• Aftermath: Star Wars

  • Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • By: Chuck Wendig
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Series: Star Wars, Book 27
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 09-04-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House Audio
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.8 (10,462 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The second Death Star has been destroyed, the emperor killed, and Darth Vader struck down. Devastating blows against the Empire and major victories for the Rebel Alliance. But the battle for freedom is far from over.
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' 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.
©2015 Chuck Wendig (P)2015 Random House Audio
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2 out of 5 stars
By Jason on 09-08-15

Disappointing and Frustrating

Mild story details follow:

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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2 out of 5 stars
By Brenden Inzana on 09-08-15

I really wanted this book to be great...

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

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.

Any additional comments?

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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