STAR WARS AFTERMATH BOOK
Star Wars: Aftermath is a Star Wars novel by Chuck Wendig, published on September 4, by Del Rey Books. Set soon after the events of the film. The novel is the first in Star Wars: The Aftermath Trilogy, and is part of the he sells real treasures down below, including blasters, detonators, and books. She is. Star Wars: The Aftermath Trilogy is a trilogy of novels written by author Chuck Wendig's Star Wars book Aftermath gets the trilogy treatment.
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He reveals that he sells junk upstairs, but through a secret passage, he sells real treasures down below, including blasters, detonators, and books.
She is shocked, and tries to convince him to stop, but he is angry that she left and abandoned him, choosing the Rebel Alliance instead of him. Realizing that he won't listen to her, she says sorry and stabs a needle in his neck, knocking him unconscious and carrying him away, with the goal of taking him off the planet.
In a flashback, a father on Saleucami and his two sons are sharing dinner. The two sons Dav, a former soldier for the Rebel Alliance, and Webb, a loyal supporter of the Empire and former student at the Imperial Academy.
The father gives an anti-war speech and talks about Old Cut, who was a soldier who decided not to fight. This is a reference to Cut Lawquane a clone trooper who deserted the Clone Army. Dav's father gives Dav his speeder, and Dav flees. Back on Akiva, Jas Emari watches as Arsin Crassus' opulent yacht, the Golden Harp arrives on the planet, waiting to kill him in order to collect the large bounty on his head.
Right before she takes the shot, she sees more ships land, the rest of the Imperial leaders. She realizes if she can capture or kill them all, she will collect an even larger bounty, as they are all wanted individuals.
Morna Kee , Admiral Sloane's pilot, sees the bounty hunter and shoots her down from her perch. Sloane introduces the Imperials to each other in the satrap's palace in Myrra , the capital of Akiva, and after being swamped with questions about the gunfire outside the palace, she reveals to the others that she has taken Wedge Antilles prisoner.
She feels strong tension with Grand Moff Pandion, who clearly sees her as a threat to his intention to rule. On the planet of Naalol , Chancellor Mon Mothma visits the site of a recent battle, the town still in flames and prisoners being marched away. Her two chief advisors, Hostis and Auxi , debate with her about the merits of decreasing the size of the military. After seeing how one small battle could change forever the lives of the people on this planet, Mon Mothma realizes that war must not be a constant state of existence, and decides to go ahead with the vote to demilitarize.
When Jas Emari awakens from her fall, she finds Surat, the gangster, and a bunch of his thugs surrounding her. He thinks she's in league with his main competition, Temmin, and takes her captive. He is afraid of the New Republic because he knows that they will crack down on his illegal business. When Surat returns to his shop, he finds Sinjir there, who is searching for a way to get off the planet before more Imperials come and find out about his treason. When Sinjir sees Jas, he has a flashback to Endor , where after the rebels had blown up the shield generator, he saw a female Zabrak bounty hunter flee the scene.
He now realizes that that woman was the one he sees before him now. When he tries to talk to Surat in order to free her, Surat suspects him of treachery and tells his thugs to fire upon him. Sinjir avoids being shot, but is soon knocked unconscious. Admiral Ackbar is on his flagship Home One practicing his skills with a kar-shak when he is interrupted by Ensign Deltura , who tells him that Captain Antilles is no longer responding to his comms and has not checked in recently.
Ackbar sends out search teams looking for the lost Captain. Part Two Edit When Temmin wakes up from the drugs that put him to sleep, he finds himself with his mother on an Imperial ship. She needs his help to get to one of the freighters so that they can escape the planet, but he starts arguing, telling her he can't leave his whole life behind.
Telling her he has a plan, he steals a speeder, drawing the attention of an entire squadron of stormtroopers. Two speeders follow closely behind, firing their lasers with the clear intent to kill. Instead of going into the forest to lose them, like his mother suggests, Temmin takes off into the city, where the streets are barely large enough for them to navigate.
After losing one of the stormtroopers' speeders, Temmin jumps off his speeder, landing on the other Imperial's speeder and taking out the driver. Norra has no choice but to speed on, realizing once again she lost her son. In the satrap's palace, the meeting between the leaders of the Empire begins. With revelations that two Rebel A-Wing fighters were shot down by the Vigilance before they could escape to report their findings, the meeting is thrown into chaos.
