SciFi F Fwwadmin November 19, 2016 2574
Background on the scientist, Galen Erso, but not much else
So first let me start out by saying that I am a big Star Wars fan and have ready many Star Wars books over the years and enjoyed most of them. However, there just isn't enough of a story in Catalyst (Star Wars): A Rogue One Novel to give it a good rating.
This book is solely about Galen Erso and how he was recruited to develop the super weapon for the Death Star. Stop reading now if you don't want to read any spoilers but there isn't much to spoil in this book. One thing I can say is at least this book helps you understand who Galen is when you see him being captured by Orson Krennic during the beginning of the Rogue One movie.
So Galen is a universe-class scientist that specializes in kyber crystals. He is being recruited by both sides but is not interested in developing weapons. Yet he can't pass up an opportunity to work for Orson Krennic. Galen truly believes his research will lead to cheap power and only finds out at the end of the book that his research is being weaponized. He then flees with his family which leads to his being found at the beginning of Rogue One.
Sadly that is all there is to the book. I like scientists and have a technical job myself but I don't think many people would want to read 352 pages about how I was recruited to my job and what I do each day. I give this book two out of five stars as there is some background to help you understand the movie but there are several far better Star Wars books to enjoy out there before Catalyst (Star Wars): A Rogue One Novel.