Adult Novel

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

Alan Dean Foster
Jan 5, 2016
Artwork by
Narrated by
Marc Thompson
Takes place in
34 ABY
In the
Rise of the First Order
Part of the
An adequate novelization that fails to add anything of significance to the story we see on screen.
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Alan Dean Foster brings his fantasy and sci-fi storytelling experience to Star Wars canon for the first time in his adaption of the highly-anticipated 2015 film The Force Awakens

The official novelization of the film expands upon the events shown onscreen, giving readers the chance to see the Resistance engage in battle with the First Order from the unique points of view of different characters. Whether you’re a fan of Rey, Poe, Finn, or a combination of figures old and new, this book will take you on a journey across the galaxy you’ll not soon forget.

Publisher's Summary

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. . . .

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An adequate novelization that fails to add anything of significance to the story we see on screen.

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Andrew Bell - Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens - Adult Novel
Andrew Bell
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This is one of the few books that I would say adds nothing to the Star Wars mythos. It was essentially a word-for-word retelling of the movie that provides little to no insight into any of the characters. That being said, it can still be enjoyable by those who love the movie, just don't expect to get much more out of it than what you see on screen.
Jared Mayes - Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens - Adult Novel
Jared Mayes
Legends Lookback Lead Host
This is the story we’ve been waiting for. It reaches deep into the consciousness of why we love the galaxy far far away while simultaneously reaching forward to usher in a new cast of characters and sequence of events that will extend far far into the future. Watching the film is one thing, and a wonderful thing indeed. Reading the novelization is a true joy because it strips the Force Awakens down to its simplest form—story. No special effects, soundtrack, or Harrison Ford’s cocky grin can distract you when you’re alone with the book. Rather than two hours spent in this plot, the novel allows you to take your time and dwell in the midst of the conflict and the excitement. As a novelization, Foster delivers exactly as Foster does. It’s a good retelling of the story without being very stylized. A story as monumental as this deserved more than this.

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