Star Wars Stories and Readalikes

Star Wars Stories and Readalikes

The wait between Star Wars movies is just too long for true fanatics! A good read can help you "Force" yourself to hang in there. Enjoy these stories featuring familiar Star Wars characters—and other tales of galaxies far, far away.


Compiled by:
Sam O.

Older Teens

Ancillary Justice

Ann Leckie
(Science Fiction & Fantasy – Leckie)

Years ago, Breq was part of the starship Justice of Toren, where thousands of corpse soldiers served the empire of the Radch. Now an act of treachery has left Breq with a single fragile human body and an unquenchable desire for revenge against the Lord of the Radch, Anaander Mianaai.


Descender, Vol. 1: Tin Stars

Jeff Lemire
(Graphic Novels – GN Descender v. 1)

One young robot's struggle to stay alive in a universe where all androids have been outlawed and bounty hunters lurk on every planet.


Dune

Frank Herbert
(Science Fiction & Fantasy – SF Herbert)

The story, set on the desert planet Arrakis, of the boy Paul Atreides, who becomes the mysterious Maud'dib. He avenges the traitorous plot against his noble family—and realizes humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.


The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

Becky Chambers
(Science Fiction & Fantasy - SF Chambers)

When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she isn't expecting much. The patched-up ship has seen better days, but it offers her everything she could possible want: aspot to call home, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy and some distance from her past. And nothing could be further from what she's known than the crew of the Wayfarer.


Red Rising

Pierce Brown
(Science Fiction & Fantasy – SF Brown)

All sixteen-year-old Darrow knows is mining for helium-3 deep below the surface of Mars—until he tries to get into the Institute from which future leaders are chosen. There he discovers just how vicious the ruling classes are, as they fight war games where only the most intelligent and ruthless can survive.


Solo: A Star Wars Story

Mur Lafferty
(Science Fiction & Fantasy - SF Starwar Laf)

Young Han dreams of someday soaring into space at the helm of his own starship and leaving his home, the gritty industrial planet Corellia, far behind. But as long as he's trapped in a life of poverty and crime, reaching the distant stars seems impossible. When Han tries to escape with his girlfriend and partner-in-crime, Qi'ra, he makes it out--but she doesn't. Desperate for a way to find his own off-world vessel and free her, Han enlists in the Imperial Navy.


Star Wars Darth Vader, Vol. 1: Vader

Kieron Gillen
(Graphic Novels – Starwar Darth Gillen)

When a Dark Lord needs help, who can he turn to? As Vader pursues a personal vengeance against the Rebels and investigates the Emperor's secrets, he learns that some very powerful people don't want him to learn the truths he seeks!


Star Wars: Bloodline

Claudia Gray
(Science Fiction & Fantasy - SF Starwar Gra)

A thrilling prequel to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, set roughly six years before the events of the film.


Star Wars: Heir to the Empire

Timothy Zahn
(Science Fiction & Fantasy - SF Starwar Zahn)

It's five years after Return of the Jedi: the Rebel Alliance has destroyed the Death Star, defeated Darth Vader and the Emperor, and driven out the remnants of the old Imperial Starfleet to a distant corner of the galaxy. Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting Jedi Twins. And Luke Skywalker has become the first in a long-awaited line of Jedi Knights. But thousand of light-years away, the last of the emperor's warlords has taken command of the shattered Imperial Fleet, readied it for war, and pointed it at the fragile heart of the new Republic. For this dark warrior has made two vital discoveries that could destroy everything the courageous men and women of the Rebel Alliance fought so hard to build.


Star Wars: Lost Stars

Claudia Gray
(Young Adult Fiction – Y Starwar Gray)

Aristocrat Thane and rural villager Ciena become fighter pilots for the glorious Empire, a dream come true for both of them. But when Thane sours on the dream, he joins the fledgling Rebellion—putting Ciena in the unbearable position of choosing between loyalty to the Empire and her love for the man she's known since childhood.


Star Wars: Master & Apprentice

Claudia Gray
(Science Fiction & Fantasy - SF Starwar Gra)

An unexpected offer threatens the bond between Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi as the two Jedi navigate a dangerous new planet and an uncertain future.


Star Wars: Most Wanted

Rae Carson
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Starwar Car)

Set before the events of Solo: A Star Wars Story! Han and Qi'ra don't have a lot in common other than not having a lot. They're street kids on the industrial planet Corellia, doing whatever it takes to get by, dreaming of something more. They each jump at a chance to prove themselves in the perilous world of Corellia's criminal underbelly, only to discover they are on the same mission for the same unscrupulous boss.