There is little trust between each individual present, and a constant jockeying for power. Pandion insists that Sloane bring out the entire Imperial fleet that is in hiding in order to surprise the New Republic when they bring an armada, but in the end, Sloane's idea of sending the Imperial Star Destroyers away so that their ships cannot be detected wins, and with that the space above Akiva is once again clear. Norra speeds off to the home of her sister, Esmelle. Instead of finding Temmin there, as he promised, she is alone.
Temmin was back at his shop, spying on the thugs who were ransacking it. They still hadn't found the secret entrance to the lower half of his shop. However, he falls off the roof because of how slippery it is, and the noise draws the attention of one of the thugs, who captures Temmin. Soon after, Norra shows up, looking for her son, and shoots the only thug still there after he tries to shoot her first. Sinjir wakes up in a cage, dangling from the ceiling in a dark room, after someone threw several stones at him.
When he looks around, he sees that it was Jas who was throwing the stones. She uses a lockpick that she keeps hidden in a fake horn on her head to pick her lock, then going and releasing him.
They go to Surat's place and find him about to remove Temmin's tongue, before killing him. Jas pushes Sinjir in, and he defeats one of Surat's thugs and steals away with Temmin. However, right as they are about to leave the cantina above Surat's prison, a quartet of stormtroopers arrive.
They sneak out the side door, taking out one of Surat's thugs, but are soon pursued into a dead end. Jas drops her blaster in surrender, but then, through the lightning, Temmin sees Mister Bones behind the Imperials and thugs, who jumps into the fray.
Jas, Temmin, and Sinjir take off, and Norra pulls up in a speeder, escorting them to safety. As the meeting goes on with the Empire's leaders, Rae Sloane slowly realizes that nothing of importance will ever come out of this meeting. Pandion is calling for direct confrontation, the style of which had lost them the war to this point, whereas Tashu is calling for retreat to the Outer Rim, where they should learn the ways of the dark side of the Force.
Arguments rage, and no conclusions are made.
On Chandrila , during a news broadcast, an angry citizen throws rotten food at Olia Choko , a New Republic public relations representative. Instead of taking the citizen away, Olio calls him forward, asks to hear his concerns, and then proposes that he become a member of the new Senate in order to voice those concerns and have them addressed. The citizen is shocked, but he gladly takes the opportunity. Jas and Sinjir are crowded around a table, examining a makeshift map in order to plan their capture of the Imperials.
Norra walks in, and then Temmin, and they all discuss what to do about the secret meeting taking place in the palace. They all decide to work together, splitting the bounty, and more importantly for Norra, doing her duty to the New Republic. After not hearing back from the search teams, Admiral Ackbar sends out a probe droid into the Akivan system in order to find out more information.
The last thing he wants to do is fall into another Empire trap. The probe droid finds traces of the destroyed ships, and reports back. Ackbar then decides that it would be best to send a small strike force of commandos into Akiva to get a ground report on the events taking place there. Jom Barell is in the atmosphere above Akiva.
He and his fellow five commandos make a jump from a shuttle into the air, and right as they jump, the shuttle that they jumped from blows up. Then the bright flash of turbolaser, and one of his fellow commandos is shot down. Soon, Barell is the only one left alive, and he makes a very rough crash landing on the planet surface below. On the planet Sevarcos , a site where the Empire used slaves to mine spice, a battle between the New Republic and Empire rages.
Three slaves are huddled away from the battle, torn about what to do. One of them says they must run before the Empire wins and sends them back into the mines.
However, the Wookiee among them suggests they charge into battle, believing they should help the Republic soldiers defeat the Imperials. He runs out, ducking laserfire, to release some rancors kept captive by the slavers, and unleashes them onto the battlefield.
The tide of the battle is turned, and the New Republic wins. The three slaves decide to explore the galaxy on their own, free to do as they please now.
Part Three Edit The shooting down of the commandos has sent the meeting of the Imperial Future Council into even more chaos. Pandion suggests they fight the New Republic head on, knowing that they will soon send their fleet, but Shale believes this will only lead to the defeat of the Empire once and for all. Sloane tries to calm everyone down and pretend that nothing bad is happening, and finally they agree to once again start the meeting.
Meanwhile, Jom Barell wakes up from his crash landing to see three stormtroopers standing in front of him, which he quickly disposes of despite the pain he is in.
