I like to read a book before I see the movie.
So I picked it up, FINALLY.
Yeah, this was an "ok" book, BUT ...
I can imagine I would have enjoyed it much more if I would not have read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling or Twilight by Stephenie Meyer before or seen the Star Wars movies.
While reading the book, I found out that there have been made accusations of publishing fanfic and even plagiarism against the author and I would say that, sadly yes, there was very little of uniqueness in world building and characters.
Desipte the above, I can imagine this is one of the books that should look good on movie screen like all the Harry Potter movies do.