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Phasma: Star Wars

Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Narrated by: January LaVoy
Series: Star Wars, Book 36
Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
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Summary

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.

©2017 Delilah S. Dawson (P)2017 Random House Audio

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My first great disappointment

I found this book thoroughly boring. The entire book is essentially a justification for why Phasma, who seems to be a powerful figure, capitulates so easily in The Force Awakens. We find out pretty early on. And then the book continues, telling us about a quest across a dull planet. And then it continues, telling us about a dull fight against a different gang. And then the book continues, going back to the quest across a dull planet. And then it continues, telling us about another dull fight. This is the general pattern of the book. At the end, you know the justification for that one scene, and you know almost nothing else. Not worth your time. I read it as I'm a completionist, and I still regret it.

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Slow and predictable

Disappointingly slow, predictable and contrived is my view. Pace was too slow at many points and I was tempted to fast forward.

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Just Awful

I am a big Star Wars fan and have listened to as much as I can going all the way back to the Thrawn trilogy. This book is just not good. Like a lot of the new series it is hamstrung by not wanting to give spoilers for the movies to come and is just setting things up.

The back story of Phasma is nothing new or interesting and adds very little vlue to the understanding of the character from just a few scenes in TFA. I wish that the legends series was allowed to continue on in written form as its own universe and stop putting out rubbish books that are just poor filler in between films.

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first audio book ive listened to and it was great!

so gripping, keeping me up most of the two nights it took me to finish it. great back story for the character of phasma, n I dont think I will watch tfa in the same way!

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Not bad...

Production value is as good as always with SW books. I found the story a bit slow and then was surprised when it ended as it just seemed to end. Wouldn't recommend to a friend would just tell them the story as it's not that interesting.

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Brilliant

A must for any star wars fan, absolutly amazing, the movies do not do her justice

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Dark, Emotional and Utterly Captivating

I'm one of those Star Wars fans that craves SW stories to delve deeper into darker territory. I'm overjoyed to say that if that is something you crave too, then Phasma is for you!

Despite her being woefully underused in the films, this story provides a thorough backstory to the character that is full of detail, mystery and weight. This story genuinely makes Captain Phasma a much more complex and interesting character.

The story does take it's time, much of the plot being told surrounding a sluggish hike through a desolate wasteland. However, this is something I found to be particularly engaging. The general lack of environment forces character interactions and body language to the forefront of attention whilst also giving the reader just enough new revelations to keep them hooked throughout.

I found myself consistently inquisitive about Phasma's true motivations and was shocked multiple times by her actions. She is not a character you should expect to root for in this story, she remains a villain through and through. But she also shows some rare moments of humanity that make it difficult to lock down an overall opinion on her character, and that makes her story all the more enjoyable to read.

I loved the performance for the most part. I particularly enjoyed January's performance of Phasma herself, especially how she evolves her accent throughout the story so that she sounds exactly like she does in the films by the end. There were times I had to wonder if they actually got Gwendoline Christie to do Phasma's voice, it is seriously that good! Other characters are not performed as well, particularly male characters who are meant to be big, strong and gruff with deep voices. I still enjoyed the performance overall but every time one of these characters spoke, it broke my immersion in the story very slighty.

If you are like me and you enjoy the darker and bloodier side of Star Wars, then you should read this book. And if you are looking for an immersive way to experience this story, then you NEED to pick up this audiobook. Complete with authentic Star Wars sound effects and John Williams' incredible score.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Phasma and if I could forget it all and read it again I most certainly would!

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Enjoyable.

Story drags on a little too much but not a bad story overall. January Lavoy is outstanding as a narrator though.

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Lacks substance

Well narrated but the story is a let down. Don’t recommend at all and there much better star wars works out there.

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Good voice Performance, the story was flat

The story is really flat. It feels like a cash grab. This could of been a lot more. But this origin seemed to a fusion of mad max with star wars. Just not compelling sadly.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-09-17

Amusing end not nearly as good as Tarkin or Thrawn

Too simple and lineair a story for my taste, though it does build the character.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-09-17

Spectacular! Despite weak start

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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  • Michael Hicks
  • 03-10-17

Character Development For Phasma!

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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  • Charles
  • 07-09-17

Felt it was long and drawn out almost repetitive.

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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  • Bryce Bivens
  • 03-11-17

Sparknotes it and Buy a Diffrent Star Wars Books

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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  • Jason Adams
  • 13-09-17

Very dark, very different, very good.

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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  • Andrew
  • 11-09-17

This story was just "Meh!"

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The entire thing. It was supposed to bring Phasma out of the shadows and make her important. But honestly its just a bit of a stretch. The story wants to make us see Phasma as a kickbutt warrior who will do anything to survive. But yet thanks to TFA this book does not make me see the character in a different light. If she was this great warrior, why did she give up to an old man and his dog and a snot nosed punk. TFA makes her seem weak. This book try's to fix it but it falls flat.

What could Delilah S. Dawson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Its not the fault of the author. I just feel that this book should have been released two years ago during the Journey to the Force Awakes instead of now.

Would you listen to another book narrated by January LaVoy?

Yes. Shes a good narrator and I liked her take on Leia in New Republic.

Could you see Phasma: Star Wars being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No and if you where going to you have to use Gwendoline Christie as Phasma.

Any additional comments?

It could have been better. Was looking for a story on Phasma that actually was being told from her perspective and not from a recounting.

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  • Brennen Michael Talley
  • 06-09-17

Not the best but not terrible

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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  • Christina Bunch
  • 07-09-17

Under Developed

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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  • Ryan Reeves
  • 13-09-17

If you like Lord of the Flies.....

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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