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These are recommendations made by tropers for a galaxy far far away, all of which have been signed. After a few samples you will be able to judge whether you might be interested in the fic, based on who recommended it.NO-NAME RECOMMENDATIONS WILL BE SLICED TO BITS BY KYLO REN! Nobody would back up the rec.

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Please give fair warning, if violent or otherwise jarring content is present, as well as pairings and relevant information/a summary. Sort fics responsibly in the right folders, and be respectful of other people's pairings. We're all fans of the same thing, people. Anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering, you know the drill. Don't give in to the Dark Side, no matter how hardcore you ship/don't ship it.

Please note that, even though there are many good Star Wars fics out there, this page is for The Force Awakens only!

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    Alternate Universe Fics 

Stories where one fundamental aspect of the series is completely overhauled from its point of origin.

a resistance jacket torn to shreds, and a dream inside our heads by: folkloricfeel, jannika

  • Recommended by onlythemad1s
  • Status: Complete.
  • Summary: Poe is a self-proclaimed punk and a rebel with a cause, Rey is a scrappy foster kid who's found a niche, and Finn is an overachiever on the verge of a breakdown. This is the story of their senior year. (High school AU, but not really, because the story's just getting started.)
  • Pairing: Poe Dameron/Finn/Rey
  • Comment: A lovely, lovely teenage AU fic about connection and acceptance and all that jazz.

Wait and Hope by: Elywyngirlie

  • Recommended by Brytte Myst
  • Status: Complete.
  • Summary: Rey waited for years for her husband, Captain Ben Solo, to return from his last journey to sea. For three years she waited until one evening, Hux shows up with an offer: marry me or lose all that you love. She scrambles to find a way to outsmart him and the First Order Bank, ruining the town with disastrous loans. Meanwhile a new person has moved into the small seaside village—Kylo Ren, a wealthy foreigner who seems bent on ruining the First Order Bank in general and Hux in particular.
  • Pairing: Reylo.
  • Comment: 19th Century AU, All Human, Happy Endings, Stormpilot in the background.

Circumnavigating The Stars by: DarthAbby.

  • Recommended by Brytte Myst
  • Status: Dead.
  • Summary: Rey, Poe, and Finn have been thrown backwards in time - far, far backwards. All the way back to the Clone Wars, in fact. Meanwhile, Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Cody have been flung forwards - way up to the events on Jakku. How in the world will they get through this one?
  • Pairing: None yet.
  • Comment: Time Travel AU, Peggy Sue!AU. Rey, Finn and Poe are sent from the end of TFA, but Anakin, Cody and Obi-Wan end up at the start.

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    General Fics 

Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.

Ten Steps To A Fall by bam_cassiopeia.

  • Recommended by Brytte Myst
  • Status: Complete.
  • Summary: Small steps that lead to Leia and Luke fighting on opposite sides.
  • Comment: An amazing insight in Leia Organa, her relationship with her son, and how TFA's events came to be. AU, since it's most probably not canon (althought that would be awesome).

I Don't Know Where I Stand by MELIenniumfalcon

  • Recommended by Bezerker21
  • Status: Dormant
  • Plot Synopsis: An O/C named Keida-Ari hears a deep voice calling put to her in the middle of the night. Soon after her town is attacked, and she must survive the First Order and find the Resistance.
  • Review: An in-progress AU fic that starts off with action, and it only gets better.

No New Thing by Lisse

  • Recommended by toxinvictory
  • Status: Complete/Oneshot
  • Plot Synopsis: Rey dreams of a dead man. No, not that one.
  • Review: An poignant piece told from Rey's point of view right after the movie. Manages to be heartbreaking and heartwarming at once.

slouches towards jakku to be born by peradi

  • Recommended by toxinvictory
  • Status: Complete/Oneshot
  • Pairing: Rey/Poe Dameron/Finn
  • Plot Synopsis: Jakku is a graveyard, overbrimming with ghosts. On a quest to discover her ilum crystal — to make herself a new lightsabre — Rey runs into some dead things, and finds out that she's heir to a legacy (just not the one she wanted.)
  • Review: A ghost/mindsrewy story that manages to treat a crack idea very seriously and tell a powerful story out of it.

have you heard by peradi.

