Sunday, February 14
Book Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Author: Alan Dean Foster
Summary: 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. 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. . .
My Rating: 8/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: The book was basically a carbon copy of the movie, but there was a little more depth to in, because the author was able to get into the characters inner thoughts and show the reader more of an emotional depth for each character. Also, there was a few extra scenes in the book that weren't in the movie that really added something to the story - one of which will make the most hardcore Star Wars fans very happy, as that scene was absent from the movie.
For the most part, I enjoyed it - I liked that some of the missing bits of the movie connected things together and made the story come together a lot better. Some aspects that were different from the movie - even the most minor differences I understood why that was changed but there were more times than not that the book just connected everything together.
I wasn't a fan of the overall writing style of the book. It was fine but I found it to be repetitive, the word instrumentation was over used far too much and it began to get frustrating when reading the book. Otherwise it was a good companion read to the movie and overall fun book to read in general.
Would I recommend it to read: If you're a Star Wars fan I would for sure. If you watched the movie and enjoyed it and want a few more details and background information on certain pieces from the plot it's a good choice. But as a standalone or a fun new Science Fiction it doesn't stand out on its own.
What to read next: The other books in the series (A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi)
Challenges: 2016 Category Challenge, New Author Challenge