3/17/2015


Find out everything you need to know about the upcoming 20 titles in "Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens." LucasFilm recently announced a massive campaign to promote the upcoming new Star Wars movie and get fans new and old up to speed. Titles will include books written for adults, middle grade and young adults as well as comics, illustrated reference guides, Look and Find, and sticker books. Stories are going to star characters old and new, and retell classic Star Wars tales "from new perspectives" like C-3PO.

This new series will be primarily produced through Disney's imprints but also include outside companies like  Del Rey, DK, Egmont UK, Marvel, Phoenix International Publications, Inc., Studio Fun International, and Topps. They will be known collectively as "Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens." The production and coordination of the titles has been a massive undertaking. “The Force Awakens is an extraordinarily, heavily guarded storyline. To track it, a lot of top-secret meetings were happening up in San Francisco as we worked through this program,” says Andrew Sugerman, executive vice president of Disney Publishing Worldwide. Disney Publishing Worldwide and Lucasfilm confirm that the titles will be filled with "subtle hints", or Easter eggs, foreshadowing the events and details in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens. “The partnership with the story group and the editorial team always had to be true to the sanctity of the film while making sure that we find these moments to introduce hints, clues, and puzzle pieces,” Sugerman says. “Without revealing what those pieces are, it will just allow readers to speculate about the new film: What could a location mean, or what could a character mean?”

Here's the list and details we know so far:

Star Wars: Aftermath by Chuck Wendig


Published by: Del Rey
Release Date: September 4, 2015
Type: Novel
Description: "The second Death Star is destroyed. The Emperor and his powerful enforcer, Darth Vader, are rumored to be dead. The Galactic Empire is in chaos. Across the galaxy, some systems celebrate, while in others Imperial factions tighten their grip. Optimism and fear reign side by side. And while the Rebel Alliance engages the fractured forces of the Empire, a lone Rebel scout uncovers a secret Imperial meeting."
Reference: Barnes and Noble

Star Wars: Lost Stars

Published by: Disney Lucasfilm Press
Release Date: September 4, 2015
Type: Junior Novel
Description: Unknown
Reference: Hachette Book Group

Star Wars: Journey to the Force Awakens - Shattered Empire


Published by: Marvel Comics
Cover by Phil Noto.
Release Date: September 2015
Type: Comic Book
Description: Unknown
Reference: EW

Star Wars: Ships of the Galaxy

Published by: Studio Fun International
Release Date: September 8, 2015
Type: Vehicle Guidebook
Description: "Discover the essential details of the best-loved ships from the Star Wars universe in this ultra-cool book that features a giant foldout with six new ships from Star Wars: The Force Awakens! From the Jedi Starfighters to the one and only Millennium Falcon and more, learn all about the best and fastest ships in the Star Wars galaxy. Each page of this clever book uncovers amazing info and little-known facts about your favorite Star Wars ships. Open up the pages of the foldout to reveal even more Star Wars spacecraft!
Reference: Above The Tree Line

Star Wars Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure by Cecil Castellucci


Published by: Disney-Lucasfilm Press
Release Date: September 4, 2015
Type: Young Adult Novel
Description: "Princess Leia returns for an all-new adventure in this thrilling upper middle grade novel. Set between Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi, the story follows the warrior princess as she leads a ragtag group of rebels on a dangerous mission against the evil Galactic Empire. Hidden in the story are also hints and clues about the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, making this a must-read for fans old and new!"
Reference: Barnes and Noble

The Weapon of a Jedi: A Luke Skywalker Adventure by Jason Fry


Published by: Disney-Lucasfilm Press
Type: Young Adult Novel
Release Date: September 4, 2015
Description: "Luke Skywalker returns for an all-new adventure in this thrilling upper middle grade novel. Set between Star Wars: A New Hope and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, the story finds Luke Skywalker, C-3PO, and R2-D2 stranded on a mysterious planet, and explores Luke's first-ever duel with a lightsaber. Hidden in the story are also clues and hints about the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, making this a must-read for fans old and new!"
Reference: Barnes and Noble

Smuggler’s Run: A Han Solo Adventure by Greg Rucka


Published by: Disney-Lucasfilm Press
Type: Young Adult Novel
Release Date: September 4, 2015
Description: "Han Solo and Chewbacca the Wookiee team-up for an all-new adventure in this thrilling upper middle grade novel. Set between Star Wars: A New Hope and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, the story follows everyone's favorite pair of smugglers as they fly the Millennium Falcon on a top-secret mission for the Rebellion. Hidden in the story are also hints and clues about the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, making this a must-read for fans old and new!"
Reference: Barnes and Noble

Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know

Published by: DK (Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd)
Type: Children's Book
Release Date: September 4, 2015
Description: Unknown
Reference: Amazon Jedi Bibliothek

Star Wars: Journey to the Force Awakens-C-3PO

Published by: Marvel Comics
Type: Comic Book Series
Release Date: September 4, 2015
Description: Unknown

Stay tuned to The Geek Twins for more updates on the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie!


What do you think of the upcoming books? What do you think they'll be about Are you planning to pick up any of the titles for yourself or someone you know?


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4 comments:

Pat Dilloway said...

So basically these replace the hundreds of books they already published that took place post-ROTJ. I read some of those, until they just started to get ridiculous. In hindsight now it was good I didn't waste my time or money for something that got completely overwritten.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Leave it to Disney to capitalize on the craze and go all out commercial. I liked Zahn's Star Wars books, but that's about it.

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