Book Review: Aftermath by Chuck Wendig

25131600The 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…

Rating: 6/10

Overall Impression: A pretty good start to a new canon. At least the first part that I have read.

Recommended for: Star Wars fans.

This was alright start to the new canon, however, I felt it could have been better. If you’re expecting this to be a book focuses on the characters from the original trilogy, then you will be disappointed. Instead, this book works to establish some new characters in the Star Wars canon. The only familiar character that gets any attention is Wedge. This is totally cool with me since I really like Wedge.

The new characters seem to have a lot of potential, and it’s great to see more than one female character being a badass in the Star Wars universe. Sadly, the plot is a little lacking. While it has its moments of exciting action and intrigue, the main plot is rather boring. The best parts of the book were actually the subplots.

There wasn’t nearly as much socio-political examination that I was expecting from a book that is supposed to have happened so soon after the Rebels defeated the Empire. And before you make that confused look and ask me, “But, Roberta, how can socio-political examination be interesting?” may I remind you that the Thrawn trilogy existed in the old canon, and Timothy Zahn was able to balance exciting action with intriguing socio-political drama.

Anyway, if you are expecting an action-packed, socio-political drama, you may be disappointed. My suggestion for reading this book is to see more as a way to establish some groundwork for the next two books as well as introducing fans to a new group of characters. It’s difficult to start up a new canon in a franchise that had one that was loved and extensive. It’s going to be difficult not to compare the new books with the ones that we loved so much in the old canon, but we have to try.

Overall, this book wasn’t bad. I wasn’t a huge fan of the writing style, and there were indeed times when I found the story a little slow, and that Wendig was maybe trying to balance a few too many new characters. I am interested to read to the next two though.

On a side note that has nothing to do with the written part of the book. This is more an issue with the physical book. I bought the hardcover version, and I have to say that physically, it’s not worth the $26 or so that I paid for it. The spine and backboards are rather flimsy, and paper is low quality. You can see the writing of the next page through the page your reading. Also, there is a current tend in dust jackets in which the material they are made of causes the flaps to fold back really badly if you take it off for any extended amount of time. So, a shout our to Del Rey (the publisher) if you want us to spend that much money on a book, please make it a quality book.




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