For those of you who don’t know, I’m a huge fan of Star Wars. I’m steeped deep down into the fandom and I’ve been keeping up on all the new canon for about a year now. That of course includes the most recent box office hit The Force Awakens, which takes place thirty years after Return of the Jedi and now depicts a battle between the Resistance and the First Order. Seeing this movie was such a momentous occasion for me and many other Star Wars fans. But there was something else that served to increase that excitement: the novel based on the cinema.
As someone who has loved this fandom for years, I was so eager for the opportunity to read this book. I knew it was going to have so many different and interesting things to show me. Let’s get started.
First off, the most exhilarating part for me was the opportunity to get inside the mind of each character. It was great to finally speculate on what they were thinking. Anyone whose seen a film made from a book or a book of a film knows for a fact that being able to read the thoughts of the characters adds so much more to their personalities. I was able to see how complicated and confused Kylo Ren is, balanced on the edge of light and dark. I was able to see how the unforgiving dessert planet of Jakku hardened Rey into a untrusting loner. I was able to see how dedicated to the Resistance Poe was and how he wanted to end injustice across the galaxy. And I saw that despite the conditioning he endured since birth that Finn was able to overcome everything he was ever taught by the evil First Order and gain a true sense of right and wrong.
Another great thing about this book was the extra dialogue. We all wish that the movies could include every single scene that the book entails but to no avail. Reading the extra little details allowed an influx of insight into the stories plot. I found out that Han Solo’s friend, Maz, was over a thousand years old. I knew the reason for Han Solo and Chewbacca smuggling rathtars. I found out why Supreme Leader Snoke chose Kylo Ren as his apprentice. I have to say though, I feel that many of the minor details I read were things that definitely should have been included in the film. Regardless, I was happy to have them in some form or another.
I think my only problem with this book is that it seems to change from the points of view of each major character without warning. No page breaks or signals. It just goes right from Kylo to Rey to Finn to whoever else the writer deemed worthy.
All in all, I’ve concluded that whether you’re a die hard Star Wars fanatic, the way I am, or you simply just liked the movie, The Force Awakens novel is definitely a read that will be more than worth your time!
Search your feelings; you know it to be true.
Written by Dante