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I have been one of the strongest supporters of the decision to create the "Legends" stories and go forward with a single "canon" story line. I was optimistic that the story group would get an author that would give us some thing great. That didn't happen. I've never read any of Mr. Windig's other novels and this isn't a slight on his writing skills or story-telling ability. This is just not a good Star Wars novel. I suspect he was handcuffed by the amount of information he was able to reveal. I just don't care about these new, and in my opinion, minor characters. I expected Wedge at least to feature more prominently, but he spent almost the entire book strapped to an interrogation table and did almost nothing to move the plot along.
I understand the need to keep The Force Awakens under wraps - I really do! But if you're not going to reveal more information, then what's the point of this book? I would have rather waited until after the movie and then got something with more teeth in it. We get almost NO major characters in this book. There's a short interlude with Han and Chewbacca, a brief glimpse of Leia in hologram form, and only small reference to Luke. Even the general state of the galaxy doesn't seem to be much of a surprise.
There are brief moments of hope, particularly when an old "adviser" of Palpatine seems to be more than he appears. I thought some of his plot-line might lead to the First Order, but it doesn't really go anywhere.
To Del Rey and the Story Group: If you're going to "Legendize" the old stuff and start the canon (a decision that I support!) then you've got to bring it, particularly with the first post ROTJ novel out of the gate. There will always be misfires - it's inevitable. But this book was just weak across the board. It hurts me to say it - it really does because I wanted this book to be good. It just isn't.
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I think that there likely are people who might enjoy the writing style but personally it ruined the book for me, made me zone the book out a lot of the time, and annoyed me to no end.It was lines like "she lines her target up in her sights. And then, a foot. Pain. Remembering falling. Firing grappling hook too late. Much too late." I feel like most of his sentences need several more words to make them sound right and a lot of the time I felt as if he was writing in cave man talk.
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Marc Thompson was as good as ever. I have listened to at least 30 star wars novels narrated by him and never once has he let me down. If there is anyone who is just getting into star wars novels I would recommend any book that he has narrated because even if the story isn't that great he will at least make it sound great. There was two big issues that I had with this book, the first I already addressed, that being the tense that it is written in and the cave man like style that the author uses. The second is something that really saddens me. Aftermath is the 38th star wars novel I have finished and something that I always have admired about the novels is how they never would break you out of the world they created by never describing objects in the star wars world with reference to objects in our word but Chuck doesn't do that. He describes a man in a long jacket as a peacock with its tail feathers dragging behind it. He calls the windows of star ships glass rather than Transparisteel. While this seems like a little thing it is really makes it that much harder to immerse your self in the world of star wars. Sadly Aftermath is now the 2nd of 3 books from the new canon that has really let me down. I hope that the other books get better because so far it isn't looking too promising.
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