Star Wars: Aftermath: Life Debt by Chuck Wendig
The Emperor is dead, and the remnants of his former Empire are in retreat. As the New Republic fights to restore a lasting peace to the galaxy, 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 homeworld of Kashyyyk.
Meanwhile, Norra Wexley and her band of Imperial hunters pursue Grand Admiral Rae Sloane and the Empire’s remaining leadership across the galaxy. Even as more and more officers are brought to justice, Sloane continues to elude the New Republic, and Norra fears Sloane may be searching for a means to save the crumbling Empire from oblivion. But the hunt for Sloane is cut short when Norra receives an urgent request from Princess Leia Organa. The attempt to liberate Kashyyyk has carried Han Solo, Chewbacca, and a band of smugglers into an ambush—resulting in Chewie’s capture and Han’s disappearance.
Breaking away from their official mission and racing toward the Millennium Falcon’s last known location, Norra and her crew prepare for any challenge that stands between them and their missing comrades. But they can’t anticipate the true depth of the danger that awaits them—or the ruthlessness of the enemy drawing them into his crosshairs.
This is a sequel to Aftermath, which takes place after Return of the Jedi. We were introduced to a group of new characters. This group is back along with Leia, Han, and Chewie and more familiar characters from the films. Aftermath was good, but this sequel was much more fun and engaging.
The plot is packed with political intrigue, mystery, drama, and betrayal. There is a lot going on, with several interwoven storylines – but somehow it doesn’t get convoluted or confusing. Han and Chewie’s story trying to free the Wookies, was of course a highlight. And the rise of the First Order, in the shadows, was fascinating as well. I thoroughly enjoyed this well-paced novel up to the fantastic, climactic ending. I’m looking forward to the exciting finale that can’t come soon enough.