By the Force, where do I begin. This is probably going to be long so I’ll cut to the chase: “Star Wars Aftermath: Empire’s End” is a poor conclusion to a disappointing series. Do not read it. I don’t want to alarm you all, but I would suggest re-watching the prequel films before grabbing this book.
Recently, I reviewed the novel Star Wars Aftermath: Life Debt and was unfortunately underwhelmed. The Aftermath series in general hasn’t impressed me and I’ve started to wonder if the new Star Wars canon would be able to put out something worth recommending. Fortunately, while not without its flaws, I can wholeheartedly say that Star Wars Catalyst by James Luceno is worth picking up.
In April 2014, when Lucasfilm announce that the Star Wars Expanded Universe would no longer be considered canon. While many people were upset over this decision, I was guardedly optimistic. While there were some fantastic Star Wars books that continued the stories from the films, there were also some really bad ones that didn’t feel like they belonged in the canon. The new books coming for Lucasfilm are aimed to fill in the gaps between the existing movies and the new ones.
“Star Wars Aftermath: Life Debt” by Chuck Wendig is one of these new novels. It is the sequel to Wendig’s “Aftermath” and continues the story of what went on after the destruction of the second Death Star in “Return of the Jedi.” Unfortunately, like its predecessor, “Aftermath: Life Debt” does little to enrich the story of the Star Wars movies and is just a decent sci-fi book. Continue reading “Book Review: Star Wars Aftermath: Life Debt”