Carl takes a deep-dive into DK Books’ new The Rise Of Skywalker Galactic Guide and discovers a gem for both adults and children alike
Ok, let’s get this out of the way early. This is a children’s book. It is designed and printed with younger people up to around the ages of ten or twelve in mind. Written by Matt Jones, it is easy to read and the pictures contained within are glorious. The problem with it? It’s just too much damn fun!!
Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker – The Galactic Guide | By Matt Jones
Aimed at a children’s market, it’s incredible to learn that the book has so many facts regarding The Rise Of Skywalker, its characters and locations within its pages, it rivals some of the other ‘complete guides’ that are on the market. It presents the reader with details about almost everything seen or heard in the new film. From the delightful hardcover with BB-8 and D-O greeting us at the door to finding Rey, Kylo Ren and a Y-Wing fighter on the back cover, the book is entrancing from the off. We open the front cover to be welcomed in at first by two pages of the emblems we see on uniforms during the saga. Resistance, Sith Eternal and First Order are among these.
We turn over and are greeted by Rey and Finn before we turn over again and once more see BB-8 and D-O. Across the page, we have the contents listed for us. Starting with an introduction, we are then thrown headlong into the book and the characters and events played out on the screen worldwide at the moment. We start off with the Resistance, a two page spread that explains how and why most of the new recruits decided to join up. Over the page and we are met with the planet of Ajan Kloss, where Leia and the Resistance are hiding, waiting for their chance to take down the First Order once and for all.
We come to a brief biography of Leia herself. Accompanying this bio are 4 ‘Things You Need To Know’ about our late and beloved princess. This is repeated at various times throughout the book and is a welcome addition to the pages. Over the page and here we find Rey, her lightsaber ignited and standing ready for battle. As we turn over again, we come to a second page with Rey, this time devoted to her mechanical skills and an explanation on how she managed to repair the lightsaber destroyed towards the end of ‘The Last Jedi‘. This is what makes the book that much more remarkable. The book actually gives out details that most of the other reference guides do not and is a welcome addition to the pages we come across.
During the course of the books brief but enjoyable 95 pages, we are introduced to the Knights Of Ren, the new Sith Troopers, the First Order command structure, Lando Calrissian and all the planets seen in the film. With a few questions thrown in at random for the reader to answer along the way, the book is thoroughly enjoyable, interesting and complete fun.
It almost felt shameful for me to admit that I was hooked by the contents within the pages I encountered but I have to admit, although aimed at children, the book is good enough to serve as a reference guide to the film and its events. It’s a very rare thing for a book of this kind to be able to serve both children and adults alike. In different ways of course, but it still manages it with ease. And that’s the beauty of the book. It is devoted to one thing but will bring enjoyment to anyone of any age. As a Star Wars fan, I never thought that this kind of book would become vital to me in any way, shape or form. I’m glad to admit I was wrong. This is going into my extensive library as a reference guide I will need in years to come.
Matt Jones has pulled out a volume of great structure, factful and completely wonderful. If you’re a parent with a young child who is into Star Wars, grab them a copy and watch their faces light up with joy. If you’re an adult, buy yourself a copy, sit down in private and indulge in this worthy and wonderous galactic guide.
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Carl Roberts is a Senior Staff Writer and Books and Literature Correspondent for Future of the Force. Aside from being our horror genre aficionado, he is also passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and the Indiana Jones movies. Follow him on Twitter @CarlRoberts2 where he uses the force frequently!
Editors Note: A big thank you to our friends at DK Books for sending over our advance review copy.