Stuff We Love: Delilah S. Dawson’s captivating Star Wars book, Phasma

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Mar 8, 2018

There are a lot of Star Wars books out there for you to read right now if you want to learn more about the new canon beyond the movies. As a big fan of the old Expanded Universe, I’ve been eagerly picking up these new books to see what they add to the galaxy far, far away, and for the most part, I have not been disappointed. In fact, there’s one book in particular I cannot recommend fans check out enough, especially with the release of The Last Jedi, and that’s author Delilah S. Dawson’s Phasma.

I was one of many fans intrigued by actress Gwendoline Christie’s character Captain Phasma in The Force Awakens. Imposing and mysterious, the character didn’t have a huge role but it was just enough to make you want to see her again and learn a bit more about her.

That’s where Phasma comes in. Dawson’s book takes readers to Phasma’s origins. I don’t want to give away too much since you should read the book yourself, but it offers a fascinating exploration of Phasma’s early life, where she grew up, and how all of that contributed to her becoming the tough, ruthless First Order leader we see on film. It also shows us how she first encountered the First Order and offers some insight into what other people in the organization think about the enigmatic woman.

Some of you might be worried the book offers too much background and will dispel the mystery around Phasma that makes her so compelling. It certainly didn’t do that at all for me — in fact, I thought it found the right balance between offering information while still keeping a few things cryptic. The book also leaves the possibility open in certain areas for the idea of the unreliable narrator, which means some things might not be so cut and dried.

Phasma was one of the Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi releases, and now that I’ve seen the movie, I can see why it’s such a great read before the film. I saw the movie after reading this book and it did change how I viewed Phasma on screen and made one part in particular all the more exciting to me. Phasma made me love Christie’s character even more, and I can only hope we see more of the First Order leader one way or another in the future.