The Force Awakens (Star Wars)

The Force Awakens (Star Wars)

By Alan Dean Foster

  • Release Date: 2015-12-18
  • Genre: Science Fiction
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The official novelization of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the blockbuster film directed by J. J. Abrams • Includes two tie-in short stories: “The Perfect Weapon” by Delilah S. Dawson and “Bait” 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. . . .

Praise for Star Wars: The Force Awakens
 
“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

From the Paperback edition.

Reviews

  • Great follow up to the movie!

    5
    By NeoMachina2011
    The novelization of the new movie, The Force Awakens offers insight into characters that you normally don't get in motion pictures. With all the Star Wars movies, the novels help you understand the thoughts behind the actions and what's running through characters minds during certain events. One reason I've always loved books is the "peak behind the curtain" you get of what a character is thinking, as opposed to just what they're saying and doing. This novelization adds a depth to the storyline that expands on the movie. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is more than just a casual Star Wars fan!
  • Good read

    4
    By mkbubs
    Good book, I enjoyed it. Was hoping for more as far as extra scenes, more dialogue that isn't in the movie. But overall it was good.
  • The Circle is Now Complete

    4
    By StarWarsFan123452
    Almost forty years ago, Star Wars blasted onto screen and garnered huge success. Naturally, a novelization of the film was published alongside its release. That novelization was ghostwritten by none other than Alan Dean Foster. Flash-forward to present-day, and Alan Dean Foster has returned to pen the novelization of the next film in the Star Wars Saga. Between the return of a seminal Star Wars author and the intense joy that I felt while watching Star Wars The Force Awakens, I had incredibly high hopes for this book. I am pleased to say that my expectations have been met…for the most part. This is ultimately a very serviceable adaptation of a great film with a few minor flaws, notably truncated descriptions and wonky pacing. With a film as fast-paced as The Force Awakens, I was hoping that Foster would slow the story down a bit and include more details about what was going on during some scenes. With the exception of the addition of a few “deleted scenes” (which were great to read), the rest of the writing felt focused on the surface details of on-screen events. I found myself craving more information about what was going on in characters’ heads and what they were feeling at each twist and turn. Foster elected to use a short, rough, and almost jolting writing style that throws the reader around from one scene to the next. Although this mostly works, I again wish he would have stretched out the story (especially given the book’s abysmal 272-page length). A particular highlight of this book is the the attention to detail that went into producing the physical copy. The dustjacket is elegantly designed and includes “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” as well as the production credits over a starry background. I also enjoyed the picture inserts in the middle of the book. Overall, this is a good novelization of a great Star Wars film. It is a quick and easy read that, despite a lack of details, allows the reader to relive the story of the film.
  • Glimpse into the evolution of the script

    4
    By Porfinicle
    The greatest thing this book does is give us a glimpse into the evolution of the script from the time this novel was written to the final release of the film. There are also additional scenes that were cut from the film and new material provided by the author. The novel helps to clarify some items in the film and extends some of the scenes in the film. For the most part though, the way the film was edited and condensed plays out much better. The dialog in the film in a lot more concise and direct. The filmmakers, presumable Abrams and Kasden, must have thoroughly combed through every word of dialog to get it to where it ended up. It's hard not to read the novel and wish the dialog played out exactly as it did in the film. Unfortunately the author doesn't bring a whole lot more to the story the way Salvatore and Stover were able to in their adaptations. Foster does not leave his mark in this novel, and his writing style has not improved since his previous Star Wars work. Glad the author was considered for nostalgic purposes, but give the future adaptations to someone else.
  • Cool

    5
    By Awesomegirl3030
    I have been waiting for a book for forever! ITS finally here!! Yay!!!!!!!!!🤗
  • Love Star Wars

    5
    By Headman72
    Great read!
  • Non-Fiction

    5
    By Heudhdbdofn
    Why do many people say that Star Wars is Fiction?! It's Non-Fiction!!! It's all true!!!
  • Hella good

    5
    By Chunky chocolate shim sham
    My favorte movie dawg and now book, sick bruh. Hella good bruh, Shaka narsh.
  • Great

    4
    By SiouxQ
    Summarizes what happens in the movie with a *little* more details. I was hoping for more background info from the characters but still I great book. I enjoyed reading this and can't wait to read more:)
  • Awesome!!!

    5
    By Rikyoyo
    I recommend this to anybody who likes Star Wars It's GREAT

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