So you might be wondering how ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story‘ fits into the greater mythology of Star Wars outside of the Death Star plans being stolen, but the prequel novel ‘Star Wars: Catalyst — A Rogue One Story‘ ties it directly into the prequel trilogy! It looks like we have an interesting take on how the Rebellion actually started and the seeds were sewn prior to Ahsoka Tano and Bail Organa meeting in the ‘Star Wars: Ahsoka’ novel. In fact, they mysteriously grew out of ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ when the Empire itself wasn’t quite yet formed.

According to the author James Luceno:

“Catalyst begins a few months after the start of the Clone Wars, and the Separatists referred to in the [publisher’s official] description are in fact aligned with the Confederacy of Independent Systems.

A direct link can be made between the Rebellion and the former Separatists, who, in the wake of the Republic victory, never received reparations promised by the Empire, and remained ostracized — and in many cases occupied — while the Empire spread its tentacles far and wide. Instead of fairness, the galaxy fell victim to fear of the Empire’s ever-expanding military. The absence of the Jedi Order — their fire gone out of the universe — left many worlds without any recourses to counter injustices.”

So it would seem that those from the Separatists will directly tie into what both Galen and Jyn Erso head in the novel and upcoming feature film. It looks like The Clone Wars will lead directly to the increased military might of the Empire and the eventual creation of a fully armed and operational battle station.

Are you interested to see how the novel and film will tie into the rest of the now canon Disney version of Star Wars? Do you think we’ll see any other ties to existing works? Share your thoughts below!


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.

‘Star Wars: Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel’ will be available on November 15, 2016, while you can check out ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ on the big screen on December 16th, 2016!

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

horizontal line

Stuart Conover is an author, blogger, and all around geek. When not busy being a father and husband he tries to spend as much time as possible immersed in comic books, science fiction, and horror! Would you like to know more? Follow him on Twitter!