Genre: Science Fiction
Star Wars: Aftermath is a part of the Journey to The Force Awakens project. It is the first book in a trilogy by Chuck Wendig and features the new canon of events after the destruction of the Death Star. While many Star Wars fans already believe in the EU of what happened after the Battle of Endor, this is a part of the new canon and is a major installment between The Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.
With the death of both Vader and Palpatine, Leia Organa pronounces the end of the Empire and the beginning of the New Republic. But the war is not over just yet. Even though the Emperor has fallen, remnants of the Empire remain, including the Admiral Rae Sloane of the Star Destroyer Vigilance.
After the Battle of Endor, Wedge Antilles finds himself coming out of hyperspace near the Outer Rim planet of Akiva, seeking any remaining imperials that need to be flushed out. Crossing paths with Rae Sloan proves to be harmful and dangerous. When Admiral Akbar can no longer communicate with Wedge, a rescue mission is imminent.
In the meantime, Norra Wexley, a Rebel Alliance pilot who served alongside Wedge, aims to come home to her home planet, Akiva, to reunite with her son, Temmin. Temmin and Norra’s relationship is a bit rocky, because she left Temmin to go find her husband who was abducted by the Empire. When word comes to Norra that Wedge has been captured, she must part ways with her son once more to save a friend. No amount of convincing can seem to get Temmin to join his mother’s cause.
Han and Chewbacca make an appearance as well, although very minor in this book. They hear of a window of opportunity to free the Wookiees from slavery on their planet, Kashyyk. This part of the story continues in the second novel.
Many new faces and many old are creating the new extended universe with many promising tales to come. Temmin joins a team with his droid, Mister Bones, to weed out remaining imperials, Wedge and Norra remain loyal to the New Republic, and Admiral Sloane finds that she is a much greater player in the game than she may have thought.
While this book gave us exciting new characters, it was not as good as many of the old canon novels. On the other hand, Aftermath was a good introduction to some of the important characters we will be seeing in the future. The slight bit on Han was a nice setup for the second novel in the trilogy, Aftermath: Life Debt. While Aftermath wasn’t a great as expected, I would still recommend reading it because I just started Aftermath: Life Debt, and all I can say is it is already far superior to Aftermath. Look forward to seeing a more detailed review of the second novel!