Book Recommendations Based on Your Favorite ‘Star Wars’ Characters

Tired of waiting for more 'Star Wars' content? Try your hand at one of these books, inspired by your favorite 'Star Wars' character.
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We can debate who the best character in Star Wars is all we want, but we’ll never actually finish that discussion. But one thing we can agree on is that we all have at least one character we love with all our heart, or love to hate, or at least relate to on some level.

If you find yourself wanting more of that character in question, you could easily just pick up one of the many Star Wars books. Or you could choose a step in another direction and read some books that reminded me of these characters.

Luke Skywalker

Luke Skywalker in Return of the Jedi, Infinity Son by Adam Silvera
20th Century Fox | Lucasfilm Ltd. | Simon & Schuster Children’s UK

If Luke Skywalker is your favorite character, you should check out Adam Silvera’s Infinity Son. The main character and Luke are essentially the same people in different fonts. Emil is a reluctant “chosen one” and just wants to live in peace. Doesn’t that remind you of Luke in the sequel trilogy?

The book follows brothers Emil and Brighton, who have always idolized the Spell Walkers, a vigilante group sworn to rid the world of specters. Brighton wants to join the fight, and Emil wants to avoid it at all costs. But when Emil awakens a power he never knew he had, his entire life is flipped upside down.

Princess/General Leia Organa

Princess Leia in A New Hope, The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
20th Century Fox | Lucasfilm Ltd. | Penguin Young Readers Group

Regardless of what trilogy introduced you to Leia, you know she’s a strong leader with a quick wit. That’s why The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh is the perfect book for fans of the character. Shahrzad and Leia are strong female characters, and the banter between their love interests is similar.

The first book in the duology follows Shahrzad vows to take down the murderous king, Khalid, after her best friend dies like all of Khalid’s past brides. While on her quest, she finds herself falling in love and uncovering dark secrets that threaten many lives, including her own.

Han Solo

You can’t tell me Han wouldn’t be Kaz Brekker if he was in Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. The duology follows a heist that’s reminiscent of Han’s past adventures before meeting Luke and Leia. It’s already been adapted for the screen in Shadow and Bone on Netflix.

In Ketterdam, Kaz Brekker is offered a chance at a heist that could either take his life or provide riches beyond his wildest dreams. He gathers his crew: a convict, a sharpshooter, a runaway, a spy known as the Wraith, a Heartrender, and a thief. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like Han’s cup of tea.


Chewbacca in The Force Awakens, Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures | Lucasfilm Ltd. | Bad Robot Productions | Knopf Books for Young Readers

In the Star Wars saga, Chewbacca is thrust into a war he didn’t sign up for with a ragtag group — much like Tyler Jones in The Aurora Cycle by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. The first book, Aurora Rising, reminds me of the original Star Wars trilogy. “They’re not the heroes we deserve. They’re just the ones we could find.”

When graduates of Aurora Academy receive their first missions, Tyler is stuck with a crew that nobody wants. But beyond that, he’s also stuck with Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, a girl who was in cryo-sleep for two centuries. He’s then thrust into a war that could destroy the galaxy.

Lando Calrissian

Lando Calrissian in Return of the Jedi, Red Rising by Pierce Brown
20th Century Fox | Lucasfilm Ltd. | Del Ray

I remember reading Red Rising by Pierce Brown and thinking it was like Star Wars. And then, when rewatching the movies, I thought Lando was like Darrow. They both will take revenge on those that have crossed them, regardless of what it could cost them.

Longing for justice and revenge after losing his loved one, Darrow sacrifices everything to take on the Golds that have ruled his civilization for so long. In the first book, he transforms from a Red to a Gold and infiltrates the Institute to bring down those that have betrayed him and his family.


