NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • 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 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.
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
Customer ReviewsSee All
Painfully slow and self burdened
Some of the EU books had slow points, clunky exposition and ham handed characters, but this takes it to a whole new level. This book forgoes any star warsian space opera action for short, confused interludes that do nothing more than add a tangled web of barely connected characters and storylines.
Where most Star Wars novels break up the monotony of the setup with peril, action, revelation, this book chooses to punch you in the face with its political agendas, from its insulting, brashly written homosexuals that read like they're in a gay bar in the Midwest, not in a Galaxy full of alien races with indeterminable genders, to the gender neutral pronouns used for no apparent reason on a (human?) pirate.
Star Wars was never about agendas, it was about fantasy, heroics, space battles and the like. Books such as this are bringing the series down to earth, the place I'm trying to escape from. I want to be transported where no one cares about what you identify as.
The book also pulls a classic movie trailer equivalent trick of showing a prominent actor as if he is the main character and then killing him in the first minute to save budget. I am of course referring to the title: life debt. Which is the Wookiee bond formed when one saves another's life.
Han and Chewie have classically been the only case of a life debt that reaches beyond Wookiee to Wookiee, so unless it's a life day celebration story with the millennium falcon on the cover for some reason, you expect the classic duo to be prominent. But 75-85% of the book doesn't mention Wookiees, Kashyyyk, Han or the falcon. We hear literally one sentence from Leia over coms saying Han is missing, then it's back to the gays making out to show the homophobic aliens who's fabulous, and the directionless narrative trying and failing to setup an interesting reason for the first order to rise from the ashes of the empire.
I hope this book and these PC pushing idiots get relegated to EU asap.
To put it mildly....this Aftermath series is quite possibly the worst group of Star Wars books released (both within the EU and the new Disney Canon) I have read virtually all of the books released over the years and I cannot believe that Chuck Wendig was commissioned to write this series. Save your money...go read something by James Luceno or Timothy Zahn if you are looking for quality Star Wars novels.
Don’t waste your money
The first book was very boring.