Books Every Star Wars Fan Will Love

More than 20 years before the Golden Trio Apparated into our hearts forever, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford schwummed and pew-pewed their way into becoming a cultural phenomenon. Generations have been left to harness that appeal in other entertainment media, and — for those who are still trying — I’ve got 20 books Star Wars fans will love.

Here are some recommended books in the Southfield Public Library catalog with commentary by the article’s writer. If you don’t see a copy available, contact a librarian to place an item on hold for you!

Vaughn, Brian K. & Staples, Fiona
Alana and Marko have just had their first child, but there's little time to celebrate. The interracial couple hail from two sides of an intergalactic war, and they're being hunted down.
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Shade's Children
Nix, Garth
With the Overlords came the Change. Now children grow up in prisons and are harvested into monster-building materials at age 14. But some of them have escaped, and they're planning to fight back.
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Parable of the Sower
Butler, Octavia E.
Hyperempathic Lauren has grown up inside a Los Angeles gated community, safe from the anarchy outside. But when the life she knows is destroyed, Lauren must strike out on her own to plant a new religion: Earthseed.
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Bloodline [Sound Recording]
Grey, Claudia
The Empire has been defeated, and now the Rebel Alliance must shift gears to rebuild the galaxy's infrastructure and shape the New Republic. Once again, Senator Leia Organa is at the forefront of the movement, but a terrorist attack may threaten everything she's fought for.
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A Wizard of Earthsea
Le Guin, Ursula
Sparrowhawk, the reckless young student of Ogion, summons an ancient evil he isn't prepared to deal with in this fantasy classic from Ursula K. Le Guin.
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Kaufman, Amie & Kristoff, Jay
Shortly after they break up, two teenagers are forced to band together for survival when a war between two megacorporations hits their atmosphere.
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Simmons, Dan
Hyperion follows a group of devoted travelers on a pilgrimage to meet their god, Shrike. According to legend, Shrike will only allow one of them to live, and will grant that person a wish. But, with the world falling apart, what do they have to lose?
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Falling in Love with Hominids
Hopkinso, Nalo
This story collection brims with magical realism, light sci-fi, and fantasy. Zombies, ghosts, and chickens take center stage in Nalo Hopkinson's eclectic fiction mix.
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Asimov, Isaac
The psychohistorians have seen how their utopian civilization ends. With time to prepare, they set out to shorten the impending dark ages by 97 percent. But they did not foresee the Mule...
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Heir to the Empire
Zahn, Timothy
You can credit Timothy Zahn's Thrawn Trilogy with launching the EU. This Return of the Jedi sequel follows Luke, Leia, and Han as they try to secure the fate of the New Republic and the Jedi Order.
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A Canticle for Leibowitz
Miller Jr., Walter M.
A Canticle for Leibowitz opens 600 years after nuclear war destroyed the world. Knowledge, particularly scientific knowledge, has become anathema in the new order of things. But the Albertian Order of Leibowitz have been collecting as many books and relics as possible, for use when the world is ready for them again.
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Herbert, Frank
Jessica was never supposed to give birth to a boy. It wasn't time for him yet, and, who knows, maybe the legend is nothing more than that? But Jessica did have a boy, Paul, and he was destined to change the galaxy forever.
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Falling Free [electronic resource]
McMaster Bujold, Lois
With arms instead of legs, the Quaddies are the best space laborers ever made, but they are classified as medical samples, and suffer horrific abuses as a result. When a new technology precludes their use, and the Quaddies' fate is left up to their corporate owners to decide, their trainer, Leo, may be the one to save them all.
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy [electronic resource]
Adams, Douglas
Arthur Dent's having a bad day. His best friend just revealed himself to be an alien, his home planet's been destroyed to create a galactic superhighway, and now he's stuck on a journey through space that might not ever end.
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Ender's Game
Card, Orson Scott
Ender Wiggin is a mild-mannered "Third": the third child born to a family in a world bound by population limitations. Still, someone seems to think that he has the chops to make it through Battle School. But are they right?
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Downbelow Station
Cherryh, C. J.
Having found few habitable planets they can colonize, the Earth Company builds spacestations instead. Downbelow Station orbits Pell, a planet inhabited by peaceful, technologically limited primates. When unrest threatens to become war, the Earth Company creates its own paramilitary force, which could spell the end of humanity's non-colonial policies.
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The Fifth Season
Jemisin, N. K.
When climate change ravages the earth and a worldwide empire crumbles, an inevitable rash of wars breaks out over the basic necessities. In the middle of the chaos, a woman named Essun sets out alone in pursuit of her husband, who has murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter.
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