SciFi Book Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens 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. . . .

If you’ve seen the movie, then you know the story here. But if you loved The Force Awakens as much as I did, you’ll want to read the novel and experience this fantastic story in a different medium. I was hoping for a bit more behind the characters and maybe some extras – and I wasn’t disappointed. Granted there aren’t a lot of dialog changes here. Most were noticeable since I’ve seen the film three times so far.

Foster is a master at movie novelizations. His characters are vivid and true to the film. The pacing transferred well, and good choices were made on what to edit. This book was just as riveting and exciting as the film. And 8 pages of movie stills were a nice addition that all fans will love. I thoroughly enjoyed this novelization of one my favorite new movies.