Star Wars: Bloodline contains several huge revelations about the state of the galaxy far, far away just a handful of years before the events of The Force Awakens -- a period still barely touched in Disney's new canon. Some of those elements were provided by Episode VIII director Rian Johnson for the novel, and now we know which ones.
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Even with all the books and comics out there right now, Disney's new Star Wars canon is still in its earliest days, especially when it comes to the time period between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. However, Claudia Grey's new Leia-centric novel Bloodline, out this week, uncovers that mysterious era in some major ways.
We've known for a while that Claudia Grey's new Leia-starring novel Star Wars: Bloodlines would be uncovering some important backstory about Leia's soured relationship with the Republic in The Force Awakens. But now we know it's tackling another huge mystery from the movie: Just how were the First Order and Resistance formed?