Canon
Adult Novel

Aftermath

By
Chuck Wendig
Released
Sep 4, 2015
Artwork by
Narrated by
Marc Thompson
Takes place in
4 ABY
In the
New Republic
era
Collects
Good
7.4
7.4
7.4
A slew of endearing new character are the driving force behind this first book of an exciting trilogy.
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What many still don't know about the Empire is that it did not instantly crumble with the destruction of the second Death Star. For a long time, those who remained loyal to the Emperor held on, refusing to surrender and accept defeat. In the aftermath of the Battle of Endor, there is still a war to be won. And it's not just up to the high-profile heroes we know and love to get the job done.

Follow an unlikely team of rebel heroes, from old heroes like Wedge Antilles to new ones like Temmin Wexley, as they struggle against what remains of Palpatine's forces and try to save the galaxy from coming undone again.

Publisher's Summary

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 is 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.

Other Books in this Series

Aftermath
Aftermath: Life Debt
Aftermath: Empire's End

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A slew of endearing new character are the driving force behind this first book of an exciting trilogy.
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Heather Goldman - Aftermath - Adult Novel
Heather Goldman
Community Department Manager
As someone who read this title long after its release, I felt like there was way too much going on for a single book. I was heavily invested in the storyline surrounding Wedge and the Wexleys, but the flow of that story was frequently taken away by the abundance of short stories packed in-between each chapter. It felt like there were way too many cooks in the kitchen, each adding completely different spices to the same pot. If I were to make a guess, I would say that (considering this novel came out around the beginning of the Disney acquisition) Chuck Wendig decided to push out every single idea he had for the sequel trilogy in the hopes that something would land. This just so happened to be the case with Cobb Vanth making his way into _The Mandalorian_. I was so exhausted in keeping up with this book that by the end of it I decided that I’m in no rush to finish the rest of the trilogy.
Nathan Emery - Aftermath - Adult Novel
Nathan Emery
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Star Wars: Aftermath is a strong entry to the Star Wars books universe, introducing readers to the beginnings of the New Republic. Taking place after the Battle of Endor, the book, as its title implies, follows the aftermath of the Empire's defeat as the New Republic seeks to stamp out its far-reaching influence. The writing can be a bit jarring at times, as the use of present tense is unlike most other Star Wars books. However, the book introduces us to important characters and sets up the post-Return-of-the-Jedi world in the new canon, making it an essential read for anyone looking to get into the Expanded Universe.
Jared Mayes - Aftermath - Adult Novel
Jared Mayes
Legends Lookback Lead Host
Despite an insurmountable mountain of hype and expectations as the first post-ROTJ book leading up to the Force Awakens, Aftermath is a solid foundation for what I think is a very enjoyable trilogy. Where fans expected a massive galaxy-spanning spectacle about the Original Trilogy heroes, Aftermath goes a different direction. It tells a close personal story about a new ensemble of characters who Wendig eventually expands into a well-rounded, fun-spirited team. I initially devoured the book, I'll admit that I was hoping for something more akin to Heir to the Empire. Since its release and the expansion of the Canon, I find myself returning to this trilogy now that the weight of expectations is gone.

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