I will forever be under the same spell as most Star Wars fans. I mean to say, slap a Star Wars sticker on the front of anything and I will stand in line for hours to buy it. This spell must also be the reason I don't entirety regret the 9 reading hours or $20 I spent on the book.
I have to give Foster credit, since I imagine that it's difficult to write a high quality novelization while racing against a deadline and are forced to work within the creative boundaries set by filmmakers. With that aside, considering the author's decades of experience, I am still underwhelmed. There are moments when the writing becomes so clunky, it's hard not to put the book down.
"If he had been unable to find the right words with which to respond before, her reply, combined with the look she gave him, reduced him to a state of temporary aphasia."
On a positive note, there are a number of scenes in the book that fill in missing pieces of the movie plot. There is also some enjoyable added dialogue. These moments are what kept me going, though they are few and far between.
I recommend this book to anyone who is desperately in need of treating their Star Wars fever, and also requires recent/canon material. Otherwise, go read the Darth Bane series. Play KOTOR. Watch the original trilogy 23 more times. This book goes down a path you should not follow, in my opinion.