Star Wars: Aftermath
Author: Chuck Wendig
Published: September 2015 By Del Rey
Series: Book One in the Aftermath Series
My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Battle of Endor has put an end to the Empire’s reign upon the galaxy. But while The Emperor and Darth Vader are dead the Empire still exists. In the Outer Rim the last of the remenants of the Empire holds on to a small number of planets and seek to regain some of the Empire’s former glory. On the planet of Akiva Admiral Rae Sloane is gathering the last of important players of the Empire to discuss the next step for the Empire. At the same time Captian Wedge Antilles is searching the Outer Rim for the last bits of the Empire. He is caught and held prisoner. On the planets surface Pilot Norra Wexley (who flew a Y-Wing along side the Millenium Falcon through the second Death Star) has returned home to retrieve her son.Also a female Zabrak bounty hunter is on the planet hoping to pick up a bounty on one of the important Imperials on the planet. Also a former Imperial Loyalty officer in hiding. These strangers will need to come together to rescue Wedge and try to make it off the planet alive.
My Thoughts: A while back I decided to stop reading the Star Wars Legends books and just focus on the New Canon I’ve read a few already and found them to be pretty good. Now I’ve heard that some were not crazy about this book but that the over all series is pretty good. That being said I thought it was pretty good I went in with low expectations but enjoyed it and look foward to book two and three. The story takes place right after Return of the Jedi I went in expecting to read what happened to Luke, Leia and Han. But this book wasn’t about them and that’s fine, it just make the whole universe feel bigger. There is a small interlude with Han and Chewie and the other characters are mentioned thru out the book. The new characters are interesting and we learn what they were doing during the events of Jedi. I like that they were close to the action and it makes you feel that if you rewatch Jedi you just might see them in the background. One thing that did bother me and I hope that people don’t take this the wrong way but I felt that the author kept pushing the fact that there are gay characters in the universe. Which is fine but there were three occasiones where the fact was pushed this or that character is gay and it didn’t do anything for the story other then shock value. That being said this was a solid entry into the New Canon Star Wars universe.
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