Star Wars

Star Wars

Aftermath

Book - 2015 | First edition
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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.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, [2015]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780345511621
034551162X
Branch Call Number: SCI WENDI-C
Characteristics: 379 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Aftermath

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HeavenstoBetsy
Dec 08, 2019

Read the Thrawn Trilogy instead. Why on EARTH did they ditch the Expended universe for THIS?

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RebelBelle13
Feb 11, 2019

I really wanted to give this book a solid chance. So many people were saying bad things about it- surely it couldn't be that bad, right? After all, it chronicles the story between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. There's got to be a ton of stuff going on- regrouping of the Empire, the transition of power to the Republic, all the major characters busy and in play... and we get THIS. This hastily, stuccato-speeched borefest of a novel from a Universe that has almost endless possibilities. Why, oh why does the action not follow Han Solo? Leia? Luke? Anyone that the fans have a vested interest in at all? We are introduced to half a dozen new characters that no one cares about, dozens of alien races that you could only picture in your mind if you're a fan of the EU or play Star Wars online (SWTOR) and mind-numbing political scenes with the Imperial heads of state. Yay. Here's the story: Wedge Antilles gets captured by the Imperials who are over the planet Akiva having a meeting. Five people find each other by chance on the planet and plan to help free Wedge and help break down the standing government that (is already in shambles by the way) is in league with the Empire. That's all. Han Solo has an appearance on page 275. For 3 pages, we are introduced to a small hint of a story that sounds way better than anything that Wendig has offered us here. I wanted to beg Han to take me with him to Kashyyk, and get me out of this boring slog of a novel I was currently reading. The only thing that was any good about this book were the interludes- small stories from other parts of the galaxy and other species and how they were dealing with the downfall of the Empire. We had journalists, bounty hunters, and aliens of all kinds on all planets reacting to the events in ROTJ. THAT was interesting. Had Wendig kept those, and actually given us a story about Luke, Leia and Han in the bulk of the novel, this would have been a fantastic story. As it stands, I will not be reading the follow up to this. Waste of time.

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littlesusiemac
Apr 27, 2018

I'm not sure why this title has been given so many tough reviews, but I enjoyed it. Though it took me a few chapters to get into, I quickly got to like the different characters that were being introduced and to enjoy their interactions. The interludes to cover what was happening on other worlds also served to reiterate how chaotic the galaxy was following the events of ROTJ. It was a quick read and I am looking forward to reading the next one!

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kalebmotz
Jul 28, 2017

A great read! I would recommend it to anyone looking to dive into the events following ROTJ.

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stainlessoul
Apr 21, 2017

Kept falling asleep. What a boring book.

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ConnorJAllen
Feb 20, 2017

I'd heard this was one of the poorer books of the new canon, but gave it a try anyway. I'm glad I did, because while it has its flaws, I appreciated how it fleshed out some other aspects of the SW universe beyond just the original trilogy and its own story. It features some familiar side characters from the original trilogy, but little of the main characters, and introduces some new characters that were interesting. One appears in The Force Awakens, though it is a minor role.
The author made a few too many allusions to our own universe, and a prequel-era battle droid had too much of a role for my taste. Aside from that I enjoyed it, and look forward to reading the rest of the Aftermath trilogy.

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icaradon333
Feb 14, 2017

I'm actually very disappointed at the reviews I'm reading on this book. While many of our old heroes don't feature in this book, there is a beautifully rich background to ranking members of the now fallen Empire and the New Republic. I enjoyed this book very much and I can't wait to read the next in the series. I'm excited to maybe get some background to the New Order or the Knights of Ren. Anyways, loved the book and I think if you give it a shot you'd enjoy it as well.

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vortex4200
Jun 04, 2016

Read 2 chapters and couldn't take the torture and more, the story is lifeless and so were the characters.
WORST-BOOK-EVER
Hopefully the "author" can get his job back at McDonalds cleaning toilets

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sniderd
Dec 30, 2015

This is the most poorly-written Star Wars book I have ever read, and the most poorly-written book of any type I have read in quite some time. It is written in what appears to be an informal, presentation-like style.

I'm sure there must be a story in here somewhere, but I couldn't get past the terrible style in order to actually find it - it's difficult to concentrate on the storyline between paragraphs, much less between the incomprehensible scene changes.

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JimFoy
Nov 24, 2015

About as interesting as Episodes I & II. (That's an insult.) The prose is wooden; I got through about 8 chapters before giving up. Chapter 1: We are introduced to a character with a silly name; something happens. Chapter 2: We are introduced to a different character with a silly name, who has no connection to the events in Chapter 1. Repeat. Oh yeah, Wedge is involved, but he never had much of a personality. What a bore.

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RonNasty64
Jan 21, 2016

Wermia says: "Was that really Vader's weapon?"
The Kubaz shrugs. "Who knows. And really, who cares?"

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