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A New Hope

(Star Wars Legends)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  14,306 ratings  ·  546 reviews
Luke Skywalker challenged the stormtroopers of a distant galaxy on a daring mission - where a force of life became the power of death!
Luke Skywalker was a twenty-year-old who lived and worked on his uncle's farm on the remote planet of Tatooine ... and he was bored beyond belief. He yearned for adventures out among the stars—adventures that would take him beyond the fa
Paperback, 247 pages
Published 1999 by Orbit (first published December 5th 1976)
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Eldon Callaway Jens Raab answered it pretty well. I was surprised when my own novel of 326 pages turned into 245. The word count was still the same, almost 6,000 mor…moreJens Raab answered it pretty well. I was surprised when my own novel of 326 pages turned into 245. The word count was still the same, almost 6,000 more than the first Harry Potter book, and yet, much less pages. (less)
Dfoakley It was based on an earlier script than what was eventually shown in theaters, so yeah, there are quite a few differences.

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RISING UNEMPLOYMENT: The “DARK SIDE” of the Rebel Victory at Yavin.


***The following is just one story of the economic devastation that resulted from the brutal and senseless attack by the so called rebels (called "domestic terrorists" by many) on the newly completed pork barrel government works project known as the Imperial Death Star...there are many, many more.***

To: Major Bigga Asshatian
Chief of Coruscant Internal Security

From: Chips O’Toole
Director FISEPRA (Former Imperial Stormtrooper
Everything, here begun!

I have bought the Omnibus edition with the three original “Star Wars” movie novelizations but I’ve chosen this edition to make a better focused review of each single book.


This is the novelization of that movie that a long time ago changed the way that Hollywood does films, maybe you have heard about it (unless of course, you have been frozen in carbonite for more than 40 years), since there is the far far away chance that you have never watched the
A winter viewing marathon begins...

Description: The Imperial Forces, under orders from cruel Darth Vader, hold Princess Leia hostage in their efforts to quell the rebellion against the Galactic Empire. Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, captain of the Millennium Falcon, work together with the companionable droid duo R2-D2 and C-3PO to rescue the beautiful princess, help the Rebel Alliance and restore freedom and justice to the Galaxy. Written by Jwelch5742

Jeepers, that was grrrreat! Does anyone else
Jonathan Maas
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Became a project of mine to read 'the Star Wars books' - and this was a great start. Loved it, and it really made me see Star Wars from a new perspective!

Great and honest intro by George Lucas about how he approached the ghostwriter Alan Dean Foster, and it is great to see both of their talents on the page.

Reading the next two currently! Love them as well, but man - Alan Dean Foster really started things off right!
Michael Finocchiaro
I read this just after the movie came out when I was 7 or 8 years old. I remember loving it but preferring the wonders of the silver screen. I curiously never went back to read it again. Perhaps I will someday...
Jul 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
For the record, I read a yellowing 1977 edition complete with "16 pages of full-color photos from this spectacular space-fantasy motion picture." Ah, the nostalgia...

Such a fun read!
Mark Oppenlander
It has been a long while since I revisited this, the very first Star Wars novelization. Having recently read one of the Timothy Zahn Star Wars novels, a couple of things caught my attention, partially in contrast to the Zahn work:

- It's remarkable how the use of high-quality language can make such a difference in my perception of a story. This book introduced me to words such as "lambent" and "actinic" when I was only seven or eight years old. I happily devoured these new words because I wanted
✨Sumi's Books✨
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just like the film.
We all know the story but here it is...
Luke Skywalker is a young man on the remote planet of Tatooine who longs for another life. Around him the solar system comes to life and small battles leading to a war. On one side you have the Diplomatic Senate and on the other you have the cruel Empire. The Empire seeks dominion over all the star systems in the galaxy. As Luke joins together with his old acquaintance Obi-Wan Kenobi, two droids carrying a vital secret and new friends Han
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
While this is a fun novelization of the blockbuster film, purists may have some issues with it. Some of the iconic lines ("Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi; you're my only hope") are changed, whereas others are added, such as Obi-Wan talking about a duck, to which Luke replies, "What's a duck?" Still, fans of space opera will enjoy it, as long as they're not expecting an exact transcript of the movie.
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Danielle. by: The World and my childhood
Actual rating: 3.5 stars.

