Review: The Last Jedi (Star Wars Novelisation) - 6/10*
Star Wars novels are always hit and miss, and the movie novelizations almost always seem to be misses. This one was somewhere in the middle.
A good movie novelisation needs to expand on the film. If it’s just an exact repeat of what we saw on the screen then it’s just not worth reading. It gives us nothing new. What this book expanded on was the connections between characters. Leia’s ability to sense through the force was considered in greater detail. She could sense her son and the conflict within him, though she has by this point almost given up any hope that he will return to the light.
It’s unsurprising after what he did in Episode VII. Rey, on the other hand, believes that he has the potential to turn again. And this was something that I felt was much stronger in the writing here. When she met Luke she was disappointed in his lack of motivation; she looked toward another source of power and knew that he could possibly be good again. Although the connection was fabricated by Snoke, it felt more powerful and genuine in these pages. Their destinies are linked together no matter how it all ends.
As such, the main plot line was very engaging; however, the side plots were a little lack lustre. Finn and Rose were quite boring to read about. Poe was a little better though there was nothing new in these sections of the story. The pace was slow, but that is because the film was very slow at times. For me this is only good in parts.
When the Last Jedi hit the screens last year it divided fans. Many liked the new direction Star Wars was taking, and just as many thought it no longer stayed true to itself. I’m of two minds. I appreciate the newness but I’m not ready to celebrate it yet. For me, it all depends on how episode IX finishes. This is the middle of the story and I can’t fully judge it until I have seen the end.
Overall, it’s a good novelisation of a film that may or may not be great. We shall see when it all finishes.