I’ve always enjoyed reading the novelizations of Star Wars movies. Even the prequel trilogy is vastly better in book form. I was especially excited to read this one because Jason Fry is someone I sort of know online because he’s also a Mets’ blogger.
Fry adapts Rian Johnson’s script (including scenes cut from the final film) and adds his own creativity to interpret the most complex and complicated of Star Wars stories. The great thing about a novelization is that the reader can get inside the character’s minds to explore the thoughts, feelings, and memories not expressed on the screen. Fry is particularly good at detailing the thoughts of non-organic minds, whether it be Poe’s high maintenance X-Wing demanding repairs from BB-8 or C-3P0 reluctantly refraining from informing the Resitance that a group of crystal foxes should really be called “a skulk of vulpices.”
The humor in the book is great and balances well with the action scenes and moments of deep emotion. It would take a stronger person than I to not shed a tear when Leia and Chewbacca embrace as they remember the one’s they’ve lost: Han, Luke, and even Ben Solo . This book will be a delight to diehard Star Wars fans and those who more casually just enjoy the movies. And for the vocal group of people who actively disliked The Last Jedi, I think it’s even more important that they read this book as Fry makes the central themes of the movie all the more clear and ties them in to the unifying message of Star Wars dating back to 1977.
“Let him think she’d given up — he’d soon discover otherwise. Jakku had trained her to do two things better than anyone else could.
The first was to salvage broken things.
The second was to wait.” -.p. 70
“Poe was struck, and not for the first time, by how small Leia was – a petite, delicate-looking woman, seemingly at risk of being swallowed up by the bedding and the gurney around her. It was an impression that many people had on meeting her — and that vanished the moment she engaged with them. Her determination, her ferocity, her sheer force of will belied her size and made visitors remember her as far bigger than she was.” – p. 155
Other Star Wars Books I’ve Read:
- Star Wars by “George Lucas” – actually Alan Dean Foster (1976)
- The Empire Strikes Back by Donald F. Glut (1980)
- Return of the Jedi by James Kahn (1983)
- Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn (1991)
- Dark Force Rising by Timothy Zahn (1992)
- The Last Command by Timothy Zahn (1993)
- Specter of the Past by Timothy Zahn (1997)
- Vision of the Future by Timothy Zahn (1998)
- The Phantom Menace by Terry Brooks (1999)
- Revenge of the Sith by Matthew Woodring Stover (2005)
- Star Wars: Before the Awakening by Greg Rucka (2015)
- The Princess, The Scoundrel, and The Farm Boy by Alexandra Bracken (2015)