Discover Captain Phasma's mysterious history in this "Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi" novel.
One of the most cunning and merciless officers of the First Order, Captain Phasma commands the favor of her superiors, the respect of her peers, and the terror of her enemies. But for all her renown, Phasma remains as virtually unknown as the impassive expression on her gleaming chrome helmet. Now, an adversary is bent on unearthing her mysterious origins - and exposing a secret she guards as zealously and ruthlessly as she serves her masters.
Deep inside the Battlecruiser Absolution, a captured Resistance spy endures brutal interrogation at the hands of a crimson-armored stormtrooper - Cardinal. But the information he desires has nothing to do with the Resistance or its covert operations against the First Order.
What the mysterious stormtrooper wants is Phasma's past - and with it whatever long-buried scandal, treachery, or private demons he can wield against the hated rival who threatens his own power and privilege in the ranks of the First Order. His prisoner has what Cardinal so desperately seeks, but she won't surrender it easily. As she wages a painstaking war of wills with her captor, bargaining for her life in exchange for every precious revelation, the spellbinding chronicle of the inscrutable Phasma unfolds. But this knowledge may prove more than just dangerous once Cardinal possesses it - and once his adversary unleashes the full measure of her fury.
The writing is great, never a dull moment.
The story itself is everything you'd expect as a Star Wars fan, with compelling characters and engaging plot points.
Finally the performance more than does the book honor. January LaVoy goes out of her way to make each character sound unique and accurate, all while giving a pleasant narrative tone in between.
First Audible experience, no regrets.
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This book is quite the departure from a normal Star Wars novel, but that makes it memorable. More grim and graphic than most, although not gratuitous or without reason. I found the details of the warrior customs interesting instead of filler, the story engaging, and the ultimate payoff worth the trip. This is a helluva origin story for someone who was onscreen in The Force Awakens for less than five minutes and only had a handful of lines. I hope she's more prominent in The Last Jedi, after this read I definitely want to see her in battle on screen. Very different, but impressive, with a good performance as well, I found January's shifts to male voices to be particularly strong. The new EU has been good lately, with Thrawn and Catalyst being good standalone stories that tie in well and actually feel important, and this is on par with both.
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After writing the Star Wars short story, The Perfect Weapon, Delilah S. Dawson returns to a galaxy far, far away with the full-length novel, Phasma. I’m a fan of Dawson’s work, and it’s great fun seeing her playing around in one of my favorite cinematic universes and helping to build and expand upon the new canon of expanded universe tie-ins centering around the trilogy of Star Wars films.
After being captured and taken aboard an Imperial ship, Resistance fighter Vi Moradi engages in a battle of wits with a crimson-clad Stormtrooper named Cardinal. He wants information on Captain Phasma, which Moradi possesses, and as the interrogation unfolds she shares with him the true story of Phasma – who she is, where she’s from, and the lengths she will go to in order to survive.
Dawson does a superb job painting a vivid portrait of Phasma, giving this character an engaging history and motivation. While the filmic depiction of Phasma in The Force Awakens was fairly forgettable, her novelized origin story is far from it. Dawson takes us around the apocalyptic world of Parnassos and the Scyre clan Phasma has sworn allegiance to. What emerges from this, in the wake of a crashed Imperial ship and the rescue of its crew by Phasma and her fighters, is a story of survival in a harsh desert world where life is short and brutal, and survival and murder often go hand in hand. Dawson puts a decidedly Mad Max-style spin on her Star Wars story here, and it’s a welcome change of pace.
My only wish/hope is that we get to see more of Vi Moradi in the future. Although Moradi is our gateway into Phasma’s history, there’s not a lot of room for her to shine elsewhere with so much of the narrative space occupying a time ten years in the past. Phasma becomes wonderfully fleshed out and whole, and is certainly a more engaging character here than in her (thus far) single movie appearance, but I really wanted to learn more about Moradi as the book wore on. She’s an engaging Resistance fighter and Dawson does such a good job writing Moradi and her repartee with Cardinal that it’s impossible not to want more of her, or for her to be the singular narrative focus.
On the narration front, January LaVoy does a terrific job bringing Phasma, both the book and the character, to life. This was my first time listening to LaVoy’s work and I was suitably impressed. She keeps the pace moving nicely and adopts an array of inflections to separate character’s dialogue. As is typical of other Star Wars audiobook productions, the narration is accompanied by a host of sound effects and music, helping to amplify the urgency of the narration or underscore the more emotionally resonant beats. The various audio elements work together to create a highly polished and well-produced audiobook, and one that fits firmly within the stylistic realm of the Star Wars universe.
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What would have made Phasma: Star Wars better?
If the focus had actually been phasma the story may have improved. Characters were in no way fleshed out and the story left more questions than it supplied answers.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
disappointment mostly. not a great one
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You learn about Phasma's background but is this the best they could come up? It is the least Star Wars book I've ever read about Star Wars. I kept waiting for it to get better but it never did .
