So, this past Saturday I wrote a post celebrating my obtaining of The Last Jedi novel and after finishing it over the course of two days I’m here to give you an exciting review of this newest Star Wars book. Enjoy!
One of the least liked aspects of the movie were the Resistance scenes. People disliked Poe and Holdo’s dynamic, people disliked the slow motion chase between the First Order and the Resistance, and overall it wasn’t received very well. Now I, after the second viewing of The Last Jedi, thoroughly enjoyed the Resistance side of the story but the book really makes those portions of the movie shine.
The novel goes into great detail about the hopelessness of the Resistance’s situation and Poe’s agitation with the dire scenario. To him, Holdo was leading the Resistance to utter doom and he couldn’t handle seeing the members of the Resistance succumb to despair as they watched their lives slowly coming to an inevitable demise. These portions of the book actually happened to become my favorite scenes simply because they shed such a fascinating light on a part of the movie I didn’t like as much as other scenes of the movie.
I also LOVED Admiral Holdo in the book. She was already a leader who didn’t falter under pressure and didn’t allow “flyboy” Poe Dameron to mess with her mind but the novel really highlighted how stern and sometimes, unkind, she was at certain points towards the demoted Commander and I was like, “YES!” There’s nothing cooler than a woman who doesn’t take stuff from no one, especially an insubordinate like Poe, and it made me love her character. And that hyperspace maneuver! That was undoubtedly, even on paper, one of the coolest things that I have ever read.
Woo, I’m so excited to officially own the novelization of The Last Jedi! I got it yesterday at my local Barnes & Noble and I can assure you, I’ve already read nearly half the book with my younger sister, and it is awesome!
I love that the teaser poster is what graced the cover of this novel because it really speaks to the thematic element of the movie. When you read the novelization of the movie the story of Rey’s ascendance into becoming a Jedi becomes even clearer. I remember when I saw this poster for the first time I was interpreting the light from the lightsaber going between Luke and Kylo Ren’s faces and the colors changing from blue to white to red as a sign that Rey was going to turn to the Dark Side but that’s actually not the case. This poster is actually highlighting the evolution of Rey and her journey throughout the film and novel as she explores the possibilities of the light of the dark and what her place is in the universe as the galaxy’s new hope, like Luke was all of those decades ago. It’s kind of a really cool poster.
It’s also a few weeks until the Blu-Ray for The Last Jedi is available and I’m so glad I have this book to tie me over until then. It’s not only going to provide a better experience for me when I watch the movie because I’ll have a better understanding of the film and all of its many situations but it’s also exciting just seeing the title. I absolutely love this movie.
There’s nothing better than opening a Star Wars book and seeing those iconic words before you read the novel, A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…. Utter magic, even in a book. It just makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.
Even though I haven’t finished the book yet it’s already exciting reading all of the scenes, extra and original, in a more detailed fashion. I’d say my favorite portion of the book so far are the Resistance scenes. In the movie the Rey/Luke scenes are undoubtedly riveting but on the other side of the galaxy you have this desperate situation going on with the Resistance and it’s exciting to see those scenes in a greater light. I’m especially loving the interactions between Finn and Rose. The two are magnetic, in a they-have-things-in-common sort of way, but when you read the book you realize Rose wasn’t very fond of Finn at first. In fact, he got on her nerves at most times. But the longer they’re together his adorable personality begins to rub off on her and you can see her fondness for him growing gradually. It’s actually rather sweet.
I also love Poe’s story in novelization form. He’s a pilot, his brain is hardwired to oblivion, all he can think about is his X-Wing and blowing stuff up, so when he’s forced to sit around and not do anything you can literally sense his agitation at all times. He’s literally about to combust and you can feel that heavily through the pages. It’s utterly fascinating. His relationship with Leia is also really sweet. To him she’s like another mother and he loves her for everything that she is. It’s kind of sad to think that in Episode IX he won’t have her to consult with anymore. 😦
All in all, this book is already perfect and I’m excited to read the rest of it today…because my sister and I are definitely finishing it today. If you haven’t gotten this book yet I highly recommend that you do. It not only sheds a greater light on the movie but it’s just fun to read. I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day. May the Force Be With You.