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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Hardcover – January 5, 2016
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“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
About the Author
Alan Dean Foster has written in a variety of genres, including hard science fiction, fantasy, horror, detective, western, historical, and contemporary fiction. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Star Wars: The Approaching Storm and the popular Pip & Flinx novels, as well as novelizations of several films, including Transformers, Star Wars, the first three Alien films, and Alien Nation. His novel Cyber Way won the Southwest Book Award for Fiction, the first science fiction work ever to do so. Foster and his wife, JoAnn Oxley, live in Prescott, Arizona.
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Top Customer Reviews
OK - now I've read the whole book. Could the action have been written in a more exciting way? Possibly, but I found myself getting swept along with the action most of the time. I appreciated the extra scenes and feel that I understand the movie better. I wish that there was more backstory, but am hopeful that all will be revealed in good time (you hear that Disney/Lucasfilm?1?). I'm just happy to have Star Wars back on track!
+Expanded on things left out from the movie.
+Extended dialogue that added more characterization (in my opinion.)
+Loved the details given to scenery and outfits.
Cons (contains a spoiler):
-Certain points seem way to rushed while others seem to drag on longer than needed. The whole third act seems to go by too quickly (lasting only 50 pages.)
-Didn't expand on certain aspects (Leia's interaction with the New Republic. Han's death needed way more into detail, as it felt like it was just thrown as an afterthought like "Oh, he died, guess I should I add that.")
-Attempts at cliffhangers that just fell flat
Overall, I love the book but the thing holding it back from 5 stars is the writing, as mentioned there needs to be more time spent on important details and taking care to make sure time spent on certain topics is not too long or too short.
Recommend reading for any fan of Star Wars, but not if you plan on having steady reading.
Definitely worth a read! But try to get it on sale or with a gift card or something rather than spending hard earned cash on it. I got it with Google Play money earned through the Google Rewards app. I love Star Wars but the novels are massively over priced.
There are all sorts of questions, and yes, there are some hidden Easter Eggs in the book, some hints, some extra little bits of information. It is worth reading this book as it is a wonderful story taking us back to the full glory of Star Wars as it was before it went off track. To a large extent, it follows the movie pretty closely, there are no major deviations, but as I said, there are the odd minor additions that just give it a bit extra.
If you are a Star Wars fan – this is a must!
I know for sure at least 3 of these scenes were made for the movie, but then deleted ***(SPOILER: Chewie ripping off the arm of the merchant, and Finn trying to hitch a ride on the speeder in the desert, and Finn and Rey on the speeder on Starkiller base).***
Overall I'd give it 5 star. I like the characters... I love that JJ integrated the original characters into the story, and I think it'll only go up from here.
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This is not a bad book. It is a decent novelization of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.Read more