Norra and Jas travel together through Myrra, the capital of Akiva. They see a random citizen throw a rotten fruit at a pair of stormtroopers, a good sign that the people are fed up with the Imperial occupation. Jas heads to Temmin's shop, where she clears out the thugs who were attempting to drill their way to the lower half of his shop, where the real goods lie.
They then head to the rooftops, where two TIEs are parked. While Norra distracted the pilots, Jas used her sniper to take them down.
Norra then steals one of the TIEs. Meanwhile, Sinjir walks up to an Imperial communications station, telling the stormtroopers he is an Imperial and demands to see their officer. Grudgingly, they call up their officer, and when the scans ensure that he really is Sinjir Rath Velus, who is supposed to be dead, they let him in. Inside, Sinjir steals the officer's pistol, shooting him in the back, and Mister Bones jumps in, taking care of the two stormtroopers.
Once in the comm station, they make a holovid showing a supposed stormtrooper shooting an innocent kid in the back and laughing. They then broadcast this across Myrra, planting the seeds for an uprising. On the planet Taris , three Acolytes of the Beyond , Sith worshippers, purchase a lightsaber from a dealer who claims the lightsaber belonged to Darth Vader before his death. They say they plan on destroying it, so that it can return to its master in death. However, while the lightsaber's blade is red, there is no guarantee it was actually Vader's.
At the comm station, Temmin, Sinjir, and Mister Bones head to the rooftop to escape. On the roof, they hear the distinctive sound of TIE fighters, as two appear in the sky. They take cover as the TIE's shell the comm station with laserfire, intent on destroying it before more propaganda can be spread. Mister Bones jumps into the air as the second TIE passes, breaking its windshield and taking it to the ground.
A third TIE enters the fray and starts shooting at the first, blindsiding it and taking it out of the sky: Norra has entered the fray. She takes off for the satraps palace, but is dogged by two more TIE's. Taking down one, she aims for the shuttles that are the Imperials' only lifeline off this planet. Admiral Sloane sees this from the ground and, thinking quickly, fires a turbolaser at Norra from the ground, totally destroying her right wing and sending her into a death spiral.
Norra aims for the shuttles as her crash site, with one last wish that they actually put ejector seats in these fighters. Sloane looks out from the palace windows to survey the damage. All three Imperial shuttles have been taken down, but fortunately Crassus' yacht wasn't on the planet and is still functional. She notices a growing crowd outside of the palace; Akivans who are ready for change, creating a dull roar of noise.
She returns back to the meeting and tells the rest of them that they will be leaving on Crassus' yacht as soon as it arrives back on the planet.
In hyperspace, Han Solo and Chewbacca travel to Dasoor. As soon as they pull out of hyperspace, they receive a transmission from an old friend named Imra.
Star Wars: Aftermath : Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens
She mentions that she has a job on Kashyyyk , the home of the Wookiees , with a very small window. If I have one overwhelming problem with Aftermath, it goes thusly: It's either a bridge between Jedi and Awakens, or it's a good post-Jedi novel in the new canon.
Personally, I prefer the latter reading, because those going for the former are going to be disappointed. As I said, there are plenty of sequel hooks used throughout that will pay off either in this Aftermath trilogy or in Eps VII, VIII and IX, and there are quite clearly seeds of Awakens planted in several key scenes across the galaxy, but it's not really a transitional text the way it was advertised.
On its own, Aftermath seems much more concerned with telling a story that just happens to be coming on the heels of Jedi, rather than being a specific bridge between film eras. That might change when the other two books of the trilogy are released, but for now it's just a nice stone in the path that is the journey to The Force Awakens.
As a post-Jedi novel, it's still damn good. Pretty high up there with a lot of other Star Wars books, actually. It's not on the level of Zahn, Luceno and the like, but it's still a nice little story all of its own. The closest existing comparison I'd have would be the contemplative tones present in Matt Stover's Revenge of the Sith and Traitor books; while it doesn't hit exactly the same grace notes as Stover, writer Chuck Wendig still has a similar kind of introspective, see-through-their-eyes style in his present-tense writing.
I felt very much on the ground with the protagonists, in the halls of the Akiva palace with Sloane and her cohort, and in the shoes of the various one-off characters in those interludes. It was definitely engaging prose, and I'd be keen to see more. Some of the emotional beats may not land as strongly as they could've, and the pile-up of sequel hooks as opposed to actual information can get a little tedious.
