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.


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.

Lost Stars

Claudia Gray
(Young Adult – 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.

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.

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.

Star Wars. Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel

James Luceno
(Science Fiction & Fantasy - SF Starwar Luceno)

War is tearing the galaxy apart. For years the Republic and the Separatists have battled across the stars, each building more and more deadly technology in an attempt to win the war. As a member of Chancellor Palpatine|s top secret Death Star project, Orson Krennic is determined to develop a superweapon before their enemies can. And an old friend of Krennic|s, the brilliant scientist Galen Erso, could be the key. Galen|s energy-focused research has captured the attention of both Krennic and his foes, making the scientist a crucial pawn in the galactic conflict. But after Krennic rescues Galen, his wife, Lyra, and their young daughter, Jyn, from Separatist kidnappers, the Erso family is deeply in Krennic|s debt. Krennic then offers Galen an extraordinary opportunity: to continue his scientific studies with every resource put utterly at his disposal. While Galen and Lyra believe that his energy research will be used purely in altruistic ways, Krennic has other plans that will finally make the Death Star a reality. Trapped in their benefactor|s tightening grasp, the Ersos must untangle Krennic|s web of deception to save themselves and the galaxy itself.

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. The explosive confrontation that results is a towering epic of action, invention, mystery, and spectacle on a galactic scale--in short, a story worthy of the name Star Wars.

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. Deep inside the Battlecruiser Absolution, a captured Resistance spy endures brutal interrogation at the hands of a crimson-armored stormtrooper-- Cardinal. But the information he desires has nothing to do with the Resistance or its covert operations against the First Order. What the mysterious stormtrooper wants is Phasma's past-- and with it whatever long-buried scandal, treachery, or private demons he can wield against the hated rival who threatens his own power and privilege in the ranks of the First Order. His prisoner has what Cardinal so desperately seeks, but she won't surrender it easily. As she wages a painstaking war of wills with her captor, bargaining for her life in exchange for every precious revelation, the spellbinding chronicle of the inscrutable Phasma unfolds. But this knowledge may prove more than just dangerous once Cardinal possesses it--and once his adversary unleashes the full measure of her fury.

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, from his introduction in bestselling author Timothy Zahn’s classic Heir to the Empire through his continuing adventures in Dark Force Rising, The Last Command, and beyond. But 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.

Tin Stars

Jeff Lemire
(Graphic Novels – Lemire)

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


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!

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


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 Novel – 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 - 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