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'The Force Awakens': Five ways to stay connected to the galaxy far, far away

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Can’t get enough of J.J. Abrams’ record-breaking blockbuster? Check out these Jedi-approved books, game, and podcast.

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens — The Visual Dictionary

This expansive guidebook contains character histories and trivia about nearly every object seen on screen, from the largest ship to the smallest accessory. Captain Phasma’s armor, for example, included materials from a Naboo yacht Palpatine once owned. Who knew? 

2. The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Each page of this concept-art catalog is a visual feast, filled with stunning locales and characters, including an early iteration of Kylo Ren, first known as “Jedi Killer,” that barely resembles the final product. 

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3. Rebel Force Radio

Superfans Jason Swank and Jimmy Mac helm this popular podcast — your source for the Force — analyzing the latest headlines, interviewing franchise stars and alumni, and hosting roundtables with fellow experts. (Free on iTunes and rebelforce radio.com)

4. Star Wars Battlefront: Battle of Jakku

Years before Rey raced across its desert, Jakku was home to a massive conflict between the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire. EA’s latest downloadable content (free if you own Star Wars Battlefront) puts you in the center of the explosive X-wing vs. TIE fighter action via two immersive maps. 

5. Star Wars: Before the Awakening

This short-story anthology delves into the lives of Rey, Finn, and Poe with three tales set just before The Force Awakens. Fans hungry for more adventures with the trio will be delighted. Fans wanting answers about Rey’s mysterious lineage? Better luck next time. 

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