Palpatine in Return of the Jedi, The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
20th Century Fox | Lucasfilm Ltd. | Futura Orbit

I haven’t personally met anyone whose favorite character is Palpatine, but I know there’s someone out there. So, if you are a Palpatine stan, you’ll probably like The Forever War by Joe Haldeman. Much like the war, Palpatine feels like he lasts forever. Seriously, how did he not die until the last movie?

William Mandella has been conscripted into a military unit in an interstellar war that’s been going on for a thousand years. He’s willing to do everything it takes to survive his fight to get home. The biggest problem: he’s only aged months because of space travel while the Earth he left is centuries gone.

Obi-Wan Kenobi

Obi-Wan Kenobi in Revenge of the Sith, Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
20th Century Fox | Lucasfilm Ltd. | Penguin Books

This man has been through a lot and knows how much one event can impact history. And that’s precisely what we see in Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. In the original trilogy, we see an older Obi-Wan reflect on his past with Anakin much like the novel does to its own history.

This standalone novel tells the story of the German cruise liner that was meant to ferry wartime personnel and refugees to safety from the Red Army. The story focuses on one of history’s greatest tragedies that little is known about.


Yoda in Empire Strikes Back, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
20th Century Fox | Lucasfilm Ltd. | Crown Publishing

I couldn’t think of a better book to encompass who Yoda is than The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. It’s such a strange book to me, much like how Yoda speaks. I mean, how could I not link these two together?

Arthur Dent is taken from Earth moments before it’s demolished by his friend Ford Prefect. Together, they, along with a ragtag group, journey through space, trying to answer the ever-lasting question. What’s the meaning of life?

Darth Vader

Darth Vader in Empire Strikes Back, A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula L. Le Guin
20th Century Fox | Lucasfilm Ltd. | Tor Books

If you prefer Anakin after turning to the Dark Side, you’ll probably enjoy A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin. In the novel, Ged awakens an evil he isn’t prepared to deal with, much like Anakin did when he crossed to the dark side after falling for Padme and letting passion take control.

The first book in the six-book Earthsea Cycle follows Ged, also known as Sparrowhawk, who is hungry for power and knowledge. In his quest for it, he accidentally unleashes a dark force that he and the world aren’t ready for.

Anakin (Pre-Vader)

Anakin Skywalker in Revenge of the Sith, Vicious by V.E. Schwab
20th Century Fox | Lucasfilm Ltd. | Bantam Books

Vicious by V.E. Schwab has two morally grey protagonists that struggle to keep their power and accomplish their twisted goals. Regardless of which protagonist you choose to like more, they both feel like they could become Darth Vader if they take one step too far.

Victor and Eli started out as roommates. In their senior year, they discovered that someone can develop powers under the right conditions. Things go wrong from there. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, and Eli is set on getting rid of people with powers. Who will survive this confrontation?


Padme Amidala in Revenge of the Sith, Circe by Madeline Miller
20th Century Fox | Lucasfilm Ltd. | Bloomsbury Publishing

We already know Leia is a strong female character, but so is her mom. Circe by Madeline Miller is perfect for Padme stans. Circe and Padme have incredibly similar personalities. Both want to do all they can to make the world a better place while staying true to themselves.

Circe, the daughter of Helios, god of the sun and mighty Titan, is born. While living in the mortal world, she discovers her power of witchcraft. This novel is a retelling of the Greek myth of Circe and brings a new light to the sorceress.


Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars The Clone Wars, A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown
Disney Platform Distribution | Lucasfilm | Lucasfilm Animation | Lucasfilm Animation Singapore | Polygon Pictures | Balzer + Bray

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown is the perfect start to a series that Ahsoka fans will love. Malik and Karina’s struggle against the dark forces acting against them is something Ahsoka could relate to, especially during Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels.

This is the first book in a West African folklore-inspired duology. Malik’s sister was abducted by a vengeful spirit, and it’s up to him to get her back. Karina, the Crown Princess, is set on resurrecting her mother through ancient magic. Will they both be able to finish their quests?

