SciFi Book Review: Star Wars: Aftermath: Empire’s End

Star Wars: Aftermath: Empire’s End by Chuck Wendig

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.

Empire’s End is the final installment in the Aftermath trilogy set between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. Events build to the final battle at Jakku, which explains the evidence of wrecked ships in The Force Awakens.

This trilogy has been great about filling in gaps as well as building an engaging cast of new characters and adventures. The interludes are particularly fun with brief snippets into other characters who aren’t the main focus of this series. With plenty of political intrigue, revenge, and colorful characters – this is an impressive and exciting finale.

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