Captain Phasma is one of the coolest characters in the Star Wars universe. First of all, she’s a female stormtrooper which already makes her unique. And then, her chrome armor and blaster are absolutely beautiful. I was so excited to see her in The Force Awakens but alas, I was ultimately disappointed by her utter lack of involvement in the film. She was used as just a poster child for the movie and barely had a role despite her obvious importance. And then, it seemed like she wasn’t even going to make it to the next film because Finn, Han, and Chewie dumped her in a trash compactor. Thankfully, she escaped, a scenario that will be explained in the near future through the Captain Phasma comic.
Lucasfilm, however, realized their huge mistake by not incorporating her into the film more and now it looks like they’re going full steam ahead into revealing everything about Phasma leading up to The Last Jedi.
So, because I love Captain Phasma so much, there was no way I wasn’t going to get a book all about her. And so, this is my review.
The Covers and the Poster
So, first of all, I absolutely love, love, love this cover. It’s undoubtedly one of the most beautiful covers I have ever seen. The chrome helmet of Phasma, the faded helmets of the stormtroopers in the background, the red title, the menacing black, it’s literally perfect. Before I even read the book I knew this story about Phasma was going to showcase the chrome trooper in all of her villainous glory.
The front cover isn’t the only thing that’s absolutely gorgeous.
You’ve got, on the back, another stormtrooper bathed in a frightening red glow. This is an important character in the book and his name is Captain Cardinal. The back of the cover is just as stunning as the front. You have Cardinal in his red armor, more faded stormtroopers in the background, and the words which are slightly frightening.
Because I got this book from Barnes & Noble I happened to get a special poster with two sides.
I love surprises and this is a pretty cool surprise. My favorite side is, of course, the side with the dazzling Captain Phasma but the one with Captain Cardinal is just as fascinating. And so now that I’m done talking about the covers and posters let me tell you what I thought about the actual book.
This book jumps back and forth between Captain Cardinal, a high-ranking officer in the First Order, and Phasma, before she even joined the villainous faction. Cardinal captures a Resistance spy to gather some dirt on his comrade, Captain Phasma. He wants to know about her past before she joined the First Order so he can find out if she’s truly loyal to the cause or if she’s just a ticking time bomb ready to betray everything he loves on a whim.
The story bounces back and forth between Cardinal and Phasma and keeps the reader reading just to find out what everything is leading to. Now Phasma doesn’t narrate her side of the story. Instead, her story is told through the eyes of a companion, Siv, and it is utterly fascinating.
Phasma comes from a strange, desolate world named Parnassos and her story is absolutely riveting. There’s nail-biting action, there’s important dialogue, fantastic new characters, and it’s all leading to a jaw-dropping finale that utterly reveals Phasma’s character in the most frightening way possible.
This book is part of the lead-up to The Last Jedi and it truly is a must-have for anyone who wants to understand the film in all of its entirety. If Phasma is given a large role, which I hope, then this book not only accentuates her importance to the First Order’s movement but I’ll really be able to understand her in the upcoming movie.
When the Captain Phasma comic comes out I am going to get it as quickly as I can.
It literally follows the events from The Force Awakens all the way up to The Last Jedi and I know for a fact that it’s going to be amazing.
Until then I thank you for reading this post. If you’ve already read this book like I have I would love to know what you think. If not, I hope you do eventually get it and enjoy it as much as I did. I loved it so much in fact that I’m definitely going to read it again just so I can understand how everything unfolded even more.
I hope you enjoyed this book review and have a wonderful day.