Spoiler-free Review of ” Phasma” by Delilah Dawson

“Submit your blaster for inspection.” | Captain Phasma

(Warning- possible The Last Jedi spoilers ahead! But if you haven’t seen the movie yet, what are you still waiting for????)

Captain Phasma

Captain Phasma (image from Starwars.com)

I was intrigued by Captain Phasma in The Force Awakens, as was pretty much everyone. But I didn’t care too much about her character. Yes, she was interesting, but I could tell that she wasn’t a focal point of the story.

But I will admit, her death in The Last Jedi was a tad sad. I was hoping to see more of an epic showdown between her and Finn. So I’m still crossing my fingers she somehow survived and will appear in Episode IX.

Since I’ve been on a Star Wars kick for my personal reading, I decided to pick up Star Wars: Phasma by Delilah Dawson and give it a go. Even though I wasn’t too invested in her character, I did want to learn more about her (and a stormtrooper in chrome armor is pretty awesome if you ask me!).

Phasma book

At first, the story threw me off a little. It was written in present-tense. For you non-grammar nerds, that just means it is written like it is happening now. (Example of present-tense: Alyssa is walking down the hall and sees her friend.) Honestly, that was somewhat hard to read. However, once you get into the book you find that Phasma’s back story is written in the past-tense and the other part of the story (which I won’t spoil) is written in the present tense. It makes a lot more sense the more you read.

Phasma’s story was interesting, although not what I had imagined her back story to be at all. But I really ended up liking the character who tells the story of Phasma as well as Cardinal (another stormtrooper in cool armor). I won’t spoil the book, but I found myself looking forward to their part of the story more than the story about Phasma.

I’ll be honest, this wasn’t my favorite book to read, but I do think it was worth reading to learn the back story of these characters. You even get to learn a little bit more about General Hux as well. The cover of the book is pretty awesome, and the Target copy comes with a cool poster! So even if you don’t love the story, the book will look nice on your shelf (and that’s always important, right?!).

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this book if you’ve read it! Or your thoughts on Phasma in general!

You can grab the special Target edition of the book here. Or grab a copy on Amazon here.

 

 

5 thoughts on “Spoiler-free Review of ” Phasma” by Delilah Dawson

  1. I thought Phasma was a really good book, but it didn’t really feel like a Star Wars book. Dawson has admitted that it is basically an homage to Mad Max: Fury Road, but that was pretty obviously before I even saw that she had said that. I think the book works to a point, but a lot of that (at least for me) comes down to taste and nothing more. I can appreciate a dystopian world set in the SW universe even if it doesn’t necessarily feel Star Warsie at times, but I am under no illusion that others will be onboard for that type of story.

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    • Completely agree! I think that’s why I liked the interrogation scenes more than the actual story-line. I felt like it was a little slow, but that is a preference of mine since I do like more fast-paced books. I supposed I was expecting it to be action-packed because it was about Phasma. I did enjoy learning more about her backstory, and I feel like it makes her a better villain now when I watch her on-screen.

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      • You are absolutely right that it makes her a better villain, it is just so damn unfortunate they underutilized her in The Last Jedi. I wrote a post about Phasma right after seeing TLJ and discussed how disappointed I was that she shows up and disappears so quickly in the film. It would have been badass seeing her commanding ground troops on Crait, and I could easily see her “bowing” to Supreme Leader Kylo Ren out of a sense of self-preservation/plotting (which is so brilliantly depicted in her novel and comic). The character we got in the novel and comic just doesn’t seem to get her due on screen, and my fear now is that she will be back in Episode IX. Don’t get me wrong, I love Phasma with a passion but her re-appearance on screen is going to feel gimmicky if she pops up again just to be killed…again.

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      • Agreed! I didn’t really care too much about her in TFA but after the book and seeing the trailers in TLJ I was a bit disappointed she didn’t do too much. Dying so quickly seemed so out of character! I guess we shall see what happens in IX… I’m not sure I want her to be another Darth Maul either…

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      • I loved her after seeing TFA. I honestly thought she was going to be the new Boba Fett. In fact, IF she survives, I hope she does take up the life of a bounty/hunter and assassin if the First Order falls. I’d love a badass woman running around the galaxy giving the good gals and guys a headache. Suppose we will see what happens…

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