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BOOK REVIEW: FTN reviews Star Wars: Aftermath by Chuck Wendig

September 20th, 2015 by Paddy Comments

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Star Wars: Aftermath
by Chuck Wendig

THE hype around the forthcoming Star Wars film The Force Awakens is so intense that this tie-in novel has a level of expectation that most Hollywood blockbusters would give their proverbial right arms for.

It’s fair to say then that The Force Awakens has a lot to live up to, given it’s the flagship title in Disney’s Journey To The Force Awakens campaign.

But does it live up to it? The answer to that is yes and no. Fans who come in expecting the further adventures of Han, Chewie, Luke and Leia will be left sorely disappointed as we’re treated to a story that features a massive cast, the vast majority of whom have never appeared in the Star Wars universe before and are unlikely to again.

The story centres on the aftermath, there’s a clue in the title, of the events depicted in Return Of The Jedi. The Rebel Alliance is putting out propaganda that it has won the war while what’s left of a seemingly battered and bruised Empire is convening to put together a plan that might just tilt the balance back in its favour.

Heir To The Empire this is not, but it’s a decent read as the intrigue of what the Empire is up to makes for a compelling experience. Wendig will get stick for not providing a fan serving segue into The Force Awakens and, by the end of the book, you’ll be none the wiser as to the direction of the Star Wars Universe looks to be taking for The Force Awakens.

It’s not fair to judge anything beyond its own merits and Aftermath, featuring a pacy plot and relatable characters, is far from the travesty some would have you believe.

3 out of 5 Nerds


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Paddy Ryan, like Buck Rogers, is a man out of time. He's a loose cannon haunted by his past who, when he's not making painful attempts at humour, is busy watching as many geeky films and TV shows as possible. An avid reader, he has vowed one day to start that novel he's been talking about for years. Born in the late 70s, he's an 80s kid at heart who sees nothing wrong with spending hours upon hours watching season three of Robin Of Sherwood. Jason Connery wasn't that bad you know! He's got a million ideas for comic books but thankfully doesn't know anyone with the time to draw them and call his bluff on that one! The Empire Strikes Back is his favourite film, Doctor Who is his TV show of choice and when it comes to books ... well that's a whole other story! I'm Paddy Ryan and you're not...