Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Forester

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RATING: 4/5

SYNOPSIS: A new threat is rising in the galaxy and it’s up to a new group of young rebels to stop it. A novelization of The Force Awakens.

 

I think this book perfectly sums up how drastically different film and books are at storytelling. There are plenty of times where Forester had to come up with a clever way to reveal information that was shown to us in a single image during the film. For example, during the Millennium Falcon  reveal in the movie it just cut to a wide shot of the Falcon, but in the book he had to cleverly reveal the ship to us as readers without stating that it’s the Millennium Falcon because that’s not something Finn or Rey knows. There were also some added dialogue that sometimes didn’t feel quite like what the character’s would say, but for the most part it was spot on. There were also some scenes included that I imagine are deleted scenes from the film and they were all woven in flawlessly except for one. There was one scene where Ukar Plutt catches up with Rey that felt odd and out of place and it bothered me a tad. I really enjoyed that this book explores moments that we didn’t get to see in the movie as well as providing some clarity into some of the minor mysteries the film brought forth. My favorite bonus scene was how Poe got off of Jakku! Poe doesn’t have a large presence in the film and I liked that when there was a moment for more Poe, Forester took it. I also really enjoy the fact that Kylo Ren has a tracker on his belt for inexplicable reasons and there are some other small details mentioned in the book about other characters that are delightful! Despite some of the imperfections I think the additional scenes and the moments where we’re able to dive deeper into the emotions of the character were wonderful. If you’re a fan of the film, then you’ll be a fan of this book!

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