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Empire's End: Aftermath (Star Wars) (Star Wars: The Aftermath Trilogy) Hardcover – February 21, 2017
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Praise for Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath
“Star Wars: Aftermath [reveals] what happened after the events of 1983’s Return of the Jedi. It turns out, there’s more than just the Empire for the good guys to worry about.”—The Hollywood Reporter
“The Force is strong with Star Wars: Aftermath.”—Alternative Nation
“The Star Wars universe is fresh and new again, and just as rich and mysterious as it always was.”—Den of Geek!
Aftermath: Life Debt
“Compulsively readable, the kind of caramel-corn book you just keep stuffing in your face until it’s gone.”—Tor.com
“Man oh man, this is good stuff. [Life Debt] reveals what Han and Chewie were up to after Return of the Jedi.”—io9
“Gripping reading . . . [This novel] hits the ground running.”—New York Daily News
About the Author
Chuck Wendig is a novelist, screenwriter, and game designer. He’s the author of many novels, including Star Wars: Aftermath, Star Wars: Aftermath: Life Debt, Blackbirds, Atlanta Burns, Zer0es, and the YA Heartland series. He is co-writer of the short film Pandemic and the Emmy-nominated digital narrative Collapsus. He currently lives in the forests of Pennsyltucky with his wife, son, and red dog.
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- Mechanisms of the Contingency: I thought the backstory regarding the Contingency and Palpatine's "blessing" of Gallius Rax to be interesting, and quite nicely explains why the First Order is seemingly the Empire 2.0.
- Rae Sloane: This character continues to be fascinating, and I am glad that Wendig plucked her from A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller. She provides an intriguing perspective, in that the Empire is not faultless for her but overall did good for the galaxy. Her arc has been a good one, from insider to outsider back to insider.
- Battle of Jakku: We finally got to read about the full battle, and the character Agate got good characterization and had a good moment.
- Unknown Regions: More mystery! We know Thrawn is from the Unknown Regions, so it will be fun to see where that goes.
- Justice vs. Revenge: I really liked that this thread followed Norra throughout the book.
- I would have loved to see some Lost Stars integration. Since we know Cienna and Thane were present at Jakku, and the Star Destroyer Inflictor is seen in The Force Awakens, I wish that would have been referenced to bring those stories together.
- The only romance in the book is between Sinjir and Conder, but it feels forced and overdone. There's very little reason for the relationship beyond that it should exist. The same actions would have occurred had they been comrades or the like, so it was not compelling.
- Overall, the story was predictable: Honestly, I wish the first two books (Aftermath and Life Debt) had been condensed into one, Empire's End would then be book two, and a third book would explore the Aftermath of a galaxy without an Empire and more answers to the First Order's beginnings. Wendig keeps the mystery alive, but provides some lackluster answers to other puzzles.
The situations are way too contrived and the escapes from danger way too simplistic. The majority of the book finishes telling the tale of characters created by the author and the main characters from the movies play very minor parts (if fact, Luke isn't even in this book).
It does tie up a lot of loose ends, but it isn't worth the price I paid. If you must have it, wait for the paperback version.
The main character of Norra makes such horrendously bad decisions throughout that you wonder how she doesn't die on page 1. This is not typical Star Wars "hero" stuff, it is a character being completely stupid. And then having "Snap" going around having real conversations with people in charge about saving mommy is ludicrous. (Does the author have mommy issues or something?) And then suddenly he's a great X-Wing pilot.
Han Solo is written like he's a dufus. Leia is suddenly an idiot, unable to imagine how her room could be bugged. Mon Mothma is OK, but the plot to turn Senators' votes is so illogical and hare-brained that you have to disengage your brain to make it through.
The drawn-out ending felt like the end to Peter Jackson's Return of the King, except with flat characters and mundane plot. His present-tense writing style continued to annoy throughout the book. And his insistence on injecting Social Justice Warrior politics into a Star Wars novel was (once again) a complete turn-off.
The final resolution to the book was predictable in the extreme, both in terms of plot and characters. Try to imagine what will happen and how the characters will end up, and you will probably be 90% correct.
I am a huge Star Wars fan, and I would not normally take the time to trash a Star Wars novel, but this 3-book series was angering -- a total waste of potential and canon timeline. Please never hire this author for the Star Wars universe again.
2 stars because it is apparent that the author did try (even though it was a big miss).