Book Review | Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Rey's Survival Guide (Replica Journal)

Learn to survive on Jakku with Rey’s Survival Guide by Jason Fry

This in-universe guide written from Rey’s perspective holds lots of new and interesting information about Jakku. From the wildlife and terrain, to what to scavenge and what to look out for so that you don’t get eaten, poisoned, or irradiated (yikes!), all the tips and tricks for surviving on the desert planet are included within. Jakku’s unique history is also given going back to Niima the Hutt.


We also learn some of Rey’s backstory including how she used to work for other scavengers before striking out on her own. We discover how she learned to fly, speak Shyriiwook and droidspeak, and even heard about Chewbacca and his first mate Han Solo. The book ends with Rey telling how she met Finn, Han, and Chewbacca bringing her life up to date with the events of The Force Awakens.

There are some references to two previous Middle-Grade books, also by Jason Fry. Events from Rey’s story from Before the Awakening and Weapon of a Jedi, the Luke Skywalker centered novel, are both mentioned. While it’s not necessary to have read them to understand the book, having done so enhances the experience as it all clicks into place. I highly recommend both of the novels to young fans as they enhance understanding of the characters and include some exciting adventures.



Like Rose Tico: Resistance Fighter, the illustrations included here are pencil and line with minimal color. Self-portraits, portraits of other characters, Jakku wildlife, and fold out ship schematics are included. I love that this series has artwork to accompany the story. It makes it feel more like a real journal.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Rey’s Survival Guide (Replica Journal) – by Jason Fry is published by Egmont in the UK and is available to buy from all good retailers NOW.


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