Catalyst by James Luceno

This book was a bit of a struggle for me. I really liked getting more background on Krennic, Galen and Lyra Erso, and Tarkin, but the overall book was really slow. It made it easy to put down. 

I do wish I had read this before Rogue One came out. I guess I’ll have to see the movie again to see how it affects my opinion of Krennic. 

I liked getting to know Lyra and was secretly hoping she was a secret Jedi. I liked her environmentalist-ness. It was interesting to see the Empire’s destruction through her eyes. 

Overall, I am glad I read this, but I did kind of have to make myself do it. 

Dark Force Rising by Timothy Zahn

Another awesome book by Mr. Zahn.  I was reading along with Thrawncast again, but this one actually took me a little while to get into it.  I decided to dive in over the weekend so I would have podcasts to listen to while driving home from my sister’s house and ended up finishing it today.  Character wise, I think I have pretty much the same feelings about everyone as I did in the first book, but in this one, I liked Mara more.  I can definitely see why people started to ship Luke and Mara even if it wasn’t what Zahn intended originally.  They have chemistry.

Plot wise, I liked Luke’s story and Han and Lando’s story, but was iffy on Leia and Chewie’s story.  I just seemed weird.  Hopefully the last book wraps it up nicely.