Canon
Adult Novel

Aftermath: Life Debt

By
Chuck Wendig
Released
Jul 12, 2016
Artwork by
Narrated by
Marc Thompson
Takes place in
5 ABY
In the
New Republic
era
Collects
Good
7.8
7.8
7.8
This second entry into the Aftermath trilogy is a fun mess, and an effortless bridge between the other two books.
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While the Emperor and Vader have been defeated, Imperial strongholds still prevail throughout the galaxy. One such stronghold is none other than Chewie’s homeworld of Kashyyyk, which has been transformed by the Empire into a world-wide labor camp. After a failed attempt to free the Wookies from slavery, Chewbacca is imprisoned in Ashmead’s Lock. Han Solo, Norra Wexley, and a handful of other rebels must undertake the mission to free not only Chewbacca, but all of Kashyyyk.

Chuck Wendig continues the post-ROTJ storyline with this, the thrilling middle chapter of his Aftermath trilogy. The book also stars fan favorite characters, including Wedge Antilles, Han Solo, and Chewbacca.

Publisher's Summary

The galaxy is changing, and with peace now a possibility, 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 home world of Kashyyyk.

Meanwhile, Norra Wexley and her band of rebels pursue Admiral Rae Sloane and the remaining Imperial leadership across the galaxy. Sloane, increasingly wary of the mysterious fleet admiral, desperately searches for a means to save the crumbling Empire from oblivion. Even as Imperial forces fight to regain lost ground, Princess Leia and the New Republic seek to broker a lasting peace.

But the rebel's hunt for Admiral Sloane is cut short after the disappearance of Han Solo and Chewbacca. Desperate to save them, Leia conscripts Norra, Sinjir, Jas, and the rest of their team to find the missing smugglers and help them in their fight for freedom.

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Nathan Emery
Video Host and Producer
Building on the characters and events established in Star Wars: Aftermath, Life Debt proves superior to the former novel. Life Debt reintroduces some beloved characters from the Star Wars universe and raises the stakes introduced in the first book. The story is compelling, and the characters become more lovable as we get to see them embark on more adventures together.
Jared Mayes
Legends Lookback Lead Host
Despite only finding the first Aftermath book mildly enjoyable, Life Debt is one of my favorite Canon books—an absolutely massive leap forward in quality! The team dynamics are a ton of fun, similar in tone to Thor: Ragnarok. I found the inclusion of Han and Chewie to be a great addition, with Han's stubbornness fitting right in with the Aftermath crew. The liberation of Kashyyyk is an important event after Endor and I'm glad we got that story without devolving into nothing but Wookiee howls like the Holiday Special. . . If you didn't like Aftermath, it's not a total departure from Wendig's urgent writing style and in-your-face absurdity, but I would definitely urge the dissatisfied to keep going!
Andrew Bell
Video Department Coordinator
In the second installment of the Aftermath trilogy, we continue to get to know the cast of original characters as they interact with some of the major players from the movies. Once again, the writing style is certainly something I had to get used to. Overall, I consider this the strongest book of the three, due in large part to the heavy doses of Han Solo.

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