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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best seller

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.

Every end is a new beginning.

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 its hunt for the hidden enemy. For her role in the deadly ambush, Grand Admiral Rae Sloane is the most wanted Imperial war criminal - and onetime 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.  

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.   

Praise for Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath

Star Wars: Aftermath [reveals] what happened after the events of 1983’s Return of the Jedi. It turns out, there’s more than just the Empire for the good guys to worry about.” (The Hollywood Reporter)

“The Force is strong with Star Wars: Aftermath.” (Alternative Nation)

“The Star Wars universe is fresh and new again, and just as rich and mysterious as it always was.” (Den of Geek!)

©2017 Chuck Wendig (P)2017 Random House Audio

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  • 03-09-17

meh

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.

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predictable

took me a while to finished. too many characters and epilogues. it got really predictable cause of plot armor

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Dreadful. Simply dreadful.

The best part of this series was that it ended. maybe one books Worth of story, poorly stretched into a trilogy. And as bad as some Expanded Universe authors were, Wending takes the prize as the all time worst. The Star Wars Christmas Special was a classic by comparison. I wish I could give it less then 1 star.

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Fine performance. Middling story.

There is some good insight into the fall of the Empire and origins of the first order. The politics of the day as well. But that doesn't hide the medicore and predictable story. And my God someone send Temmin to his room.

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disappointing

Extremely disappointing conclusion. I was expecting there to be something of relevance seeing as this was the books leading up to the force awakens but no it's probably nothing more than a lead up to the new thrawn book.

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Disappointing to the last.

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.

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possibly the worst of the aftermath books

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.

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Origin of the First Order revealed.

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.

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The force is not strong with this one

What did you like best about Empire's End: Aftermath? What did you like least?

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.

Has Empire's End: Aftermath turned you off from other books in this genre?

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?

Which scene was your favorite?

I cannot say I liked any scene enough to call is a favorite.

Do you think Empire's End: Aftermath needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Maybe - it would be interesting to see how certain characters develop in the upcoming big story.

Any additional comments?

NEVER bring JAR JAR back - EVER

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book 3

disappointing end to a trilogy.. had high hopes but was left unsatisfied and wishing for more

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  • Vader
  • 12-20-21

Good but not as good as book 2

The 3 stories in the trilogy are good but there is a lot of junk in them too. What I mean by junk is,
Jarjar's sequence,
Cobb Vanth getting Boba Fett's armour,
Cobb Vanth rescuing beast master,
Twillic's rebellion,
Chewiee finding his son,
Basically anything that starts with interlude serves no purpose in the main story.

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  • StJohnm
  • 12-08-21

It’s only mildly better than the sequel trilogy

Obviously written for kids, with an appeal for Older Star Wars fans it is let down on several fronts. The sound effects are unnecessary & distracting. The story is ok but it’s one that would have been better set outside the Star Wars universe. For me Return of the Jedi is where the Star Wars saga should have ended. Diznee have broken one of the Ten Commandments of storytelling, always leave the audience wanting more.

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  • MR W G McGUIGAN
  • 08-18-21

Characters are brilliant

The "Imperial" and Bones are now 2 of my favourite characters from star wars full trilogy was awesome

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  • Whitestar1dj
  • 07-27-21

Another great Star Wars Story

Fantastic end to the trilogy of books tells the story of how the Empire fell after the destruction of The second Death Star. Fantastic reading by Marc Thompson as always

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  • owen doyle
  • 06-13-21

love the books

love it recommend to anyone, this is a good book, get it , you will like it

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  • Kristine bishop
  • 02-02-21

excellent trilogy

brilliant definitely recommend this trilogy to any star wars fans, the narrator was great aswell

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  • si69
  • 10-26-20

what we have here is, not a very good story!

I is the ending and bringing of starwars mythology, but sadly falls flat. Should have been so much more.

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  • Jonathan T.
  • 09-09-20

Ok book

I found the story. Very good however I found the battle of Jakku very short and rushed which annoyed me. I also annoyed that Galluis Rax died at the end of the book which was very annoying as he was hyped up to be a big character and he gets killed in a bad way. Not a death he should have Surived to lead the first order. I like all the defences however I’m annoyed that Galluis Rax died and may other characters who have better deaths.

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  • Zenoslaf
  • 07-20-20

Loved it!

This is a good trilogy with good ending. I liked all three books the same.
Marc's performance was brilliant as always and I liked his Han Solo and Admiral Ackbar voices.

Recommended as a trilogy.

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  • brandon
  • 02-11-20

quality pure quality

loved every minute, what a great book worth the time of day to read or listen too, a perfect finish to satisfying trilogy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-31-20

Awesome.

A great finish to a wonderful trilogy. Read at a great tempo and performed well. Just the right amount of sound effects and music. Highly recommend.

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  • Jane Krauss
  • 11-10-21

What an ending...

What an ending to the Aftermath Trilogy. I loved this. There were so many Easter eggs and links with other books and moments of Star Wars history. Unfortunately, a significant plot point in this book was spoiled; however, it didn't change how I felt about it. I was genuinely surprised how sad I was when Bones died/was destroyed.

Once again, the premise of ROS is blatantly stated as the overall plan for the Empire, even if Rax is set to burn the Empire to the ground.

Overall, it's a great book and a great conclusion to the Aftermath Trilogy. Once again, my biggest issue with the series is the use of interludes; most are jarring and don't add to the overall picture of the book. But as a whole, the series is excellent, and by far Empire's End is the best.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-19-21

Ok, but really drawn out

decent book, but could have been halved in length. the ending was predictable and bland, and it took a long time to get to it. I bought the series to experience the battle of Jakku and it was kind of missed. Ended up listening to the last 3 hours in 1.5x speed to get it over and done with.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-04-21

Excellent end to the trilogy

Storyline ended beautifully, although could go on abit more about the characters ends abut more but still satisfied.
Marc's performance as always on point.
Very much enjoyed the different point of views throughout the novel.

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  • Sudheera K.
  • 06-30-19

As always..amazing narration by Marc Thompson

I struggled when I read the book but the narration just made me never want to stop listening!