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Too simple and lineair a story for my taste, though it does build the character.
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Truly engaging, heartfelt and intense story. I'll admit I really wasn't sold on the first couple chapters, I didn't initially care for the main protagonist nor the framing device employed within the story.
However after an hour or two (at most) I was eating my words. This story is like Mad Max in Star Wars and features some truly memorable characters. Not to mention the title character herself, who almost feels mythic in this tale.
The third act of the story is bold, completely different and incredibly tense and pays off the framing device in a truly satisfying way.
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The story was actually pretty good... accept for the main characters. I am a huge Star Wars fan, I really want to like this book, but I can't. Phasma in this book is a model Mary Sue (Also I'm pretty sure psychotic, literally). She never does wrong and she doesn't have that much character progression. What there is, is subtle and it seems well executed character progression at first. But, at the end we find out this is really just how she is and has been since a kid. It's no character development. She's an imperfect person but a perfect villain. It's clear that this book was just to tell us how the square peg was put into the square hole. It makes Phasma feel one dimensional and she never really screws up. She does some pretty terrible things and no consequences what so ever. That alone doesn't make you a Mary Sue but it dose when you take the rest of Phasma into consideration. She's also a jerk but that's a given. I actually found every other character in the novel pretty interesting, although sometimes they do some very unnecessary things that just makes me wonder why? Even the book admits this at times and they feel like unnecessary plot devices. There would have been better ways to do some of this stuff differently. I won't go into too much detail because I don't want to spoil it for anyone who does want to read the book. Also this book rips off fallout just a little bit, maybe not on purpose but yes.
I really liked the character of Cardinal Actually he was a really cool character in my opinion, probably because he's very human, and he has flaws, jealousies, suspicion, so on. He got a lot of character development as well. He gave us an interesting look into the psychology of a stormtrooper and I found myself wanting for the parts about Phasma to get over with so I could here more about him. I would like to read his story if they ever tell it. This book let us see Cardinal and three other First Order stormtroopers. it gave us a good look at the men and women under the helmet and let us see them as something more than a machine though not quite fully human. We rarely get a look at the stormtroopers perspective so that's fun.
I liked Siv too. She was an interesting character I thought, or an interesting narrator at least. near the end especially you are cheering her on.
overall it's a mixed bag. The story was interesting, I really enjoyed the story, especially the interludes between Phasma's story. Those were pretty interesting and the scenes with the Spy and Cardinal were great. Phasma was just too much of a Mary Sue for my taste. I wanted the first prominent female stormtrooper to be an interesting character but I just ended up hating her after reading this for the reason I've made very clear. It seems like she never lost a fight (one acceptation she quickly got her own back though), nothing ever stuck to her, she never did wrong, she was a kind of a jerk though. The reason I mark the story so low is because I feel like the book is named after her. it's more or less about her, but, I honestly like her a lot less after reading this than before.
If you want to read about a strong female Character then get a book from the Aftermath Series. It has two strong female leads that are much better characters. The books are just overall more enjoyable too. Inferno Squad is great to if you just want a one off. Again, it has some good female leads, better character development, better story. Thrawn is also a good choice. The female character is a secondary but still very interesting, and it's a Zhan book, and he's one of the defining writers of the Star Wars Trilogy. if you want a really good female character read the Thrawn Trilogy to get a look at Mara Jade. The Bounty Hunter Saga is also good and you can get through it quickly. Overall, I found this book worth reading as a super fan who prides himself on his knowledge of the lore, but not worth buying. If you're just getting into the expanded universe it's a good entry novel. Though I would still recommend Inferno Squad over this.
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I didn't care for this Story as a Star Wars Story. The story overall is good but in universe, it fails miserably. It provides you with the knowledge that Phasma is a ruthless and loyal only to herself but doesn't add more than that. There are many other books that your time would Better spent on. If you liked Lord of the Flies this is for you; If you like Star Wars look elsewhere.
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This is my least favorite of the new Canon books. It's as if they had 2 different story ideas and tried to merge them with minimal success. Also very predictable. Can't recommend.
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I don't know what it's technical name is... But a person narrating a story of someone telling a story of someone else's first hand account...? Whatever it is, it was superb!
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Eine wirklich gute Geschichte über den Werdegang von Caiptan Phasma. Meines Erachtens nach kam sie in "The Force Awakens" viel zu kurz, dieses Buch gibt ihr nun endlich die Aufmerksamkeit die ihr Gebührt.
Die Sprecherin bringt die verschiedenen Charaktere grandios rüber und man erkennt mit leichtigkeit welche Person gerade speicht und was sie gerade empfindet.
Ich kann dieses Buch jedem empfehlen der ein Fan von Caiptain Phasma ist und/oder "The Force Awakens" super fand.
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