Review: The Force Awakens (Novel)
Series: Star Wars Novels #7
Released by Arrow Books on 18 December 2015
Genres: Science Fiction
Set years after Return of the Jedi, this stunning 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, including Rey, Finn, BB-8 and Kylo Ren.
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.
In December 2015, the newest Star Wars movie was released. Named “The Force Awakens” it introduced us to new characters and brought back some of the old characters as well. For me, TFA was the movie that made me fall in love with the Star Wars franchise, and Rey and Finn are amongst my favourite characters in the whole wide universe of characters. So I was pretty excited to find out this movie, as well as its predecessors, had a novelization.
Obviously, The Force Awakens novel follows the same plot as the movie, only this time in words. It’s been approximately 30 years since Darth Vader was defeated, 30 years since Luke, Leia and Han became heroes of the Republic. Luke has disappeared after one of his students went rogue, and Leia is desperately trying to find her brother. She’s sent out the best pilot in the resistance to chase down a supposed map to finding Luke.
I had heard some negative things about this novelization, so I went into it with a little caution. At first, I couldn’t really get into it, which was due to several factors and not necessarily due to the book. But a couple of days ago I decided to just really go for it, and that’s when I literally flew through it. I just loved being back in this world again and reading about my favourite characters whom I fell in love with while watching the movie.
What I liked about this book, was that there were several scenes that I believe were deleted scenes from the movie. Maybe not all of them, but I remember one particular scene that I saw pictures of that wasn’t in the movie but was described in this book. I really liked that the author decided to add it, and I hope the other books have this as well. There were a couple more scenes from the Resistance base, and we finally found out how the hell Poe made it back to the base (well, kind of). I also really loved how they finally acknowledged that Leia is also force-sensitive, as they made her feel a ‘disturbance in the force’ when the Hosnian system was destroyed and of course when Han died (as she did in the movie). What I’m hoping for the new movie is to have at least one scene where Leia is holding/fighting with a lightsaber. PLEASE. For Carrie.
The writing wasn’t too bad, but I can’t say it was amazing either. It was often a little too descriptive, and somehow it kind of made me feel like the author wanted to make it seem as if Kylo Ren had ‘a thing’ for Rey (which is a big, fat nope). May have just been me, but the way some of the parts were written made me go like ‘what’ for a moment. Also the fact that BB-8 and C3PO were written like that, but when they were pronounced were suddenly written like ‘BeeBee Ate’ and ‘SeeTriPiO’ (or something like that). And the dialogue wasn’t 100% the same as the movie, though that is personally just nitpicking from my side.
In conclusion, I really enjoyed this novelization of The Force Awakens, and if you loved the movie as much as I did, I definitely recommend it to you. If you’re not too much of a fan of reading, you could also try out the graphic novel version, which I believe has completely been released (correct me if I’m wrong though). I will certainly do that too, as I love graphic novels as much as I love novelizations!
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