Rise of the First Order (28 ABY - 35 ABY)
This is an excellent book that does a great job setting the stage for the Sequel Trilogy.
This is the final entry from our Amazon Prime Reading collection on the Kindle App. Unfortunately, it was a disappointment as it just wasn't very interesting in my opinion.
Season 1; Chapters 1-19
Speaking of things that aren't very interesting.... I'm probably too hard on this show but it just didn't come close to the quality that we've seen from The Clone Wars and Rebels. But its canon so.... this season will take you right up and through The Force Awakens. For right now, watch episodes 1-19 concurrently with Phasma, Force Collector, Battlefront II, and Forces of Destiny episodes, as detailed below.
We covered the flashback chapters earlier so now we just stick to the present day story where Vi Moradi is captured and forced to tell Phasma's origin story. Those Chapters are as follows: 1-3, 5, 7, 9, 11-13, 20, 29, 31-35, 37-43
Listen to concurrently with Resistance Season 1. Start this book any time during the season but make sure you finish before you get to the last two episodes and The Force Awakens.
NOTE: The red-armored character in Resistance is Major Elrik Vonreg and NOT Cardinal, a.k.a. "Emergency Brake," from this book. So there are no continuity issues here.
This book should also be completed concurrently with Resistance Season 1. It doesn't matter whether you start this or Phasma first. Dealer's choice! Although, I prefer Phasma first because it keeps the present day story closer to Phasma's flashback/origin story and thus keeps it fresher in the mind.
Battlefront II: Campaign Mode
Discoveries & Project Resurrection
As mentioned above, we actually want to start with the last mission from the Main Story: Discoveries. You can play that and the first mission from the Resurrection story, Project Resurrection, anytime during Resistance Season 1, Episodes 1-19.
Forces of Destiny
S1 E17: The Happabore Hazard
S2E5: Run Rey Run
S1 E1: Sands of Jakku
S1 E2: BB-8 Bandits
S1 E11: Tracker Trouble
S2 E13: Perilous Pursuit
Click on the blue links above to watch these episodes. The first two, The Happabore Hazard and Run Rey Run should be watched in between Episodes 16-17 of Resistance, which is still before The Force Awakens.
The next three should be watch concurrently with The Force Awakens as follows:
Sands of Jakku & BB-8 Bandit: Watch after Rey lets BB-8 follow her but before they meet up with Finn.
Tracker Trouble: Watch any time after Han, Chewie, Rey and Finn make the jump to light speed to escape from the gangs but before they arrive on Takodana.
Perilous Pursuit: Watch immediately after Kylo kills Han Solo and Rey and Finn run away.
Watch concurrently with Forces of Destiny as detailed above. And watch concurrently with Black Spire as detailed below.
Chapters 1 and 2
Listen to the first two chapters concurrent with The Force Awakens, specifically in between the time when a droid on Takodana alerts the Resistance that BB-8 is there at Maz's castle and when the First Order destroys the Hosnian system. We'll come back to the rest of the book in a bit.
S1 E20 & 21; S2 E1
Watch Season 1, Episodes 20 and 21 along with Season 2, Episode 1 in between The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.
Ashes of the Empire & Inferno
Play Ashes of the Empire and Inferno from the Resurrection Campaign Mode in between The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.
Watch concurrently with Forces of Destiny episodes as detailed below.
Forces of Destiny
S2 E3: Shuttle Shock
S2 E8: Porg Problems
S2 E12: Porgs!
Watch these episodes by clicking the links above. The first one, Shuttle Shock, can be watch anytime after Finn and Rose leave for Canto Bight but before they arrive. Porg Problems and Porgs! can be watched anytime after Luke begins training Rey but before she leaves Ahch-To.
We covered Episode 1 of this season earlier, so at this point, after The Last Jedi, watch the rest of the season concurrently with the Resistance Reborn and Black Spire entries below.
You can start this book immediately after The Last Jedi and it is not just an amazing follow up to that movie, but it does such a great job tying together previous canon novels. Great stuff!
We covered chapters 1-2 of this book earlier. At this point, pick up at chapter 3 and listen through the end of the book. An honorable mention goes to A Crash of Fate, which is another Galaxy's Edge novel that takes place contemporaneously with this part of Black Spire. A Crash of Fate has very little to do with the Skywalker Saga so it is not essential for this marathon. But its a fun story and good prep for Disney as it and Black Spire both lead you directly into...
Okay, when I started this marathon, I didn't think that its content would include going to a theme park. But after reading Black Spire, I don't think any of us have a choice. To truly complete this marathon, plan to end it with a trip to Disney.... Or just watch the ride on Youtube by clicking here.
No special instructions for the moment. Enjoy the movie.
This is our only glimpse at the post-Saga galaxy... for now. Its a fun & silly ride and a great way to finish the marathon.