Following Star Wars: Aftermath and Star Wars: Life Debt, Chuck Wendig delivers the exhilarating conclusion to the New York Times best-selling trilogy set in the years between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.
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Although better than the first in the series, I found myself wanting it to be over. That's a shame because I love almost all the star wars series books. I found the performance anoying at points. It was like listening to a reality show gone bad.
Truly one of the worst books I've ever "read." I got through it ONLY because it's canon and I felt a sense of obligation. Marc Thompson was great, Chuck Wendig needs to find new employment because a writer he is NOT.
This is a long winded trilogy that didn't offer much of anything in terms of furthering the story along of the time between the movies. Even when I found myself thinking maybe something awesome was going to happen in the end or that there would be some kind of big revelation that would have made something in the Force Awakens make sense, in the end it didn't happen and I still have no clue about much of anything of relevance.
30 years. They have 30 years of time between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. I have read every canon book released thus far (not including comic books and little golden books, you know, since I am a grown up) and I still feel like we have no idea what happened to Luke, who Snoke is, nothing. Nothing of interest or relevance. I miss the Legends books and wish someone would get back to continuing the stories there. That was some good stuff.
this may be the worst in the series. the story is slow and the time frame muddled. the last few chapters are cut together in such a way that it's hard to determine how long the final battle last. every choice made is the stupid choice but it all works out because each dumb choice comes with its own saving dues ex machina.
three books in and the author still doesn't understand that not every paragraph needs at least one simile. it is perhaps the most annoying thing about these books. especially since some of the similes are only usable on earth. one person says sober as a vicar. did the church of England make it star wars?
Thompson does his usual job and besides from a few rough voices he does good. the performance is above average.
spoilers below possibly
the book does little to further the star wars story. we get a vague idea of how the first order starts at the end of the book but still absent are any details of snook.
the characters are some of the least likeable in the star wars universe. Nora wexly being one of the worst. in the first chapters she abandons her son in the middle of an imperial blockade to take an escape pod. everyone in this book exhibits terrible and selfish choices that somehow always work out.
all in all you can skip this and just read the wiki summary. save your money for another star wars story.
Liked Best: Marc Thompson's performance. He brings life to even weak story lines.
Liked Least: Inclusion of JarJar !!!!! Need anything else be said? Granted it was a very minor part of the story, but it was traumatic for me.
No - I will still listen to other Star Wars stories, but not with the same anticipation previous story lines have given.
Why is Luke never a part of the story?
I cannot say I liked any scene enough to call is a favorite.
Maybe - it would be interesting to see how certain characters develop in the upcoming big story.
NEVER bring JAR JAR back - EVER
If you were wondering what having unlikeable characters make decisions a drunk teenager would make, then these are the Star Wars books for you. Over the span of three books these characters make no visible character development and are unable to explain the decisions they make. It's almost as if the author was told a starting place and ending place each book needed to have and was then given carte blanche. If you are looking for insight as to the events between Episodes 6 and 7, my advice is to just imagine it for yourself. It'll be a better story.
I had to check to see if the voice work was done by Billy West, because the whiny boy Timen and his horrible parent/abandoning mother Nora both sound like Philip J. Fry from Futurama. It seems like all his talent went in to doing a halfway decent Han Solo. All in all, I would recommended any other Star Wars book. The Bane Trilogy is so much better, or any other Knights of the Old Republic books. For those more interested in the later time line, I recommend listening to Darth Plageus.
I cannot believe I wasted my time on this series. What a waste of a great opportunity to make a new era of Star Wars and this is what we get? Bla on who signed off on this where's the force the heroes the real villains not two bit gangsters three years for that? Might as well piss in the wind it was like never ending plot for squat it's so hard to love Star Wars and read this
If you like vague Easter eggs, this book is for you. It really didn't bridge the destruction of the second death star. However, this book does reveal the formation of the First Order. This entire trilogy should have been a short story.
Visual Effects Artist living in NYC.
The Aftermath series in general was a waste of time. What I wanted from this trilogy was insight to how the Empire grew into the First Order, new adventures from beloved characters accurately depicted, and how the Jedi could return to the galaxy. Three books later, I got nothing.
First let me say that the voice acting was great as always with Star Wars books.
But the Story was just hard to swallow. Nora Wexly has to be second only to Jar Jar in terms of most annoying Star Wars characters. She has no depth and makes agonizingly bad decisions. The rest of the Characters are nearly as thin. If you're a Star War completist and need to know what happened after Endor in the new canon then be my guest and listen on. However if you're just looking for a good stoy. Move along.
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