Star Wars: the Force Awakens, by Alan Dean Foster
Star Wars the Force Awakens is a story about a girl on a remote planet that feels lost, alone, and trapped. Rey,the main character, is a resident of the planet Jakku, a desert planet where only scavengers and brigands live, the planet being mostly deserted save for a few remote villages after the massive battle that took place there that ended the war. She is stuck in this hive of depression as she waits for her parents, who apparently left her there as a child, to come back and get her. She is pulled out and into the light when Finn arrives. Finn is a stormtrooper of the evil First Order, a successor state to the Empire, who has defected. He arrives on Jakku after the tie fighter he is flying in with escaped Resistance pilot Poe Dameron, crashes. Together the three meet characters we have met before and new characters we will remember for a long time, with even more info on things at parts than the movie provides us.
The book opens with Finn and his fellow stormtroopers assaulting a village on Jakku where Poe Dameron is meeting with Lor San Tekka, a man who has a piece of the map that will show the Resistance where Jedi Master Luke Skywalker is hiding. Finn, after being ordered to assist in the slaughter of the village people, decides to defect, which he does once on board the Star Destroyer. He helps Poe escape and they crash land on Jakku, this crash presumably killing Poe. This is where Finn meets Rey, who has come into ownership of BB-8, the droid who has the map piece. They eventually escape off planet together with BB-8 in the Millennium Falcon. After going off planet they met with many challenges, running away from Rathtars, helping the Resistance fight the First Order, and finding Luke.
The novel version of the Force Awakens is just as good as the movie but with some additive dialogue, especially in the fight scene at the end of the movie. As far the plot goes my major gripe, the same issue many people have with this story, is that it is very similar to the Episode IV: A New Hope as it has many similar plot points and tropes. It is different enough to not be too mad about it but I feel with the next one (The Last Jedi) they will need to be differing from Episode V a great deal, unless they want tanking reviews and a disappointed audience and readership. The novelization is worth the read as it gives you many new scenes and dialogue lines that were not in the movie that give you better insight as to the events that are taking place. If you are at all a Star Wars fan I would recommend this book.
Reviewers Score: 8.8/10