One of the many reasons fans flock to the “Star Wars” franchise is the galactic world-building each movie provides. And when “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” — the first of the “Star Wars” standalone films — arrives this week, it will offer an even deeper dive into the universe. Here are three in-depth books that will best prepare you for the December 16 release. (Note: If you buy something because we told you about it, we may receive compensation from retail partners.)
“Catalyst (Star Wars): A Rogue One Novel” by James Luceno
Penned by bestselling “Star Wars” author James Luceno, this novel sets the stage for the events of “Rogue One” by detailing the galaxy war between the Republic and Separatists.
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” by Alexander Freed
Go beyond the film with this novel, which provides new, more detailed scenes and expanded material about Jyn Erso’s search for vengeance.
“Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide” by Pablo Hidalgo
This visual guide is the perfect companion piece to the blockbuster: See in-depth character profiles, mapped-out locations, stills from the film, and more.