story is kept tight around the main protagonists and never runs out of steam.