ScienceThrillers.com discusses Star Wars: Aftermath by Chuck Wendig.
Tech rating (out of 5): N/A
Publication date: September 2015
Category: science fiction / space opera
Summary (from the publisher):
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.
It’s safe to say that some readers of this blog are Star Wars fans. The massive Lucas-inspired pop culture universe now includes 7 major movies, plus TV series and a bunch of books set in the Star Wars universe, at different times in the history of the movie series.
Years ago I read the first after-the-movies Star Wars book trilogy, the “Thrawn trilogy” written by Timothy Zahn (Heir to the Empire etc.). I hadn’t read any Star Wars books since then. With The Force Awakens renewing interest in Star Wars, the Powers That Be are doing a bit of a reboot of all the off-screen history and novels. Because I’m not a dedicated fan, I can’t tell you the details or argue the merits. I was simply curious: what happened between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens?
Star Wars: AFTERMATH by Chuck Wendig is set in that time period and while it doesn’t answer the question the way I would’ve liked, it does create a nice sense of the chaos and conflict that would accompany the overthrow of Imperial power in the galaxy. (Shades of Iraq, anyone?) Aftermath is a tidy, simple, quick read that allows fans to spend time in the Star Wars universe. If you can’t get enough of bounty hunters, TIE fighters, dingy alien worlds, droids, and whacked-out aliens, then this is the book for you.
If like me you’re looking for more of your familiar, favorite characters (ie Luke, Leia, and Han) you’ll be disappointed. The only “famous” character with much of a role in this book is Wedge Antilles. If you want the Big Three you’ll have to read Heir to the Empire, which I loved. Whether the events described in the Thrawn Trilogy will remain part of the official canon remains to be seen, I guess.