But overall, I really enjoyed Aftermath. As the first post-Jedi book following the creation of Legends, there was onus on Aftermath to show diehard and casual fans that the Lucasfilm story group, tasked to create the new Expanded Universe, knew what they were doing.
If Aftermath is indicative of their style going forward, they're off to a good start. View all 17 comments.
It's my fault for not reading the excerpt from a couple months ago. Had I done so, I never would have bought the book. Horrid writing style and an absolute deal-breaker for me. Present tense? I despise it! Such a shame, as I was really looking forward to this book. I read the first page and was immediately disappointed as I simply cannot and will not read a novel in present tense. Skipped a few pages and then a few more, skimming. But no, he really DID write the entire book like that -- It's my fault for not reading the excerpt from a couple months ago.
But no, he really DID write the entire book like that -- and in this choppy, one sentence is a paragraph, incredibly jarring way. Some were not even complete sentences. A few for effect is fine, but throughout a novel? I don't want a screenplay. I want a well-crafted story. Returned my book to Amazon today. Sep 11, Christopher Coughlin rated it did not like it.
The lack of compelling character development highlights a larger problem with Aftermath: In the end, our first big look at a new galaxy far, far away feels muted, fragmented, and incomplete. It's like watching Episode I all over again. I haven't read a book that disappointed me this much since My emotional reaction was a little like watching Episode I. It was something I wanted to love so badly, and it just couldn't deliver. The story and characters are not bad, they're just not good.
None of them are particularly engaging and I was left not really caring about any of them. One of the Amazon reviews calls it "an experiment in hazardous punctuation" and I agree. Wendig ends subordinate clauses in question marks only to go on to write partial clauses as complete sentences. He uses periods for emphasis rather than to end thoughts.
He uses colons in the strangest way I've ever seen and does so frequently. It's reads like a tween is texting the book to you.
I think there may actually be 4 to 5 complete sentences per page. It's unreadable. If you are contemplating buying this book, download the free chapter and read that, knowing the whole book is written that poorly.
If you read the book out loud, there are not infrequent moments when it sounds like you're having a seizure. This is by far the worst Star Wars novel of the new canon.
View 2 comments. I preordered this book because it has Wedge Antilles in it. I had high hopes for such an integral part of the NU canon. My hopes have been dashed. The story Or even why they are meeting there. Wendig's writing is juvenile. There are parenthetical thoughts and additions that are incredibly unnecessary.
They could be italicized or even just a part of the text. Sentences are chopp 2. Sentences are choppy and sometimes disjointed. It makes me never want to read another novel from him again.
Yes, the editor is supposed to help him fix any errors, but in the end, the writer has the final say. Every few chapters there's an interlude that also seems to be irrelevant. I didn't realize until the day before it came out that this is the first in a trilogy. That explains the multitude of characters and even interludes to a point, but a page book is not meant to be a mess of a setup.
Fortunately, the main characters aren't difficult to keep up with, even though there are quite a few of them. And again, Wedge isn't even one of them.
Here are some of my thoughts as I read: I miss the Legends timeline. Now she's home on Akiva and hopes to get her life back into place with her son. We're putting such Earth-like thoughts in Star Wars? Give me a break. Oh and later there is the mention of a toilet This is all absolutely ridiculous. It's as shifty as Fulcrum in "Rebels" initially was.
It's also stupid, like the NR can't do anything without the help of a secret person. If so, it's nice to know there is that continuity. Unlike between Del Rey and Dark Horse, until probably The biggest feelings I got from this were 1 Wendig doesn't know the 'verse at all, even in the context of the new and 2 he's not a good author. View all 3 comments. Sep 06, Brandon rated it did not like it.
If this is Disney's plan for new canon, you're better off making your own stories up to fill the space between Episodes 6 and 7. This reads like something I would make up when I was 10 years old with a few old action figures and some LEGO contraptions, and it makes about as much sense.
The plot drags. The characters are barely believable and should be thrilled to receive even the designation of "throwaway". The writing style is choppy, ham-fisted, and slap-dash. The dialogue is laughable and make If this is Disney's plan for new canon, you're better off making your own stories up to fill the space between Episodes 6 and 7.
The dialogue is laughable and makes the script of Attack of The Clones sound like it was written by Tarantino.