Boba Fett

Boba Fett in A New Hope, Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston
20th Century Fox | Lucasfilm Ltd. | Balzer + Bray

Boba Fett is a very complex character, but one thing we know for sure is that he can get himself out of anything if he wants to. Boba Fett fans would like Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston because he could easily find himself in the same situations. But he’d probably get out of them quicker.

Ana, a scoundrel and outlaw, is on the search for something to fix android B09. On her quest, she meets an Ironblood, and together, they end up fugitives. Now, everyone wants them captured, and Ana has to make a difficult choice: save D09 or protect the kingdom that wants her dead?


Rey in The Rise of Skywalker, Dove Arising by Karen Bao
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures | Lucasfilm Ltd. | Bad Robot Productions | Speak Publishing

If you like Rey Skywalker (yes, that’s canon), you’ll definitely appreciate the Dove Chronicles by Karen Bao. The first book, Dove Arising, is similar to how Rey stumbled onto her destiny in Star Wars. Both protagonists are going through their ordinary lives when fate literally hits them in the face.

The first book in the Dove Arising trilogy follows Phaet. Phaet has always lived on the Moon, but when her siblings are in trouble, she enlists in the Militia. She has to rank high, save her siblings, and then free her mom. At least, that was the plan.


Finn in The Rise of Skywalker, Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures | Lucasfilm Ltd. | Bad Robot Productions | Margaret K. McElderry Books

For those that wish Finn had gotten more screentime and action in the sequel trilogy, you’ll definitely love Legendborn by Tracy Deonn. Much like Finn, Bree ends up at the heart of a problem they weren’t expecting. And both do the best they can to survive and keep those they care about alive.

Bree is just going about her life until she witnesses a magical attack on campus. A mage tries to wipe the memory from her mind but accidentally awakens the magic and a buried memory in her. She infiltrates the Legendborn as an initiate to get to the bottom of her mom’s death.

Kylo Ren

Kylo Ren in The Rise of Skywalker, Renegades by Marissa Meyer
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures | Lucasfilm Ltd. | Bad Robot Productions | Feiwel & Friends

You can’t tell me Kylo Ren and Nova from Renegades by Marissa Meyer aren’t the same character in different universes. They both have an inner struggle between good and evil, a troubled past, and too much pressure put on them. They also have enemies to lovers storylines that will break your heart.

Nova has been trained to do all she can to take down the Renegades. Adrian has been raised to be a law-abiding hero. When they finally meet, Nova’s entire perspective is changed. But, which side of her will win out?

Poe Dameron

Poe Dameron in The Rise of Skywalker, Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures | Lucasfilm Ltd. | Bad Robot Productions | Knopf Books for Young Readers

If you like Poe, you’ll most likely quickly fall in love with Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. The number one reason is that the book is written in a strange way that reminds me of how Poe probably writes notes. Another reason is because he had to work with his ex in the last film.

Told through a dossier of hacked documents, the trilogy tells the story about lives interrupted by war and the truth that could either destroy the universe or end the war. Not to mention a plague just started making its way through the galaxy. Kady and her ex, Ezra, begrudgingly have to work together again.

Rose Tico

Rose Rico in The Last Jedi, Warcross by Marie Lu
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures | Lucasfilm Ltd. | G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers | Penguin Books Ltd.

One of the most snubbed characters, Rose, deserved so much better. That’s why Warcross by Marie Lu is perfect for her fans. Much like Rose, Emika Chen is intelligent and resourceful. The only difference is that Emika actually gets the action she deserves in the books.

Emika, a teenage hacker, hunts down players who bet on Warcross illegally. But, when she accidentally hacks herself into the middle of the action one night, she’s recruited by the game’s creator. She goes undercover as a spy for him but soon finds a sinister plot.


Disney Platform Distribution | Lucasfilm | Lucasfilm Animation | Square Fish Publishing

If you like Tech from The Bad Batch, you’ll probably also fall for Linh Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. You cannot tell me these two wouldn’t get along and probably also make some new pieces of tech in their spare time.

