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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens
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
As the Empire reels from its critical defeats at the Battle of Endor, the Rebel Alliance—now a fledgling New Republic—presses its advantage by hunting down the enemy’s scattered forces before they can regroup and retaliate. But above the remote planet Akiva, an ominous show of the enemy’s strength is unfolding. Out on a lone reconnaissance mission, pilot Wedge Antilles watches Imperial Star Destroyers gather like birds of prey circling for a kill, but he’s taken captive before he can report back to the New Republic leaders.
Meanwhile, on the planet’s surface, former rebel fighter Norra Wexley has returned to her native world—war weary, ready to reunite with her estranged son, and eager to build a new life in some distant place. But when Norra intercepts Wedge Antilles’s urgent distress call, she realizes her time as a freedom fighter is not yet over. What she doesn’t know is just how close the enemy is—or how decisive and dangerous her new mission will be.
Determined to preserve the Empire’s power, the surviving Imperial elite are converging on Akiva for a top-secret emergency summit—to consolidate their forces and rally for a counterstrike. But they haven’t reckoned on Norra and her newfound allies—her technical-genius son, a Zabrak bounty hunter, and a reprobate Imperial defector—who are prepared to do whatever they must to end the Empire’s oppressive reign once and for all.

Praise for Aftermath
“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

“[Chuck] Wendig neatly captures the current states of the Empire and Rebel Alliance and does so through flawed, real, and nuanced characters. His writing gets you up close and personal. . . . Wendig does wonders with dialogue and voice and carving out space for everyone to breathe. Aftermath is a strong foot forward into unexplored territory and puts down just enough foundation that you can start picturing the Resistance and First Order of The Force Awakens taking shape.”Nerdist
“If the opening chapter of the Wendig’s Aftermath trilogy is any indication, the ‘Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ will be every bit as exciting as the movie.”—New York Daily News
“A wonderful Star Wars adventure by a gifted author.”SF Book Reviews

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
September 4
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House Canada

Customer Reviews

GeekMovieHouse ,

Disney fan-fic at most

Plot feels all over the place and a bit of a miss-step for the new EU.
After a read through in one sitting the story feels more like fan fiction.
Halfway through the book I found myself just not caring. I almost feel heart broken because of my love for the past books and the three films

Gundied ,

Hard to read

When I first got this book I couldn't get past the second chapter, the mass of : and 4-5 word sentences just made it too painful to continue. I gave it one star, a poor review similar to this paragraph, and left it behind.

Some time later I gave it another go. The first few chapters literally hurt to read, however I was pleasantly surprised after I got past that initial bit. I ended up enjoying it enough to stay up far later at night than I should've on work days to finish it.

It's still only a three star imo for the above reason and also there's multiple little chapters of characters that we never hear about again. The immersion breakage and subsequent confusion took more away than the extra story and backdrop added.

Stfxscott ,

Interesting Story. Poorly Written.

With the release of The Force Awakens, I, like many Star Wars fans was excited but also a little sad that nearly the entire EU was being thrown out. Having seen Ep VII now and read the novelization, I was keen to find something to bridge the new gap between Episodes VI and VII. I was also interested in learning more about Resistance fighter pilot Snap Wexley.

Aftermath disappoints. Wendig's tone and diction does not match the Star Wars universe. He tries to do too much in too little space and the reader is left frustrated. The "interludes," while interesting to a degree, should have been edited out and published as a collection of short stories.

Aftermath just doesn't feel like Star Wars and it was painful to read at times. I, like many I'm sure, muddled through to get the key plot points of the new canon. Wendig is no James Luceno (who's Tarkin is well worth the read). Do yourself a favour and read the Wookiepedia articles on Snap Wexley and Rae Sloane instead of reading this book. They are more interesting and better written.

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