And it's the first in a trilogy. Basically, this is another example of how most things Star Wars have just become cheap ways to con fans into parting with their money Jar Jar pizza box tops anyone? Fingers crossed they put more effort into Episode 7. Sep 03, Tom Reade rated it it was ok. I had finally relented to this new Disney Alternate timeline since the movies will be based in it. That decision alone took me 10 months to come to.
But this I had to quit so far about half way through. The characters are horrid and uninteresting thus far.
Please tell me this is some sort of Joke and the real book is coming out soon? In retrospect, the publisher might have oversold that just a tad. Well, okay, maybe a lot more than just a tad. Call me cynical though, but I never really expected to see this book provide much detail.
In truth, I was more excited to see one of my favorite authors tackle on 3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum http: In truth, I was more excited to see one of my favorite authors tackle one of my favorite franchises. I did have my misgivings though. But it is also as far away from a general-audience thing like Star Wars as you can get. Something vital felt missing, which made his normally punchy and enjoyable style feel awkward, choppy, and grating here instead.
I even had to switch to the audiobook version midway, which fortunately made getting through the book easier. Wendig is a fantastic writer, but I feel his style is more suited to urban fantasy, and feels a little out of place in the Star Wars universe, especially given his tendency to use many modern colloquialisms in his prose that jolted me out of the story. And speaking of story, it was decent but not great.
The problem was the lack of any compelling characters. Being a fan of expanded universes and tie-ins of all media, not just Star Wars, I have no problems with making the acquaintances of new faces, but in Aftermath there were JUST. It was impossible to form an attachment to any one character, not even the familiar ones like good old Wedge Antilles or Rae Sloane the Imperial Admiral who was first introduced in A New Dawn.
And so like many of the middling Star Wars novels I have read, I had a good enough time enjoying this ride, but never truly felt invested in the fate of the characters or the plot direction.
It lacks weight. Good riddance, I say. So far, the majority of the new books have impressed me. Aftermath was actually a pretty decent read too, and my 3-star rating reflects that. Dec 14, Markus rated it liked it Shelves: Aftermath is a quite decent addition to the Star Wars universe, which could pretty easily fit into either of the two now divergent timelines.
Most aspects of the book are, while nothing memorable, quite solid. I do not really see where the hatred for Wendig's writing style comes from; it was certainly not the best I've seen, but not overly distracting either.
Some characters were more interesting than others, and the story doesn't really take any chances. Some interesting thoughts did come out of Aftermath is a quite decent addition to the Star Wars universe, which could pretty easily fit into either of the two now divergent timelines.
Some interesting thoughts did come out of it: I had never really considered that nobody in the Empire except Vader knew who and what the Emperor actually was. So the revelation that all knowledge about him was mere rumour, was quite intriguing.
So was the description of the Imperial commanders who try to gather the remnants of their fleet and fully believe in their cause, but simultaneously recognise the freedom-fighter narrative of the Rebellion and the New Republic.
All in all, this book is like the new movies. Builds some interesting stuff, doesn't really mess up the canon too much and even provides a few hours of decent entertainment, but overall it is very unnecessary.
The present-tense narrative choice for a Star Wars novel was a bold one. It failed. As did the writing.
The writing was horrid!! It felt like grade school fan fiction. I was so pumped to see what was so great that the Lucasarts people felt like they could get rid of all the previous Star Wars extended universe material. Now I'm just confused. This is the story that is supposed to replace Timothy Zahn's Thrawn trilogy? Y The present-tense narrative choice for a Star Wars novel was a bold one. You know what? I'm sitting here writing these words and I cant even remember a single character name from Aftermath except for the few that already existed in the Star Wars world And I just read the damn book!
Do yourself a favor. Pass on this one. The force is definitely not strong here. View 1 comment. Aug 11, Chris Evans rated it did not like it Shelves: Very disappointing.
If you were hoping to see what happened to Luke, Leia, and Han don't bother reading this. If you really want to read a fan fic of what Chuck Wendig's OC's would do after the Battle of Endor, then this is the book still isn't really for you. The book was obviously extremely rushed and heavily controlled by the Disney Corporation.
As a result, it seems more like a story by comity, making sure each box is checked with the minimal effort given to the story. I'll be honest, I wasn't Very disappointing. I'll be honest, I wasn't a fan of Wendig's writing before this book either. He's unnecessarily raunchy and has an worrying fixation the crotch region.
