After leaks last week, it looks like Lucasfilm decided to take the curtain off the first official canon novel to detail the post-Return of the Jedi timeline.
In addition to revealing the cover (above) the official site gave some new details on the story:
The second Death Star has been destroyed. Rumors are flying that the Emperor and his enforcer, Darth Vader, are dead. A new government is forming to replace the Empire. But the galaxy is a big place, and the fallout of this cataclysm will affect different worlds in different ways. Does everyone accept the fall of Imperial rule? Has everyone even heard the life-altering news? What rushes in to fill the vacuum the Empire has left? And who will try to stop them?
They go on to say the book will feature a cast of new characters with one returning favorite from the Original Trilogy. It’s likely these new characters will have some sort of connection to The Force Awakens.