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The Force Awakens

(Star Wars: Novelizations #10)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  15,965 ratings  ·  2,265 reviews
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 fi ...more
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Published December 18th 2015 by LucasBooks
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Sarah Short answer: Yes.
Long answer: His redemption arc is already set up in TFA and the next movie looks to only be expanding on that. Making him eeevil fo…more
Short answer: Yes.
Long answer: His redemption arc is already set up in TFA and the next movie looks to only be expanding on that. Making him eeevil for all time would be terrible storytelling. He'll be Ben Solo again by the end, and if that makes the fanboys uncomfortable, no one said they had to watch/read.(less)
Marko In this case, the book is worthless - it is simply a repetition of the scenes in the movie and fails to even deliver those (humour isn't humorous, act…moreIn this case, the book is worthless - it is simply a repetition of the scenes in the movie and fails to even deliver those (humour isn't humorous, action isn't exciting etc.). Very half-hearted effort from the author.(less)

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Sean Barrs
I love the new Star Wars movie. I’d even go as far as to say that it is one of my favourite Star Wars films, ever. It just worked so well. The blending of the new with the old worked perfectly; it was emotional, action packed and really quite moving. As far as Star Wars films go, it was excellent. This, on the other hand, was very, very, basic. I enjoyed parts of it, but that was only because I had the excellence of the film in my mind’s eye. This did capture the urgency of the film; it had the ...more
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When word got out that Disney had purchased Star Wars, I was skeptical. Basically, I envisioned a reprise of Star Wars: Episodes I and II, with tons of annoying side-kicks, annoying children, and annoying romance, with cheesy sets and way too much drama. I should have known better. Say what you like about Disney being corporate evil incarnate (I've been reading too much S.J. Maas, clearly, I keep thinking of that word, incarnate), they k
Mar 12, 2016 rated it liked it
“I’ve got a bad feeling about this”

Yes, the signature and ubiquitous phrase is here as in all of the Star Wars films and novelizations.

And as in all novelizations, the author is able to further expand and explain much of what was going on in the film. And this was a great film, the seventh in the wildly popular Star Wars franchise and this broke all sorts of records and made oodles of credits and made the Kessel run in 12 parsecs. The movie was all that and a $10 bucket of popcorn.

But I got the
A new hero(ine) awakens!

Once again, fellow readers in the Force, if you have been reading my reviews about Star Wars film novelizations, you already know that I’ll do several spoilers in this review (which is quite the opposite to my regular kind of review, but with Star Wars movie novelizations is quite hard not to fall into spoilers in the reviews about it. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!


After several years without any new film in the Star Wars episodic saga, AND an unexpected p
Darth J
Jul 09, 2015 marked it as no-longer-interested
Okay, this is ridiculous:

Why is the date of the hardcover weeks later than the ebook? Is it to drive up download sales numbers on a hot item? Sorry, but that's absolute crap to treat people who would rather buy a hardcover over an ebook like that.

I was excited for this and even pre-ordered it on amazon, but I just cancelled it.

Also, do you really think it's a great marketing plan to release a hardcover book after Christmas, when it could have easily been bought as a gift?
Neil Hepworth
Jan 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
Do not spend money on this book. As my old buddy Luke Skywalker says, “What a piece of junk!”

Others have pointed this out, but I must reiterate that this book is just the movie in novel form and nothing more. You might be tempted to think that this could be a good novel - after all, Matthew Woodring Stover did a fantastic job with the novelization of Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. His novel explored characters’ motivations, and inner struggles. He gave the characters time to reflec
The remnants of the Empire have reforged as the First Order, led by a mysterious power known as Snoke. The Rebels, now branded the Resistance, attempt to protect the nascent New Republic. They are led by Leia Organa Solo, who's searching for her brother, Luke Skywalker, last of the Jedi, who vanished years ago. He left a map behind—most of it has been archived in the Empire’s library, but the last part is within a Resistance droid. This droid—a brave little snowman-shaped specimen named BB-8—is ...more
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, library, series, audio, sci-fi
Followed the movie pretty closely. There were a few extra parts (view spoiler) and a few parts left out (view spoiler), but generally pretty true to the film.

