“Rey’s Story” The Force Awakens
To the next generation of Jedi – Elizabeth Schaefer
*This review does contain spoilers for those that have not read this adaptation of Star Wars: The Force Awakens “Rey’s Story.”*
Excerpt [back cover] from Star Wars: The Force Awakens “Rey’s Story” …
A lonely scavenger,
A lost little droid,
An adventure of a lifetime …
Rey never thought she would leave the desert planet of jakku, but her life is turned upside down when she meets BB-8, a small droid with a big secret.
Like it or not, Rey is about to be caught up in something much larger than herself: a galactic war between the evil First Order and the fledgling Resistance.
But something is awakening inside of Rey, something that might turn the tides of fortune in the galaxy …
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away …
A desolate world of sand and ruin, Jakku is the perfect place to hide. The sandy dunes are home to a starship graveyard and to many scavengers, who make a meager living by salvaging the craft burial grounds, but one particular scavenger has a story to tell – a story, that has yet to begin …
Rey, a young woman makes her home on this desert planet, earning wages in the form of food rations in order to stay alive in such harsh conditions. Like every other being on Jakku, Rey trades her findings for daily meals with Unkar Plutt. This is the way of things, the way of life on Jakku, until she happens to cross paths with a little round droid named Beebee-Ate.
A lonesome scavenger saves a lost droid from becoming spare parts and upon doing so, starts the wheels of change for the entire galaxy and suddenly, what once was myth or legend becomes real – the force awakens …
Ever since “Rey” came into the picture, I’ve been instantly drawn to her, totally captivated, and to put it simply, I just want to know everything there is about her. Who is she? Where did she come from? Why is she on Jakku? How did she get there? And why is no one looking for her?
In this adaptation or Rey’s version of the story Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we get a “mind’s eye” view from Rey’s point of view, on what took place in the film. The first person perspective gives you the character’s outlook on her experiences, emotions, and thoughts throughout the duration of the storyline. And yes, there are new tidbits of awesomeness within in those 138 pages of literary Star Wars goodness. Point blank, Elizabeth Schaefer truly delivers some amazing feats in only 15 chapters. I honestly couldn’t get enough of this book and I can guarantee that I’ll be revisiting it, time-and-time again.
The book itself was a breeze to read and a funtastic journey of heroism. The storyline was on point and followed the timeline from the film without any hiccups. Truth be told, I was amazed with the small snippets of “intel” on Rey’s character that we did not see on film or discover in the movie novelization by Alan Dean Foster. In this edition, we find out that Rey wasn’t left behind on Jakku, not exactly. As Rey tells it, she was held back from getting on that transport we see fly off world. And that’s not all, Rey also remembers her parents being there with her at first, but now, isn’t too certain that they’re alive. Unfortunately for Rey, her memory betrays her and she struggles to remember them or anything about them.
All in all, this book was hands down, an exciting addition to The Force Awakens story and in my opinion, an elevating element to Rey’s character as a whole. For anyone who adores this character and is persistent to learn even more about her, then I recommend adding this book to your Top Shelf of Star Wars reads. Trust me when I say, you won’t be disappointed you did!
*Star Wars: The Force Awakens “Rey’s Story” is written by Elizabeth Schaefer and published by Disney & Lucasfilm Press/Books. This book is now available and was released for sale on February 16th, 2016. Star Wars: The Force Awakens “Rey’s Story” is available in paperback version at Amazon.com and other literary retail outlets. Visit the official Star Wars website at www.starwars.com for everything Star Wars.*