Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Star Wars: Aftermath by Chuck Wendig - Paul's REVIEW

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Title: Star Wars: Aftermath

Author: Chuck Wendig
Recent Release Date: September 4, 2015

Synopsis: The second Death Star is destroyed. The Emperor and his powerful enforcer, Darth Vader, are rumored to be dead. The Galactic Empire is in chaos.

Across the galaxy, some systems celebrate, while in others Imperial factions tighten their grip. Optimism and fear reign side by side.

And while the Rebel Alliance engages the fractured forces of the Empire, a lone Rebel scout uncovers a secret Imperial meeting…


Review: This book is really two different books. There is one continuous narrative throughout that follows the events surrounding a meeting of remnant Imperials. The second is an anthology of short stories showing small vignettes into different planets after the destruction of the second Death Star.

I really enjoyed the vignettes. It's wonderful to finally get a glimpse into the post-ROTJ canon universe. I liked how random characters were featured, some from the films and others completely new. There's a whole chapter about Dengar trying to get a younger bounty hunter to join a union. 

I loved the diverse representation in this book. There were multiple queer characters and their sexuality was just a small aspect of their character. It was handled really well.

This was the first Chuck Wendig book I've read and it did take some time to get used to the present tense choppy sentences. It was about halfway into the book when I really got into it. I knew the characters and all the stories were starting to come together.

I definitely recommend this to Star Wars fans. The interludes are amazing. I'm excited for the rest of this trilogy. I give Aftermath a 4/5


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