I grew up with having four older brothers. As a child I remember them watching Star Wars with Mom, but I don't remember the scenes from the films in particular; I just remember loving Yoda. (view spoiler)

Fast-forward to now, in a galaxy far, far away...

Star Wars is one of the most talked about science fiction film franchises in the United States (and probably in the rest of Western civilization): the space action, the lightsa
Laurel Rockefeller
Back before there were VCRS (let alone DVDs), this was one of my favorite books. Yes, I know, this dates me. I first read this book just as the lights were fading from the original theatrical release of "Return of the Jedi" in 1983. I never lost my love of the book.

As much as people love the films, the books are better and go into much more detail.

So I continue to revisit my old favorite...and refuse to call it "A New Hope." They added that later, after Empire came out. To those of us old enough
Shoma Patnaik
This is going to be a spectacularly biased review. Also, I'm listening to the Imperial March while writing this. *I should do this every time.*

The reason why I am giving this book five whole stars is because it let me have my childhood back, if only for the duration of 200 odd pages. Plus, I'm criminally low-brow. So I'm writing this review partly out of sentiment and partly out of dedication to my decision to review every book I read this year.

So, again, how can I NOT like this book? It's Luke.
May 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's May 4th! In honor of Star Wars Day... a long time ago (December of 1976), in a galaxy far, far away (Bluefield, Virginia)... I was home from college for winter break and spotted this weird little paperback on the spin-rack of the corner drug store. (I believe it was Goodykoontz Pharmacy, but I'm not certain.) It looked like a nifty little space opera; I was familiar with George Lucas from THX-1138 and American Graffitti, though I didn't know him as a novelist. I picked it up and enjoyed rea ...more
Mary JL
Apr 06, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: non one--watch the movie instead
Usually novelizations of movies are not as good as the movies themselves. This is certainly true here. The Star Wars movie is fantastic; but it loses a lot when transferred to print.
Mar 29, 2020 rated it liked it
This story does pretty well in novel form. The portrayal of the hero’s journey in Star Wars is such a classic. And I honestly enjoyed Luke in this episode IV novel more than the episode IV film:))
Christopher Rush
Mar 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
As with the comics adaptation, the novelization by George Alan Dean Foster Lucas differs in quite a few ways from the essentially "official" version of the story, the movie (and again, I refer to the original theatrical release, not the modified not-so-special editions released in multiple forms in the last 15 years). Perhaps the more notable differences are the nature of the political system and the ending, though the discrepancies in the political nature of the Empire - especially in Darth Vad ...more
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is based on a movie that has been around for years and has become one of the biggest franchises of our time, and has changed the whole ways of Sci-Fi movies! Star Wars A New Hope is the movie that started it all.

The Rebel Alliance has stolen plans to the Death Star, a deadly space station built by the evil Galactic Empire, with enough power to destroy an entire planet. Darth Vader has captured Princess Leia, demanding the location of the hidden Rebel Base but not before the Princess i
Branwen Sedai *of the Brown Ajah*
“We’re a couple of shooting stars, and we’ll never be stopped.”

“Someday you're going to have to learn to separate what seems to be important from what really is important.”

What is there to say about this beloved story that hasn't already been said? This story and these characters are timeless. Been feeling the Star Wars love lately, so I decided to re-read some of the books. THere is nothing quite like the moment when you first read about Darth Vader prowling the rebel ship, or when Luke rescues
John Yelverton
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic book from a fantastic movie.
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I originally read this book back in June of 1977 after having seen and been blown away by the movie, just like many another 13-year-old lad of course. I haven't read it since, though I've seen the movie a few more times over the years. I am surprised how well the book holds up.

