Aftermath

Aftermath – Life Debt (Star Wars – Aftermath #2) By: Chuck Wendig

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Aftermath – Life Debt (Star Wars – Aftermath #2) By: Chuck Wendig

Plot:

Set between the events of “Return of the Jedi” and “The Force Awakens, “the never-before-told story that began with “Star Wars: Aftermath” continues in this thrilling novel, the second book of Chuck Wendig s “New York Times” bestselling trilogy.


“It is a dark time for the Empire. . . .”


The Emperor is dead, and the remnants of his former Empire are in retreat. As the New Republic fights to restore a lasting peace to the galaxy, some dare to imagine new beginnings and new destinies. For Han Solo, that means settling his last outstanding debt, by helping Chewbacca liberate the Wookiee s homeworld of Kashyyyk. 

Meanwhile, Norra Wexley and her band of Imperial hunters pursue Grand Admiral Rae Sloane and the Empire s remaining leadership across the galaxy. Even as more and more officers are brought to justice, Sloane continues to elude the New Republic, and Norra fears Sloane may be searching for a means to save the crumbling Empire from oblivion. But the hunt for Sloane is cut short when Norra receives an urgent request from Princess Leia Organa. The attempt to liberate Kashyyyk has carried Han Solo, Chewbacca, and a band of smugglers into an ambush resulting in Chewie s capture and Han s disappearance.

Breaking away from their official mission and racing toward the “Millennium Falcon” s last known location, Norra and her crew prepare for any challenge that stands between them and their missing comrades. But they can’t anticipate the true depth of the danger that awaits them or the ruthlessness of the enemy drawing them into his crosshairs.


Review:

First person present is never going to be my favorite tense to read in and like last time it took me some time to get into. It also took me a little bit to remember who was who and what was going on.

I ended up putting this book down a lot and didn’t really feel inspired to finish it until after I saw Rogue One. However, I don’t blame that solely on the book but more on the fact that I’m days away from my due date and having serious issues concentrating on anything.

Lots happened and Han, Leia, and Chewie were a bigger part in this story. There was more of a focus on romance and love interests in this one and I’m not sure if I like it. Didn’t really need the love triangle with Norra, though that ended up being interesting so I guess it was alright. The other romance was just background and I don’t really see why it was necessary.

I really liked the parts that showed the New Republic and the issues that it was experiencing. The transition is difficult and I like that things aren’t just coming easy. It was realistic that these people who are supposed to be good were falling into the same old traps.

Jas has somehow become a female Han Solo which I could do without. She was such a badass on her own and now she’s dealing with pretty much the exact same issues he had without the swagger and cool. She’s distant and blunt, which works with badass, but the rest of her story that was revealed was boring and pretty much already done.

Jom has been chewed up and discarded. Sinjir tried to grow only to fail and apart from Jas seems to be ignored which is sad.

I like the characters in this series a lot. I like the nods that I’m getting to the movies and the universe that’s being fleshed out. I just think there were too many threads going on in this one. The crew split up into groups and we followed both of them, we followed Admiral Sloane, Han, Leia, and a few other people. It was a lot and I think the main crew ended up suffering because of it.

3.5/5

Aftermath (Star Wars: Aftermath #1) By: Chuck Wendig

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Aftermath (Star Wars: Aftermath #1) By: Chuck Wendig

Plot:

Journey to The Force Awakens.

The second Death Star is destroyed. The Emperor and his powerful enforcer, Darth Vader, are rumored to be dead. The Galactic Empire is in chaos.

Across the galaxy, some systems celebrate, while in others Imperial factions tighten their grip. Optimism and fear reign side by side.

And while the Rebel Alliance engages the fractured forces of the Empire, a lone Rebel scout uncovers a secret Imperial meeting…

Review:

So I’m a fan of Chuck Wendig’s blog, if he hadn’t written this book I probably still would have read it, but I might not have been as excited for it. I’ve read a couple of his books and I’ve enjoyed them, but they weren’t a genre I read much and they were darker and more depressing than I like. Aftermath was dark but I always had hope, which is what I like about Star Wars. Bad stuff happens, but there’s always hope.

Reading this made me feel like I was in the Star Wars universe, a diverse more realistic Star Wars universe. There were just as many female characters as there were male, which I greatly appreciated. The lingo was spot on for me and I could see the world that was created being right at home in the galaxy, though apparently some superfans had some issues.

I loved Norra, so freakin much. She was a mother but she was an amazing pilot. She made hard decisions, decisions I don’t know if I could make, and she accepted the consequences of them.

It’s actually a tossup who I loved the most, Norra or Jas the female bounty hunter. Honestly I was just happy to see some very capable female characters that were likeable but not perfect. Whenever you complain about the lack of female characters in Star Wars people are like, there’s Leia and Padme. Yeah, two characters with any screen time. Two. The fact that Aftermath had a proportionate number of women to men was refreshing and I would expect nothing less from Wendig.

I ended up purchasing the book after an epic quest across multiple stores because I didn’t want to wait for Amazon to ship the book and me to get it probably beat all to hell. However, I did read some reviews on Amazon and I was amazed at the amount of hate for this book.

Some people hated the fact that it was written in present tense. I can understand not liking it for that reason, it was a style choice by Wendig and I thought that it made the situations more urgent, but it did take me a few chapters to get use too. That didn’t make me hate the book, though.

Other people hated it because it completely wiped out cannon that they had spent years loving and analyzing. Not Wendig’s fault, if you have to hate on someone for that hate on Disney, otherwise get your panties out of knot and get over it.

The real assholes hated it because they felt it was pushing some kind of homosexual agenda. There was a gay character, but the amount of word space used on his sexual preference didn’t fill a paragraph. Temmin had lesbian aunts that were in the book for maybe a chapter, and the fact that they liked to get all up in each other’s vaginas was not talked about. There was also an instance where an orphan mentioned seeing his father’s die in front of him. Those are the only mentions I can remember and they were tiny. I do not see that as pushing an agenda, so if that offended you enough to write a scathing review, I think it says more about you than the book.

I really enjoyed Aftermath and thought it was a great addition to a galaxy I love. I look forward to reading the rest of the trilogy and I hope Wendig doesn’t kill off any of the characters I now love.

4.5/5