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Aftermath: Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens
by Chuck Wendig
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PublisherLucasBooks
Release Date2015-09-04 (added to CC 5 Sep 2015)
Amazon Sales Rank7
Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens
 
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’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.

Member Reviews
(16 Dec 2015)
This was the most painful book I have ever had to read. If this was not considered the official Canon between Return of the Jedi and the Force Awakens, I would have stopped reading about 5 pages in. I would not recommend anyone read this. It barely offers anything that can not be gained out of the first 5 minutes of the movie (I assume, not having seen the movie yet). The entire style feels like it was a half written screen play that was quickly swapped into a novel without bothering to actually rewrite any of it. No true character development. New characters are introduced in the last few chapters almost as if someone forgot they were supposed to be included. Scenes which have absolutely nothing to do with the plot before or after those scenes are sitting there like rotting eggs. Metaphors worse than that are in almost every other line in the book. The final proof for me that it was bad was when I finished it and they had a special bonus chapter from the Battlefront book (a book based on a video game) and that chapter was a million times better than the book I had just finished reading it.
(19 Sep 2015)
The story became more interesting about halfway through, once the main characters meet up and come up with their plan. However, I found myself not caring about the characters as much as I have in past Star Wars stories. I'm not a fan of present tense prose, I find that it takes a while to get used to. The "interlude" chapters with familiar Star Wars characters were interesting, but some of them didn't have much of a point.
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