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Before the Awakening (Star Wars) Hardcover – December 18, 2015
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By far the best story here though is Poe's. If you read the Shattered Empire comic, this is pretty much a direct sequel. It briefly mentions the fates of Shara Bey and Kes Dameron, his parents. It also gives greater insight into what the new republic and the resistance is all about. The story covers corruption in the senate and why General Organa felt the need to create a resistance separate from the republic navy. Poe enjoys a cool covert mission that ultimately leads directly into the beginning of The Force Awakens. Poe's tale is worth the purchase of this book alone. Finn and Rey's stories are just bonuses.
If you haven't seen the movie this is a great book to get you excited about the movie (if you aren't already excited) and if you have seen the movie this is a great book to find out a little more about Finn, Rey & Poe.
To be honest this book won't spoil any plots for you if you haven't seen the movie and it won't reveal much of anything if you have seen the movie. The book is very well written and a very easy read. It does provide you an insight on these three characters since the book takes place just before the movie starts. The most revealing information is on Poe but that is a plus since there seems to be so little about Poe in the movie.
What you get
You get additional information about Finn, Rey & Poe
It might shed some light on the why or the how the characters came to be in The Force Awakens
More exposure to the characters
Better understand the characters emotions
What you don't get
Answers of their origins (with the exception of Poe)
Details insights in the movie
Spoilers for the movie
I really enjoyed Finn's story the most, because it explains aspects of his training and your can see the struggle he's going through... The struggle that ultimately leads to his defection.
Rey's story is a little less intense but gives us more information on her day-to-day life on Jakku, as well as explaining how she got some of her skills.
Poe's story gives us more information about the Resistance and the corruption within the Republic. His story ends at just the right point, giving us the opening to the movie.
Overall, this is a wonderful collection that answers several questions that I had from the movie, as well as providing motivation and background for several characters.
Finn struggles with the person the First Order wants him to be and the PTSD-like symptoms this results, and is told in a way very much reminiscent of "The Clone Wars" TV series. Rey's story covers aspects of her daily life as a scavenger, and how she became a pilot, while also delving into her issues of trusting others. Poe's story is largely the most direct lead in to the film, but touches on how he feels responsible for his squadron, whether when he's with the Republic or the Resistance, and the guilt that he feels if someone under his command perishes.
There are some discrepancies between the book and the film in regards to Finn's story. The movie doesn't imbue Finn with the feeling that he has the major skills that we see him have in this book, but I think it would be wrong to say that Finn doesn't show remarkable skill in both ranged and melee combat in the movie. Rather, this book shows that Finn's behavior can be rather attributed to the fact that before the movie starts, he hasn't seen a day of actual combat beyond simulations, and saw it as a game. Once it becomes real for him, everything changes. This book also shows Phasma having some concern for Finn due to his level of empathy, which semi-contradicts the movie, and it also doesn't show Finn working in sanitation, although it does mention a work program for the clones so it's not technically contradictory.
Overall, I don't understand why this is specified as a junior novelization, as I felt like the writing was overall a higher quality than even the movie's novelization, where many of the scenes used in the movie fall flat due to dry writing.
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