It's really the kind of writing I'd expect from a 14 year old writing a fan fiction. With so many good authors out there, I'm confused why they give such an important book to this guy.
Who is the target audience for this anyways? Anyone who wanted to continue with Star Wars outside the movies has already read 'Truce At Bakura', the true events that took place just after the Battle of Endor. If you skipped the EU books before Disney, just keep skipping and stick to the movies. View all 20 comments. Apr 15, Edward Lorn rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Lovers of incomplete sentences, drinkers of Kool-Aid, and smokers of nutmeg.
Welcome to Star Wars: Aftermath , a prologue to a series that is a prequel to a sequel. Let's continue. First I must state what many of you already know. I hate Chuck Wendig's writing style. I only read this book because I'm a Star Wars fan and this novel is canon.
But I'll likely stop here, because I cannot suffer Wendig's herky-jerky writing. Some fragmented sentences are fine, but I would hazard a guess that there are more fragments here than full sentences.
He starts a paragraph Welcome to Star Wars: He starts a paragraph. Throws some words together. Adds more words. Shit gets confusing. No subject-verb agreement. More confusion. Action happening. Bull- I was going to write this whole review in Wendig's style, but "Bull-" is as far as I got before I became annoyed.
Had I read this book and not listened to the audio, I would have stopped at the prologue. Then again, had the audiobook not been available, I likely never would have purchased the book in the first place.
But I figured, you know what, the audiobook can't be that bad. Surely Wendig's fragmented prose won't annoy me as much in audio format. Sweet fucking panda bears, was I wrong. I will end this review on a positive note to try to detract trolls and Mr. Wendig himself from talking poorly about me and my unpopular opinions, as he's been wont to do with others who've critiqued his writing. To be fair to ol' Chuckie-pooh, he's come under fire for adding gay characters to his cast.
These people attacking him for such things are shitheads who deserve derision. However, Wendig had somehow lumped into that bunch people like me, people who simply dislike the way he writes. Not everyone who hates his style is a homophobe, I promise.
Anyway, the positives are coming, but for now, we'll talk about the production quality and storyline. Loads and loads of characters. Gracing the pages. Not necessarily a bad thing. Zero to no development. Mother and son. We should care because mother has a son. Wedge Antilles. Because we need someone from the previous movies so that we might give enough of a fuck to continue. Oh wait! Here's some Leia.
Oops, she's gone. Sanjir talks. Rehashing of everything that happened in Jedi. Admiral Ackbar! Fuck, it's a trap. Haha, I'm so meta.
Spinkled fan service. Can't give them too much of what they want because trilogy. Some sound effects Chuckie-pooh, maybe I see why you're so stuck on fragments.
It's hard to stop once you start. I mean, why write complete sentences when it's easier this way? Consider me a convert. I can dig subtle sound effects in my audiobooks. But I want you to see in your mind the run through the alleys of the death star as Luke and company are trying to fart some bombs into its core in order to destroy said death star.
Remember how loud and awesome that was? Now close your eyes. No peeking. Imagine some cockknocker narrating over the sounds of all those lasers and tie fighters and x-wings and droids beeping and booping. Do you think some of the narration might get lost in the fray? If you said yes, you'd be fucking right.
Add to that Wendig's fragments and you have shit that sounds like this. Speeders race Anyfuck, I did like some aspects. Certain character's sexual orientation, the one-armed wookie, the section with everyone's favorite legacy character, even though he sounded, oddly enough, like Patrick Warburton instead of Sorry, can't tell you because spoilers. I dug all that. Which is why I'm giving this two stars instead of one. In summation: I know people like Wendig and his writing, but he's not my brand of jelly.
I know people trashed this book because they're homophobic shitheads, but I actually appreciated the inclusion of certain characters. I know pasty-pale fanboys are mad because of racial diversity and female leads. But what I found most annoying was the production quality. This is me saying I'm probably done with this series. And that's sad because I really want to know what happens Wikipedia is a thing.
Final Judgment: Fucks gone. None to give. Flown away. View all 11 comments. Jan 20, Lyn rated it liked it. The great thing about the Star Wars universe is that a diverse collection of writers can make contributions to the overall canon in their own unique ways.
