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Baby Yoda Recommends: Books to Celebrate Star Wars Day

“These are the books you’re looking for.”

Does your TBR pile need more Star Wars vibes? Of course it does! 

The Force is on your side, padawan, because in celebration of Star Wars Day, we’ve picked five of our favorite DAW Books that would satisfy any reader looking for rollicking science-fiction adventures!

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Princess Leia meets the Princess Bride in this feminist reimagining of familiar fairytale tropes with a story of resistance and self determination. In this story, the princess saves herself – showing us all how small acts of rebellion can change the course of history.

“The political intrigue never fails to surprise, each character is layered and compelling, and there’s a perfect balance between science-fiction action and fairy-tale fantasy. Do not, under any circumstances, miss out on this.” —Kirkus (starred review)

FOREIGNER by C. J. Cherryh

If you’re looking for an epic saga that has changed the face of science fiction over the last thirty years, look no further than the Foreigner series by SWFA Grand Master C. J. Cherryh. With twenty-one installments and #22 out in 2023, this bingeable series will take you to a galaxy far, far away.

“This is one of the best science fiction series currently running….by this point, the series has turned into a complicated set of thrillers involving political and factional turmoil, as well as a close and detailed examination of the troubled interactions between human and alien cultures.” —Strange Horizons

NOOR by Nnedi Okorafor

Filled with techno-magic and thoughtful rumination on biotechnology, destiny, and humanity in a near-future Nigeria, Noor by Nnedi Okorafor is a journey of self discovery that we could see gracing the shelves of C3PO.

“Okorafor exposes the cracks in this technology-driven, highly surveilled society as each detour in AO and DNA’s route adds layers of intrigue on the way to a jaw-dropping finale…. This is a must-read.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

OUTPOST by W. Michael Gear

We could certainly see this edgy adventure being read by Anakin while he’s stuck on the edge of turning to the Dark Side. Set on an alien world brimming with danger and opportunity, the Outpost starts the Donovan series, and follows a group of colonists, criminals, and corporate enforcers as they brave the vicious planet and uncover the mysteries at its heart. 

“Gear kicks off a new sf series by weaving a number of compelling characters into the narrative, including bold heroine Talina Perez and Donovan itself, a planet teeming with danger and delights in turn…. Fans of epic space opera, like Rachel Bach’s Fortune’s Pawn (2013), will happily lose themselves in Donovan’s orbit.” —Booklist


Those garbage compactor’s don’t fill themselves and someone has to clean up all the mess left behind by the storm troopers stomping around the Death Star. How else are you going to smoosh meddling rebels?If you’re looking for a space opera with a hint of humor (and some zombies!) look no further than Jim C. Hines’s Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse series. Sometimes to save the world, all you need is a mop.”A high-stakes romp full of interstellar hi-jinks and pulse-pounding action. Jim Hines’s space janitors are the unlikeliest crew of heroes ever to save a galaxy.” —Lisa Shearin, New York Times-bestselling author of the Raine Benares novels.

May the Fourth be with you!