By Chuck Wendig
Aftermath is one of the new ‘canon’ novels released prior to The Force Awakens. Aftermath is designed to help bridge the gap between Return Of The Jedi and The Force Awakens, as they are set approximately 30 years apart.
I was really excited for Aftermath. It is the first new ‘canon’ book that i have read since the rest of the Star Wars books were made ‘Legends’. I am sad to say that if the rest of the new canon books are like this, then boy are we in trouble.
Aftermath is set directly after the Rebel victory at The Battle Of Endor. Aftermath follows multiple character, set around the planet Akiva. A rebel discovers the reminants of the Galactic Empire having a meeting on the planet Akiva after the destruction of the second Death Star, as well as the death of Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader.
Aftermath started off quite well, but quickly faded. Some parts were really well written, but unfortunately they were in the minority. By having way to many different character perspectives, and sometimes not making it obvious which character it is, i found it hard to follow the story. Also by having too many different characters, and a fast changing perspective, made Aftermath jump around too much.
It was hard to get emotionally invested in the characters, as you never got to spend much time understanding them. I was able to follow the overall basis of what was going on, but it took me way longer than it should have. The characters that i wanted to read about were hardly mentioned, they felt they were mentioned because Wendig felt obliged to reference the Original Trilogy, since this book is supposed to be about what happened in the moments after Episode VI.
My favorite parts of the books were the interludes, which one may argue were superfluous to the story. They gave a wider picture of what was occurring in the galaxy after the destruction of the second Death Star.
I am not sure if i would recommend Aftermath to someone who wants read about what happens after the destruction of the second Death Star. If you are willing to brave the bad writing because you want to have a clue of what has happened in the Star Wars universe before going to see The Force Awakens, then read not just Aftermath, but all of the new canon books.
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