Book Review – Aftermath by Chuck Wendig

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Aftermath is set after the events of Return of The Jedi and explores what happened after Luke, Leia, and Han helped to bring down the Empire.

I found the writing style of Chuck Wendig to be lacklustre at best and he fails to write in the style of many other Star Wars authors. Wendig’s sentences tend to be shorter and less refined than those of other authors – sentences like:

Meant to strike a note of fear.
The alien thugs all laugh

or

A pause. An excruciating one.
The nav computer runs through its calculations.
Almost there….

You do not find many sentence structures like these in other Star Wars novels, and some readers have questioned Wendig’s writing abilities because of it.

The thing that I liked most about this book was that it was action-packed. Because the novel is written in the present tense, it doesn’t leave room for a lot of exposition or long paragraphs of explanation which allows for more scenes of action and dialogue which push the story along. Another thing that I really liked about this novel was that it is almost entirely filled with brand new characters. Some beloved characters show up here and there like Chewie and Han, but for the most part, we get to experience new lives and new histories of these characters. 

Aftermath is a novel that I think die-hard Star Wars fans are going to enjoy unless they are looking for the heroes from Star Wars I – VI. This novel has all the action, planet exploring, galaxy spanning technology that true fans crave!

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