Revisiting The Last Jedi Novelization: Part 2

Yesterday I read the prologue and the first three chapters of the novelization for The Last Jedi. Today, I share my thoughts on Chapters 4-6. Enjoy!

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Chapter 4 very simply gives us a more detailed account of the battle of D’Qar from Paige’s point of view, giving us a chance to know her character at a deeper level than what we were afforded in The Last Jedi.

There’s also a sense of disappointment in Poe Dameron in the fact that he decided not to heed his superiors’ orders and got so many Resistance fighters, like Paige, unnecessarily killed.

But undoubtedly the best thing about this chapter is when Finn wakes. We get to comprehend how he feels about being on the Resistance ship and how his thoughts primarily rest on Rey. It’s a testament to their friendship in the film.

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Chapter 5 provides a deeper understanding of Rey’s arduous climb to the top of the mountain as well as her awe at seeing a world so full of life which is the exact opposite of Jakku, the arid planet she had lived on for over a decade.

There’s also a greater comprehension of her surprise at Luke’s less-than-enthusiastic reaction to her arrival on the island. He’s not the mythical master that she envisioned. Instead, he’s a bitter man who literally does not want to see her and does not bother hiding his distaste from her.

This is not the Luke Skywalker we remember but it is the Luke Skywalker the hard lessons he has faced over the past few decades has forged and it is a startling contrast to the Jedi we last see at the end of Return of the Jedi.

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Chapter 6 starts in a fascinating way because it doesn’t begin with Kylo exiting the turbolift but rather with General Hux, developing his secret scheme to one day become the Supreme Leader (which we know was foiled by Kylo Ren) while also telling us how the First Order was able to track the Resistance through the hyperspace. It’s an interesting extra piece to the story that the movie omitted and gives us a deeper look into Hux’s thought process.

Kylo Ren, however, is chagrined in a wince-worthy way, making one almost feel bad for him. To prove his loyalty to Snoke and the dark side he had gone as far as to kill his own father only for his master to turn on him for being defeated by Rey. It was harsh and a very obvious precursor to why Kylo Ren eventually turned on him.

This is where the story ended today and I’m buzzing to see what the next few chapters will offer me tomorrow.

I’ll rank these three chapters at a solid A-. I love BB-8 and I love that the author, Jason Fr, decided to relay to us certain scenes through the astromech’s point of view but because he’s a robot the language and comprehension of everything going on is often a bit confusing or too eloquent for my taste.

But beyond that, the three chapters were a blast to read. I can’t wait to share more with you tomorrow.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day. May the Force be with you.

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