Review: Rey’s Survival Guide (or, Is It A Spoiler That She Survived Jakku?)
SPOILER WARNING: Due to the nature of the book, and the closeness to the release of the film, you should treat this, with regards to spoilers, as you would any other article about The Force Awakens (this book does cover the events of the first third of the film, as well as some of Rey’s backstory). THIS IS YOUR LAST SPOILER WARNING.
‘Before you came to Jakku,’ writes Rey, ‘I bet you thought it was small and unimportant. And you were right. But up close, every planet is gigantic and full of mysteries – including ones that will kill you.’ And thus is the book summed up. Thank you, and good night.
The night is dark and full of terrors – this book, probably.
Okay I should probably includes just a few more words here. As the name suggests, Rey’s Survival Guide, published by Egmont, details what it takes to survive Jakku. Written from the perspective of, well, Rey*, and addresses the reader as though they were new to Jakku – and to scavenging. It’s a neat touch that better helped me to feel like all this was real and that I could really go there (although the Aurebesh ‘wish you were here’ postcard did stretch credulity a bit). And that I could be friends with Rey and we’d go scavenging and we’d talk about flying and, erm, sand. And stuff, I don’t know what people talk about.
*Honestly how dare this book have such a descriptive, concise title that clearly demonstrates what it’s about, thus making my job of writing what it’s about all the more superfluous? Oblique names are clearly the way to go. Continue reading