On sale now is a the latest reference book by DK Books, Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need To Know by co-authors Adam Bray, Kerrie Dougherty, Cole Horton, and Michael Kogge. Branded as part of the Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens publishing program, this book features some great images of characters and vehicles from The Force Awakens but almost no information regarding the film.
What Absolutely Everything does feature is a heavy dose of two-page spreads featuring covering over 90 characters, species, groups, and critters. As with all DK reference books, Absolutely Everything has a very heavy visual emphasis, with loads of large pictures and bright colors everywhere within the covers.
To my eye Absolutely Everything‘s layout is a little too busy. I prefer the more subdued approach seen in Del Rey’s old “Essential Guide” line. While I dig just how many facts and figures we do get throughout the book, I do think sometimes with DK releases that they keep them very visually busy to substitute for more substantive written content.
A thing that really struck me as a looked through the book is how it elevates all of the on-screen Star Wars stories from film and television to the same level. While there is content from the Original Trilogy in the book, there is a very heavy presence of Rebels, The Clone Wars, and the Prequels, so much so that I would even say the Original Trilogy takes a bit of a back seat, perhaps presuming that fans are most familiar with that content versus the other films and television series.
That said, there are some sections of the book that I really, really enjoyed. For fans (like myself) of the Rebels, the sections devoted to Zeb and Kallus are particularly interesting and hint at aspects of their shared backstory as well as world-building information for the ISB and the Lasat that I hope we learn more about in the future.
At the cover price of $19.99 I may be more likely to browse than purchase, but on sale for $11.21 as it is on Amazon, it is a pretty low-cost option to learn such things as how many days are in a Hoth year and the truth about Max Rebo’s physiology.
For more information on the book and the process behind it, check out author Adam Bray’s post on StarWars.com.