For any previous backstory in this series of novels, please refer to the Star Wars: Aftermath book review that has been posted in a previous and separate post. This first book in the series, is available for checkout at the Morris Library at Gaston College.
Hello, fellow Gaston College Book Club followers! Evening Librarian Whit Preston here once again, and I know it has been some time since my last post. But, my inner geek is wanting to tell of a Star Wars novel that I recently finished. So, here goes:
Star Wars: Aftermath-Life Debt by Chuck Wendig, the second story of a planned trilogy of books, is hyperspace leaps and bounds better than its predecessor. But those in the loop may already know how big of a stinker Star Wars: Aftermath, the first book in the series, is perceived as being. Gone is the viscous story flow, and in its place is a well-crafted story. While characters from the original trilogy are far more prominent, the new characters also bring an equal amount of heft to the story. The well-known characters from past iterations, such as Return of the Jedi, and the newcomers from the Star Wars: Aftermath series, work cohesively toward accomplishing each’s intended goal. This is true for the protagonists and antagonists, the good, the evil, and the neutral.
The only negative part of the story is that there seems to be a kind of mundane tone to the story. Anyone looking for a TON of action, warfare, and combat, may want to stick to other novels. However, the relationships among the characters, and the nuanced twists, betrayals, and secrets yet to be revealed in terms of major plot events and unresolved conflicts between certain characters, can all be compelling reasons to proceed onward to reading.
This is definitely a worthwhile read for anyone looking to pass the time until Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, is released later in 2017.
Spoiler alert: Although this cannot be proven, there are rumors that one of the characters named Gallius Rax is none other than Supreme Leader Snoke, mastermind of The First Order.
Thanks for taking the time to read this review. And please stop by the library to see what other great books have arrived recently.