Aftermath: Star Wars by Chuck Wendig

Aftermath: Star Wars

By Chuck Wendig

  • Release Date: 2015-09-04
  • Genre: Science Fiction
Score: 3.5
From 42 Ratings
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Star Wars: Aftermath [reveals] what happened after the events of 1983’s Return of the Jedi. It turns out, there’s more than just the Empire for the good guys to worry about.”—The Hollywood Reporter
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.

Praise for Aftermath
“The Force is strong with Star Wars: Aftermath.”—Alternative Nation
“The Star Wars universe is fresh and new again, and just as rich and mysterious as it always was.”Den of Geek

“[Chuck] Wendig neatly captures the current states of the Empire and Rebel Alliance and does so through flawed, real, and nuanced characters. His writing gets you up close and personal. . . . Wendig does wonders with dialogue and voice and carving out space for everyone to breathe. Aftermath is a strong foot forward into unexplored territory and puts down just enough foundation that you can start picturing the Resistance and First Order of The Force Awakens taking shape.”Nerdist
“If the opening chapter of the Wendig’s Aftermath trilogy is any indication, the ‘Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ will be every bit as exciting as the movie.”—New York Daily News
“A wonderful Star Wars adventure by a gifted author.”SF Book Reviews

From the Hardcover edition.


  • Hard to read

    By Gundied
    I couldn't get past the second chapter, the mass of : and 4-5 word sentences just made it hurt to read. I wish I had read the sample first, this is horrible writing.
  • Interesting Story. Poorly Written.

    By Stfxscott
    With the release of The Force Awakens, I, like many Star Wars fans was excited but also a little sad that nearly the entire EU was being thrown out. Having seen Ep VII now and read the novelization, I was keen to find something to bridge the new gap between Episodes VI and VII. I was also interested in learning more about Resistance fighter pilot Snap Wexley. Aftermath disappoints. Wendig's tone and diction does not match the Star Wars universe. He tries to do too much in too little space and the reader is left frustrated. The "interludes," while interesting to a degree, should have been edited out and published as a collection of short stories. Aftermath just doesn't feel like Star Wars and it was painful to read at times. I, like many I'm sure, muddled through to get the key plot points of the new canon. Wendig is no James Luceno (who's Tarkin is well worth the read). Do yourself a favour and read the Wookiepedia articles on Snap Wexley and Rae Sloane instead of reading this book. They are more interesting and better written.
  • Must Read; Don't Miss!

    By JoePassmore5312
    Great start to the post-ROTJ Star Wars galaxy. - Loved the set up for the rest of the era, including the next two books in the trilogy. - Fresh and dynamic writing style; the present tense, third person is a great fit for Star Wars. - New characters were a delight. Can't wait to read the further adventures of Pilot Mom Norra, and the rest of the Crew. Mister Bones, and Sinjin were a blast. Well done, Chuck Wendig.
  • Mixed feelings

    By Megalodon217
    Leaves a lot to be desired. If you are looking for something comparable to Timothy Zahn's Heir to the Empire trilogy, you know, the stuff Disney opted to throw away, well, this isn't it. Hopefully Mr. Abrams doesn't follow a similar track, because all I could think of is going back and rereading Zahn's work. This one is not off to a great start.
  • Disney fan-fic at most

    By GeekMovieHouse
    Plot feels all over the place and a bit of a miss-step for the new EU. After a read through in one sitting the story feels more like fan fiction. Halfway through the book I found myself just not caring. I almost feel heart broken because of my love for the past books and the three films