Strap Yourself In and Get Ready to Read: Star Wars Force Friday Is September 1

Star Wars Force FridayFor me, Star Wars fever can't start soon enough. (I'm always in the middle of a low-grade fever anyway. You should see the seriously cute Ewok earrings I just bought for my daughter.) To get people revved up for the December 15 theatrical release of The Last Jedi, Lucasfilm brings us Force Friday II on September 1, in which new books, toys, games, and more bring the galaxy far, far away much closer.

So that you can get up to date on what's going on in the Outer Rim, the Mid Rim, and the Core worlds, here are the latest and greatest Star Wars books either on shelves now or being released on Force Friday, plus other upcoming books you can expect to see in the months before The Last Jedi.

Books' release dates are at the end of their descriptions.

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Battlefront II: Inferno Squad by Christie Golden - Give Lucasfilm and their authors credit: Even after they've crafted some of the most notorious villains in pop culture, they aren't afraid to plunk you into the bad guys' shoes to show you that we're all people beneath the shiny armor and swishy cloaks. That's not to say that Inferno Squad, centered on an elite Imperial fighting force that infiltrates extremists once led by Saw Gerrera, glorifies in being bad. Heroism and doing the right thing is still important in this novel; it's simply that the "right" thing is often a matter of perspective. Inferno Squad is a setup to the upcoming Battlefront II video game, but it stands strong on its own as another nuanced, satisfying story set during troubled times and Death Stars. (July 25 - available now)
 

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Leia, Princess of Alderaan (Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi) by Claudia Gray - The full description of this book as of today, August 24, is, "The never-before-told story of how young Leia Organa comes to join the rebellion against the evil Empire, from best-selling author Claudia Gray." With a bold lack of description like that, there HAS to be amazing stuff hidden in these pages. Gray wrote one of the best-reviewed Star Wars books in 2015 with Lost Stars, and she followed up in 2016 with Bloodline, which explored Leia's political adventures after ROTJ and her exposure as Darth Vader's daughter. Gray already knows Star Wars and Leia, and Gray shines when she's writing about people grappling with who they are and who they want to be. I'm already reserving a spot on my bedside table for this novel. (September 1)
 

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Phasma (Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi) by Delilah S. Dawson - In this novel, a member of the First Order is seeking whatever leverage he can get on the chrome-helmeted captain Phasma with the mysterious past…but the Resistance spy who has that information isn't going to give it up fast. It's hard to tell from the description how much Phasma there is in this book--and honestly, I'm not sure that Phasma is the most interesting character out there, based on her extremely brief amount of screen time in The Force Awakens. But Boba Fett has proven that fans' imaginations can be captured by much less. (September 1)
 

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From a Certain Point of View edited by Renée Ahdieh - Forty of the most imaginative SF authors today write forty short stories that bring characters, events, and crises from the Star Wars universe into sharp focus. From Nnedi Okorofor writing about the trash compactor monster to Pierce Brown on Biggs' fatal flight to destroy the first Death Star, this collection is sure to include many tales that will astonish and delight. (October 3)
 

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William Shakespeare's The Force Doth Awaken: Star Wars Part the Seventh (William Shakespeare's Star Wars) by Ian Doescher - Shakespeare + Star Wars = pure humorous magic. The seventh in this series captures the action of The Force Awakens--or, ahem, The Force Doth Awaken--and spins it out in joyful iambic pentameter. Never has Shakespeare (okay, it's really not Shakespeare) been so much fun. (October 3)
 

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Star Wars Stormtroopers: Beyond the Armor by Ryder Windham - Longtime Star Wars expert Ryder Windham chips away the iconic stormtrooper armor away to reveal the mythology, merchandise, and magic built upon the Empire's most feared soldiers. From cartoons to pop culture, and cosplay to charity, this full-color book with removable reproductions is a fabulous holiday gift for your favorite Star Wars fan. Which could be you! (October 24)
 

 


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