Star Wars: Aftermath, by Chuck Wendig

Tai-X Wing, Star Wars.

Star Wars catapulted me from a two puff innocent little creature to full on obsession with the possibility of life in the Universe. If my life had taken a different trajectory, I’d be on the International Space Station. I think I single handedly made the parents take us to watch Star Wars 3 or 4 times.

As a result of this influence on my life, I have been exceedingly reluctant to consume any material that was written for that Universe. I want my heroes to remain heroes and the villains to be steeped in villainy. Don’t mess with Star Wars.

So it was with great reluctance that I picked up Chuck Wendig’s book, but I couldn’t find many titles I hadn’t already listened to from my library. I’d just do it and grit my teeth and see what torture lay in store.

I’ve listened to quite a few audio books, but none like this one. There are a multitude of sound effects and the reader, Marc Thompson, does an excellent job using the most incredible animated voices and tones I’ve ever heard.

Aftermath is an interesting story, that happens soon after the Empire has fallen. The son of a rebel fighter is living on the planet of his birth (and citizenship) as a rogue teenager, who exists on the shadowy border between the street smart hustler and wannabe gangsta.

His mother returns to take him home, but finds that the crumbling dredges of the Empire have stationed themselves in orbit around their planet. An adventure ensues involving a spunky alien (looking) rebel, a loyalty officer with no job, a repurposed droid retrofitted with dance algorithms, an Admiral fighting for the Empire, and a slew of rough, double-crossing gangsters.

It captured my attention. If you’re looking for a thrilling adventure, pick up the book.

There were a few things I’d prefer were not a part of the story: -

  1. The magical negro with the southern accent. She’s a great old lesbian with tons of wisdom for everyone. No. Everyone, please stop this tired old trope.
  2. The one city planet. I understand that a story cannot span an entire planet, but sometimes they do. Look at ours and the diverse places we’ve all come from to be here.
  3. Captains and soldiers with a foul mouth, but a pure heart with great intentions. Captain America with a foul mouth.

Thanks for the great time through your book!

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