#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The official novelization of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the blockbuster film directed by J. J. Abrams • Includes two tie-in short stories: “The Perfect Weapon” by Delilah S. Dawson and “Bait” by Alan Dean Foster
More than thirty years ago, Star Wars burst onto the big screen and became a cultural phenomenon. Now the next adventures in this blockbuster saga are poised to captivate old and new fans alike—beginning with the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And alongside the cinematic debut comes the thrilling novel adaptation by New York Times bestselling science fiction master Alan Dean Foster.
Set years after Return of the Jedi, this stunning new action-packed adventure rockets us back into the world of Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2, and Luke Skywalker, while introducing a host of exciting new characters. Darth Vader may have been redeemed and the Emperor vanquished, but peace can be fleeting, and evil does not easily relent. Yet the simple belief in good can still empower ordinary individuals to rise and meet the greatest challenges.
So return to that galaxy far, far away, and prepare yourself for what happens when the Force awakens. . . .
Praise for Star Wars: The Force Awakens
“Like all the best novelizations, Alan Dean Foster’s adaptation of Star Wars: The Force Awakens enriches the movie experience. The novel goes beyond simply giving us insight into the characters’ thoughts, with plenty of additional scenes painting a broader picture of the galaxy.”—New York Daily News
“Fast-moving, atmospheric and raises goose-bumps at just the right moments. [Foster] not only evokes entire onscreen worlds . . . he also gives us glimpses of an even more vast, unseen universe.”—The Washington Post
“Was my experience of the film enriched by the book? Yes. No question. Is the novelization worth reading? Yes. . . . Foster has written a book that captures the spirit of the film, while presenting additional information that helps answer some of the questions that linger.”—Coffee with Kenobi
Recaps the movie without a lot of extras
Compared to the movie there is extended dialog and you get some insight into Ren and Snoke's interpretation of the force. However the book doesn't really add the extra details I was looking for. There is literally nothing said about the details of the politics of The Republic, the Resistance, and the First Order. After reading this book I don't have much more insight into the new Star Wars universe than I did after watching the new movie.
For example I was wondering what systems are under Republic control and which are under the First Order. Also the relationship between the resistance and republic isn't explored in any more detail than what's in the movie. Also besides the mention of the name of somebody Leia sends to the Ilenium system there's no fleshing out of those worlds.
I find myself confused about what the First Order is and how it's organized. Do they have a seat of government somewhere or are they just a military?
It seems implied that the Republic and the Resistance are different entities but that isn't fleshed out in this book any more than in the movie.
I counted five scenes that are unique to this book that weren't in the novel. I wish there were more. Other than that it follows very close to the movie but with longer dialog.
Don't expect a lot of answers not given in the movie
I would say that the book is well written and a fast read. There are a few bits of new information in the form of scenes not in the movie or extended dialog. For instance what happens to Maz. There are also some technical details (metaphysics) not in the movie. All in all an enjoyable companion to watching the movie. But no it won't tell you Rey's last name!
Awkward and verbose
I'm an avid reader, used to cleanly written dialog. This was awkward and hard to follow at times. The sentence structure sometime obscured the point. I think if it was cleaned up the book would have been seriously short, so maybe this explains the wordiness. I read Grisham, Clancy, Ludlum, isles, and more and this was just a tough read. I would have enjoyed the story more if it hadn't been written by R2D2, I mean, he's cute, but he needs an interpreter.