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1 Hiawatha BrayYou Are Here4
2 Conner, Palmiotti & HardinNew 52: Harley Quinn Vol. 1: Hot in the City4
3 Conner, Palmiotti & HardinNew 52: Harley Quinn Vol. 2: Power Outage4
4 Rainbow RowellCarry On2
5 Jonathan StroudThe Hollow Boy4Lockwood & Co. #3
6 Noelle Stevenson et alLumberjanes Vol. 2: Friendship to the Max4Lumberjanes #2
7 Cece BellEl Deafo3
8 Tam O'ShaughnessySally Ride: A Photobiography3
9 Ursula VernonHarriet the Invincible3Hamster Princess #1
10 Nathalia HoltRise of the Rocket Girls4
11 Monica TeslerBounders3Bounders #1
12 Charlie Jane AndersAll The Birds In The Sky5
13 Leigh BardugoShadow and Bone4The Grisha #1
14 Leigh BardugoSix of Crows4Six of Crows #1
15 Claudia GrayBloodline4
16 Marissa MeyerCinder4Lunar Chronicles #1
17 Leigh BardugoSiege and Storm4The Grisha #2
18 Leigh BardugoRuin and Rising4The Grisha #3
19 Melissa LandersStarflight3
20 Marissa MeyerScarlet4Lunar Chronicles #2
21 Marissa MeyerCress4Lunar Chronicles #3
22 Marissa MeyerFairest3Lunar Chronicles #3.5
23 Robert BeattySerafina and the Black Cloak3Serafina #1
24 Rick RiordanThe Hidden Oracle3Trials of Apollo #1
25 Genevieve CognanThe Invisible Library2
26 Carlos BuenoLauren Ipsum4
27 Marissa MeyerWinter4Lunar Chronicles #4
28 Marissa MeyerStars Above3Lunar Chronicles #5
29 Robert BeattySerafina and the Twisted Staff3Serafina #2
30 Leigh BardugoCrooked Kingdom4Six of Crows #2
31 Rick RiordanThe Sword of Summer4Magnus Chase #1
32 Rick RiordanThe Hammer of Thor4Magnus Chase #2
33 J.K. Rowling et alHarry Potter and the Cursed Child3Harry Potter #8
34 J.K. RowlingFantastic Beasts: The Original Screenplay3
35 Emily Croy BarkerThe Thinking Woman's Guide to Magic4
36 Liesl ShurtliffRump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin3
37XKaren CushmanGrayling's Song3
38 Daniel José OlderShadowshaper3
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I've heard James Luceno described as an action novelist, in defense of his terse character and landscape descriptions. But I didn't find much action in this novel either, just a series of characters contemplating the various situations in which they found themselves over the course of about six years' time during the Clone Wars and the early days of the Empire.

That said, this does fill in a lot of backstory regarding the relationships between some of the characters featured in Rogue One. We meet Galen and Lyra Erso as young energy researchers expecting their first child. We discover that Galen and Orson Krennic had a boyhood friendship at a gifted prep school, which sowed the seeds for Krennic's lifelong obsession with Galen and his work. We see Krennic and Tarkin vying for early control of the Death Star project, with Krennic undermining Tarkin in order to advance his own career. We see the toll that Galen's kyber crystal research takes on his health and his family. And in the last few pages, we finally see how Saw Guerrera came to know the Ersos and help them escape the Empire.

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