Star Wars: Outbound Flight

Timothy Zahn
(Science Fiction & Fantasy – SF Starwar Zahn)

Jedi Jorus C'baoth masterminds an expedition of fifty thousand men, women, and children to establish colonies and contact intelligent life aboard Outbound Flight. Unbeknownst to C'boath, his heroics are part of a scheme by Sith Lord Darth Sidious, whose goal is also to destroy Outbound Flight.


Star Wars: Phasma

Delilah Dawson
(Science Fiction & Fantasy - SF Starwar Dawson)

One of the most cunning and merciless officers of the First Order, Captain Phasma commands the favor of her superiors, the respect of her peers, and the terror of her enemies. But for all her renown, Phasma remains as virtually unknown as the impassive expression on her gleaming chrome helmet. Now, an adversary is bent on unearthing her mysterious origins-- and exposing a secret she guards as zealously and ruthlessly as she serves her masters. 


Star Wars: Queen's Shadow

E.K. Johnston
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Starwar Joh)

When Padmé Naberrie, "Queen Amidala" of Naboo, steps down from her position, she is asked by the newly-elected queen to become Naboo's representative in the Galactic Senate. Padmé is unsure about taking on the new role, but cannot turn down the request to serve her people. Together with her most loyal handmaidens, Padmé must figure out how to navigate the treacherous waters of politics and forge a new identity beyond the queen's shadow. 


Star Wars: Thrawn

Timothy Zahn
(Science Fiction & Fantasy - SF Starwar Zahn)

One of the most cunning and ruthless warriors in the history of the Galactic Empire, Grand Admiral Thrawn is also one of the most captivating characters in the Star Wars universe. Thrawn’s origins and the story of his rise in the Imperial ranks have remained mysterious. Now, in Star Wars: Thrawn, Timothy Zahn chronicles the fateful events that launched the blue-skinned, red-eyed master of military strategy and lethal warfare into the highest realms of power—and infamy.


Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy

Amy Ratcliffe
(Adult Nonfiction - 791.4375 Rat)

The women of the Star Wars galaxy drive its stories and saga forward at every level. This beautifully illustrated, fully authorized book profiles 75 fascinating female characters from across films, fiction, comics, animation, and games.


William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope

Ian Doescher
(Adult Nonfiction - 812.6 Doescher)

A retelling of Star wars in the style of Shakespeare, in which a wise Jedi knight, an evil Sith lord, a beautiful captive princess, and a young hero coming of age reflect the valor and villainy of the Bard's greatest plays.


Younger Teens

Found

Margaret Peterson Haddix
(Juvenile Fiction – J Haddix)

When thirteen-year-olds Jonah and Chip, both adopted, learn they were discovered on a plane full of babies appearing out of nowhere, they realize they've uncovered a mystery involving time travel and two opposing forces—each trying to repair the fabric of time.


Jedi Academy

Jeffrey Brown
(Juvenile Graphic Novels – J Starwar Brown)

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, Roan's dreams are crushed when he's rejected by Pilot Academy. When he's accepted into a sketchy new school called Coruscant Jedi Academy, Roan has no idea what to expect. Confused and struggling to keep up, Roan tries to fly under the radar, passing the time drawing comics of his new daily life.


A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy

Alexandra Bracken
(Juvenile Fiction – J Starwar Bracken)

An illustrated retelling of the first Star Wars film, in which the galaxy's fate lies in the hands of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo.


Star Wars: Ahsoka

E.K. Johnston
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Starwar Johnston)

Fans have long wondered what happened to Ahsoka after she left the Jedi Order near the end of the Clone Wars, and before she re-appeared as the mysterious Rebel operative Fulcrum in Rebels. Finally, her story will begin to be told. Following her experiences with the Jedi and the devastation of Order 66, Ahsoka is unsure she can be part of a larger whole ever again. But her desire to fight the evils of the Empire and protect those who need it will lead her right to Bail Organa, and the Rebel Alliance


Star Wars: Darth Vader and Son

Jeffrey Brown
(Ground Floor - GN Star War Darth Vader and Son)

What if Darth Vader took an active role in raising his son? What if 'Luke, I am your father' was just a stern admonishment from an annoyed dad? In this hilarious and sweet comic re-imagining, Darth Vader is a dad like any other-- except with all the baggage of being the Dark Lord of the Sith.


Star Wars: The Legends of Luke Skywalker

Ken Liu
(Juvenile Fiction - J Liu)

As a cargo ship rockets across the galaxy to Canto Bight, the deckhands on board trade stories about legendary Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker. But are the stories of iconic and mysterious Luke Skywalker true, or merely tall tales passed from one corner of the galaxy to another?