Review – Catalyst: A Rogue One Story, by James Luceno, Jonathan Davis (narrator)

Words can’t describe how devastating today has been. I don’t cry for a celebrity’s passing, but I have cried many times today after hearing of Carrie Fisher’s passing. I really hoped and prayed she’d pull through after her heart attack. 2016 had been so cruel taking a few of our legends from us.

I am obviously heartbroken as a fan but what is really sad is knowing the grief her family feels. Her daughter Billie is still too young to lose her mother, and my heart goes out to Debbie Reynolds. A mother should not outlive her daughter.

My condolences to her family. You are one with the Force, Carrie, and you will be missed. ❤


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.

Galen’s energy-focused research has captured the attention of both Krennic and his foes, making the scientist a crucial pawn in the galactic conflict. But after Krennic rescues Galen, his wife, Lyra, and their young daughter, Jyn, from Separatist kidnappers, the Erso family is deeply in Krennic’s debt. Krennic then offers Galen an extraordinary opportunity: to continue his scientific studies with every resource put utterly at his disposal. While Galen and Lyra believe that his energy research will be used purely in altruistic ways, Krennic has other plans that will finally make the Death Star a reality. Trapped in their benefactor’s tightening grasp, the Ersos must untangle Krennic’s web of deception to save themselves and the galaxy itself.

I started listening to the audiobook before seeing Rogue One and finished after seeing it in theaters. After finishing Catalyst, I want to see Rogue One again.

I loved Rogue One and felt it was superior to The Force Awakens because it was more original in storytelling and had more emotion. After I see it again I will write a separate, in-depth review.

Catalyst is a good story that leads up to the events of the film. It really gives a deeper understanding of the movie’s prologue.

My favorite part was the Erso’s family dynamic, as well as the ups and downs of their life. I felt a connection to the family, which is why I want to see the movie again. Even the first time I watched it I became choked up when Jyn watched her father die. And knowing the origin of the name “Stardust” makes the nickname even more sweet.

I also liked Galen and Lyra’s respect for the kyber crystals. It was frustrating when Galen was so blind to Krennic’s deceptions and manipulations, but then again I could see how he had been so blind. Krennic was a friend from school and made himself look like a hero when he kept bailing the Ersos out of trouble.

The set up of Krennic and Tarkin’s rivalry certainly gave more understanding to their competition in the film. They’re both evil jerks though, so Team Rebellion!

My reason for the average rating is that at times the story was sluggish when it was explaining the science of it all. For a Star Wars novel it’s not one of the fast-paced, action packed stories. This one is definitely about character development and Imperial politics.

Jonathan Davis was a good narrator. He had a soothing voice and did a great range of voices to distinguish the characters. I love hearing the sound effects and John Williams’s music included in the Star Wars audiobooks. I kind of only want to hear the audiobooks now.

I would recommend Catalyst: A Rogue One Story to the die-hard fans wanting to know about the set up of events and a deeper understanding of the characters in Rogue One. 

3.5 out 5 Kyber crystals


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