TFN Review: Star Wars The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary From DK
Reviewed by Adam on January 18, 2016 |
Having come out the same day as the movie, Star Wars The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary by Pablo Hidalgo is chock-full of spoilers to explain why Disney chose not to release it beforehand.

The book's introduction is accompanied by a scene taken from the original teaser trailer, showing the Millennium Falcon being attacked by what we now know to be two First Order TIE Fighters over Jakku, and is followed by Peace Interrupted, which provides a brief description of The New Republic, The First Order and The Resistance as well as a map of the galaxy and paragraphs on the planets of Hosnian Prime, Jakku, Takodana and D'Qar.

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With a couple of exceptions, the contents are listed in order of appearance in the movie and and as such, BB-8 is the first character we learn about, before moving onto Poe Dameron, Lor San Tekka, Stormtroopers and Flametroopers. FN-2187/Finn, Kylo Ren and Rey each get double spreads with much of the remaining sections covering groups such as Finalizer Crew, Kanjiklub and Resistance Pilots as well as locations like Niima Outpost, Starkiller Base and Maz Kanata's castle, interspersed with our favourite characters, both new and old.

Each double-page spread provides the usual array of information and pictures, both movie stills and general production photos, as well as a data file featuring key bullet-pointed facts.

As we've come to expect from DK's previous Visual Dictionaries, there is a wealth of background facts and information about many aspects of the movie, such as the ancient design of Kylo Ren's lightsaber and the origins of the coating of the armour worn by Captain Phasma.

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Much like the Star Wars The Force Awakens poster, there is no room for either Luke Skywalker or Supreme Leader Snoke, though both are mentioned at various times throughout the book. Whether we'll see an updated version of the Star Wars The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary at a later date to include sections on these two characters remains to be seen. Nevertheless, with them both featuring more heavily in later episodes, you can rest assured that we will be learning much about the two over the next few years.

After reading this book, you'll be able to put names to faces, places, species and a multitude of inanimate objects in future viewings of Star Wars The Force Awakens, all of which serve to expand on the galaxy far, far way that we have come to know and love.

Priced $19.99 in the U.S. and $22.99 in Canada, Star Wars The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary is out now and available to buy online and from all good bookstores.

As always, a big thanks to DK Canada, whose Star Wars Boutique you can visit here. For all of your monthly roundup of Star Wars publishing news, commentary, and discussion on the latest releases in the realm of novels, comics, and magazines, don't forget to listen to Jedi Journals.
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