  • Recommended by Shiakou
  • Status: Complete.
  • Pairing: Poe Dameron/Finn/Rey
  • Summary: "I heard FN-2187 was a Stormtrooper." Finn sparks a revolution.
  • Comment: An awesome take on what should have happened: Finn's defection was the spark of true revolution. Taken as children, conscripted, and brainwashed, the Stormtroopers of the First Order serve as the dehumanized agents of an oppressive government, seen as faceless killers by the rest of the galaxy. But the story of FN-2187 brought some Stormtroopers to start questioning their place, and for that they died. But their deaths inspired doubts and questions in others. And their deaths inspired doubts and questions in others still. Soon, thousands of Stormtroopers are asking the all important question; "Have you heard?"

    Shipping Fics 

Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast. Please sort by pairing.

Warped Stars by boasamishipper

  • Recommended by larabee1
  • Status: Complete.
  • Summary: Stormtrooper FN-2187 is sent to infiltrate the Resistance in the hopes of taking it down from the inside. However, things get complicated when he finds himself falling for a scavenger from Jakku along the way. Part 1 of the Forged in the Stars trilogy. Sequel now up here.
  • Pairing: Finn/Rey
  • Comment: An amazing 'what could have been' story with excellent Finn characterization and an interesting look into his past as a Stormtrooper. Stays close to canon with a few intriguing twists and more character development (and more Finnrey scenes). Now complete with a sequel on the way. I highly recommend it!

tell me about the big bang by thebrotherswinchester.

  • Recommended by AutisticMermaid
  • Status: Complete.
  • Summary: There is a part of him that says: you are not human.
  • Pairing: Poe Dameron/Finn
  • Comment: One of those fanfics, the ones who garner a lot of attention among the fanbase for how good and emotional they are. Poe is a self-sacrificing idiot who is afraid of having nice things during wartime, Finn is a heroic bastard who won't stand for it, even when he's half-dead from a combo of a gutshot, rapid decompression and bloodloss, and the ending is as lovely as one can expect it to be.
  • It's a brilliant character study into Finn and a heart-rending look at the relationship between him and Poe after The Force Awakens. It's honest, realistic, insightful, a must-read for the fandom, and a necessity for the Stormpilot pairing.

The Time Traveling Pilot by AndreaLyn.

  • Recommended by AutisticMermaid
  • Status: Complete.
  • Summary: “You can travel, Poe. You can fly through the galaxy back and forth through time. That’s our talent, sweetheart. We navigate the skies and timelines.” When Poe crashes on Jakku, it's both the beginning and the end of his life with Finn, but he intends to make it a good one, seeing as he's been in love with the man for over a decade — now it's just a matter of Finn catching up.
  • Pairing: Poe Dameron/Finn
  • Comment: Sometimes, knowing the outcome of a story from the get-go makes the rest of the fic all the more impactful. You will not be disappointed - but you will be sad.

Sehnsucht by jiokra.

  • Recommended by AutisticMermaid
  • Status: Complete.
  • Summary:
    • Phasma issues to the FN unit refurbished datapads plundered from a demolished Resistance base, which have been refilled with First Order propaganda. Naturally, FN-2187’s datapad malfunctions and resets to its original settings. Before FN-2187 can properly panic over this, a message is sent to him by a Resistance fighter under the code name Black Leader. It’s one simple word: “Status?”
    • FN-2187 wakes up to the orders of committing coldblooded murder and falls asleep to the despair of the dead. He’s one step away from messing up and getting reconditioned. When Black Leader asks how he’s doing, even if the question isn’t intended for him, FN-2187 can’t help himself.
    • He replies, “Alive.”
  • Pairing: Poe Dameron/Finn
  • Comment: An AU wherein Finn meets Poe in a slightly different manner, and things go pearshaped at least twice. Mind-wipes are involved. Thankfully ends well for the most part.

