This is a rather fascinating story, one of the most interesting ones I have read in the ‘New Cannon’ universe to date.
It does not focus exclusively on one of the main characters from the films, such as Luke, Leia, Han or Vader etc, but rather it encompasses a wide variety of the minor characters that have appeared in Films and books to give us a greater understanding of how the war has impacted on everybody.
It is not long after the destruction of the 2nd Death Star at the Forest Moon of Endor, the Emperor is dead, Vader is dead, and the Empire is now falling to pieces under squabbling Moffs and Admirals as they tear the fabric of what was once this powerful and feared entity, each trying to grab their own little piece of power. Of course, none of them realise that by doing this all they are doing is further destabilising the Empire, and ultimately sending it towards a quicker doom. Without the Emperors strategy and tactics and Vader’s might to hold it all together, the Empire is shattered, even though they still have more ships, weapons, soldiers and military might than anyone else in the Galaxy.
Wendig does a wonderful job of describing all of this in various discussions throughout the book, as well as ‘On the Ground’ displays of the Imperials losing their way.
In the middle of all of the this, the Rebel Alliance is starting to pull together a fledging government, the New Republic, promising peace, freedom and hope for the Galaxy, but at the same time, struggling to hold it all together as they still have to clean up the Imperial remnants.
As with the Imperial side, Wendig again does a brilliant task of showing the Rebels, still suffering from the horrors of war, none of them really recovered, most with mental scars and PTSD, but now trying to operate a Civilian Government.
He also takes us into the lives of those that have lived under the rule of Imperial law, and are now faced with this new thing called ‘Freedom’, and is it true? And will this New Republic look after us, because even though the Imperials were brutal, they did keep order, and we knew what we were getting, but we don’t with this other lot.
Wendig also shows how the Mercenary side, the smugglers, bounty hunters and other Scum and Villainy of the universe are quick to emerge from the holes to take advantage of the situation, selling goods to those that can’t get them, offering contracts on Imperials and Rebels alike to either side.
This is easily one of the best Star Wars books that has been written encapsulating the true Aftermath of the Rebel Alliance and their insurgency against the Galactic Empire. It is part Political Thriller, part Action story, but it is all Star Wars, and incredibly well executed.
Another very clever aspect of this book is the use of minor characters such as Nora Wexley, one of the heros of the Battle of Endor, and her son. We get to see how the conflict affected Nora, the impact on her life, but we also see how she missed out on 3yrs of her sons life, and as a result, how he has issues with her now as a result. From his perspective, we learn of how his Mum leaving impacted his family life, how he grew up without a Mum, things that in the Star Wars universe, we don’t often consider.
And of course, there are the fun jobs, like those given to Wedge Antilles, the greatest Pilot to have lived, who is hopping systems checking for Imperials, when he finds them, and it all goes crazy for him….
It is these little insights into behind the scenes Missions (not just blowing up Death Stars and rescuing Princesses), that give this book an extra edge also.
If you are a Star Wars fan, this is definitely a book you should read. Otherwise, anyone with a passing knowledge of Star Wars will still enjoy it as a good Military Sci-Fi book.
And it is worth reading this book for one of the best characters in the Star Wars expanded Universe, Mr Bones.
- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: ARROW LTD - MASS MARKET; 1 edition (30 May 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781784750039
- ISBN-13: 978-1784750039
- ASIN: 1784750034
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 299 g
- Customer Reviews: 2,230 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)