Set between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, the never-before-told story that began with Star Wars: Aftermath continues in this thrilling novel, the second book of Chuck Wendig's New York Times best-selling trilogy.
©2016 Chuck Wendig (P)2016 Random House Audio
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An uneven narrative filled with few satisfying moments and bad dialogue from classic characters. It's only achievement is setting up an intriguing third part to a trilogy of novels that has yet to impress me.
I read the first book in the trilogy and had a hard time following. The second one I got on audible and was a little bit better, but still do not find any of the new characters that compelling. Only appearances by the original trilogy characters made this interesting. Nor does it set up much for the Force Awakens. So far"Bloodlines" has been the best of the new cannon. I suppose I will listen to the final chapter just to see if any thing interesting comes about.
The performance was remarkable. How one guy can play the voices of so many different characters is remarkable. But boy the character development in the novel was awful. I hated every character- even the old classic favs. It just plain sucked.
I know they're laying ground work for new cannon, but this struggles. I miss the old authors and familiarity of what was known. Marc Thompson's performance was excellent as aways so it's worth a listen and it's appearing that this trilogy is important in the events leading up to the force awakens.
This book is an absolute recommendation to any Star Wars fan. The only problem is you'll probably have to read Aftermath first, and Chuck Wendig's writing style is difficult to get comfortable with. This book is a huge improvement over the last. It FEELS like a Star Wars book. It involves more recognizable characters. It still has "interludes", but they are better, and they are typically either germane to the principle story, or they are about something relevant that you care about.
I would compare it to the Heir to the Empire series of books. It reminds of that sort of grand-scale story and feels like it may have borrowed some inspiration from those books.
The events of "Liberation Day" are probably my favorite. It was very exciting, but I don't want to write too much about it else it might spoil part of the story for others.
Possible Spoilers::There is a problem I am beginning to see with all of these books, and this one opened my eyes to it. Many new book are coming out, in all different time periods. There is new canon being added every month or two, but there is a huge problem with consistency. Possible spoilers below: This book attempts to explain the beginnings or the First Order and the Resistance under General Leia, but that was already done in "Bloodline". It's like I am reading multiple authors all trying to explain the same thing with TOTALLY different stories. Yes they refer to Leia in this book as "General Leia", but she wasn't a General in Bloodline, which takes place 8 years later. It's like Leia forms the resistance in this book, then goes back to being a princess in time for Bloodline, then forms another resistance without any memory of what happened before? This book also talks about Leia being Pregnant - and she has visions of her son, and at another point she has visions of her having "children", as in multiple children. This was a huge problem for me, because in Bloodline she has very clearly only had one child, so if Wendig is attempting to tease the audience with the possibility that Leia has a daughter, (Rey?!) We know that is impossible because in Bloodline they talk at length about Leia and her son. Her relationship to her child (Ben) is significant in that book and if she had multiple children it would have been mentioned. And if she DOES have another child it totally invalidates the other book. And Thrawn, which was JUST revealed this past weekend as being canon.... wasn't ever mentioned. Now I realize that Wendig was likely not permitted to mention Thrawn. However, there are scenes in this book where they mention many previous Imperial Leaders, and those who were close and tight with Palpatine. It just seems to me like Thrawn would HAVE to have been included in archives like that. So Either Thrawn is going to be insignificant (which would be an absolute travesty) or he's going to die very quickly (equally tragic). Point is : He should be a HUGE deal, and if books are going to discuss significant military leaders he deserves to be included in those discussions. If Wendig wasn't allowed to mention him then I would have liked for it to be more open ended, something like "and Admiral X, Grand Moff Y, and several others were also at that meeting"... this way you could group him in with the "several others". My fear is that with Disney allowing all these books to come out like polka dots all over the timeline, they are duplicating some of the exact same consistency problems that happened in the original EU. If a book is going to reference MAJOR events that happened in the past, then you can't go back and add new events, without having to explain why they weren't ever mentioned before in the books that took place in it's future. Imagine if they released another book, called "Luke's Rise to Power", which took place a month before Episode 4, where Luke stole a B-Wing and blew up 3 more Death Stars . That is obviously an exaggeration but I feel that's almost where we are headed with the multiple explanations for the resistance and first order.
Again, this isn't a slam against this book or the author - this is something Disney needs to fix. Make your authors talk to each other - don't give each of them free reign over the same story, because then you'll have twelve different explanations for how the same event happened.
I'm used to a lot of filler in Star Wars books, but this was too much. Minutes spent exploring feelings about feelings. This book must have come in half weight and the author was told to double it over the weekend. Cut it in half. Then cut it in half again
His inability to write idioms and metaphors appropriate to the Star Wars universe, his use of common Terran animals/objects. His use of a racist metaphor *specific* to this planet.
I'm really curious why no editor insisted changes when Wendig failed to use universe-appropriate language and I'm extremely disappointed no one caught the whammy that Admiral Ackbar would never, ever say. Wow.
The sequel is an improvement over the first one, but I still don't think Wendig's writing style and language are suitable for Star Wars. The story wasn't interesting enough for me to not notice a large number of jarring phrases which halted the story for me and made me think of the author instead of the characters.
A lot of terrible dialog moments. "Grumpy Making..." yes, you read that right.
Han Solo going on a minutes long speech? not the smuggler I know...
interludes are less abrupt than the first book, but ultimately less interesting..
if you have a boring commute, and are out of credits after preordering this book, then you're all set for a dozen hours or so of middle grade storytelling.
Obviously, fans of Star Wars and other sci-fi properties will be interested in this book, and it does have some interesting aspects to it, but for me, the negatives far outweigh the positives.
I found his dialogue to be incredibly unrealistic, even for Star Wars which has always had its share of corny lines. This, along with an incredibly predictable story made this entire book a slog to get through.
The narrator himself isn't so bad. My issue here is with all of the extra sound effects that are added to the story. If a scene is set in a bar, you'll hear muffled voices in the background. There are sounds of lasers, space ships, and sometimes and actual musical score throughout the book. It's all just so unnecessary and grating.
I enjoyed Wendig's first book in this trilogy, but he really lost me in this one. I love seeing what happened between ROTJ and TFA, but listening to this book felt like a chore. I eventually finished it by listening to at 2x the speed to hurry through it.
the story starts strong but quickly dwindles to a bunch of attempts at twists which are so telegraphed you can hear the clicking from a mile away. boring use of a "chestmaster" villain who knows how to perfectly predict how the people he is using as pawns will act without ever having met them or even knowing their name. his ability is so god like, its really just deus ex machina.
marc thompson does an excellent job, but the additional sound track drowns out what he is saying all to often leaving you rewinding and straining to figure what was said.
if there is a third book coming, im not getting it.
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