The summaries for two Star Wars Rebels books have been added over at Edelweiss, an online cataloging system for bibliographic items. The two novels, Star Wars Rebels: The Rebellion Begins by Michael Kogge and Star Wars Rebels Servants of the Empire: Edge of the Empire by Jason Fry, will go on sale on October 21, 2014.
The Rebellion Begins is a junior novelization of the one-hour movie special written by Simon Kinberg and directed by Steward Lee and Steven G. Lee, Star Wars Rebels: Spark of the Rebellion. The 176-page book is written by Michael Kogge, the same author of Star Wars Rebels: Rise of the Rebels, a novelization of the four character shorts.
The following is the summary for The Rebellion Begins:
“Ezra Bridger knows how to take care of himself. Growing up in the shadow of the Galactic Empire, Ezra has always stolen what he can to survive–and to mess with the Empire. But when one of Ezra’s heists goes terribly wrong, he finds himself thrown together with a team of rebels. Lead by brash maverick Kanan Jarrus and fearless pilot Hera Syndulla, the rebels are on a mission to free enslaved Wookiees from an Imperial prison. Now Ezra must decide whether to go back to his simple life on Lothal, or join the rebels in their fight for freedom.”
We see a glimpse of Ezra’s heist and how it goes terribly wrong in the extended 7-minute preview. We also catch a glimpse of when the rebels decide to embark on a mission to rescue enslaved Wookiees in the sneak peek from WATCH Disney XD. From there, we also know that the rebels encounter stormtroopers in zero gravity and that rebels rescue the Wookiees. Additionally, there’s the scene with Ezra, a young Wookiee, and Agent Kallus on a bridge.
Star Wars Rebels Servants of the Empire: Edge of the Empire is an original 176-page junior novel written by Jason Fry. Fry is also the author of several other Star Wars books, including LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary: Updated and Expanded, The Bounty Hunter Code: From the Files of Boba Fett, Star Wars: The Clone Wars Character Encyclopedia, and more. He is also the author of The Jupiter Pirates series, published by HarperCollins.
The following is the summary for Servants of the Empire: Edge of the Empire:
“Zare Leonis seems destined to become a poster boy for the Empire. His sister Dhara has been accepted into the esteemed Imperial Academy on Lothal and Zare is confident he’ll join her in a year’s time. But a year can bring plenty of unwelcome changes. Not only does he begin to uncover the Empire’s destructive plans for Lothal and the livelihood of its people, but his unease hits home when Dhara goes mysteriously missing. Zare is forced to question everything and rethink what it means to be a good servant of the Empire.
This first book in an original series gives readers an insider’s look into a different part of the world of Star Wars Rebels.”
According to the Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide by Adam Bray, 14-year-old Zare is described as “a skilled cadet, and incredibly brave. His sister, Dhara, was the star cadet at the Imperial Academy, but she mysteriously vanished. Zare was told that she ran away, but he believes that the Inquisitor may have something to do with her disappearance. He remains at the Academy hoping that he may eventually discover her fate.”
Jason Fry adds, “He’s an interesting character. Not a huge talker, but perceptive and shrewd. Fun to write.”
In the series, Ezra goes on a mission to sneak into Lothal’s Imperial Academy with the intent to steal an Imperial decoder. During his mission, he discovers that fellow cadet Jai Kell will be taken as a prisoner by the Inquisitor. With Zare’s help, Jai and Ezra manage to escape, but Zare chooses to stay behind and becomes a spy for the rebels, passing along vital intel about the Imperial Command.
I wonder if Dhara herself was communicating information to a different sect of rebels and maybe that’s why she disappeared. Obviously, we know nothing about her, so this is merely speculation. We also don’t know why the Inquisitor wanted to take cadet Jai Kell as a prisoner. Perhaps it could be something related to Dhara’s own misfortune. Since there are so many unanswered and intriguing questions, I look forward to picking up a copy of Fry’s original novel as soon as it’s released on October 21, 2014.
The sequel to Edge of the Empire is Rebel in the Ranks, set to be released on March 3, 2015.