Sending a HUGE thank you to Del Rey for sending me a copy of PHASMA by Delilah S. Dawson in exchange for an honest review! Honestly... I freaking loved this book. Keep reading after the jump for my review!
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.
"Phasma will do anything to survive."
This book was so good that it gets one of my mini-storytimes! So, The Force Awakens is my favorite Star Wars movie(try to change my mind and I will fight you). I have NO CHILL when it comes to TFA- literally zero chill. It's, in my opinion, an almost perfect movie. Except! Except! NOT. ENOUGH. PHASMA. My Phasma hype before TFA graced the big screens was unbelievable, and then she was barely in the movie! No character development, no backstory, not a whole lot of anything Phasma-related. So it's safe to say that when I heard about PHASMA being a Journey to The Last Jedi book and that it promised to tell me SECRETS about my mysterious, chrome-plated, trash compactor bound goddess, I might have freaked out just a little.
IT. DID NOT. DISAPPOINT.
Thank the maker! This book was so good.
PHASMA is very interesting because it follows two intertwining stories. The first is of Vi Moradi, a Resistance spy who is captured by a captain in the First Order. Captain Cardinal wants info from Vi on his rival, the one and only Captain Phasma. So the second storyline is Vi telling Cardinal the stories she has gathered in her spy-times about Phasma.
At first I was a little thrown off by how this book is written. The chapters that follow Phasma's backstory read like a story being told- which is what they are, so after the initial shock of 'Phasma Bedtime Stories' I actually began to REALLY appreciate the way these were written. It just felt so unique and appropriate for the story.
Vi and Cardinal's chapters were also really well done. I fell so hard for both of these characters, they were developed fantastically and I honestly could have read an entire book about just the two of them interacting.
Phasma's origin story was incredible. I absolutely love where this book went with her character. Her ruthlessness and cunning were so enthralling to read. All of her actions felt true to character and compounded to build up and image for me of who Phasma really is. And that final scene...wow. I just about fell out of my chair reading it. Side note: I really hope this plays into The Last Jedi. Now that I know understand Phasma I want EVERYBODY to understand her!
My one complaint, and it's seriously the only thing keeping this book from hitting 5/5 for me, is that some of the dialogue felt a bit stilted. If it had just been in Phasma's chapters I might have let it slide, as her people were quite primitive. But it popped up occasionally throughout the entire book. The way some things were said just felt a little...lifeless? But that by no means kept me from reading.
PHASMA is probably my favorite Star Wars book. If you liked THRAWN, then you'll love this one. I'll forever have my fingers crossed that PHASMA gets some sort of follow up, because the ending is a whopper. I'm absolutely loving these Star Wars villain books, they keep getting stronger in both writing and storytelling, so I can't wait to see what the future holds for Star Wars books!