Star Wars: Life Debt - Aftermath, Book 2 (Unabridged)
by Chuck Wendig
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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.
Life Debt Star Wars
It is Good and laying the ground for the resurgent of the Empire and the first order, still we should have more determination from the new alliance going forward.
Painfully slow and self burdened
Some of the EU books had slow points, clunky exposition and ham handed characters, but this takes it to a whole new level. This book forgoes any star warsian space opera action for short, confused interludes that do nothing more than add a tangled web of barely connected characters and storylines.
Where most Star Wars novels break up the monotony of the setup with peril, action, revelation, this book chooses to punch you in the face with its political agendas, from its insulting, brashly written homosexuals that read like they're in a gay bar in the Midwest, not in a Galaxy full of alien races with indeterminable genders, to the gender neutral pronouns used for no apparent reason on a (human?) pirate.
Star Wars was never about agendas, it was about fantasy, heroics, space battles and the like. Books such as this are bringing the series down to earth, the place I'm trying to escape from. I want to be transported where no one cares about what you identify as.
The book also pulls a classic movie trailer equivalent trick of showing a prominent actor as if he is the main character and then killing him in the first minute to save budget. I am of course referring to the title: life debt. Which is the Wookiee bond formed when one saves another's life.
Han and Chewie have classically been the only case of a life debt that reaches beyond Wookiee to Wookiee, so unless it's a life day celebration story with the millennium falcon on the cover for some reason, you expect the classic duo to be prominent. But 75-85% of the book doesn't mention Wookiees, Kashyyyk, Han or the falcon. We hear literally one sentence from Leia over coms saying Han is missing, then it's back to the gays making out to show the homophobic aliens who's fabulous, and the directionless narrative trying and failing to setup an interesting reason for the first order to rise from the ashes of the empire.
I hope this book and these PC pushing idiots get relegated to EU asap.
Picks right up and you get on and off action through the whole thing! From the battle for kashyyyk through the whole book. Great read or listen!