Title: Star Wars: The Force Inside
Publisher: Put Me In The Story
To be a Jedi or not to be. That is the question. Or at least that is the main question posed in Put Me In The Story’s latest personalized book featuring one of our favorite franchises, Star Wars. The Force Inside will have you answering questions from some of the greatest heroes of the light side and then greatest villains of the dark side. Which side will you end up on? That’s entirely up to you.
If you are not familiar with Put Me In The Story, when you order a book, either for yourself or as a gift, you submit a picture of the intended recipient and include their personal information such as name and address. By doing this, the picture and name are used inside the book to completely immerse you so that it really feels like you are being asked personal questions about how you feel by these classic characters.
The Force Inside is smartly presented as a flip book. On the first side you will answer questions from characters such as Yoda, Mace Windu, Luke Skywalker, and more. The questions themselves are fairly basic personality test fair, like “What is the best way to handle conflict?” It is multiple choice, so you have four answers to choose from, some of them adding in a little Star Wars flair like “Hanging out in Mos Eisley Catina.” Each answer has a certain amount of points which in the end you total to find where you land on the force spectrum. Once you are done with that, you can flip the book and take a similar test with questions from Darth Vader, Count Dooku, and more. It’s pretty easy to complete thoroughly, but is quite amusing to find your spot with the light or dark side.
The personalized factor is not as extreme as some of their other offerings. Your picture is only used in the beginning of the book and your name is mostly just used at the top of each page instead of personalizing the questions themselves. However, the first page features the iconic Star Wars scrolling text, of course with your name in it. Seeing your name in that familiar setting is already great, but then you are greeted by C-3PO and R2D2 before you jump in. These two things alone make seeing your name extremely exciting.
During the question phase of the book, the only complaints we had involved two of the characters repeating themselves. When answering questions from the Jedi side of the cast, you answer questions from Anakin, who even in his summary talks of his decent to the dark side. Then once you flip the book, you are answering questions from Darth Vader about the dark side. It feels a little odd answering questions from a younger version and older version of the same character. The strangest part comes exclusively on the dark side of the book when you answer questions from Chancellor Palpatine and then directly on the next page questions from Darth Sidious. Do we really need to mention they are the same person? It feels like they could have pulled someone else from the dark side to use instead of repeating, especially one that obvious.
Even with those complaints, The Force Inside is a solid book that is great for any Star Wars fans. The personalization is slightly more subdued than some of Put Me In The Story‘s other titles, but when your name is used, it is used to great effect. With Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Christmas both on their way, this is a great addition or great gift that is really one of the most unique Star Wars items you’ll find this year.