One of the opening scenes depicts citizens of Coruscant pulling down a statue of the Emperor in a description that could be seen in post war Ber The great thing about the Star Wars universe is that a diverse collection of writers can make contributions to the overall canon in their own unique ways. One of the opening scenes depicts citizens of Coruscant pulling down a statue of the Emperor in a description that could be seen in post war Berlin or Baghdad.
Wendig also introduces many other new characters and some original story lines to add detail to the great tapestry created by George Lucas. Aftermath displays a time where the Empire is reeling, trying to right itself and the Alliance, likewise, is trying to organize itself to capitalize on successes won.
Wendig's story focuses on the blue collar workers and faces, the pluralistic vision rather than of the heroes of the Star Wars films. Wendig brings a fresh voice to this chorus and Aftermath was fun.
Aug 19, Amy Sturgis rated it it was ok Shelves: I'll keep this short and free of spoilers. I had hoped for glimpses into the post- Return of the Jedi universe and hints related to The Force Awakens , and this novel delivers both, and so I'm glad I read it. That said, it is far from the best Star Wars novel available.
Worst of all, Chuck Wendig's writing style present tense and packed with sentence fragments distracts and detracts from the tale. I won't deny it's a "must read" for Star Wars fans, but be warned that what should be a joy feels more like work. Sep 17, James Bojaciuk rated it did not like it. I've never been big on Star Wars. It's there; it's fine; the movies are well-made.
But one of the people I'm closest to is a huge Star Wars fanatic, and has been slowly introducing me to the rest. So I have the twice-fold unusual perspective: I'm an outsider to Star Wars, and I read this--well, as much of it as I could stomach--while reading Timothy Zahn's Thawn trilogy for the very first time.
On the first count, as an outsider to Star Wars, this book is garbage. Some people have called the writ I've never been big on Star Wars. Some people have called the writing juvenile--but that's not quite it. The characters are disastrously thin.
If you doubt any of this, check out any other review--they're quoting this mess at length. On the second count, as someone who's just starting to make his way through the Thawn trilogy Those are, so far as I've read, legitimately good novels that stand up well against the rules of literature. This is slapdash garbage that disappoints by the standards of tie-in fiction.
In short: Wendig's book is a special kind of garbage, however you look at it. Disney should've hired Timothy Zahn or anyone else instead. Sep 06, Christopher Shawn rated it did not like it.
One of the worst parts of the Star Wars Expanded Universe novels, before the great Disney purge, was that most felt like fan-fiction at best. It is unfortunate that Sci-Fi series can sometimes attract sub-par talent, which in turn diminishes the legacy of the brand. I'm unsure if this is a "lower bidder" kind of thing, or if companies just figure the license can and will sell itself, that they are unwilling to invest in a major talent to produce books for their heaviest hitters. Which brings me t One of the worst parts of the Star Wars Expanded Universe novels, before the great Disney purge, was that most felt like fan-fiction at best.
Which brings me to Star Wars: Aftermath by Chuck Wendig. I, a professional bookseller with lots of science fiction experience, had never heard of Wendig before this novel. Upon further research, he appears to being a very Internet-savvy kind of guy, and probably grew up with Star Wars, just as I have.
Apparently, he used his Twitter account to rally his fans to petition Disney to allow him to write a Star Wars novel.
And as we all know, only good things happen when you listen to the Internet. Aftermath commits the ultimate sin: I went from being literally giddy with anticipation for this novel, to slowing forcing myself to finish it over the course of two weeks.
So many new characters, planets, spaceships, droids, slang, and whatnot are introduced so frequently, and so poorly fleshed out, that everything jumbles together into one big mess that you won't care about. Aftermath is the first in a planned trilogy that will establish the new canon of the Star Wars universe following the events of Return of the Jedi. The Empire has been dealt a crushing blow, the Rebels have formed into a new Republic, and everyone is trying to pick up the pieces.
It is a damn shame that these themes, which have the potential to be incredibly exciting, are slopped together into a seemingly random jumble of chapters, sentence fragments, and both boring and confusing action sequences. The reader never knows where they are, who the characters are, and what anything has to do with anything else.
Wendig has taken the lazy way out and chosen to place most of the "action" on the remote Outer Rim planet Akiva, which is totally NOT Tatooine, except in the way that it totally is.
There's so much possibility in the freshly de-cluttered Star Wars universe, and the author chose the least exciting route.
