Jedi-Bibliotech have found listings for The Force Awakens juvenile novel that seem geared to prepare kids for the new film by laying out the backstory seen in the original trilogy:
- Journey to Episode VII: Princess Leia Middle Grade Novel (September 2015, Hardcover, Disney-Lucasfilm Press, $12,99 USD, 9781484724972)
- Journey to Episode VII: Han Solo Middle Grade Novel (September 2015, Hardcover, Disney-Lucasfilm Press, $12,99 USD, 9781484724958)
- Journey to Episode VII: Luke Skywalker Middle Grade Novel (September 2015, Hardcover, Disney-Lucasfilm Press, $12,99 USD, 9781484724965)
- Journey to Episode VII: The Fall of the Empire/The Rise of the Rebellion (September 2015, Hardcover, Disney-Lucasfilm Press, $17,99 USD, 9781484724989)
Two things here strike me as being rather interesting. Firstly, if you need any more proof that The Force Awakens will be as much a direct sequel to Return of the Jedi as it will be the first in a new trilogy, there it is. But secondly, the last title in particular suggests that the Battle of Endor will remain a decisive victory against the Empire, and that any Imperial faction(s) seen in this next film will be on the backfoot. Will the Empire be placed in the position the Rebellion found itself in during the original trilogy? Is this why, for example, one Imperial set appears to be built into a cave?
If I had to guess, I’d say the Empire is hiding in the shadows, waiting for the right time to “strike back”. “At last we will have revenge…”
UPDATE: via Making Star Wars
Here’s the synopsis to The Fall of the Empire/The Rise of the Rebellion:
Star Wars meets Romeo and Juliet in this epic YA novel that follows two best friends who find themselves on opposite sides of the war between the Empire and the Rebellion.
This thrilling YA novel gives readers a macro view of some of the most important events in the Star Wars universe: from the purge of the Jedi in Episode III, to the beginnings of the rebellion in Star Wars Rebels, and through the fall of the Empire in Episodes IV-IV. Readers will experience these major moments through the eyes of two best friends who grow up in these troubling times, and find themselves on opposite sides of the war.
As with other Journey to Episode VII titles, hints about the upcoming film will be included in the narrative, as well a original, post-Episode VI content that sets up the new film.