Hugh Likes Fiction-Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Written by Alan Dean Foster
Based on a script by Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, and Michael Arndt
Audiobook narration by Marc Thompson
Published by Random House Audio
Alan Dean Foster’s novelization of blockbuster Sci-Fi film Star Wars: The Force Awakens lacks the polish and ingenuity of the original prose content of the new Star Wars canon, but it is still and enjoyable read for fans of the series.
Hewing fairly closely to the plot of the film, it follows salvager Rey and escaped stormtrooper Finn on their adventures in a galaxy far, far away.  Foster embellishes here and there and delves into the deeper motivations of the characters, but it is a mostly faithful rendition of the plot.  The few added scenes, such as an encounter in a tavern and a snowspeeder chase on Star-killer Base feel more like deleted scenes from an earlier version of the script than things Foster added himself.
Foster’s writing is quick and exciting, although it can get a bit bogged down and melodramatic at times.  It suffers from the demand of quick turn-around time that is a necessary evil of the medium.  If you go in knowing its there, it is easily forgivable.
I experienced this novel as a CD audiobook.  It was narrated by voice actor Marc Thompson, who brings a bit too much emotion to the narration, but his dialogue is fantastic.  He brings each of these characters to life in a way that is consistent with their film counterparts.  Overall, his is enjoyable to listen to.
The Novelization of Star Wars: The Force Awakens isn’t for everybody, but if you’re a die-hard fan, or are interested in film/novel adaptation, this novel is for you.

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