The first book in the series follows cyborg Cinder. When the Prince of New Beijing comes to her to fix his android, she’s suddenly thrown into the middle of an intergalactic war. She has to uncover her own past to protect herself and her world.


Mando in The Mandalorian, The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
Disney Platform Distribution | Lucasfilm | Fairview Entertainment | Golem Creations | Greenwillow Books

If you can’t get enough of the bounty hunter from The Mandalorian, you should read The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner. Both Gen and Mando are mysterious at first, but as we get to know them, we start to love who they are.

The Thief is the first book in the six-book The Queen’s Thief series. Gen is plucked straight out of the king’s prison for a deadly quest. He works with the king’s scholar to find an ancient treasure. Interspersed in their journey are tales of the old gods and goddesses.


Omega in The Bad Batch, Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
Disney Platform Distribution | Lucasfilm | Lucasfilm Animation | Gollancz

I don’t know about you, but Omega is one of my new favorites, and I have just the book for her fans. Skyward by Brandon Sanderson is the first book in a series of the same name. Omega and Spensa would have a great time piloting Spensa’s new ship together, no doubts about it.

The remnants of the human race are trapped by alien starfighters. Spensa longs to be a pilot, so when she discovers an ancient ship’s wreckage, she realizes she can do something about that dream. But when she starts messing with it, she realizes she signed up for more than she was expecting.

Admiral Ackbar

Admiral Ackbar in Return of the Jedi, Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron
20th Century Fox | Lucasfilm Ltd. | HarperTeen

If you love this rebel with a cause, why not try loving another in Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron? Ackbar has the same drive to do good and do all they can for his cause as Arrah, the protagonist of the trilogy by Rena Barron.

Arrah is the heir of two power witchdoctor families and searches within herself for her own magic. But, she constantly fails to live up to her family’s legacy. So when children start disappearing in the Kingdom, she takes it upon herself to fight the dark scheme.

Rey (Yes, Again)

Rey in The Last Jedi, Empire of Dreams by Rae Carson
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures | Lucasfilm Ltd. | Greenwillow Books

I couldn’t decide on just one book for this character, so here’s another that reminds me of Rey’s journey. Red Sparkle Stone has strong powers she doesn’t know the extent of, but she’s willing to learn for the greater good and rise up from her place in the world.

Red is an orphan with a weird name and missing past who is about to be adopted by the Empress. But, when a political adversary blocks that adoption, she decides to take her fate into her own hands. She will be the first woman to join the Royal Guard, even if it kills her.

Princess/General Leia Organa (Yes, Again)

General Leia in The Force Awakens, All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures | Lucasfilm Ltd. | Bad Robot Productions | Imprint Publishing

Another book that Leia fans will love is All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace. Leia and Amora both flee to safety while working to save their homes. Also, the banter between Amora and Bastian is precisely what you’d expect from Leia and Han Solo.

Princess Amora has always lived on her island while training to be the master of souls. But, when her demonstration goes wrong, she strikes a deal with Bastian. She helps him recover his stolen magic, and he’ll help her prove she’s fit to rule. Their journey will bring them against ancient forces to defeat.

Jar Jar Binks

Jar Jar Binks in Revenge of the Sith, Maximum Ride Angel Experiment by James Patterson
20th Century Fox | Lucasfilm Ltd. | Hachette Book Group

If Jar Jar Binks is somehow your favorite character — which I doubt, but maybe there’s someone out there — then you should read the entire Maximum Ride series. Jar Jar is widely known as the most annoying character in the franchise, much like all of the characters in the Maximum Ride series.

The nine-book series follows Maximum Ride and her family of kids that are 98 percent human and 2 percent bird. Each book follows the group as they take on deadly missions and a bunch of mad scientists who want to put them down.