Empire's End by Chuck Wendig
Aftermath (Star Wars) (Star Wars: The Aftermath Trilogy)


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Hopefully, those who understand great writing and solid storytelling will give this series a chance. Empire's End will not disappoint those that do believe more in the power of the Force, as opposed to the evil of the Empire.
-NY Journal of Books


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Following Star Wars: Aftermath and Star Wars: Life Debt, Chuck Wendig delivers the exhilarating conclusion to the New York Times bestselling trilogy set in the years between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.


As the final showdown between the New Republic and the Empire draws near, all eyes turn to a once-isolated planet: Jakku.

The Battle of Endor shattered the Empire, scattering its remaining forces across the galaxy. But the months following the Rebellion’s victory have not been easy. The fledgling New Republic has suffered a devastating attack from the Imperial remnant, forcing the new democracy to escalate their hunt for the hidden enemy.

For her role in the deadly ambush, Grand Admiral Rae Sloane is the most wanted Imperial war criminal—and one-time rebel pilot Norra Wexley, back in service at Leia’s urgent request, is leading the hunt. But more than just loyalty to the New Republic drives Norra forward: Her husband was turned into a murderous pawn in Sloane’s assassination plot, and now she wants vengeance as much as justice.

But Sloane, too, is on a furious quest: pursuing the treacherous Gallius Rax to the barren planet Jakku. As the true mastermind behind the Empire’s devastating attack, Rax has led the Empire to its defining moment. The cunning strategist has gathered the powerful remnants of the Empire’s war machine, preparing to execute the late Emperor Palpatine’s final plan. As the Imperial fleet orbits Jakku, an armada of Republic fighters closes in to finish what began at Endor. Norra and her crew soar into the heart of an apocalyptic clash that will leave land and sky alike scorched. And the future of the galaxy will finally be decided.

Praise for Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath

Star Wars: Aftermath [reveals] what happened after the events of 1983’s Return of the Jedi. It turns out, there’s more than just the Empire for the good guys to worry about.”—The Hollywood Reporter

“The Force is strong with Star Wars: Aftermath.”—Alternative Nation

“The Star Wars universe is fresh and new again, and just as rich and mysterious as it always was.”—Den of Geek!

Aftermath: Life Debt

“Compulsively readable, the kind of caramel-corn book you just keep stuffing in your face until it’s gone.”—Tor.com

“Man oh man, this is good stuff. [Life Debt] reveals what Han and Chewie were up to after Return of the Jedi.”—io9

“Gripping reading . . . [This novel] hits the ground running.”—New York Daily News

About Chuck Wendig

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Chuck Wendig is a novelist, screenwriter and self-described 'penmonkey.' He sold his first story when he was 18. After working in the computer and role-playing game industries he began scripting TV and film projects, including a horror film script which won him a place at the prestigous Sundance Screenwriter Lab 2010. He has published a novel and novella with Abaddon Books, two novels with Angry Robot and has a forthcoming YA series with Amazon Publishing. He lives in the wilds of Pennsyltucky with a wonderful wife, son, and two very stupid dogs.
Published February 21, 2017 by Del Rey. 448 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, War. Fiction
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Peak Rank on Mar 12 2017
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NY Journal of Books

Reviewed by Jake Bible on Feb 20 2017

Hopefully, those who understand great writing and solid storytelling will give this series a chance. Empire's End will not disappoint those that do believe more in the power of the Force, as opposed to the evil of the Empire.

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Reviewed by MARION DEEDS on Jun 27 2017

Overall, though, I enjoyed the book. Wendig continued to make stylistic choices that created a cinematic feel to the story. I thought the Emperor’s “Contingency” was exactly the kind of thing Palpatine would have come up with. Empire’s End is a satisfactory conclusion to the series.

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NY Daily News

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Reviewed by SEAN KEANE on Feb 21 2017

Some fans may be disappointed to learn that Leia and Han don't play as big a role as they did in "Life Debt." However, they still make plenty of appearances and we see one vital development for them.

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Jeremy Lynch

Reviewed by BRYAN VANMETER on May 15 2017

This is Star Wars at its finest, my friends. Wendig hits as hard as an Imperial Star Destroyer, more brilliantly than a thousand lightsabers, and with a wit that even Han Solo would envy.

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Reviewed by Ed Fortune on Mar 21 2017

It’s very engaging, the reader’s investment in the cast is very strong and the story is good. However, it suffers from being a little clunky at key moments; in an attempt to make the book more accessible, quality is lost. The various shout outs to the wider Star Wars worlds is a treat, but they are sometimes laid on a bit strong.

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Reviewed by Kay on Feb 21 2017

At this time, it’s not quite what I’m looking for from a galaxy far, far away. In the end, it’s up for you to decide if it’s what you want to read right now.

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Big Shiny Robot

Reviewed by Swank-mo-tron on Feb 21 2017

Overall, I feel like this was a solid addition to the canon. A pretty good book with a lot of exciting action, a diverse set of heroes who help save the galaxy, some laughs, some tears, and a heaping dose of adventure. What more do you want from a Star Wars novel?

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Reviewed by Zachary A. Matzo on Mar 11 2017

...I think it should be praised for what it is–an action-packed, thought provoking tale that serves as connective tissue between the first six Star Wars films and The Force Awakens and introduces and populates the new, Disney-era Expanded Universe with a diverse and entertaining cast of characters.

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Reviewed by Paul Simpson on Apr 22 2017

In the closing chapters, Wendig sets up multiple plotlines for future tales – and based on this trilogy, I hope that he’s the storyteller who brings them to life.

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on Feb 26 2017

Look, it sounds interesting, right? That the great Emperor had planned everything out, even made serious preparation for the demise of the galaxy but even for me, a Palpatine fan, it feels really like a device to give this trilogy reason and not something that makes a hell of a lot of sense.

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