It's a true and faithful novelization with no significant differences from the film. Because the stories are told in different media, some of the campiness gets lost in the novelization, but I consider this a benefit. Als
Gable Roth
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-fiction
It is so interesting going back and reading this. The first novel that started it all. One thing that stands out is that there are a lot more comparisons to earth bound things because the universe hadn't been built up enough to provide other things to use. Some examples are elephant and duck. Now sure, those might also exist in the Star Wars universe but in some of the newer novels you get a lot more references to things like Bantha's and such.

The other thing that stands out is that when this bo
Jim Swindells
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I figured it would be a good idea to revisit the original trilogy in their novel forms after seeing the newest chapter in the Star Wars saga. In "A New Hope", the story pretty much flows as the originally released film does. There are pieces of the novel that made their way into the 1997 special edition releases, such as the storyline covering the friendship between Luke and Biggs and the encounter between Han Solo and Jabba The Hutt. In the novel form, it is never mentioned whether Jabba is the ...more
Jan 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars
“Someday you're going to have to learn to separate what seems to be important from what really is important.”

Twenty years after the birth of Luke and Leia, the Empire has risen. Darth Vader, being in control, is trying to destroy every last piece of the Rebellion.
When Luke receives a cryptic message from a beautiful princess held captive by the Dark Lord, he knows he has to save her. Together with his father's old master Obi-Wan Kenobi and a smuggler named Han Solo they get to the Death Sta
May 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you're reading this review, I assume you have already read the book or seen the movie. To begin with, I love the Star Wars series. As a kid, I watched all of the movies multiple times. However, I had never read the books up until Christmas of 2012 when I received a hardback edition of the Star Wars Trilogy. That, my friends, is nerdy bliss. When I first read the books, they immediately soared into my top books list. The imagery in this book specifically made me feel like I was experiencing a ...more
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, fantasy
What a great time! I really liked how I was able to slow down and look at each scene and part. It made the story more meaningful to me. When Obi-Wan fought Vader it was much more moving to me because I had a deeper connection through the book. When his voice came to Luke it gave me thrill chills. The robots were like two children, C3PO was the big brother who loved his little R2D2. I loved the dialogue and interaction of those little guys. It was adorable (I feel that word is an enemy of my mas ...more
John Maxim
Allegedly Alan Foster who wrote this book did not see the film before writing it. He wrote it based on a script that was George Lucas's 4th draft but not final the final revision. Since the book was released a whole 6 months before the movie that's probably all true.

When I found this out I had hoped it would be an exciting fresh take on the film that started it all. Unfortunately, it was dumb. Rather than saying the movie was better than the book, I guess that Lucas's interpretation of his scri
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is best described as Star Wars: A New Hope.

If you have never seen the movie you have either been living under a ginormous rock, or have consciously avoided the physical embodiment of awesomeness that is Star Wars, in which case you are not going to be reading this book either.

Being written by George Lucas himself, this book doesn’t offer any new material or further background information. It’s nothing more than a “book edition” of the movie. It is really fun to read but watching the mo
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it
The old yellow edition I had of this (with Pages Of Full Color Stills From The Movie!) ripped in half right down the spine while I was reading it. Bummer.

I don't really know how to rate this. It's pretty much just A New Hope, but with the deleted scenes included and some weird details changed.

What does stand out is how consistently... over-the-top this book is. I saw some reviews praising the sophisticated vocabulary. Maybe it's just a change in norms between now and 1976, since I don't know m
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. This book was great, and so truthful to the movie. I loved how there was an adding scene to Luke's story. We also get a new relationship between Luke and another character named Biggs. There were actual lines from the movie and I could totally picture the scenes from the movie in my head. There were a few spots that dragged on, and I wanted to see a little more action. However, the action scenes that did occur totally made up for it!
Bogdan Teodorescu
This book was an amazing interpretation of the very known movie. It presents the adventures of Luke Skywalker, the child of the famous Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker and brother of Princess Leia Organa.

I really enjoyed this book because of it's action and characters and I would recommend it to everyone reading this review.

Bogdan Teodorescu
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