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Journey to The Force Awakens publishing programme

[ Journey to The Force Awakens ]

10th March 2015 |

EW.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has the exclusive news that Disney / Lucasfilm are planning at least 20 books in their Journey to The Force Awakens series that leads upto the theatrical release of The Force Awakens in December. While details of some of these books have been discovered over the last few months, especially children's and YA titles, EW.com has exclusively revealed that Del Rey will be publishing at least one adult novel titled Star Wars: Aftermath, and Marvel have two titles: Star Wars: Journey to The Force Awakens and another that tells a story from C-3PO's perspective.

While plotlines are unknown at this time, this hasn't stopped EW.com speculating that these stories "may serve as an epilogue to the original trilogy and perhaps a prologue to the new one". This may be true as hours after EW.com's story, Barnes & Noble released the first blurb for Star Wars: Aftermath:

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...

Certainly given that there is a thirty-year gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens on the Star Wars timeline, there is an opportunity for some form of gap-filling story or stories to statisfy the non-casual Star Wars fan.

The first titles in the Journey to The Force Awakens should be arriving early September in the US from Disney Lucasfilm Press. UK readers can expect most, if not all titles, to be reprinted by Egmont (children's and YA titles) and Century (Star Wars: Aftermath).

     

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