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Life Debt: Aftermath (Star Wars) (Star Wars: The Aftermath Trilogy) Hardcover – July 12, 2016
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Praise for Aftermath: Life Debt
“Star Wars: Aftermath: Life Debt has found its place at the top of all the new canon works. Simply, outstandingly great Star Wars.”—Star Wars Post
“[Chuck] Wendig once again strikes gold, offering a sweeping narrative with plenty of insight into both the state of the galaxy at large and beloved characters both new and old.”—Alternative Nation
“With an intense plot, political intrigue and great characterization, Wendig’s Aftermath: Life Debt is an excellent read.”—Flickering Myth
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
About the Author
Chuck Wendig is a novelist, screenwriter, and game designer. He’s the author of many novels, including 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 wife, son, and red dog.
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But it still focuses on the Wexley family. It doesn't give Han and Chewie a lot of pages, using them as fringe characters to assist Team Wexley. In what I feel is the biggest crime it gives an entire space battle (3 Star Destroyers v Rebels) a single paragraph.
I just don't feel like it is reading Star Wars yet. I hope that changes in book 3. When it feels like Star Wars I'll give 4 stars. When it feels like must read Star Wars I'llgive it 5. Unless you enjoy the author's style I suggest reading Wookiepedia for plot points and buying a different new canon book. Bloodline, Lost Stars, Tarkin and Ashoka were all much better.
First, let's talk writing. Life Debt is written in third person, but like the first book, it is written in third person-present tense. This style of writing is like nails on a chalkboard to me. It hurts to read. This gets. Compounded by. The lurching. Stop. And. Start. Of sentences throughout the book. The icing on the cake comes down to poor editing, with a number of obvious grammatical errors and outright misspelled words. Granted, authors are not perfect, so I can't blame Wendig for this, but his editorial team should be ashamed.
Next, I want to discuss the story. While Life Debt is much better and far more interesting than its predecessor, there is one major plot hole that bothered me from one point in the novel all the way into the ending. Giving it away would be a major spoiler, but that makes it all the more egregious, so much of the plot hangs on this one element so awfully conceived as to render much of the novel senseless even if the idea was pretty cool.
However, Wendig reclaims a little bit of credit for putting more focus on established Star Wars characters, with Chewie, Leia, and Han Solo taking center stage to much of the plot, even if the bulk of the novel follows the team established in the prior novel.
Lastly, Star Wars fan credit. I cannot, as a fan, express how angry I am getting with little teases dangled in front of us with no explanation. For instance, there is a new sheriff in a town on Tattooine wearing armor we are lead to believe belongs to Boba Fett. But it it Boba Fett? Who knows, they don't answer the question. It gets infuriating that they won't answer small questions like this. That being said, I love trying to make guesses out of who might be Rey's parents or who Snoke is, if they are in these novels and I think pone of them is, but it is too early to tell.
All that being said, the adventure was better this go around, but not great. It is still missing the punch of the old expanded universe that us long-standing Star Wars fans are looking for and feel the younger generation of Star Wars fans deserve.
Aftermath is a fresh breath of air into the series, and a great starting point for the new canon. Chuck gives us new characters with rich vibrant stories of their own, while also providing new insights into the world between the movies.
Life Debt perfectly captures the fragility of the New Republic, the relationship between Han, Chewie, and Leia. On top of that the insight into the Empire is really what roped me in. Chuck takes a classic and often faceless enemy and turns them into characters we care about and want to understand better. If you haven't already given the trilogy a read, do it!
This time, the core plot involves to attempt to free the Wookie planet from slavery imposed by the Imperial Army. Subplots involving slavery, Republic prisoners, and internal divisions within the Empire continue. We also continue to follow the development of the band of misfits the first volume featured.
But again, the key is the balance of compelling narrative and character development....which is again excellent.
Off to read the third volume now!