Article published on March 19, 2016.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a novelisation of the film with the same name. The First Order is after a map that leads to Luke Skywalker. A droid, BB-8 has it, and the Resistance needs to get that information.
The novel is very well written, and makes the characters more three dimensional than the film did. It also has the added advantage of extra scenes that explain what is going on better, and the motivations of the characters. Leia is given more to do, and the novel explains what is going on with the Republic. Poe Dameron is also brought to the fore, and we finally see how he escapes. This means that though the reader may think they know what happens next, how it happens may be different from what they had expected.
I found myself preferring the novel to the film while reading it. A lot of the questions I had about the film were answered in the novel. I suspect I will enjoy the film more now that I have read this book.
This book would appeal to Star Wars fans, or those with a slight familiarity with the films. I do not think you need to have seen the film to enjoy or understand this adaptation.
There are 8 pages of photographs from the film that may make the book more appealing to some.
It is a good example of a film adaptation, and as such, reading groups interested in those type of books would find it enjoyable. It would enable them to ask questions about whether a straight adaptation of a script is preferable to one that has added scenes and character moments.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Century hbk Jan 2016
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