The Moon, the Sun, and the Star Inbetween by Silvershine.

  • Recommended by Brytte Myst
  • Status: Complete.
  • Summary: The Force moves in mysterious ways, and sometimes it even has its own agenda. Rey finds herself caught in a battle with fate that throws her together with Kylo Ren, binding them together in the most powerful way possible... only to have fate drop her like a hot potato. A broken Force Bond isn't the easiest thing to bear, especially when the one you're missing is your sworn enemy and the father of your child. Warning: Parenting: Skywalker Style.
  • Pairing: Reylo
  • Comment: Kind of a deconstruction of the X-made-them-do-it-to-have-a-child fics, which always seem to end once a kid is born, whereas the author is more interested in what comes AFTER the not so happily-ever-after.

Children, Wake Up by hollycomb

  • Recommended by yareyareora
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary:
    • Hux follows orders and loses his way.
    • Barricaded in the darkness of Snoke's citadel as part of his final training, Kylo Ren senses a disturbance in the Force: General Hux in great pain, captured and tortured by a faction of radical traitors within the First Order. Ren seeks Snoke's counsel and finds him gone. He knows this is a test, and that he must resist the urge to assist the General. And yet.
    • Under house arrest while Rey and Leia try to decide what to do with him, Ren makes secret preparations for the final destruction of Snoke and writes letters to Hux that receive no response. In prison awaiting sentencing for his war crimes, Hux tries to summon some enthusiasm for his defense against the cries of billions who want him executed.
  • Pairing: Kylo Ren/General Hux
  • Comment: Widely considered to be the Kylux fandom's magnum opus, and for good reason. With drop-dead gorgeous prose and deeply emotional storylines, every one of hollycomb's works leaves readers waiting for the next weekly update (given her incredible work ethic as well).

Interstellar Transmissions by Lovely Things and ricca riot

  • Recommended by Apocrypha
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Kylo Ren/Rey
  • Rating: Explicit (for graphic descriptions of violence and sex)
  • Synopsis: Rey’s interrogation at the hands of Kylo Ren triggered an awakening in the Force, as well as an unwelcome bond that links them across the galaxy and grows stronger every day. An accidental encounter alerts Supreme Leader Snoke to the existence of this bond and he orders his apprentice to capture the girl and bring her to him. Sometimes it's not the big speeches that redeem people, but the actions you inspire them towards. Former PWP, now full scale adventure.
  • Comments: Interstellar Transmissions explores the repercussions of a Force Bond between two enemies and how it eventually brings them together. It can get dark at times, namely because of Snoke and his attempts to experiment with the Force Bond, but it keeps true to the Star Wars feel and makes sure to have moments of humor, warmth, and hope. While the fic eventually encompasses the whole galaxy, Kylo and Rey's relationship is the focus; it's very much of the "slow burn" type, and the development feels natural and in-character for them both.

room of heartbeats corridors of the heart and mind and necklace of the self by Gretahs

  • Recommended by toxinvictory
  • Status: Complete.
  • Summary:
    • Rey is different from Finn; all sharp angles with kinetic energy beneath pale skin, eyes wide enough to take in the sky. A completely different kind of beauty from Finn, but beautiful all the same. Oh no, thinks Poe Dameron, with a sinking realisation.
  • Pairing: Poe Dameron/Finn/Rey,
  • Comment: A trilogy of works exploring a developing threesome between the main characters of Force Awakens. Told form the point of view of Poe and a very impressive work. Mentions of Mind Rape and Ptsd. Luke Skywalker features and Kylo Ren is mentioned/discussed.

we wore the jacket for the longest time by pearwaldorf

  • Recommended by toxinvictory
  • Status: Complete.
  • Summary:
    • Rey steals Finn’s clothes. So in some way she’s stealing Poe's clothes.
  • Pairing: Poe Dameron/Finn/Rey,
  • Comment: A delightful story of Poe/Finn/Rey that mixes humour with emotion.

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