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February 25, 2017

Star Wars: Aftermath Empire’s End

by Reggie's Take

The newest novel from author Chuck Wendig that explores the time period after Return of the Jedi concludes his “Aftermath” trilogy with “Empire’s End”.

Empire’s End helps shed some light on why Leia was forced to create the Resistance; the New Republic is mired in slow-moving politics. The snails pace of the new government make it almost impossible to fight what’s left of the Empire.

This novel also gives us more of an insight as to why General Armitage Hux in The Force Awakens has the influence he does. Hux’s father, Brendol Hux is the one who created a system that produced highly loyal and highly lethal child soldiers and is ordered by Grand Admiral Rae Sloane to train his son.

The novel also shows us the few officers who are considered loyal to the Emperor create a path through the Unknown Regions using the calculations Palpatine ordered that will likely be the beginning of what will become the First Order.

Could Thrawn, who we now see in Star Wars Rebels and is familiar with the Unknown Regions somehow play a role in the formation of the First Order even in the tiniest ways? Hopefully we get to learn a lot more about Thrawn when his new novel hits bookshelves later this year.

 

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Author: Chuck Wendig
Cover Artist: Scott Bie
Publisher: Del Rey
Pages 423
Published February 21, 2017

Aftermath: Empire’s End Summary:
Following Star Wars: Aftermath and Star Wars: Life Debt, Chuck Wendig delivers the exhilarating conclusion to the New York Times bestselling trilogy set in the years between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens

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.

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