Phasma

Phasma

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"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. Deep inside the Battlecruiser Absolution, a captured Resistance spy endures brutal interrogation at the hands of a crimson-armored stormtrooper-- Cardinal. But the information he desires has nothing to do with the Resistance or its covert operations against the First Order. What the mysterious stormtrooper wants is Phasma's past-- and with it whatever long-buried scandal, treachery, or private demons he can wield against the hated rival who threatens his own power and privilege in the ranks of the First Order. His prisoner has what Cardinal so desperately seeks, but she won't surrender it easily. As she wages a painstaking war of wills with her captor, bargaining for her life in exchange for every precious revelation, the spellbinding chronicle of the inscrutable Phasma unfolds. But this knowledge may prove more than just dangerous once Cardinal possesses it--and once his adversary unleashes the full measure of her fury."--Amazon.com.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781524796310
152479631X
Branch Call Number: SciFic Dawson
Characteristics: 380 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Star Wars
Star Wars Phasma

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JCLDylanR May 16, 2018

A worthy addition to canon Star Wars lore, Phasma is an engrossing, page-turning yarn which details the humble beginnings of the titular character. However, more than just writing a simple origin story, author Dawson truly delivers something which neither The Force Awakens nor The Last Jedi could manage: A portrayal of Phasma as a devious, formidable, & ruthless warrior, as opposed to a character we are simply told to fear & respect. Lastly, one final takeaway: Captain Phasma is very, VERY hard to kill. :)

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Gwen904
Feb 18, 2018

Dawson weaves an intricate plot describing the past of one of Star War's most enigmatic characters—Captain Phasma. All we know of her from the movies is that spectacular silver armour she wears and that cold, hard feminine voice she speaks (oh yes, and Finn's "affectionate" nickname for her—Chrome Dome). A well-written novel, 'Phasma' is a book worth putting time into reading for hours. A little slow, but made up for with raw, fresh characters and superb composition.
Phasma hungers for power, an independent, self-serving warrior always ready to slaughter to get what she wants. She never cared for anyone, and never will care for anyone. It's only about her. But not a narcissistic "me, me, me"; rather, a cruel "me instead of you".
Dawson left a few threads hanging… Just enough for a sequel. Someone needs to make a movie out of this astounding piece of literature.
BTW, I loved the characters of Gosta and Siv.

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littlesusiemac
Feb 04, 2018

I was really excited for this book, but it left a lot to be explained. It creates a great start to her origin story, but I feel as if there could easily be a sequel to explain the rest of her story (and also that of the other main lead character).

MomoT Jan 28, 2018

The backstory of the enigmatic Captain Phasma and her beginnings on a brutal, primitive backwater. The story is exciting, there are some characters you really grow to care about, and some interesting political parallels are teased out between the First Order and the real world - a little bit of an insight into how fascist regimes can take root. But it's also just a really good exciting read.
My only problem with it is that Phasma is portrayed as just about the most dangerous, formidable warrior you're ever likely to come across... but in the movies there's so little of her that it feels like even more of a shame that she doesn't get to do much except stand around in her glorious armour.

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sunsirens
Dec 27, 2017

The only thing missing was Phasma's perspective.

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WilliamShaver
Nov 06, 2017

I like Bagels

cmlibrary_ecrites Nov 05, 2017

This is the backstory that I didn't know I needed. I picked this up on a whim and before I knew it I was many chapters in and unable to put it down.

sarahbru17 Oct 03, 2017

Characters: 3/10
Plot: 7/10
Writing: 8/10

I was so excited when I saw that Phasma was getting her own book. A chance to get to know this really intense figure that we've barely glimpsed in the film--woohoo! But 'twas not to be. This book really dragged for me, and here's why: it was too distant from Phasma's perspective. There was the frame narrative, with the narrator getting tortured (and I didn't really care about either the narrator or the cardinal that much). Then there was the story within the story, which *still* wasn't in Phasma's perspective. I get that it makes Phasma out to be a legend, but it made her really unsympathetic (and even villains should be sympathetic) and distant and cold. I did not look forward to reading this book, even though it had lots of conflict, because I didn't care about the characters whose perspective I was in.

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Cali_Ren
Sep 25, 2017

Captain Phasma is one of my favorite Star Wars characters, period. She's mysterious and definitely has a dramatic flair to her wardrobe choices. For me, this book is a must-read for those wanting more of her backstory. She's feisty and smart. Delilah S. Dawson gives us motivation for Phasma and gives us just enough information about her to keep us wanting more. There are also some great cameos and a shocking twist of events that the Captain herself is a major part of.

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Dtrasler
Sep 18, 2017

As a lifelong Star Wars fan, picking up this book was a no-brainer for me. Phasma's appearance in "The Force Awakens" was disappointing, given the buzz about her from the trailer, and this book does a good job of building back up that mystique. As the previous reviewer notes, it doesn't help you much with who she is NOW, but it does open out the new Star Wars universe a little. I'd like to read more about Vi and Cardinal, for example.

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Gwen904
Mar 10, 2018

Sexual Content: Phasma's native tribe seems to have no set rules for love and marriage, and a character is mentioned to have slept with two different men. One of the main characters becomes pregnant because of this. There is one scene when both male and female members of the tribe shower and change together (obviously naked).

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Gwen904
Feb 20, 2018

Violence: Some vivid descriptions of gory deaths/injuries. Sci-fi battles, both with blasters and other weapons. A tournament scene in which the main characters are forced to fight. Throughout: stabbing, shooting, killing, blood, amputation, shocking with electricity, etc.

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Gwen904
Feb 20, 2018

They've made him what he is, the First Order and Brendol and even Armitage. He's not the self-made man he's always considered himself to be. He's just another product, another perfect cog stamped out and plucked from a long belt of cogs to do his part in a larger machine.
He was happy as a cog. But now he knows the entire machine is a fraud, that Phasma and Armitage are selfish killers who care more about their own advancement than about the First Order, what's the point? Those children he's training will just graduate to Phasma's care and be molded, in turn, into whatever sort of monster is requested from on high. It's sickening. It's awful.
- Page 355

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Gwen904
Feb 18, 2018

"Well, what do you know? The greasy ginger weasel birthed a greasy ginger weasel." - Vi Moradi

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Gwen904
Feb 19, 2018

Gwen904 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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