For this week’s edition of Sunday Read, we give you an excerpt from Alan Dean Foster’s epic space opera The Force Awakens (Star Wars), the official novelisation of Star Wars: The Force Awakens – the blockbuster film directed by JJ Abrams.
After fierce anticipation, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released worldwide in December last year. The film broke numerous box office and non-box office records both worldwide and in its domestic market, including ‘fastest film to gross $1 billion dollars’ and ‘biggest worldwide opening weekend’.
If you haven’t seen it yet, we have a few questions: Why? Where have you been? What’s wrong with you? This is, after all, one of the biggest movies of all time.
Watch the trailer (even if you’ve already seen the movie):
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Now read an excerpt from The Force Awakens (Star Wars) by Alan Dean Foster, shared by Penguin Random House:
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About the book:
More than thirty years ago, Star Wars burst onto the big screen and became a cultural phenomenon. Now the next adventures in this blockbuster saga are poised to captivate old and new fans alike—beginning with the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And alongside the cinematic debut comes the thrilling novel adaptation by New York Times bestselling science fiction master Alan Dean Foster.
Set years after Return of the Jedi, this stunning new action-packed adventure rockets us back into the world of Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2, and Luke Skywalker, while introducing a host of exciting new characters. Darth Vader may have been redeemed and the Emperor vanquished, but peace can be fleeting, and evil does not easily relent. Yet the simple belief in good can still empower ordinary individuals to rise and meet the greatest challenges.
So return to that galaxy far, far away, and prepare yourself for what happens when the Force awakens …
About the author:
Alan Dean Foster has written in a variety of genres, including hard science fiction, fantasy, horror, detective, western, historical, and contemporary fiction. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Star Wars: The Approaching Storm and the popular Pip & Flinx novels, as well as novelizations of several films, including Transformers, Star Wars, the first three Alien films, and Alien Nation. His novel Cyber Way won the Southwest Book Award for Fiction, the first science fiction work ever to do so. Foster and his wife, JoAnn Oxley, live in Prescott, Arizona.