Adult Novel

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi: Expanded Edition

Jason Fry
Mar 6, 2018
Artwork by
Narrated by
Marc Thompson
Takes place in
34 ABY
In the
Rise of the First Order
Part of the
While it is an excellent retelling of the story, it did feel like the potential was there for so much more.
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Jason Fry gets the honor of continuing Star Wars’s rich history with novel adaptation. In particular, his novelization shines in adding additional material to enhance the story in written form, such as Luke’s Force vision introduction and re-insterting deleted scenes from the film–even Rey’s third lesson! The novel allows us to get an inside look at certain characters such as BB-8 during the space battle over D’qar. Reading the novel of Episode Eight will allow you to soak up the story like never before, taking your time with the characters and getting the story from all-new perspectives.

Publisher's Summary

Written with input from director Rian Johnson, this official adaptation of Star Wars: The Last Jedi expands on the film to include scenes from alternate versions of the script and other additional content.

From the ashes of the Empire has arisen another threat to the galaxy's freedom: the ruthless First Order. Fortunately, new heroes have emerged to take up arms—and perhaps lay down their lives—for the cause. Rey, the orphan strong in the Force; Finn, the ex-stormtrooper who stands against his former masters; and Poe Dameron, the fearless X-wing pilot, have been drawn together to fight side-by-side with General Leia Organa and the Resistance. But the First Order's Supreme Leader Snoke and his merciless enforcer Kylo Ren are adversaries with superior numbers and devastating firepower at their command. Against this enemy, the champions of light may finally be facing their extinction. Their only hope rests with a lost legend: Jedi Master Luke Skywalker.

Where the action of Star Wars: The Force Awakens ended, Star Wars: The Last Jedi begins, as the battle between light and dark climbs to astonishing new heights.

Featuring thrilling photos from the hit movie.

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While it is an excellent retelling of the story, it did feel like the potential was there for so much more.

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Eric Eilersen - Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi: Expanded Edition - Adult Novel
Eric Eilersen
As a fan of The Last Jedi (it is firmly in my top three favorite Star Wars films), I thoroughly enjoyed this novelization, because it essentially retreads the story of the film beat by beat. The additional scenes and context it presents can be found in the deleted scenes on the blu-ray, so if you want more Last Jedi in your life, absolutely give this one a shot, but it's not going to change your mind one way or the other.
Andrew Bell - Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi: Expanded Edition - Adult Novel
Andrew Bell
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Going into this novel, I was very excited because of how it was being marketed as an "Expanded Edition". I assumed it would have much more content that helped fill in what I thought were pacing issues in the movie. Unfortunately, the only expanded parts of the book were deleted scenes from the movie. While those were enjoyable, I was left feeling disappointed, because the story of The Last Jedi is so rich and felt like could have really been examined further in the novel. Nonetheless, this is still a faithful adaptation of the film, and an enjoyable read.

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