Life Debt

Life Debt

Aftermath

eBook - 2016
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Set between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, the never-before-told story that began with Star Wars: Aftermath continues in this thrilling novel, the second book of Chuck Wendig’s bestselling trilogy.

It is a dark time for the Empire. . . . 

The Emperor is dead, and the remnants of his former Empire are in retreat. As the New Republic fights to restore a lasting peace to the galaxy, some dare to imagine new beginnings and new destinies. For Han Solo, that means settling his last outstanding debt, by helping Chewbacca liberate the Wookiee’s homeworld of Kashyyyk.
 
Meanwhile, Norra Wexley and her band of Imperial hunters pursue Grand Admiral Rae Sloane and the Empire’s remaining leadership across the galaxy. Even as more and more officers are brought to justice, Sloane continues to elude the New Republic, and Norra fears Sloane may be searching for a means to save the crumbling Empire from oblivion. But the hunt for Sloane is cut short when Norra receives an urgent request from Princess Leia Organa. The attempt to liberate Kashyyyk has carried Han Solo, Chewbacca, and a band of smugglers into an ambush—resulting in Chewie’s capture and Han’s disappearance.
 
Breaking away from their official mission and racing toward the Millennium Falcon’s last known location, Norra and her crew prepare for any challenge that stands between them and their missing comrades. But they can’t anticipate the true depth of the danger that awaits them—or the ruthlessness of the enemy drawing them into his crosshairs.

Praise for Aftermath: Life Debt

Star Wars: Aftermath: Life Debt has found its place at the top of all the new canon works. Simply, outstandingly great Star Wars.”—Star Wars Post
 
“[Chuck] Wendig once again strikes gold, offering a sweeping narrative with plenty of insight into both the state of the galaxy at large and beloved characters both new and old.”Alternative Nation
 
“With an intense plot, political intrigue and great characterization, Wendig’s Aftermath: Life Debt is an excellent read.”Flickering Myth

Praise for Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath
 
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
 
“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


From the Hardcover edition.

Baker & Taylor
Set between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, a next entry in the best-selling trilogy continues the story of a galactic civil war under the leadership of Wedge Antilles, Admiral Ackbar and other beloved characters after the destruction of the second Death Star. Movie tie-in.

Publisher: New York :, Random House Publishing Group,, 2016
ISBN: 9781101966945
Characteristics: text file,rda
1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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bcabe
Jan 24, 2017

I liked this adventure more than the original Star Wars: Aftermath novel. I thought the original characters were better fleshed out and the plot was more interesting. The new villain is definitely someone to keep an eye on. That said, the established characters, especially Han, didn't read right to me. His behavior and dialog just didn't feel like Han. Its an issue older SW novels have had as well. The present-tense style is a little hard to get used to (most novels I read happen to be in past-tense), but it quickly becomes natural and I wasn't thinking about it after 50 or so pages. Overall, though, it is a quick, fun read and I'm looking forward to part 3, hoping we start to see the connections to The Force Awakens.

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J_MON
Oct 17, 2016

My criticism is that some of the language in Life Debt seems entirely contrived:

"Chewie, you're home."

"Hey Sister, don't get cocky."

Like someone is pulling the string coming out of Han Solo's back to make him spout catchphrases.

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mexicanadiense
Jul 22, 2016

Probably more of a 2 or 2.5 for me, but hey, it scratched my Star Wars itch so 3 stars it is.

The author has a chore fitting his story into a continuity that has yet to be fully revealed or defined, but that can't excuse some fairly uninteresting characters and appearances by Star Wars icons like Han Solo and Chewie that amount to dull cameos.

Sardonic Sinjir remains a highlight. Am I the only one who hears his voice in my head as Jeremy Irons in The Lion King?

New Big Bad Gallius Rax is a little too Thrawn-y (he's not an alien, and he listens to opera instead of contemplating art), which could be problematic for Wendig as a new, in-canon Thrawn novel by Timothy Zahn is coming for 2017.

Most of the really cool stuff involving the liberation of a captive planet, etc., takes place off-page, which was disappointing.

Also, the weird, Heart of Darkness-esque behaviour by the Imperial governor felt like something from a different kind of sci-fi book, a little too grim for Space Opera- and this for a series that features regular amputations by laser sword and telekinetic torture!

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