It was a bit more cheesy than the movie. Also, the first 3/4 of the book seemed to cover the first hour or so of the movie. Because of this, it felt like there was a lot shoved in at the end.

It was fun to go through the story aga
Amy Sturgis

I won't pretend this is an objective review, but as a first-generation and long-term but not uncritical Star Wars fan, I found the story both enjoyable and, more to the point, satisfying. I really appreciate the contrast between the surface humor and underlying pathos. The new characters for the most part are true winners. The writing here is workmanlike and unspectacular, but I love the full-circle nature of bringing back Alan Dean Foster, who wrote the original novelization of
I waited for this book on hold at my library for two and half months. It wasn't worth it. At the same time, I'm glad I didn't give in to my initial impulse to buy it. That would have been a huge waste of $20. Unfortunately, Alan Dean Foster manages to take a great story and make it more pondering, less exciting, and inserts a level of cheese into the dialogue with his added and extended scenes (and even in some cases, changed lines) that ruins things that were good in the actual film.

The stuff I
Jan 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: oh-dear
Dear god above that was almost physically painful to read. Alan Dean Foster appears to have watched "The Force Awakens" once or twice, written the novel in some language other than English and then run it through Google Translate to arrive at this ludicrous result.

I think novelizations probably had a bigger meaning and were thus handled more seriously when there was actually some lag time between first seeing a movie and getting to see it again. Heck I remember reading some damn good novelizati
TS Chan
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first time reading (or rather, listening to) a Star Wars movie novelization and I really enjoyed it. The narrative follows the movie really closely, albeit providing a bit more insights into some occurrences which we didn't see in the movie, as well as the inner thoughts and emotions of the characters. BB-8 is given even more of a personality in the book and I absolutely adored it.

I have to say that this novelization is best appreciated via the audiobook. The Audible production of Star Wars'
Dec 31, 2015 rated it did not like it
Let it be clear that I read this book quickly. Very quickly. That did not save it.

I love this new Star Wars and admittedly, I am a new Star Wars fan. I loathed the prequels and I only like 4-6. I think it's a generational thing and the fact that I saw them so late in my life. I had already seen everything that ripped off Star Wars before I saw Star Wars. Now, I understand that Star Wars was the herald for all this, but it's tough to be impressed by the same old story.

I loved the new movie and
Raoufa Ibrahim
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars, sci-fic
This book answered a few questions I had after watching the movie .
Some scenes looked different in the book, and some characters like Kylo Ren looked weaker and he seemed intereseted in Rey ;) .. that's why the second half was my fav., because it was full of Kylo's emotion and thoughts
And in this book ladies and gentlemen you'll find plenty of proves that my ship will sail #Reylo :P

Snoke: you have compassion for her.
Anakin(episode II): compassion which I would define as unconditional love ..
Andrew Jaffe
Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
Pre-review notice: Although I gave this book two stars, I'm rather happy to acknowledge that Alan Dean Foster is an immensely talented author, and that this review shouldn't really reflect his authorship too much. In fact, his authorship heightens it from what should be a one-star review to the two-star that I'm generously giving it.

So, The Force Reboots: The Novelization: The Mess. Good grief. Where to begin. Best way I can describe this book is that the weaker elements of the plot of A New Ho
Brigid ✩
Aug 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

So I mean, this wasn't the most amazingly-written thing in the world or anything. But I love Star Wars and I read this for fun, and ... it was fun. Plus it filled in some of the gaps in the movie's plot, so that was nice. If anything, this got me out of a bit of a reading slump.
Ian "Marvin" Graye
Will it be revealed in Episode VIII that Rey is the daughter of an illicit inter-film romance between...

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Beatrice in Bookland
“It is you,” Ren murmured. His words unsettled her: not for the first time, he seemed to know more about her than she did about herself.”

My main problem with this novelization? Kylo Ren's characterization.