How many times do we need to see a desolate planet, full of scum and villainy, drunk cantina patrons, and junk scavengers? The inhabitants of these new locals feel like different versions of the same character, and Wendig is never able to break himself out of his own tone enough to establish a personality for any of them.
Everyone is witty, in a snarky kind of way, and everyone is deceptively clever and skilled in confrontation with enemies. A kid is a skilled pilot just like Anakin , his mother is protective yet strong like Anakin's mom there's a confrontation in a cantina just like in A New Hope and a good guy gets caught in an Imperial ship and has to sneak around the base just like The Phantom Menace. If this series is to truly continue to all three planned parts, serious intervention is needed.
A co-writer should be brought in, a new editor assigned, and far more hands-on work from the Star Wars Story Group needs to be applied to whatever skeleton of a plotline this series is supposed to have. Wendig has severely tarnished his reputation with Star Wars fans with this bargain-basement book, and after the release of The Force Awakens this winter, it will be hard to get excited for another book written in this time period again.
December I was nervous about reading this book for a couple of reasons: Also, what an ineffectual protest. This book was a bestseller almost immediately. Did we even read the same book? His prose is very in your face, and his style tends to draw attention to itself by design. This is harder to do for me with his writing. But even with those hurdles, this was overall a fun reading experience. You can tell that Chuck Wendig really fucking loves Star Wars.
He has a nice grasp on the spaciness of it all, and the political situation between the Empire and the Rebellion, now the New Republic that name being one of the many things that is staying the same in the new canon , and I genuinely liked all of his main characters. The story is a simple one. In the wake of the destruction of the second Death Star, a ragtag group of people come together on the Outer Rim planet, Akiva.
Rebel pilot Norra Wexley has returned home to Akiva for the first time in three years, and with her fifteen year old prodigy son he builds robots and stuff , a bounty hunter there to capitalize on the dense concentration of Imperial targets, and a deserter from the Imperial Starfleet--a former loyalty officer nonetheless--she goes about trying to rescue Wedge from the Imperials.
Things go haywire of course, but it hits all the right notes and it all builds to an exciting swashbuckling conclusion. March His wish came true!!! Some promise, but overall disappointing The good: Nice tie ins with Rebels and New Dawn and the original movie trilogy Diverse cast of characters people of color and different sexual orientation The bad: Writing style - this has been covered at length by other reviewers Plot This review of course is merely my personal opinion.
Like many others I found the author's writing style to be a big miss in this book. I did not enjoy reading the author's prose, but rather found that it distracted from the stor Some promise, but overall disappointing The good: I did not enjoy reading the author's prose, but rather found that it distracted from the story. However, the greatest failure of the book is that it just is not a very good or tightly told story.
Character motivations do not drive their actions, rather characters seem to do things for the sole purpose of something happening later. Without going in to spoilers, suffice it to say that all too often a character would do something that didn't seem to make sense, only to have a scene later that hinged on that action, despite it not making sense at the time.
So instead of a later scene providing payoff, one is instead left with the feeling that the author did not know how to get there and instead railroaded and sacrificed the story early to have a scene he wanted later. This is not a good Star Wars story nor is it even a good sci-fi story. I would not recommend this book to either a Star Wars fan or a sci-fi fan. The writing style was awful.
Was there no editor to take out the thousand 'then''s?! It was really quite bad. I can't believe they allowed such a highly anticipated book to be published like this.
About halfway through some parts were better, like they were written by another author, but this didn't make up for the bad parts. Also, the characters were terrible. Two-dimensional and boring. There were too many of them and they all felt identical; I had a hard time telling them apart even hal Well. There were too many of them and they all felt identical; I had a hard time telling them apart even halfway through the book.
The only exception was the Bones droid, who made me chuckle at times. The story itself was predictable and dull. There was not a single plot twist I didn't anticipate and the locations and interactions were quite boring. It also didn't feel very 'Star Wars' to me, despite the references see below. I'm not sure why that was; maybe it's because the writing style left me unable to visualise the worlds and characters as I normally can.
I read the first page and was immediately disappointed as I simply cannot and will not read a novel in present tense. While it is unlikely that Wendig knows exactly what will happen in The Last Jedi or Episode IX , it is likely that the story group guided him to plant clues in his novels for the upcoming movies.
I didn't realize until the day before it came out that this is the first in a trilogy. Fuck, it's a trap. I did have my misgivings though. The story deals with how the fall of the top level Imperial leader ship affects different beings.