• Marie E. Wilson

A Reader’s Guide to A New Hope: Top Five Canon Reads to Start Today

Updated: May 22, 2019

We don’t have much canon literature based on and around A New Hope but what we do have is really good--and we got lucky with the 40th anniversary introducing us to a couple of these gems. There’s the novelizations in a sense like the junior novel by Ryder Windham and The Princess, The Scoundrel, and The Farm Boy by Alexandra Bracken. Then we have From A Certain Point of View--an absolutely brilliant take on A New Hope with 40 short stories from the points of view of minor and previously undisclosed characters.

For a deep dive side-story branching from one verbal exchange in the movie, we have Choose Your Destiny: A Han & Chewie Adventure by Cavan Scott. And finally, we have the comic Age of Rebellion: Grand Moff Tarkin “Tooth and Claw” by Greg Pak which shows us the moments leading up to and after the destruction of Alderaan. Now I’ll break down each of these a bit to give you a better feel for where you might want to dig in next.