Let's face it: he's the best character of the new Star wars trilogy and he can hold his own against the original trio, too. He's being abused, tortured, brainwashed he's being torn apart someone help this poor boy yes I'm talking to you Rey


So, Adam Driver's Kylo Ren is fantastic (that m
Brittain *Needs a Nap and a Drink*
I loved this book but I just don't have the energy for a review at the moment. It was lovely and offered some good insights into the movie that, of course, left out some elements due to editing and run time. ...more
Maria Dimitrova
Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
It was great. It was as entertaining as the film. For me it enhanced the movie experience adding more depth to almost every scene. When I started the book I had already seen the film 3 times so I knew all the lines by heart. Of course some of them differ from the novelization but that's to be expected. Not everything that works on page can be translated to the screen. I especially liked seeing how some concepts have changed while filming (view spoiler) ...more
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Agh! - I couldn't take it anymore.

As several reviewers have noted, this is a very disappointing novelization of the movie. The additional dialog and scenes do nothing to enrich our enjoyment of the film (assuming we enjoyed the film; if you didn't, then I don't think anyone's novelization would save it for you). In fact, whoever had a hand in chopping out all the extra verbiage and scenes from the movie did a fine job.

Where's the Foster I remember from novelizations of "Alien" or "Outland"? Or f
Dec 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Full disclosure: I only bought this because I was on such a Star Wars high that I needed more in my life. Also, I was secretly hoping for Kylo Ren soliloquies, which was kind of half delivered?

This book was good. It's not the best tie-in ever, and it's definitely not the worst - it sits very middle of the ground for me. The novel obviously follows the plot of the film very closely, so I won't spoil anything here (but seriously, guys, it's been out two weeks! Get on that train!), with some depart
Not great. Had I read it before seeing the movie I might not have seen the movie. I've no idea how the author managed to convey a captivating plot with incredibly interesting characters in such a way that I found myself skipping pages. Very mechanical rendering of the story, a few added scenes to plump it up a bit, but otherwise it read like a very dispassionate summary of the movie version. There were a few bits enjoyed, some added dialogue that clarified a few character's motivations, but if y ...more
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
I’ll read anything to do with Star Wars, gimme that content my dude
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I’m working on the assumption that most, if not all of you, that are reading this have already seen The Force Awakens so I’m not going to dwell hugely on the story. A word of warning however, if you haven’t seen it then you should know there will be mild spoilers after the end of this paragraph. Don’t say that I didn’t tell you in advance. Got it? Good.

The key question that may have crossed your mind is if reading the novelisation is worth your time or not. You’ve seen the film and so already kn
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it

Description: 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, including Rey, Finn, BB-8 and Kylo Ren.
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 great
Siona St Mark
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this when it first came out, shortly after the film. The story was so fresh in my mind, that the book was boring and so I skimmed a lot of it.

This time, a few days before The Last Jedi came out, I read it again so I could get a refresher and be ready for the sequel. It’s still not as good as the movie, though there are a few extra scenes (that are canon) in here that make it worth the read I think. Not the best New Canon book, but who would expect that of a novelization?
Sophia Hanson
Dec 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Okay I gave this 5 stars but that is mostly because I freaking love Star Wars and it was half my childhood and my mother's before me (heehee). Anyway, I really enjoyed this book! It added a lot of insight to the film, and really delved into some classic and modern characters. If there are any Kylo Ren fans out there...READ THIS. My only issue was the writing was kinda "meh". Not bad, just a little boring. But then, I don't think it was written to be a literary masterpiece. ...more
Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
It's star war, what can I say I loved it. The 4 stars instead of the 5 is because there's not topping the baddest villain ever, Darth Vader, of course... so yes Kylo Ren falls a little bit short. Oh and this book doesn't strictly adhere to some the previously written stories as is I have my doubts about the Solo offspring. ...more
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just can't seem to get enough of this story. I've seen the movie twice, and the novel gave me much more insight into the characters and certain extra clues to some of the unanswered questions. Admittedly I'm a Star Wars geek, and this is a great novel for all fans. ...more
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Bestselling science fiction writer Alan Dean Foster was born in New York City in 1946, but raised mainly in California. He received a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA in 1968, and a M.F.A. in 1969. Foster lives in Arizona with his wife, but he enjoys traveling because it gives him opportunities to meet new people and explore new places and cultures. This interest is carried over to his writing, ...more

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